Tag: mermaid skirt

Alia silver mermaid skirt

How to Make a Costume that Fits Without Advanced Sewing Skills

So this week, we’ve been on a big journey to figure out how to outfit you in a beautiful, perfectly-fitting costume…   …so that you’ll walk on a stage at that special show you are working towards… and feel, “I’ve arrived… now watch me!” 😀   We’ve seen that many people are afraid of costume making because they believe that… Read more →

Common traps when belly dance costume hunting

3 Common Traps to Avoid When Belly Dance Costume Hunting

As belly dancers, we all want to get up on stage in a perfectly-fitting costume that makes us feel, “I’ve arrived…. Now watch me!”   In my last post, we’ve seen that this is possible – you’ve heard about Sarah’s transformation from not being proud of her first costume to outfitting herself AND making costumes for other dancers who can’t… Read more →

Perky Ruffle mermaid skirt with Swirly Belt

How a belly dancer with bra size 34F dresses up herself for shows

In our belly dance world, we celebrate femininity 🙂   In classes, we talk about loving our curves and jiggly shimmies.   …and many of us learn to appreciate our bodies as they are through belly dancing.   Yet before shows and haflas, we almost always struggle to find bras that fit our bra sizes or skirts that don’t create… 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 →

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 →

Decorate on Stretch Waistband

How to Decorate on Stretch Waistband / Stretch Fabric

  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… Read more →

How to make naked costumes cutouts

How to Make “Naked” Costumes

  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.… Read more →