Hey, motherTUCKERS! I’ve been asked by a few people (and noticed by fellow belly dancers) about the 25-yard skirt that I often wear in my outfit-of-the-day videos. The 25-yard skirt (also known as a tiered skirt) is a staple of belly dance costumes, particularly tribal fusion and tribal (i.e. ATS® and ITS). So, I decided to show you all how I tuck in my skirts, achieving a frilly, gothic look.
I encourage you all to watch the video, but you can read the basic instructions below on how to tuck your skirt. I’ll show you 4 different ways to tuck in your skirt: the Right-side tuck, the Hitchhiker tuck, the Double-cross tuck, and the Bustle tuck.
THE RIGHT-SIDE TUCK
Grab the left side of the skirt about 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down and pinch these pieces together. Bring these pieces up and hold them out to your left side.
Take the skirt that’s in your hand and bring it around the front to your right side. Twist the fabric together and tuck the skirt in on your right side.
Once these pieces are tucked, fluff out the ends to accentuate the frills on your right side.
Grab the skirt 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down. The further down you grab the skirt, the less the ends will stick out, creating less poof.
Bring the skirt up, flatten the side with your free hand and tuck the skirt in. Repeat this step on the other side.
This is the tuck that I wear most often in my gothic wardrobe. It’s one of the easier tucks to achieve and can easily be undone and re-done. This is essential when “nature calls”.
THE DOUBLE-CROSS TUCK
Grab the skirt 1/2 way down on your right side, then flatten the front of the skirt with your free hand. Tuck the skirt in on your left side.
Reach 1/2 way down the other side of the skirt. Pull this end out towards the side.
Take that end, wrap it around the back, and tuck the skirt in on your right side.
You may need a full-length mirror for this look, in order to keep the front and back of the skirt flat.
Reach 1/2 way down the right side of the skirt and hold the skirt out to the side.
Wrap that side towards the back and tuck in the skirt. Repeat this same step on the other side. Again, a full-length mirror will be helpful in making sure the front is flat and that the bustle is nice and fluffy.
I used the reflection of myself from a large window instead of a mirror, resulting in a sloppy bustle. Not only should I have used a mirror, but I also should have tucked the ends in more.
Now, let’s discuss yardage for a bit. Tiered skirts used for dancing typically come with different yardage: 15 yards (13.7 meters), 25 yards (22.9 meters), and 36 yards (32.9 meters). Tiered skirts also come in 10 yards (9.1 meters).
As you can see below, the more yardage a skirt has, the more fluffy the skirt will look. Keep in mind that more yardage may also increase the weight a skirt, depending on the type of fabric used.
That’s it for now, my dear lovelies. I really enjoyed creating this video and more importantly, my viewers found these tucking tips helpful. You’ll find that these tiered skirts are very versatile and are suitable for a whole range of body types. If you’re into long, frilly skirts like I am, these skirts make an excellent addition to a gothic wardrobe.
Peace, love & darkness,