How to Decorate on Stretch Waistband / Stretch Fabric

Decorate on Stretch Waistband


I like belly dance costumes that have decorations sewn onto the skirt. 🙂


For this type of skirt, you don’t have to wear a separate belt, which can be more comfortable for some of you. At least for me – less opportunity for costume malfunction 😉


But how do you sew decorations to the stretch waistband of your skirt to make sure your skirt still stretches after decorating it? 


Here’s how to do it! It’s easy 😉



>> Click here to learn how to make this convertible skirt!


How to Decorate on Stretch Waistband / Stretch Fabric


First, find something flat that’s a half the size of your hip measurement in length. You can use a cutting mat or piece of cardboard. I’m using my old cutting mat.


Insert it into the skirt you’d like to decorate. This ensures that the skirt can stretch at least as much as your hip measurement.


How to decorate on stretch waistband skirt


Then sew on decoration! 😀


Here are decoration tips:


Tip: If you are sewing beads horizontally, use a diagonal stitch. This stitch or other stitches like a zigzag stitch allow for fabric to stretch.


How to sew beads on stretch waistband belly dance skirt


Tip: Don’t make stitches too tight. Tight stitches put stress on thread when they are pulled. Keep the stitches not too loose but not too tight.


Tip: For gluing on rhinestones, just make sure your skirt is stretched and apply rhinestones. The cutting mat or cardboard will also prevent the glue from sticking to the other side of the skirt.


How to glue rhinestones on belly dance skirt


And that’s it! With this technique, the waistband will still remain stretchy, and you don’t have to worry about losing your hardwork while putting on and taking off your skirt. You can decorate stretch armbands, tops, anything stretchy with the same technique!


Sew beads and rhinestones on stretch waistband skirt


And if you are curious about how to make this skirt with cutouts, you can learn how to make your own in my new course, Aurora Convertible Skirt Premium Course. In the course, you’ll learn how to make this exact skirt with side cut outs, removable swags and tail and curvy trim technique to make a very professional looking dance skirt with 32 design options. Learn more here!


Aurora Convertible Skirt Premium Course


Hope you found the sewing technique useful, and if you did, please share with your dance sisters! They’ll appreciate it 🙂


Thanks for reading, and keep sparkling!


P.S. Pin this image for a reminder 🙂

How to Decorate on Stretch Waistband Belly Dance Skirt


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  5 comments for “How to Decorate on Stretch Waistband / Stretch Fabric

  1. Lisa
    March 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you, Mao, this is so helpful! Those beads that you sew along the waistband, those lilac/pink ones; where did you find them? Are they seed beads or do they go by another name, and what size? I’ve been looking forever for beads THAT shape and THAT size, I just had to ask, they actually exist somewhere! And while I’m at it: you look fabulous in your Aurora with the nude insets, I’m so inspired right now, the “lighter” color at the hips.. Just fabulous. Thank you for sharing your talent, and for the sparks I need to start creating myself.

    • Mao
      March 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Glad you noticed them, Lisa! Yes, aren’t those beads gorgeous! They are Miyuki hex cut seed beads which I picked up when I visited Japan. They had so many colours! They are size 11, I think, but they only indicated “large” and “small” when I bought them. Hex cut beads are great, they shine so beautifully because of those facets. Some online bead shops carry Miyuki hex cut, but the colours tend to be limited to black, gold, copper etc. If your bead shop carries Miyuki, it may be worth asking if they order that colour for you, since Miyuki only sells to wholesalers (yup, I inquired them already).

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Would love to see your creations too 🙂

      • Lisa
        March 15, 2017 at 2:58 am

        Thank you, now I know what to go hunting for, hex cut miyuki beads! And I promise: as soon as I get over my just-say-no-to-facebook-approach your group will be the first I’ll try to join: I’d love to see what everyone is making and hear the discussions. As soon as I get an account, that’s a promise! Thank you again, Mao, my Miyuki-hunt has begun! /Lisa

  2. March 19, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Not sure if this is the best place to ask but I can’t find the original article. You talk about using gemtac and e6000 with a syringe and you have pictures working with the syringe and the e6000 but you do not have any using gemtac. Have you ever used gemtac in a syringe and if so what size gauge do you use. Do you happen to know what the smallest size is (gauge is the term of the opening the glue come out of, I think). I use e6000 with a syringe all the time. It makes the job so much easier and neater. But I am doing a project for a child and cannot risk the kid putting the items in his mouth so I have to use gemtac. FYI I think e6000 is so much better than gemtac. I think it is so much stronger and can handle a lot more wear than gemtac. I spent a lot of time researching which glue to use and I ended up going with my personal experiences. Whenever I work with gemtac I cannot expect the item to last as long as an item done with e6000. The e6000 can handle high heat as well. I find gemtac to be a little to thin so I was wondering if it is easier to work with out of a syringe?
    Thanks in advance I love your site and I appreciate all the information you have ur up on your site

    • Mao
      March 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, I use GemTac in a syringe all the time 🙂 I use 14 or 16 gauge tip included in this kit: Like you said, GemTac is thinner and looser than E6000, so when I have my costume on my dress form and use GemTac, I have to be careful of how much I’m applying – if I apply too much, it drips. So I recommend having everything on a flat surface. These days I use GemTac more often just because I don’t like the smell of E6000.
      I appreciate you sharing your experience of using E6000 – now I know to use it if I’m making something that may be exposed to high heat! 🙂 Thank you!

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