DIY Ruched Mini Skirt For Belly Dance

By Vintagemode - June 03, 2020

Belly dance also referred to as Arabic dance is an expressionful dance which first got its bud in Egypt. The costume which dancers wear is called the ‘Beddlah Style.’ This includes a top or a bra, a well fitted hip belt and a skirt. Skirts which they wear have varieties and styles. It is a draped garment made out of a single piece of fabric. Its fullness is introduced by means of darts, gores, pleats or panels and its name is called ‘Izaar' in this culture. Today belly dancing is practiced by a diverse array of dancers who wish to not only gain better health through fitness but also those who want to improve their self-esteem. Although, it is still a form of entertainment, it is also used as a tool to strengthen and tone core muscle group in the body, like the lower back muscles.

Belly dancing looks enchanting enough on its own, but if you want to make your performance look even more magical, consider making a belly dance skirt on your own. The process is easy, and once you get the hang of it, you can modify the pattern to create additional seams and slits. One of them is a tucked mini skirt. You can even make multiple skirts to layer over one another but as of now, the process for the ruched skirt is as under:

NOTE: Take a matching color thread. ½ yard of stretched fabric.

  • Measure your belt line or set where you want the top of the mini skirt to sit. Don’t forget to measure the largest part of your hips.
  • Take both numbers and divide each one by 4. 
  • Just after this, fold your fabric right sides together and make sure the direction of the stretch is along the width of the fabric. Fold it again, you can fold in such a way that 2 panels are cut in one go but if your fabric is hard, fold twice and do one panel at a time.
  • At the top of the fold, pick a point, and measure a quarter of your belt line measurement minus 2cm and mark a mark there.
  • Back on the fold, go down 5cm and measure the same length again. Then again back on the fold, go down 7.5cm and measure a quarter of your hip line measurement minus 1cm. One more time back on the fold, go down 20cm, and measure a quarter of your hip measurement minus 1cm again. 
  • Count these points and smooth out the curve, then cut along the line.
  • From the left-over fabric, cut out 2 strips that are 1m long and 2cm wide. Stretch and run the strips through your hand.
  • Take the panels, for each one, fold the top and bottom edges 2.5cm towards the wrong side and do a zigzag stitch to keep the fold in place. Then place them right sides together and at the sides, do a straight stitch with a 2cm seam allowance. Stretch gently as you sew. 
  • At both seams, press them open and sew down the seam allowance about 2mm from one edge. Use a straight stitch and stretch gently as you sew. Do the same for both sides.
  • Turn the skirt inside out. Now take the strap you made, put a safety pin on one end and thread it from the bottom of the skirt. Once it’s out at the top, send it back into the next channel. As soon as it is back at the bottom, either tie knots or add beads or feather to make it more elegant. 

Your ruched mini skirt is complete. Adjust the length of your skirt according to your own preference and enjoy your new outfit. You can also go for shiny spandex as that looks awesome when worn as a costume too.

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