This is Volume 4 in a series of books about belly dance costuming written by Dina Lydia, The Costume Goddess. In this installment, Dina offers inspiration and instructions for a variety of belly dance costume pieces that can be worn on the arms, including sleeves, armbands, and gloves.
The book opens with a photo gallery showing assorted dancers modeling their costumes with assorted arm decorations. In all, the gallery features 34 pictures of different arm garments.
The next section talks about different body issues such as heavy versus thin arms, long verus short, small versus large bust, and how to decide which type of arm costuming might be most flattering for each of these areas. This is followed by a brief review of sewing tools and techniques.
From here the book moves forward with its instructional section. It covers different kinds of sleeves, armbands, gloves, and drapes. For each item, it offers basic instructions on how to make it, how to decorate it, and how to vary the basic concept for different looks. This section is illustrated with many drawings showing how to create the patterns and assemble them.
This book is shorter than some of Dina's other Costume Goddess books. However, she also charges a lower price for it, so it still offers reasonable value for the money.
The book offers a large variety of creative ideas for arm costuming, some that would cover the arm and others that would merely accent it. Troupes looking for costume ideas could use the suggestions in this book to create an original look for their ensemble, and solo dancers will find many ideas for enhancing their costumes to differentiate themselves from the ranks of people wearing mass-produced Egyptian bra / belt / skirt sets.
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Every dancer who would like to wear some kind of costuming on her arms should refer to this book for ideas. Whether your taste leans toward sleeves, gloves, armbands, drapes, or other decorations, you'll find many creative ideas in this book with detailed instructions on how to make them. I recommend it.
My association with Dina (the author) began when she offered to write an Ask the Costume Goddess column for this web site. She is a valued contributor, and I much appreciate the many articles that she wrote for me.
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These articles were written by Dina Lydia, the Costume Goddess on the subject of costuming for the arms. If you find these useful, then there is a strong chance you would enjoy an entire book written by her on this subject.
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