Costume Design Approach: Line and Cluster

August 19, 2017

There are many strategies for designing belly dance costume bra and belt sets.  One design approach I use often I like to call the “Line and Cluster.”  In this technique, I begin with a flexible, but linear design element, such as rope, narrow ribbon, chain, or, as in this example, rhinestone chain.  Choose something long […]

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March News and Notes from Studio Davina

March 2, 2017

Hello gang! Because there is currently so much happening here in my studio, I thought I would take a moment to let you all know what’s going on during the month of March, 2017. “Free Shipping February” Etsy sale extended to March 5 I’m extending the February Sale on my Etsy store until Sunday March 5. […]

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Organizing Sewing Tools

October 27, 2015

Hello gang! Over the long years of my professional sewing career, I’ve moved through many phases of organization in response to my changing needs.  I’ve lived in small spaces that required keeping my tool supply very condensed and contained.  There have also been times when I have worked in theatrical costume shops, in bridal salons, or […]

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The Jewelry Bra – Weekend Belly Dance Costume Project

October 14, 2015

Hello Gang, Throughout the month of October, I’m finishing up costuming projects for the upcoming book, “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage.”  Chapter 8 of the book is dedicated to weekend costuming projects.  Many students, hobbyiest, and troupe dancers are looking for fast, easy, and affordable costuming projects.  So we’ve gathered together some […]

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Costuming Tip: When in doubt – don’t wear black!

August 7, 2015

Once upon a time, I was invited to dance in a show at a venue I’ve never been to before.  I figured, I’ll wear something simple and easy.  I didn’t stop to think about the potential environment, and choose a costume that was completely black to make some tribal jewelry really pop.  Well – I […]

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