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Thrifty Chic for Bellydancers


Book 6: Thrifty Chic for Bellydancers

Updated 2014 Edition

Turn secondhand and found items into costume treasure.
I'll tell you what to look for and what to do with it!
Lots of pictures, advice, examples, how-to and tips.


COSTUME GALLERIES My own costume designs

PHOTOGRAPHY: Favorite performance images

Frequently asked questions 

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Frequently Asked Questions

ARE YOUR COSTUMES FOR SALE?
I'm flattered you like them, but the costumes on my galleries are my personal wardrobe, not for sale or rent at this time.

DO YOU DO CUSTOM DESIGN?
I no longer do custom sewing for either local or distant customers. Instead I teach design and sewing through my how-to books. I also do custom graphic design.

DO YOU DO DESIGN CONSULTATION?:
If you email me a full length photo and your preferences, I can design and sketch a costume ensemble with sewing details and samples of materials. A local costume-maker can do the construction. E-mail me to price a personal design consultation.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND CLASSES?
Goddess or not, I couldn't possibly know where you can find a job, a seamstress or a teacher in your town thousands of miles from mine! Try Shira's Directory for local information.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN HISTORICAL COSTUMES?
I am not an historian of Middle Eastern dress. I'm afraid I can't tell you how to wrap a turban, authentic 14th century Moroccan style for your SCA event. You may find useful articles at the historical sites on my links page.

I NEED SEWING and DESIGN ADVICE...
I AM known for dishing out free advice (time permitting) but when asking a stranger for a favor, a "please" and a "thank you" don't hurt, hm?
And if the question is "I know nothing, can you tell me everything?" don't be surprised if I refer you to my books, which have all the answers...

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