How to find time for sewing

A simple technique to find time for sewing (or anything!)

  One of the most common costume making problems I hear from Sparkly Belly readers is actually not related to costume making at all. It’s about finding time to sew.   When I share my costume tutorials, I often get comments like, “I love this! But first I have to find time to sew….” The other day, I saw a… Read more →

DIY Lace side panel mermaid skirt color block BDCW hack

DIY Lace Side Panel Mermaid Skirt (BDCW hack part 2)

  In my last post, we made a beautiful and classy DIY lace belly drape for your belly dance bra.   And in this post, we’ll create this matching colour block mermaid skirt skirt by hacking my favourite mermaid skirt pattern! Let’s get started!     Make your own Goddess Skirt pattern in my Belly Dance Costume Workshop (Enrolment is… Read more →

DIY Belly Drape for belly dance bra BDCW hack

DIY Belly Drape for belly dance bra (BDCW hack part 1)

  Earlier this year, I shared my Plus Size Belly Dance Costuming Guide which became a very popular post on Sparkly Belly. 🙂   One of the tips I included there was what I call the “Belly Drape” – It’s a design created with fabric that drapes from the bra and provides light coverage over the top of your torso. It’s… Read more →

Caftan open front cover-up with pockets DIY

DIY Caftan style Open Front Cover-Up (with pockets!)

  As a belly dancer, it’s important to wear a cover-up before and after performance so you make a great impact when you’re in your magical costume on stage. 🙂   I did a Caftan inspired cover-up tutorial a while ago, but I wanted to make one that opens in the front. It makes more sense especially when you are… Read more →

Star Bright rhinestones review for dance costume making

High Quality & More Affordable!? Star Bright Rhinestones Review

  A few months ago I did a review on Swarovski’s shimmer effect rhinestone series, which was initially introduced to me by Alisa at Har-Man Importing.   And last month, she sent me another new line of rhinestones, called Star Bright. Thanks, Alisa!     Sign up for the free course & start making costumes!   Star Bright is an… Read more →

3 Tricks for sewing stretch fabrics and avoiding uneven skirt hem

3 tricks for sewing stretch fabrics (& avoiding uneven skirt hem!)

Want to make this lovely grey skirt? Learn here!   For making dance costumes, stretch fabric is essential – it helps us create fitted costumes and gives the flexibility we need for when we move around and dance in it. 🙂   So I have a lot of tutorials where you use stretch fabrics – like this mermaid skirt, Goddess… Read more →

DIY Dancer Shorts

DIY Dancer Shorts

  Since I launched my latest costume making course, Aurora Convertible Skirt Premium Course, I received questions about what to wear under this type of skirt that has cutouts.   Click the image to check out how to make this skirt!   Generally, you can either wear nude colour underwear that doesn’t show, or some dancers wear boy shorts in… Read more →