How to Make Isis Wings
Isis wings are a stunning and captivating dance accessory that has gained popularity in belly dance and other performances, offering an ethereal and enchanting touch. They can be custom designed to suit your performance persona or style preferences, whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just starting out. No need to break the bank, as making your own set of beautiful Isis wings is achievable at home. In this article, we will walk you through the process of creating your personalized Isis wings, step by step.
To make your own Isis wings, you’ll need the following materials:
1. Chiffon or Lame fabric (about 3-4 yards)
2. Rhinestones, sequins, and other embellishments (optional)
3. A pair of heavy-duty scissors
4. Strong fabric glue or sewing thread and needle
5. Measuring tape
6. Flexible steel rods (2 pieces)
7. Neckband or collar
Step 1: Choose the Fabric
Start by purchasing your chosen fabric. Chiffon is highly recommended due to its lightweight nature and ability to create fluid movements while dancing. However, if you prefer a more metallic look for your wings, Lame fabric is an excellent choice.
Step 2: Prepare the Pattern
Measure the length from your fingertip to fingertip when arms are fully extended sideways. This will be the width of your pattern layout on the fabric. Next, measure from the nape of your neck down to where you’d like the wings to end on your back – this will determine their length.
Step 3: Cut and Shape Your Wings
Fold the fabric in half with the right sides touching each other and aligning the selvage edges. Using lines from steps 1 and 2 as a guide on both halves, cut out an oval shape, leaving a margin of about at least 1 inch around the pattern for hems and adjustments. After cutting, unfold the fabric to reveal your beautiful wings.
Step 4: Hem the Edges
Hem the edges using a strong fabric glue or sewing thread to keep them neat and prevent fraying. Allow enough time for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Attach Steel Rods
To create structural support, slide the flexible steel rods into the sides of your wings, making sure they are evenly distributed along with the length. This will help them maintain their shape as you dance.
Step 6: Embellish Your Wings
Layer up your wings with rhinestones, sequins, beads, or other embellishments of your choice. This is an opportunity to add a personal touch, so get creative and let your personality shine through your design.
Step 7: Attach Neckband or Collar
Lastly, attach your neckband or collar directly onto the wings’ base around the nape of your neck. Sew or glue it securely in place. You’re ready to rock your own homemade Isis wings!
Creating personalized Isis wings is a fun and rewarding project that can enhance any dance performance. Follow these simple steps and soon enough you’ll have a stunning set of wings tailored just for you. Enjoy twirling on stage or in practice with pride as you show off your unique creation. Happy dancing!