Ask the Costume Goddess:
Costume Advice & How-To's for Belly Dancers
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About "Ask the Costume Goddess"
The Costume Goddess, written by Dina
Lydia, is an online column addressing reader questions
regarding belly dance costuming. In these articles, Dina generously
shares her years of sewing and costume design experience. All
the questions featured in The Costume Goddess were received from real readers.
Dina no longer accepts new questions for this column because of her busy schedule. However, she has published a series of seven books about belly dance costuming which provide vast amounts of additional advice beyond what appears on this web site.
Costume Designs that Flatter
In this section, The Costume Goddess offers advice on what types of costume designs look best on various figure types or best fit certain dance styles.
Making Your Own Pieces
Don't look like everybody else! Follow these Costume Goddess instructions for making your own unique costume items!
Fitting & Alterations
Is fitting your costume giving you fits? The
Costume Goddess offers tips on how to alter your costumes.
You don't exactly consider yourself a wizard with a needle and thread, but you would like to try making your own belly dancing costumes. Here are some tips to help you choose supplies and work with the exotic fabrics that make beautiful belly dancing costumes.
Other Costume Issues
About the Costume Goddess
Dina has been sewing for more than twenty-five
years (yes, she started as a toddler!)
She's also an artist (Maryland Institute of Art) and perfected
her sewing techniques apprenticed to various designers, freelancing
for small theaters, restyling vintage garments, and altering
Dina fell in love with belly dancing costumes upon her very
first lesson. Now the pleasure of wearing her own designs, and
seeing others wear them, offers as much pleasure as dancing. She's
become expert as well in altering those troublesome ready-made
Egyptian costumes, and modifying designs to flatter individual
She holds workshops in Seattle to teach design and construction
of cabaret costumes, and analysis of figure characteristics.
She will also give private lessons, or resize or repair a secondhand
costume. She's thus earned her Costume Goddess title.
Photos of Dina in many of her costumes appear in a two-part costume gallery here on this web site:
The Costume Goddess Tells All Costuming Books
Dina has published six books of her own on belly dance costuming
as well as writing nearly all the costuming section for The
Belly Dance Book. For information on her series of books, The Costume Goddess Tells All, see her web site at www.costumegoddess.com.
For reviews here on Shira.net of some of her books, see:
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