This costume is very easy. The fun part is looking for the fun trims ,tassels and fringes to embellish the costume with.I actually did research into authentic period belly dancers.I was going for a more authentic look. The idea was to make something you wouldn't see in a costume shop. Dancers used to sell there money onto their costumes. I found a stretch belt at a thrift store that had gold coin -like medallions on it. I cut the medallions off the belt and sewed them onto a red halter top that I made. I simply sewed them on in rows like roof shingles, then added gold trim and fringe.
The skirts is eight panels of red and gold fabrics that I attached matching trim, fringe ,tassels and some gold medallions across the waistband.