So, you have been taking bellydance classes or practicing at home with DVDs and you are ready to make the plunge. Possibly you want to do a private show for your husband or your co-workers have talked you into performing for the company party. Perhaps you’re dazzled by all the costumes you see bellydancers wearing in DVDs. Fear not, it happens to all of us: you become completely entranced by the sparkle of costumes and you must have one of your very own.
Typically a bellydancer’s first costume is notoriously horrible. A beginner doesn’t know what are the elements that make a good costume. She is intimidated by the outfits with high-price tag and feels that her technique will not “live-up” to the one’s dripping with 20 pounds of rhinestones. So she buys a used, less expensive one – or makes her own.
I made my first costume. It was characteristically ghastly. The bra (top part of costume) was disproportionate and one side was bigger than the other. Yikes. If that wasn’t hideous enough, I used snaps instead of hooks on the belt and it ‘snapped–off’ during its debut performance. The metal bells I sewed onto the edge of the belt snagged on the chiffon silk skirt and dangled in the middle of my skirt. I still have it to this day, but it has yet to see the light of day or spotlight of a nightclub.
If you are looking to purchase or make your first bellydance costume, I recommend the “Silk Harem Costume” pictured on the right for multiple reasons. First of all, it’s an affordable $99 (compared with the average $350 for a bellydance costume) which includes silk harem pants (with wrapping skirt), a fringed halter choli top and a fringed hip belt. It comes in 18 scrumptious colors from sapphire blue to dark red to silver and comes in all sizes. It looks beautiful as it is, but you personalize this costume by adding rhinestones, sequins or coins.
Please share with me the costumes you have made! I would also love to hear about your first costume experiences!
Click here to purchase costume (its $99 & comes in 18 different colors & all sizes!)
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