Craft Central: Making a belly dance overskirt in 10 minutes

Posted on Nov 4, 2009

Making a fun and stylish belly dance overskirt is a cheap and easy way to stock your belly dance wardrobe. It only takes a few minutes and there is no sewing involved. Wear your overskirt with or without a hipscarf, wear it to class, or even to performances. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own overskirt. Click on the images for a larger view or visit the album.

1) You need a pair of scissors and 1 yard of fabric. Make sure your fabric is a 4-way stretch material. Pull it gently in all directions to make sure it is. Spandex and Matte Jersey are good choices.

2) Make sure your fabric has smooth, even edges and remove all printers marks.


3) Fold fabric over once, matching the short ends, not the long ends.


4) Fold fabric a second time, but going the other direction. There should be four layers.


5) Use the scissors to cut along the top fold. Be careful not to cut too much as your opening will double in size when you unfold it.


6) Check size of opening to see if it fits around your hips and there you have your overskirt!

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  1. Sorry – but for clarification…

    In step 5, you mention to cut along the "top" fold. Which one is the "top" fold??


  2. The top fold is the very last fold you make.

  3. This is perfect! I knew this was crazy-easy, but I couldn’t remember how to do it. Thanks!

  4. Ok I am confused as heck. How does this stay up? Do you tie it, slip it on, wrap and tuck? And you take the fabric fold in half one way then fold it in half the other way the cut the top by how much? Is there a way you can post more details or a video tutorial? I am trying to make my first costume and am freaking out on how to do the bras and belts and making them usable. This would make it so much easier if I could attempt something “simple” first. HELP!!!

  5. It stays on because it is made of a stretch fabric and has some elastic in it that will fit to your body. The trick is to make the hole smaller than your hips so that it stretches open for you to get it over your hips but “snaps” back into place around you because of the stretch. It is essential that you select a 4-way stretch spandex or Lycra for this skirt to work.

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