Do you spend your time looking at gorgeous costumes online, wishing you could find a unique, flattering costume that would fit you like a dream? Dream no more! Learn how to make your own belly dance costumes in this hands-on workshop series!
We’ll take the mystery and fear out of making your own costume, and you’ll have hands-on guidance from start to finish. No previous sewing experience required!
In this 12-hour workshop series, you’ll learn:
- The most flattering costume designs for your unique figure
- How costumes are designed and constructed for fit, comfort, and durability
- How to make custom patterns for bra, belt, skirt, and dress
- How to sew beadwork and appliques to dress up your design
- How to create accessories like gauntlets, sleeves, and tummy covers
- How to store and care for your costumes
The workshops will be on Fridays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Oriental Phoenix Arts:
- May 5th – Workshop 1: Costume Basics & Belt Construction
- May 12th – Workshop 2: Bra Construction
- May 19th – Workshop 3: Skirt & Dress
- June 9th – Workshop 4: Embellishments
- June 16th – Workshop 5: Accessories & Finishing Touches
- June 23rd – Workshop 6: Social Sewing Time
These workshops are hands-on, so you’ll be creating as you learn. The workshop series is designed to give participants time to work on costume pieces between sessions, with extra time between Workshops 3 & 4.
Costume materials will not be required before attending the first session. Participants will receive a detailed list explaining the materials that they will need to purchase during the first class, as well as instructions on purchasing those items for those who are new to sewing.
Important Note: This workshop is NOT an AAMED certification requirement.
Oriental Phoenix Arts
17440 FM 529 #107B
Houston, TX 77095
EARLY BIRD (by April 28th)
Early Bird Single Payment
1 payment of $200
Early Bird Payment Plan
2 Payments of $100
Second payment is due by/on May 5th.
REGULAR PRICE (on/after April 29th)
1 payment of $220
Testimonials & Photos from Previous Costuming Course Participants:
“I cannot stress this enough, you will LOVE this class! I went in as a person with some light sewing knowledge (I’d made some costumes with my mom’s guidance) and signed up for this class hoping to gain even more sewing knowledge and get a pretty costume in the process. Well, not only did I totally get those things, I got so much more! Kelli teaches you how to make your own patterns that are perfect for your own body! As a person that had only ever made items from patterns I bought, this is like teaching me I could be ambidextrous even though I’m right-handed. She gives you just enough guidance to get you going and her enthusiasm helps push you through to the finish. I left feeling like the costume I made was wholly mine, but I also know I could never have done it without taking this class! Also, Kelli is a delightful teacher, is patient, and lets you contact her between classes if you get stuck or lost. Take this class, you won’t regret it!” – “Flo”
“Very instructive class. I enjoyed it a lot because I made new friends in the class and came up with a new costume and learned to make all those patterns! I also got tips and secrets from you to enhance my skills. I would take the class again” – Marite s.
“I loved the class, so much fun! Best part, we all came home not only with a new costume we created but with our own customized pattern. So we/you can continue designing more costumes. Kelli Nottingham is pretty awesome! You’ll like her and leave happy you took the class.” – Mary G.