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    Default How to put together a simple elegant beginner's costume

    Every now and then we have beginners asking how to put together a simple elegant beginner's costume that doesn't look like one raided the rag bag

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    It would probably be on a budget, so the ideas can't be too expensive. I discovered there are some sellers on EBay with acceptable cheap circle skirts. Those combined with a nice hip scarf can go a long way, of course one has to make sure the skirt isn't too see through (two of those skirts layered can help) And there are also nice velvet choli tops on EBay, if they get matched with the scarf and skirt you have a cheap elegant beginners costume.

    Not everybody might want a bare belly though. When I was a beginner I used to use a velvet cat suit (long sleeves and high neckline) with skirt and hip scarf over it, it was very covering and also nice and warm for winter. Just added nice jewelry and it would look good.

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    I make my own for around $50 per costume. Buy nice material on special, make a simple straight skirt, cover a bra/make a choli, make armbands & a headband & you have a complete costume for around $50. Op-shopping will provide you with jewellery that can be used to bling up the costume.

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    I'm recycling a galabeya that got torn in transit. The hip scarf survived, so I have that. I've cut off the sleeves at the shoulders to make a pair of arm sleeves, took some more fabric, and made a headband. My next project is to cover a bra with more of the fabric that survived.

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    Awesome projects and much more intricate than the old skirt/hip scarf idea

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    Mine's actually really simple - so much so that I've started adding instructions to my class newsletter as a series of articles.

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    If you don't want a bare belly you can always wear a unitard (solid or mesh middle) with skirt and choli or tie top. You can buy two like hip scarves and use one to over a bra. Depending on the hip scarf, you can either cut off the rows of coins/beads or just gather and tack the whole thing to the bra. I've seen decorated crop tops, but depending on the base fabric they can be cute or scary. If you find a dress you like at a thrift store you can cut the bottom off for a skirt and use the bodice bits to cover a bra. If you can't sew at all you'll definitely have a harder time putting together a decent costume on the cheap!

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    Normally this link got a lot of useful ideas but for some reason there is nothing ATM:
    Dancer Designs

    (These same people have some very nice leotards and belly covers ATM!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaSTL View Post
    If you don't want a bare belly you can always wear a unitard (solid or mesh middle) with skirt and choli or tie top.
    A week or so ago I saw a lovely performer who used a one piece swimsuit that matched the rest of her outfit (layered skirts, scarves, gauntlets, and decorated bra top) for a really put together modest look.

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    That gets me to thinking---could solid-colored one-piece swimsuits be repurposed as belly covers? Maybe cut off the bra portion, make a rolled hem, then set hooks along the inside of the newly-made hem? I visited the Sugar Petals site last night, only to come away irritated. The lack of a shopping cart feature is rather inconvenient but didn't bother me, but when I scrolled to the bottom of the page and discovered that they don't accept PayPal, that was enough to turn me away.

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    I never would have thought about using a swimsuit, but I don't see why you couldn't. You might want to add some sequins or beading to disguise it a bit, but it just might work. You learn something new every day!

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