The Right Base for a Belly Dance Bra
If you want to make your own belly dance bra - one that looks good AND fits properly - then finding the right base is 90% of the battle.
Sure, you can buy a ready-made costume bra and tweak it, but no amount of tweaking will ever get it exactly right - especially if you are larger than a D cup. Belly dance bras are made in a very basic range of sizes. Transforming a lingerie bra into a costume bra isn't always the most straightforward thing- but the fact is that there's much more science behind their sizing and therefore a much better chance that they'll fit you better (and therefore make you look better!). Shushanna has some great advice on her blog on how to choose an everyday bra that's suitable for embellishment. I especially like her "bowl of cherries" tip!
The trouble is that if you can't find a bra that passes the cherry-bowl test, you're going to have to stiffen it with plastic mesh or buckram, which is a fiddly job. If that's the case, then you can buy a professional belly dance bra base from Egypt on eBay:
Pretty Egyptian Belly Dance Handmade Solid Dina Bra Bras Pick your Color SAle
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
Egyptian Handmade Solid Bra Dina Professional Belly Dance Dancing skin color
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Egyptian Handmade Solid Bras Bra Dina Professional Belly Dance Dancing 437
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
Of course, these bra bases are sold in a few basic sizes and are unlikely to be a perfect fit - but at least they are easy to cut and adjust, unlike a bra that has already been covered and embellished. And they're cheap enough that you can buy two or three and experiment!