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Costuming from the Hip [Spiral-bound]

Barry Brown
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September 1997 0967817005 978-0967817002 Spiral
Costuming from the Hip is a comprehensive reference for anyone who works with Middle Eastern dancewear. Dancers, costume makers, designers, and historical re-enactors will like the many illustrations, historical patterns, construction techniques, and hundreds of hints and tips. This 120-page book will take you step-by-step through measuring your body, researching your costume, laying out the patterns, fitting it, and accessorizing your creation.

Topics covered include:
* Making your measurement chart
* Turkish coats, kaftans, and thobes
* Veils
* Jewelry
* Designing for every body type
* Coin, tassle, and cabaret belts
* Bras and cholis
* Shirts, vests, and blouses
* Men's wear
* Going professional.

The book includes a glossary, a list of suppliers specializing in Middle Eastern dancewear, and an extensive bibliography.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
I'm a costumer of the Philadelphia area bellydancers, with over 30 years of sewing experience under my beaded and bangled belt.
When I'm drawing up a new design for a customer, "Costuming From the Hip" is the book I always come back to for advice and moral support. There are lots of other wonderful books that address the sewing techniques that go into a costume, but few that address the unique concerns of a bellydance costumers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tribal Bellyance Costumes Aug. 7 2012
By Satine
Format:Paperback
This book a bit pricey for what it is. What it is useful for is giving basic ideas. It is definitely for beginners. Specifically for those interested in costumes for modern "American Tribal Styled" bellydance costumes. It is not a book for anyone who does re-enactment.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is CRAP May 27 2004
Format:Spiral-bound
i buy this book for my girlfriend...its not a book, its a stapled pile of paper at the price of a hardcover book
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Sept. 15 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
This is a TERRIFIC book for bellydancers who are starting to explore the world of costume-making for their craft. Even if you can barely sew at all (like me) this book gives you enough information for you to build a multitude of costumes. The drawings show how several different pieces can be re-combined, and multiple variations on a theme.
The binding was purposefully chosen to permit the costumer to lay the book flat (I only wish more cookbooks used this idea!); mine has been laid flat, folded over, and abused in dozens of different ways and has never lost a single page. Bad bindings are easily replaced by the publisher if you send a faulty one back.
This is a PERFECT book for folks on a budget who are trying to achieve an expensive look without breaking their wallet as well; it's affordably priced and it covers inexpensive techniques that look like a fortune. I've frequently referred back to this book while creating new outfits.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Create a Costume that is Uniquely YOU Feb. 4 2002
By Wendy A. B. Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
This is a very well-done book for costuming. From constructing a coin belt to making a Turkish coat and everything in between, you will be able to design the perfect costume for you. She even includes tips on what types of costumes look best on certain body types! No matter your "flaws," if you take the advice in this book, you will be a Goddess in your costume.
Brown's bibliography is extensive, and so is her resouce list. I cannot wait to get my copy of "From Turban to Toe Ring!"
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good beginner's guide to costume creation Jan. 2 2003
By Rina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
A very basic book for the beginner seamstress looking to make their first belly dance costume. Good breakdown of subjects including how to design a costume that will suit each dance/dancer and the techniques needed to acheive the goal. The next book in the series (Bedlah, Baubles and Beads) includes all of this information and adds more detailed information.
Excellent resources listed at the back of the book, too.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just starting off June 4 2002
By Lilac Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I've been grabbing for any and all info in regards to the world of belly dancing. Though I do not sew (so far).. Going through this book was highly informative. It tells you how to pick the costume for your body type (something everyone should learn how to do!), as well as instructs on how to go about putting a costume together. I might donate this book to my sister, as she sews... maybe I can hire her to make a costume or two!
For anyone who does make their own costumes, or sews anything at all - I would definitely recommend this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book I Always Come Back To When I'm Designing Dec 5 2003
By Shelley Ashfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
I'm a costumer of the Philadelphia area bellydancers, with over 30 years of sewing experience under my beaded and bangled belt.
When I'm drawing up a new design for a customer, "Costuming From the Hip" is the book I always come back to for advice and moral support. There are lots of other wonderful books that address the sewing techniques that go into a costume, but few that address the unique concerns of a bellydance costumers.
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