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Topic: Bellydance Gear - my collection, and two videos based on said gear  (Read 2058 times)
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kiera-oona
« on: March 17, 2011 01:25:25 PM »

As some of you from other diy sites might know, I am a very multi faceted person, and making, sewing and dancing in bellydance gear is no exception.

about 90% of anything I am wearing on any of my dance photos I either made myself, or upcycled and altered from various sources and materials...even right down to my dance socks and jewellery.

So...first off, some photos and explinations, mainly focusing on the clothes.

In this photo, this was my second public performance. I made the shirt, hipscarf, skirt, socklettes, headdress, and arm band.  The shirt I made from a pattern (simplicity I think it was), the skirt I made from scratch by recycling other skirts.  The hip scarf I made by sewing the base in 2 pieces that tie up at the sides, then adding all the pompoms, coins and embellishments after.



In this photo, I re-covered the bra top which was originally white, then added all the embellishments, and I also made the black top (as mentioned in previous photo)I made the patchwork skirt from various quilting projects that I had squares left over from a 9patch swap I was doing.  There's also a wonky star block (I think its under the pannel skirt in this photo) as a reminder of the work I did on the Bushfire Quilt charity group (people who lost their homes in Victoria Australia due to bushfires), along with quilting cotton fabric I found at my local thrift store.  There are pantaloons under the skirt...for decency purposes when twirling on stage.  The panel skirt was done in 2 sections, a front and back, made from a sari I bought, and all the mirriors were sewn on by hand.  The beaded mandalas I also did myself.



For those who wish to be entertained by how much gear a dancer actually has to put on in terms of clothing (and jewellery), feel free to watch the video below, as well as the performance video done that same day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvlGTNsrbqs - gear video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oINiNUpvdYc - the performance video

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011 02:04:51 PM »

Wow, beautiful work! I love the tribal bellydance look. I'd love to take up bellydancing, but my stamina and knees aren't what they used to be. Sadness.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2011 04:21:56 PM »

Gorgeous!  Beautiful gear and lovely dancing! 
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011 04:54:04 PM »

I tried to type a zagarheet but it just looked silly. Wink

I love it all but especially covet that patchwork skirt!  So pretty!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011 05:41:24 PM »

I tried to type a zagarheet but it just looked silly. Wink

I love it all but especially covet that patchwork skirt!  So pretty!!!

ya, usually the word 'yip' works good in this circumstance.

The ladies at my sewing machine repair shop saw me wearing it one day and threatened (jokingly) that they would hunt me down and kill me if I ever sold it :-)
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011 10:45:37 AM »

Your work really shows! You look lovely. I can't wait to get home and watch the videos.
I'm just starting dancing right now. I cannot wait to have fancy costumes like yours!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011 06:54:14 AM »

Your work really shows! You look lovely. I can't wait to get home and watch the videos.
I'm just starting dancing right now. I cannot wait to have fancy costumes like yours!

You too can have fancy costumes....its just about knowing how to get things to fit, and having alot of patience for alot of machine and hand sewing...believe me it took at least 2 months go get all the shisha mirriors on the way i wanted them.
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