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Here's a look at the finished costume!

A beautiful, unique, and well-made ensemble that's sturdy enough for years of professional work.
(Click here for the DIY costume tutorial on constructing this belly dance bra)

Anthea in green
          handmade costume
belly dance bra

Since the material itself was so beautiful (and flashy) I wanted to keep the trim simple. I just added V-shaped beaded fringe topped with a small sequinned gold braid, and put a thick cording along the upper edges of the bra and belt, and along the edge of the skirt.
 

lining inside the
          costume bra
I was a good girl and lined this bra before I started wearing it. I know some people recommend linings that can be replaced or washed, but I never do that, so the lining is just to make the bra slightly more comfortable. Linings don't make that much of a difference to me, they just look good when you're getting dressed in front of other dancers!

In retrospect, since the quantity of heavy glass fringe makes this bra quite heavy, I would use an over-the-shoulder strap design instead of the choker arrangement. As a matter of fact, years of halter straps ended up damaging my neck. Not a lot, but it could've been avoided with regular straps.

...I've since sold this lovely costume, and I miss it!


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