Costuming Workshop - Create Your Own Professional Belt

Belt Workshop

All the Sundays in January - 5, 12, 19, 26 12:30-2:30pm

A tribal fusion or transnational fusion costume that lives up to your dreams - that makes you feel gorgeous - that stays put and is comfortable while you shimmy - is that possible for you right now with your skill set?  All it takes is learning how. Costumes need to look good and feel good, last for many years (so you're not just slowly wasting your money) and through lots of shimmying and sweating, and they can't wiggle around and come loose in layers, making you look silly on stage. They need to shimmer, sparkle, have beautiful lines, and the fabric needs to sometimes be strong and stand up to stress, and sometimes move and float and shimmer - it all depends on your vision. That's a lot to ask!


tribal fusion belt

Learn to create a belt from beginning to end - on the cheap, if needed - from someone who's been doing it for 13 years on a professional basis, with a 5 star Etsy rating and thousands upon thousands of sales, and who has learned loads of tips and tricks from the very, very best. From creative idea to finished piece, this unusual workshop series will bring you all the way through the process.

This workshop can be taken in entirety, or in pieces. I of course recommend the full series, but I understand that sometimes, our budgets or schedules won't allow, or sometimes we already have a specific skill set and don't need that lesson. So I've broken it up into 4 sessions. This is our cozy little costuming cocoon for the winter (sorry I couldn't get them in order! Haha! Check the week numbers carefully before adding them to your cart):


Week 1: Creative Process - Drafting Your Ideas (different methods), movement (or not) and flow (fabric choices), the story - central to your costume design, so that it communicates your point to the audience clearly,  sources for beautiful and reasonably priced (or not) materials for your work, and more. In short, everything that seasoned costumers know about costuming that a newer costumer might never thin k of for years! This workshop is a shortcut to the appreciation of this beautiful art form that I love so much, and appreciation is where 'talent' begins.

Week 2: Drafting Your Belt Base and Pattern - Bring an old Pair of Jeans (not too thin) or some upholstery fabric, at least 2 yards. If you want a permanent pattern to use over and over, bring also a yard of felt. Also bring any fabric (may be an old pretty shirt, even... scraps, whatever) that you want to be the actual surface of the belt. If you want the fabric to be the main focus, patterned fabric is fine - otherwise, more plain fabric is better, so that your trim, buttons, kuchi pieces, and the other jewelry etc that you sew onto it are easy to see. Otherwise it becomes a big visual mess! But don't bring all the bits and bobs yet - just the fabrics.

Tribal Fusion Bellydance Belt

Week 3:  Decorating the Base - Design Elements - Lines, Swirls, Accents, Circles, Points of Interest, Drapes, Scarves (attached), and more! (Weeks 3 and 4 need to be taken together - and only if you already have a belt base ready to go!) We'll talk about design theory and help you lay out your elements - bring all you have! We'll show you how to securely attach everything (even Turkoman buttons with sunken shanks), some professional tips and tricks, and how to get your belt and scarf to play nice together for gorgeous layers on your tribal costuming. 

Week 4: Decorating the Base - Finishing Up - I'll help you with your final tasks and help you with all remaining questions, and we can talk about all the new ideas you have for future projects with any remaining time (if there is any)! Believe me, you'll need this whole session. People way underestimate how long it takes to make their first pieces and make them look professional. This will ensure everything is up to professional standards, and you look amazing onstage!

Let's create together!

Amy Danielson Tribal Fusion Costumer
Photo by Oneiros Imaging