Things I wish someone told me before I bought my first Dina Bra

Today, when you look at designer costumes, many of them feature the Dina Bra design.


Dina Bra from scratch


The playful, round cups contrasted by the deep plunge design accentuates your cleavage. It’s fun, sexy and cute all at the same time.


It’s edgy… and it looks pro!


Wearing a Dina Bra is like wearing a piece of Dina, a legend in belly dance history.


But how many of us have actually found a Dina Bra that fits perfectly and comfortably?


For example, for years I was looking for a Dina Bra costume, and one day I found a second-hand Dina Bra and skirt set that I liked, and I bought it right away.


I was much too excited to own this beauty. It looked so professional and complete with a Dina Bra! It felt like my right-of-passage as a belly dancer!


But after trying on the costume at home, I quickly realized the Dina Bra was the worst fitting bra ever.


My chest area felt so bare, and my breasts completely disappeared into those bra cups, making me look completely flat-chested (um, hello? I thought I’d get the Dina look in this bra?)


Yet at the same time, the top edges of the bra cups dug into my chest. How? No idea.


All I knew was it looked HORRIBLE.


And most annoyingly, the cups were rock hard!! So there was no way of adjusting the cup shape with wire or trying to re-mould the cups.  


I felt, “Who makes bras this hard!? I already paid $350 for this costume, and I don’t want to hire a seamstress to fix it for me… Can even a seamstress fix it!? …but I still love this Dina Bra and want to make it work….”


I tried padding the cups, taking the lining apart and removing the pre-sewn wire….


I even submerged the cups in water and stuffing oranges in the cups hoping they would dry and take the same shape…


Nothing worked.


The costume has been collecting dust deep in my closet ever since.


After this experience, I searched for more Dina Bra costumes and learned the important lesson that Dina Bra cups are made from hard shell, inflexible cups that you can’t really fix. And it’s impossible to find one that fits me properly.


So I switched my approach and decided to make my own Dina Bra.


Fast forward several years – today, I can make my own Dina Bras, and I’m MUCH happier with them than pre-made ones. They are soft and comfortable, and fit me really well! I can also adjust how much coverage I want while getting the iconic round shape cups and deep plunge design.


The best part – I use an ordinary bra to make this Dina Bra, which means I don’t have to hunt for Dina Bra shells and be limited by the vendors’ size selection! I can make a Dina Bra to fit me as I please 🙂


And the method I use can be used by anyone who wants to create a Dina Bra that fits. I’ve had hundreds of students of various bra sizes learn my Dina Bra making method, and they’ve created beautiful costumes featuring their own Dina Bras:


Paula’s gorgeous Dina Bra

Paula Dina Bra


Karma’s pretty floral Dina Bra

(photo by Tanisha De La Torre)

Karma Williams - Dina Bra


Jennifer’s perfectly-fitting Dina Bra and matching costume

Jennifer Dina Bra


Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂


In the next few days, I’m going to show you the common problems people face when making or searching for Dina Bras, so you can avoid them. And you’ll see a new way of actually creating a Dina Bra yourself without sacrificing the look and comfort.


In the very near future, you too can create a soft & comfortable Dina Bra that fits, and never waste time and money searching for a hard shell bra… again! And I’ll show you how 🙂


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Thanks for reading, and keep sparkling!

  4 comments for “Things I wish someone told me before I bought my first Dina Bra

  1. sara keket
    March 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    every thing you tell me I get some tip from it in some way or other

    • Mao
      March 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Sara! 🙂 Thank you.

  2. March 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Mao. I am an experienced seamstress but somehow when it comes to making costumes for myself I always feel like I hit a stumbling block in getting what I want. Your bubbly ‘can do’ energy makes it possible for me to overcome these issues and enjoy making items for myself again. Thank you for that. Please know what a difference you make.

    • Mao
      March 7, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Aw that’s so sweet, thank you so much, Karen! That means a lot to me. I get inspired by beautiful creations like yours 🙂
      It’s funny, but the more advanced you get, the harder costume making can become! But when you push through those stumbling blocks, you come out with something you’re super proud of!!

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