The “Belly Dance Wardrobe Pie Chart”

This month I’ll be sharing practical tips for building, editing, or revamping your belly dance wardrobe.  During this hour-long slide presentation, I’ll be sharing professional-grade wardrobe planning strategies taken from the world of fashion.

Thinking strategically about your complete dance wardrobe will help you effectively craft your dance image, cover all of your event and appearance needs, and ultimately, save you money and time!

Join me over on the Studio Davina Patreon, home of my costuming and history workshops, talks, and lectures.  This talk is included in the $3 level or above.  Allow an hour for the slide show and Q&A live via Zoom, Monday, May 23, 3:00 pm Pacific. And if the video recording turns out, I’ll upload the replay for future viewing.

Maybe I’ll see you there!
~ Dawn Devine
May  12, 2022


Bra-LaPalooza 2022: 5 Piece Red Assiut Ensemble – Part 1

Week One:
Red 5-Piece
Assiut Ensemble

First up on the docket for Bra-LaPalooza is a 5-piece red assiut ensemble for San Francisco/Bay Area belly dancer Adriana. This head-to-toe look includes an assiut cropped top, assiut panel skirt, skirt topper, and a bra and belt set.

Re-Using a Beloved Assiut Robe

Adriana brought a much-loved open robe in need of a glow-up and a bra to use as a base. The original robe was purchased many years ago from Turquoise International.  But after hundreds of performances, it was time for this robe to evolve into a new stage of life as part of a full belly dance ensemble.

To make a new bedlah set, Adriana also sourced an Auden Sublime Bra from Target. This is a well-made bra with all the features I require to use as a belly dance costume piece. The Auden Sublime has firm foam cups with thick underwires. It’s my first time using it, I’ll report back on my full opinions when I’ve finished the transformation from lingerie to costume piece.

Assiut Shawl & Beaded Scarf

Our plan is to cut the robe into two pieces, creating a tie-top and a panel skirt. In order to make a coordinating bra and belt set, we needed to pick up a few more assiut pieces. While I had some red scraps, it was simply not enough to cover a large bra base and belt. So I went to Etsy to source materials and shopped from these three quality vendors.

Sourcing Materials and Supplies

In the community where I reside, many fabric stores have closed up shops. We’re down to only a few Jo-Ann fabrics, and one mill-end dead stock shop. Perhaps I would also include Michaels and Walmart. In order to purchase specialty fabrics and embellishments, I have to go to the internet.

Materials & Supplies list

Wanna spend your time making, rather than researching sources for materials and supplies?  Here’s what I’m using in this red project:

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Now – I’m off to the sewing room to make some more progress on this red costume!
More photos and details of this assiut costume next week.
Until then, dance well, be well,
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
May 5, 2022

Bonus Tip from Instagram


Bra-LaPalooza 2022 – Starting Today!

Hello Gang!  Spring is here and it’s time to make some belly dance costumes!

Welcome to my annual festival of costume making called “Bra-LaPalooza.” Ever since 2013, I’ve used that name for my annual spring costume build session.  This year, as I work on the next book, “Belly Dance Costume in Detail” using assiut, I’m sharing my festival of costuming with all of you!

Bra-LaPalooza: An Origin Story

The video above is the story of how my little belly dance costuming festival of one originally got its name. It was 2013 and we were at Cairo Caravan on the Queen Mary in Longbeach California.  I was working on a long-distance collaboration, vending in the dealer’s room, and planning a hit-and-run photoshoot somewhere on the ship.

Over the next two months, I’ll be sharing some of best tips for making belly dance bras.  I have 30 costumes planned for the upcoming book.  Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more Bra-LaPalooza videos.

I hope you enjoy this little storytime adventure!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
May 2, 2022

PS:  Please click through and give my vid a thumbs up if you have a moment.  That will help me with my goal of reaching 1000 subscribers this year!