It seems that as a belly dancer we never have enough….costuming! It’s inappropriate to walk around in visible costume if you’re at a performance and not performing, so we are supposed to be suitably covered up (yet ready to dance at a moment’s notice). In the Louisiana summer a modified take on a traditional Ghawazee Coat is perfect. For an ATS or tribal dancer the side slits allow your 25 yard skirt to flow, and they look great with harem pants too.
Somehow a beautiful brown and gold brocade at Joann’s made it to the clearance section, I knew it had to be my summer coverup. So one Monday, after work, I sewed one up using the Simplicity pattern 2159 as a base.
As a pattern review, I used View A, omitted sleeves, ignored lining and facing instructions, enlarged the armholes, inserted a zipper closure instead of frogs or buttons, and narrow hemmed the entire coat. I have used the pattern before and would use again with modifications, of course.
Now for some sword fun!