Here at Adonia Belly Dance we love sparkly things, but what happens when you buy (or swap) a belly dance costume but it's just a little too short? Well you could resale it, or...make it work. Recently, I traded on of my costumes for this beautiful pink costume. I absolutly LOVE this costume but it is a little short for me. I knew this when I traded it but was determined to find a way to make it work for me. In my quest I have found a few options that worked beautifuly and I thought I would share them with you.
The Original Costume
So above is an image of the costume in the condition that I recieved it. I am 5'8" and this skirt is about 2" to short for me. This is a problem as I am super picky about how costumes fit and want to be absolutly sure the costume is flattering for my body.
Option 1: Add a Ruffle
My friend Sonya suggested I add a ruffle like the skirt above. I like the idea and think that there are some costumes that this would be the perfect option for. However, it just didn't feel right for this costume.
Option 2: Layer the Skirts
Then there was the idea of adding a fuller underskirt to add length as well as modesty in the slit area. I tried this on and it felt very comfortable. This was definitely an acceptable option and gave it coverage and some fullness while keeping the nice sleek lines of the costume. Dancing in this was a breeze and actually made it feel more comfortable to move in.
Option 3: Add Feathers
Then, sorta out of the blue, I thought...oh feathers... that would be cool. I wonder how that would look. So, I grabed a full boa and using safety pins I attached the boa about evey two inches. This kept the feathers well secured but still easily removable. I felt this was best so that the feathers could be washed, replaced, or removed if the next owner doesn't like or need them. The only problem was that when I danced in it I kept steping on the feathers.
Option 4: Add Feathers + Layer the Skirts
So I added the pink skirt back underneath and BAM! I was in LOVE! It was beautiful and functional. It was the perfect length and the underskirt kept me from steping on the feathers. It worked out perfectly and it is a dream to dance in.
Before you ask... NO, it is not for sale...yet ;) But I do hope that these options help you turn your next costume dilemma into a creation that is perfect for you. If you have any questions or comments please message me below. Did you create something fab using the tips in this blog post? Please post images here so we can all see your amazing creation. If you do not see a comments box below please click here to join the conversation. I would love to hear and see your feedback.