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How to make your Tribal/ATS Belly Dance Costume:How to make a coin bra

Find a bra with very sturdy cups your size. Don't worry if it's the right size around, as the shoulder straps will be detached from the back and extended with cotton ties for the more secure halter style fit. You can and should line the inside of the cups with buckram or thick felt to reinforce the fabric, as the coins will add significant weight. Coins can be of local mint, or vintage pieces available from Sirik.com, or Tribal to the Max or you can even use religious medals. Materials needed: One black bra, 1 meter of 1cm wide cotton tape, 2 meters of 3cm wide cotton tape, coins or other decorations for the bra cups.




Once you have detached the shoulder straps from the back of the bra and have removed the elastic on the side, it is time to rebuild your bra. If the shoulder strap fabric isn't the basic elastic found on inexpensive bras, you can keep it attached to the cup and just add an extention. If it is elastic, you will probably replace it with this shape of cotton tie strap as pictured below. You will have to try on your bra, and adjust the 'legs' to figure out where it will be places for secure fit:

The replacement straps on the sides will be of similar shape, but thicker and sturdier. Attach them to the sides of the bra cup where the original elastic was. One 'leg' of the strap on the top, one 'leg' on the bottom of the cup. Again you will have to adjust them for a snug and secure fit. Leave plenty of length for your ties, as you can always trim excess off. Once all the straps are adjusted and pinned on for a correct fit, sew them to the cups. If you need to, now is the time to line the bra cups with buckram or felt to stiffen it up. Then all you have left to do is stitch, sew, or otherwise attach your decorations/coins/jewelry onto the cups.

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