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Belle Costume

So I decided to go as Belle from Beauty and the Beast for our biennial Christmas party last year. While I was pinteresting for ideas, I came across Tracy's Costuming World blog who had blogged her Belle costume creation complete with instructions. On the back of my success with the easy jersey knit dress, I decided to follow Tracy's lead and make my costume instead of buying it. A bit of a leap, I know, but I really didn't like any of the stuff in the costume shops. Rather than jumping in head on, I decided to first make a prototype skirt for a friend's daughter... Practice makes perfect right? I didn't make an underskirt or a full overskirt for the prototype. I mainly used the prototype to learn how to ruffle fabric, and to learn the basic mechanics of putting a skirt like this together. I also went with an elastic waistband instead of zip and hook so my friend's daughter is able to get a bit more wear out of it.. 3yr olds grow so quickly after all! For my full costume, I again tweaked the instructions a little... For one, I didn't make a proper corset - I tweaked the top half of the easy party dress pattern (free by SoSewEasy here on Craftsy) to make it longer and more shaped and to have the lacing at the back. I also used satin for the valence instead of velvet, and chose not to bother with all the valence embellishments. I used only satin for the large bows, and used organza for the shoulder piece which I liked much better than the satin that Tracy used in her costume. This was hands down the hardest thing I've made, but it was also so satisfying because of that. I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner but it is definitely possible (this was the second thing I ever made!) with lots of patience and perseverance. Fabric from: OnlineFabricStore.net Other sewing bits and pieces from: Spotlight Pattern instructions from: http://tracyscostumingworld.weebly.com/belles-gold-ball-gown.html

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Easy Party Dress

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Project Description

So I decided to go as Belle from Beauty and the Beast for our biennial Christmas party last year. While I was pinteresting for ideas, I came across Tracy's Costuming World blog who had blogged her Belle costume creation complete with instructions. On the back of my success with the easy jersey knit dress, I decided to follow Tracy's lead and make my costume instead of buying it. A bit of a leap, I know, but I really didn't like any of the stuff in the costume shops. Rather than jumping in head on, I decided to first make a prototype skirt for a friend's daughter... Practice makes perfect right? I didn't make an underskirt or a full overskirt for the prototype. I mainly used the prototype to learn how to ruffle fabric, and to learn the basic mechanics of putting a skirt like this together. I also went with an elastic waistband instead of zip and hook so my friend's daughter is able to get a bit more wear out of it.. 3yr olds grow so quickly after all! For my full costume, I again tweaked the instructions a little... For one, I didn't make a proper corset - I tweaked the top half of the easy party dress pattern (free by SoSewEasy here on Craftsy) to make it longer and more shaped and to have the lacing at the back. I also used satin for the valence instead of velvet, and chose not to bother with all the valence embellishments. I used only satin for the large bows, and used organza for the shoulder piece which I liked much better than the satin that Tracy used in her costume. This was hands down the hardest thing I've made, but it was also so satisfying because of that. I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner but it is definitely possible (this was the second thing I ever made!) with lots of patience and perseverance. Fabric from: OnlineFabricStore.net Other sewing bits and pieces from: Spotlight Pattern instructions from: http://tracyscostumingworld.weebly.com/belles-gold-ball-gown.html

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