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Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13

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Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13

Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13

Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13
Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13
Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13
Coolest Beauty and the Beast / Belle Costume 13

I have always loved the Disney Princesses, and Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite. I made this Beauty and the Beast/Belle Costume from a set of drapes my daughter found at a thrift store. These drapes are very old, rubber backed and heavy. The entire dress weighs about nine pounds, plus the crinoline. The skirt is a full double layer. It was nice and warm. I used Simplicity pattern 4269 as a base pattern, but I made a few alterations.

I used drapery pulls to create the pulled up effects. I looked at pics of dresses others had completed from this pattern, and I was displeased with the lack of fullness of the skirt, so I tripled it. This required me to attach the skirt by hand, using a very old technique called cartridge pleating. It was fascinating to learn. I had to follow instructions I found online to do this, as no one that I knew was familiar with it.

I found a gold colored pillow at the Goodwill store and took it apart for the rope like trim. This was also the first time I used boning in a pattern, but it wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated. I also used a bed ruffle to make the proper ‘Pantaloon’ type leg garments for under the dress.

I bought the crinoline. It’s a steel spring 6 hoop beauty! I purchased hubby’s suit coat at a thrift store, as well as the pants, and simply sewed the gold trim on them. I made his cravat, and added the flounces at his wrists.

This is, to date, the most complicated, time consuming (took me about 7 months) , and satisfying dress I have ever sewn.

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Pattern for sale?
by: Anonymous

Beautiful dress! I've been searching for Pattern 4269 everywhere. Can I purchase it from you? Thanks, Karryn

Thank you!
by: Nikki Howard

Karynn!

I have no idea when you commented. I just saw this.
Thank you for the compliments! :-)
I'm sorry, but I do not wish to sell the pattern.


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Coolest Beauty and the Beast Costume 12

by Paul C
(Flint, Michigan, USA)

Beauty and the Beast Costume

Beauty and the Beast Costume

There's actually a history behind the concept of this Beauty and the Beast costume... my wife's favorite movie is Disney's masterpiece "Beauty and the Beast", and I took her to see it in the theater when it first came out (she was 14 -- which was quite a few years before we were married). She is a collector of all things Beauty and the Beast ever since, and I must admit, I really love the film too.

I did my own makeup. I had a nice start on the costume because it's my real hair, LOL. She made her dress and my cape herself. The makeup took approximately an hour to apply, with touch-ups and the like throughout the day. I think it's kind of unique in that she didn't wear the yellow dress from the end of the film, but rather chose the apron dress from the earlier part of the movie.

All in all, it's a fun costume. Hopefully it captures the spirit of the film :)

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Coolest Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume 10

by Lois
(UK)

Homemade Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume

Homemade Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume

Homemade Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume
Homemade Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume

I made this dress in this Homemade Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume by altering a dress pattern I used for my sister's bridesmaid's dresses. I gathered up the skirt panels to give a fuller effect to the skirt and to get the rouching like Belle's dress in the film. I used brocade fabric for the front panel and the off the shoulder straps to give contrast in the dress and a more expensive look to the dress unlike the cheap looking dresses you buy from costume shops. I also used a bikini wire to get the plunge at the front to make the dress look more like an adult costume. I also made the Cinderella dress in these pictures using the same principles.

*The beast costume was purchased, I did not make this.

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