Project List: Pattern(you don't really need a pattern)
Fabric-chiffon,sequin stretch,silk(a bit hot),light weight brocade,etc
Matching thread-remember if its see through -you don't want your thread showing
Trim-not necessary if you have already a pattern on your fabric
Made this dress in less than an hour. I used pajama pattern 4359 from Butterick. I used pattern letter D-very right pattern on picture above. I only needed 4 yards for the dress and the head scarf. I redid the neckline a bit because I was using glitter dot chiffon and didn't want to put interfacing(see through fabric) so I didn't do the scallop neckline.
I did sew on paillettes trim on the neckline. I didn't use my serger either since the fabric is delicate so I just did a zig zag serge on my sewing machine. I left the slits on the side since I was putting the dress over a skirt and halter top. I added paillettes trim on the slits and head scarf. I adjusted the sleeve by cutting them a lot wider below the elbow. I can always make it smaller but never bigger.
This pattern is easy-no zipper,buttons,etc. All you do is sew it together. Might be tricky for beginner sewers not experienced with delicate fabrics. If you are a beginner-I suggest you sew one up in some cheap fabric to see how it comes out . Then you adjust and see how it fits before you use your good fabric.
Links on how to make a beledi dress http://www.ruric-amari.com/Ruric-Amari-Com/Costumes/Beladi.htm
tips on sewing with glitter dot stretch fabric http://www.shira.net/cg/glitterdot.htm
How to tie head scarves(Fariha found this site) http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/tying.pl
Patterns for sale http://www.madamexcostumes.com/newpages/patterns.html http://www.atirasfashions.com/pattern_page.html
to buy a Beledi dress http://www.salomestent.com/dress.htm http://www.thegoddessgarden.net/tt_garbncostumes.html http://theorabellydanceboutique.homestead.com/dressbrabelt.html
http://www.whirling-dervish.co.uk/folk%20main%20frame.html http://www.beledi.com/products.php?id=5 Tue, October 16, 2007 - 9:42 AM