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Easy Shirt & Skirt

by Marie Sultana Robinson,
dancing as Ayesha


This one is so easy it's a laugh. Often, if a woman has put on a tad of weight or is busty, it's almost impossible finding a midriff shirt to wear to class. Here's an easy solution!

Take a cheap tee shirt and tuck it under your bra in the back, and then pull the front up and around your bra and hold with a pin or with a brooch for a cheap bolero type top. If you like, add some coins or sequins, or use Scribbles fabric paint for some nice touches. 

Then take a pair of tights or excercise pants, and tuck 2-3 yards of chiffon in the top elastic waist to simulate a skirt. The length of material can double as a veil another time. Chiffon can be picked up for about $9-$15. Add a hip belt and you have a nice — not great, but nice — and cheap class outfit. 

I have several 3-yard lengths of chiffon and t-shirts to match.  I have a blue shirt and chiffon, a purple set and a beige set. I mix and match the sets in combinations. Each outfit, chiffon skirt and tee and an alternate chiffon for a veil cost me about $30 for an outfit. Ok, it's not a cast iron bra, but hey, t-shirts are easier to wash. And I've performed in these, and even "great dancers" asked me how I achieved the look.



About the Author

Marie Sultana Robinson, known in dance circles as Ayesha, needed something easy-to-make and affordable to wear to class, so she came up with this practice outfit. If you like, you can send her e-mail at



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