What you will get from this website


Mao Sparkly Belly You want to make your own belly dance costumes, but don’t have the time.


Or you have your own belly dance costume design ideas, but don’t know how to materialize it.


Or you need to fix your costume.


Whatever the case, you are in the right place!


I’m Mao, and on this website, you will find lots of free resources on DIY belly dance costumes. It is amazing how much sewing, fixing, gluing, shopping, playing with fabric and trims you have to do with your belly dance costumes. And it is empowering for us to know how to sew, so when you have a great design idea, or a beautiful costume that doesn’t quite fit you, you know what to do.


No matter whether you are a student dancer or experienced, I encourage you to have a look around. I want to make an ultimate resource place for belly dancers to ask questions and get tips and advice about costuming.


You will notice that I am constantly updating and adding posts to help you feel comfortable with fixing or making your costumes. To get updates in your email inbox, sign up for our free newsletter!


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Thank you so much for your wonderful and extremely useful tutorials that have allowed me to create my own costumes perfectly adapted to my taste, my needs and my curves. 

– Dary (Cuba)


About Mao


When I had my first solo performance opportunity, I thought, “Who knew I would have to make my own costume?” Well, I didn’t have to, but the other options I had were


  1. Sport the tank top, yoga pants, coin hip scarf look for the third time, or
  2. Buy a costume


I was tired of Option 1 by that point, but Option 2 was a bit too much money and commitment, since I was only a student dancer who may perform a solo piece once and never again… So I picked Option 3 – DIY belly dance costume. And later making costumes became my hobby, and thankfully I continued to perform. 🙂


And now I want to share my passion and lessons I learned over the years with you. I hope you can learn from my mistakes, save time and money, and feel confident and beautiful in your own creation on the stage.


If you want to check out my tutorials and time-saving freebies, all you have to do is enter your name and email then click “sign up”!


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Questions? Email me at mao@sparklybelly.com.



photo credit: Sheila Sund

  12 comments for “About

  1. Virginia
    January 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for creating this blog and being so open and honest. Too many people when you ask for help never want to give the full instructions. I am a belly dancer on the more curvy side and have to resort to making my own costumes. I would love to see a tutorial about making hip belts, I would love to one day make my own matching bra and belt xox

    • Mao
      January 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words, Virginia! Making belts is on my to-do list now 😀 I know, I started making my own too, because I’m too small to fit in pre-made ones. Thanks for your great suggestion!

  2. Beverly
    May 1, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I love love love your tutorials! So helpful even for a skilled sewer!

    • Mao
      May 1, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thank you so much, Beverly! So happy to hear that! 😀 Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see on my website 🙂

  3. Abby
    May 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Wow! I am so glad I found your site! I have never bought a costume because I never could seem to find one to fit me without spending loads of money. I can’t wait to start making one now thanks to your awesome, complete, instructions. Keep up the great posts please! 😉

    • Mao
      May 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your kind words, Abby! So excited for your future projects! 😀 Let me know if I can help you along the way.

  4. March 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I am seriously impressed by the professionalism of your site and the crisp, clean instructions everywhere. It is extremely refreshing, as usually I am struggling to find what I am looking for. Last night I found the Aurora Skirt Master Class and then your blog… and realized that I had saved a whole lot of your content via pinterest over the past few years! I am very happy to sign up for the newsletter, so I won’t miss anything! Keep up the fantastic work. – Vorsaga <3 (ATS/Tribal Fusion dancer)

    • Mao
      March 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Vorsaga! Enjoy the Aurora skirt course, and let me know if I can help you in any way! 🙂

    October 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    You should have a cd and book on these courses and sell them.

    • Mao
      October 8, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Aw thanks so much! 🙂 I’ll make that happen if there’s enough demand… 🙂

  6. sammi
    December 18, 2017 at 8:42 am

    i just saw your video that is turly amazing, i am a eco fashion designer also in canada, i just send you a email to introduce myself.

    • Mao
      December 18, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you, Sammi! Looking forward to chatting with you 🙂

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