How to Make “Naked” Costumes

How to make naked costumes cutouts


I’m not a big fan of belly dance costumes that are any more naked than they already are, but sometimes that “naked” design details on costumes can be visually interesting and also create beautiful lines.


And when I say “naked”, I mean those cut outs that show your skin or details that mimic the colour of your skin. These details might make your costumes more fun, sexier, or lighter looking. 😉


But you don’t always want to be more naked than you already are. So in this video, I’ll share with you different options of creating those “naked” details.



Learn how to make these skirts here! 😀


How to Make “Naked” Costumes


Naked #1 – Use mesh. In the naked section, add a mesh insert. Mesh offers nice coverage that is translucent. For dance costumes, I highly recommend a type of mesh called powermesh. Powermesh has an amazing stretch and recovers really well. It comes in different colours including nude.


Aurora Convertible Skirt naked costume mesh


Naked #2 – Use nude colour fabric. If your naked section is in the area where your undergarment may show through, mesh may not be a good option. If that’s the case, try nude colour fabric. If you want to create a really naked look, try to find the shade of nude fabric that matches your skin, but even if it’s not a complete match, it still creates the lighter feel for your costume.


Aurora Convertible Skirt naked costume nude fabric


Naked #3 – Use lace. I LOVE lace, and adding a lace insert into the naked section of your costume creates a beautiful, refined naked look.


How to make naked costume lace


All of these options can also be decorated on top, which also creates gorgeous details that look like floating on your skin. You can layer different options like lace over nude fabric.


Naked #4 – Embrace the emptiness. If your cutouts are small or in areas you’re comfortable showing like parts of legs, leaving the naked section naked is an option. I do recommend reinforcing the edges with interfacing so the cutouts don’t enlarge any more than you’d like though!


Aurora Convertible Skirt naked cutout

Aurora Convertible Skirt naked cutout 2


If you are curious about making skirts like ones above, I have a course on how to make these skirts coming up next week, called Aurora Convertible Skirt Premium Course!


In the course, you’ll learn not only how to make these reinforced cut outs, but different options of inserts, side swags, tail, train and beautiful, curly trim finish. If you’re curious, check out this page 😀 


I’m super excited about this course – it’s been months in making!


If you found these naked options useful, share love and share this post with your dancer friends!


Thanks for reading, and keep sparkling! 😀


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How to make Naked Costumes Cutouts


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  5 comments for “How to Make “Naked” Costumes

  1. Jen
    February 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    It’s mystery to me why this look is popular? It’s not flattering and kind of sleazy. Sorry.

    • Mao
      February 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

      No problem, Jen! We all have looks that we like and dislike 🙂

    • Amy
      March 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      I think it’s quite flattering, though I’d only wear it in private, for my husband.

  2. March 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Mao, you are amazing and I so appreciate your help in creating new costumes! I signed up for your Aurora Convertible Skirt Premium Course, but have an awful time searching for the site each time I want to view it. Would it be possible to have an “account” that I could click on that would take me to the courses I have purchased? Thank you so much, Sahirrnee

    • Mao
      March 15, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and letting me know about accessing the course, Sahirrnee! I recommend you bookmark this one: This will take you to the login page, which is required to enter the protected part of the website, which you paid to get access to 🙂 Once you log in, it’ll take you to the Dashboard page where you can see all the courses you have purchased.
      Hope this works, and please feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

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