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Belly Dance Belt Tutorial

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of working on a dance costume for one of my models, Shalimar, for an upcoming performance in Las Angeles.  We were under a deadline, and I had to crank out the outfit soup-to-nuts in 2 days.  Since I’ve been working on the step-by-step construction portion of my upcoming book, The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut, I thought this would be a great opportunity to quickly test drive some of my ideas for the photography in the book.

Using my trusty cell phone and the power of Instagram, I very quickly documented the progress.  The result was a series of step-by-steps that really work – but the photos are not quite up to publishing quality.  However, rather than wasting them, I decided to hammer together this quick tutorial on my belt making method.  This is sized for 8.5″ by 11″ so you can print it out if you like.  Wanna see the final costume?  You can scroll down and watch the video of Shalimar in her “test drive” performance on Wed before the big show on Friday night.  We’ll be doing formal photography of this baby in a couple of weeks, and I’m looking forward to spotlighting this ensemble in my upcoming book!

Kim'sCostume-WEB

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