Sparkly Costume Showcase 2016

Christmas has passed, and it’s the end of the year.


How was your 2016?


My 2016 was lots of learning and meeting new people online and in person. I learned many little sewing techniques while making Sparkly Belly tutorials, and I also took a business program this year. I launched new ebook, Belly Dancer in Business, and new course, Swirly Belt & Appliques.


It was really awesome to collaborate with other dancers like Mahin on “Your Sparkly Wardrobe Project” series, and Kyria, Khalida, Zahra, and Andalee on the Belly Dance Affirmation Cards project.


On a more personal side, Navid and I moved to a new apartment (guess what – we’re moving again next month! But this time we’re moving to our own place! 😀 ), and we also went on business & personal trips to Victoria, Calgary, and New York, and a completely personal trip to Japan. And we met lots of great people in all these places.


I feel so fortunate to have had a year like this. And I want to thank you for your love and support for my work, no matter where you are or how often you and I communicate with each other. It means a lot to me that you’re reading this, and thanks to readers like you, I can continue doing my work that I love. 🙂


Okay, enough of my story! Today I want to share with you some of gorgeous creations by Sparkly Belly readers 😀


I LOVE seeing how everyone takes my DIY tutorials and completely make them into their own creations. I just love seeing it so much, I don’t have words to explain this excitement. It’s really inspiring.


So here we go! You can find relevant tutorials under the photos 🙂


Sparkly Belly Costume Showcase 2016




This beautiful holiday costume was made by Lisa. I love the balance of colours and Celtic theme! I also like how the top tastefully offers coverage 🙂


Find the tutorial for this reversible double-layer skirt here!



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This gorgeous burgundy costume was crafted by Miriam! Her lovely taste shows through the placements of the lace appliques and pearls, doesn’t it! Simple and very elegant.


She based the skirt construction on my Mermaid Skirt tutorial.





Denise created the beautiful and sparkly bra & belt set in above photos! Red and gold are a classic colour combination that looks great on many people, and I think this costume looks perfect for her! I love the generous amount of beaded swags all over the bra and belt 😀


Find instructions on perfetly-fitting bra & belt making here!



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And finally, all of the above 3 amazing costumes were made by Dary! Don’t you just love the fabrics and colours that she picked? 😀 And all of them fit her perfectly, which give the costumes custom-made looks. Super gorgeous, all of them, and her gorgeous personality shines in these beauties!


Here are relevant tutorials 🙂

Mermaid Skirt

Cut outs on skirts



Hope you enjoyed and got inspired by these lovely creations! A BIG thank you to Lisa, Miriam, Denise and Dary for sharing your love and passion with us 😀


If you want to see more, you can find more inspiration in Sparkly Belly’s Facebook group.


If you’re new to belly dance costume making, join my free course Belly Dance Costume Making 101 from here!


Wishing you a very happy, sparkly 2017!!!


Thanks for reading, and keep sparkling! 😀



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  4 comments for “Sparkly Costume Showcase 2016

  1. Robin Stenhouse
    December 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I love your blog

    • Mao
      January 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks, Robin! <3

  2. sara keket
    December 31, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    thanks for more ideas

    • Mao
      January 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

      My pleasure, Sara! 😀

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