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    Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    So I'm not sure if they're even called leg wraps or something else entirely, but I mean this kind:
    (which by the way, this is a beautiful picture of a beautiful dancer, but I found it on Pinterest and despite my best attempts at google-image-searching it, I could not find the original source nor any information about the dancer, so if anyone has any information about it I would like to put credit here!)

    My first question is probably a little obvious, forgive me. What material do you use to make one? Just sew one long ribbon out of matching fabric? Would ribbon of a complementary color work if I didn't have that?While I do know to attach the leg wrap to something, I'm not sure which part of the costume. I assume the easiest way would be to sew in dance shorts/undies then sew the ribbon to that?

    And when performing, is there ever a problem with the fabric slipping and messing up the criss-cross pattern? Or is this a nonissue?

    I feel a bit dense for asking all this, but I'm a complete newbie to making belly dance costumes and really making clothing in general. Any help would be much appreciated!


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    I haven't seen the current ones, but back in the day, we made these from light weight elastic which had a satin finish. The places where the straps crossed were stitched together. Sometimes there were decorations stitched one as well.

    The main issue would be keeping the top and the bottom in place. So if you could thread elastic through those points, you could definitely use fabric which matched the skirt, an actual ribbon could also be used, although your results may be mixed.

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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    you might try googling tights for go go dancer or (ducks) strippers.. I once bought a pair of nude color tights with rhinestone
    appliques on the legs and it was from a stripper store hehe


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    Sock glue?
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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    OK, looking at that it seems to me that it is actually two ribbons done ballet-shoe style criss crossing down the leg and wrapping round the ankle and fastening. I think the ribbons are attached to her boy shorts beneath her costume, starting from the same place at the back of the "under butt" and positioned like a V. If the ribbons are taut enough at the two anchor points (butt and ankle) and also, especially, if they are made of something like lycra that has a little give and is going to want to cling to the skin, that's probably all that's needed.
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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    Quote Originally Posted by lapetitdanseus View Post
    So I'm not sure if they're even called leg wraps or something else entirely, but I mean this kind:
    (which by the way, this is a beautiful picture of a beautiful dancer, but I found it on Pinterest and despite my best attempts at google-image-searching it, I could not find the original source nor any information about the dancer, so if anyone has any information about it I would like to put credit here!)

    My first question is probably a little obvious, forgive me. What material do you use to make one? Just sew one long ribbon out of matching fabric? Would ribbon of a complementary color work if I didn't have that?While I do know to attach the leg wrap to something, I'm not sure which part of the costume. I assume the easiest way would be to sew in dance shorts/undies then sew the ribbon to that?

    And when performing, is there ever a problem with the fabric slipping and messing up the criss-cross pattern? Or is this a nonissue?

    I feel a bit dense for asking all this, but I'm a complete newbie to making belly dance costumes and really making clothing in general. Any help would be much appreciated!
    If you want to find the original image, have you tried TinEye?

    Whenever I see something like this I wonder if it's possibly done with wired ribbons or some other stiff material that basically stays in that shape, although I can't imagine that would be terribly comfortable, so that's really just idle speculation on my part. I'd love to know how it's really done.

    Quote Originally Posted by tahiradancer View Post
    I haven't seen the current ones, but back in the day, we made these from light weight elastic which had a satin finish. The places where the straps crossed were stitched together. Sometimes there were decorations stitched one as well.
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    Aha; I was just rethinking that stitching the crisscrosses might keep the shape...I didn't read carefully enough your answer!
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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    Hello!

    In addition to the excellent advice above re: stitching the criss cross, and making them out of a stretch elastic/lycra/ribbon, you could use a silicone caulk to add dots to the back of the fabric (the side that faces your skin) unless you have a silicone allergy! and that will provide a non-slip surface that will help keep it up. OR back the entire thing with silicone elastic :)
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    The biggest challenge with using ribbon as opposed to something stretchy is that, when you move, the size and shape of your leg changes. If the wrap doesn't adjust, you get gaps. And if you are using something which can't be anchored at the cross points, they will likely slip.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    although I've not tried it so can't say if it works...but what about body tape? Hollywood tape I think it's called.


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    Neither satin elastic nor lycra had even crossed my mind. For exact matching purposes I like the idea of using something like lycra, though I imagine trying to sew any material with a little give to it into a ribbon would make for quite the headache, especially without a serger or much experience, in my case. In this particular instance I need it to be black so satin elastic should do just fine!Thank you all so much for the great input!!


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    The dancer in the picture is the beautiful Taly from France and I think her costume is a Mamdouh Salama


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    I think they could be sewn (or attached with snaps? ) to lycra boy shorts matching the costume.

    I also want to try this. I was thinking of using elastics covered with same stretch lycra used for the costume.


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    You could also try contacting the beautiful Sedona, who owns a lovely costume with legs and arms wraps, and ask how they hold up!

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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    I also found this on eBay. It's attached to an elastic garter.

    ARM LEG Garter Wrap Gartini Gartinis Exotic Dancer Stri | eBay



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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    How about stretch-stitching the lycra fabric to a pair of skin-toned dance stockings (footless if preferred of course)? It would certainly stay put....


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    I tried making a pair for my arms this weekend. I made them with long tubes of lycra, held up by a lycra encased elastic band at the top. I would definitely use covered elastics for the straps next time (if I want them in a fabric I can't just order from Qamar's Ebay link). The empty lycra tubes roll up otherwise. I made mine for aerial silks and didn't use decoration since it could catch on the fabrics, so the rolling wasn't much of an issue, but if I had wanted to decorate them, the rolling issue would make them a failure. Stitching them together at the points where they cross works well, once I figured out how to get them on. Mine stayed in place perfectly.


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    I have a Bella with an arm strap like this.
    The straps are Lycra, probably with a light interfacing inside. Then they are embellished with beads and sequins that add extra stability. There is a bit of stretch, but not a ton. I have to wrap the two pieces fairly tight so they don't slide down. This seems to be the key-having the straps tight enough so that they down slide down, but not too tight that you turn blue.


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    Re: Making leg wraps(?)/keeping them up while dancing?

    but not too tight that you turn blue
    Brilliant - you just made an image pop up in my mind of a dancer with blue legs and arms in a blue costume - going into the direction of a very unhealthy Avatar-look...
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