Thanks Bama, That stack N Whack I did when I first started quilting a long time ago. Actually about 3 years ago but it seems like forever. I didn't finish it until way after Katrina. I started it at Mama's Quilt Shop before I moved up here and then finished it after I moved up here with the help of the ladies at Mama's. Sheymema was the lady who let me and MaryAnn quilt it on her frame. So I guess you can say we all had a hand it in.
Well, I just had a quick look through my patterns and don't have anything other than crop tops. However, I have made longer BD tops out of just a stretch velvet t-shirt. All you have to do is cut off the outer corners of the shirt so that the front and back are V's of fabric. Then just hem it. If you want to decorate, do a beaded whip-stitch over the edge of the fabric. Another tip is to open up the underarm seams about 40% of the way, to keep the shirt from riding up. I will also look online to see if I can find a pattern for the choli. I know there was a company that made BD patterns, but can't remember the name.
Thanks for the compliments re the belly dance costumes. The orange was a favorite of mine too. I was a member of a troupe for a few years and we all made costumes out of that orange velvet. I wasn't so keen on it to begin with since I didn't think orange looked good on me, but the challenge brought out something special, I think. I have since sold that one since it had some technical issues.
If you are interested in sewing more complex belly dance costumes I can give you advice if you would like. Just let me know!