Belly Dance Costume Resources: Links List

As belly dance incorporates a variety of different styles, cultures, and traditions there are a number of different costuming options. The links below are a basic introduction to bellydance costuming and will lead you to different patterns and articles about costuming resources. Half the fun of dancing is the dress up, so enjoy!

General Costume Information

Shira’s wonderful work on types of costumes
http://www.shira.net/styles3.htm#Costume

Great listing of types of costumes and costuming options…click side links for patterns for most of them
http://www.middleeasterndance.homestead.com/Costumes.html

Dawn Devine Brown’s fabulous Hints and Tips booklet
http://www.davina.us/publications/HintsAndTips.pdf

Oriental Costumes: Their Designs and Colors (online version of historic text)
http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/tilke/contents.html

Skirts

Shira’s Circle Skirt
http://www.shira.net/costuming/skirt-circle.htm

Circle Skirts
http://visionarydance.com/archive/bellydanceSkirts.html

Misha’s Tutorial: How to create a circle skirt from another skirt

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mishakitty/sets/72157605119138444/

Bras, Tops, Dresses and Coats

Harem Pants
http://www.orientaldancer.net/articles/blousy-dance-pants.shtml

Hip Belt Pattern with history
http://www.raqs.co.nz/howto/belt.html

Misha’s Tutorial: How to cover a costume bra

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mishakitty/sets/72157604040747130/

Misha’s Tutorial: How to make a Ghawazee Coat out of a dress

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mishakitty/sets/72157606511834047/

Multiple Patterns

Bra decoration, hip scarf, circle skirt
http://www.sevenveils.co.uk/learning/costumes/

Shira’s patterns, sewing tips and links
http://www.shira.net/costuming.htm#Making

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