I absolutely love the story of Beauty and the Beast, especially the character of Belle. She never judges a book by its cover, which is something that I try to live up to in life. A lot of people have told me that I look a little like Belle, therefore I thought it would be fun to make both of her dresses. (You'll also love these Beauty and the Beast costume ideas.)
Both Belle costumes are handmade. The blue dress was made from a peasant dress pattern.
Fun Fact: The yellow Belle dress was made from my old high school prom dress. It used to be pink, so I dyed it yellow and added ruffles, etc.
Everywhere I walked by people started yelling “Look! It’s Belle!” or singing songs from the original film such as “Look there, she goes…” It was hilarious that every little girl that passed by asked for a photo, even adult women who are little girls at heart.
Beauty and the Beast Costume for a Group
This was 2015 staff theme which had to be kid appropriate since it is an elementary school.
Belle: This beautiful woman purchased her costume and embellished with tulle and jewels. She was the photo op of the day!
Beast: Beast’s head is a combination of homemade paper mache clay,Great Stuff spray insulation and a purchased paper mask for alignment of nose and eyes. The fur is recycled teddy bears from Goodwill. I think it turned out great and was light weight. His tuxedo is a men’s XL dress shirt cut and embellished with felt.
Lumiere: Poster board was used to create the top of head and tissue paper for flames. Yellow top, bottoms and socks.
Cogsworth: Cardboard box covered with fabric and embellished with foam numbers and details.
Mrs. Potts and Chip: Laundry baskets were cut down back and covered with t shirts and faces drawn on fabric. Styrofoam wreath cut in half was used for handle on chip. Chip has a fabric triangles used to trim base. Mrs. Potts painted sleeve gold.
Wardrobe: This was an actual wood box construction with doors, drawers and clothes!
Maurice: Well this guy just had to add the apron and tool and he was a natural!
Silly Girls: Aprons, dresses and beautiful smiles.
Chef: Apron, hat, spoon and mustache
Gaston: Muscles carved from 1″ upholstery foam. Panty hose were used to hold muscles in place. Red over sized t shirt, felt belt, running tights, boots and wig.
Beautiful Homemade Beauty and the Beast Costume
Beauty and the Beast has to be one of my ultimate favorite childhood cartoons. I have wanted to be Belle for many years and this year I finally accomplish it! This costume was very easy to make and it got A LOT of attention throughout the night.
Firstly, I have to say I had a yellow satin dress which made this costume so easy to do!! All I did was went to my local fabric store and got a similar yellow satin color to create contrast. I sewed the shoulders around and put a brooch in the front to pull it all together.
Second, to make the rouching in the dress I simply folded the dress where I wanted there to be a fold and hot glued it all around. I wore a tutu underneath the dress to make it more full.
Lastly, to complete the look I wore Belle’s classic half up half down style with a bun of course. I loved being Belle for the night and would highly recommend doing this for someone who still wants a sexy costume but not too much!
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