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Cosplayer Ali > Costume of Belle from Beauty and the Beast

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11-04-2011
Series
Beauty and the Beast
Character
Belle
Special Variation:
ballgown
Year Completed:
N/A
Construction Difficulty:
Easy
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
So... I'd originally planned on making Rapunzel for Halloween, but when push came to shove, I really didn't want to deal with drafting and fitting her tremendously complicated bodice. Instead, I looked through my fabric stash and decided I could put together Belle pretty easily.
I bought fabric for the skirt and ribbon to make the gold roses, but everything else I had lying around. The bodice was made using a trusty Vogue strapless dress pattern, and I made up the rest. To give them a little more body, the shoulder part is stuffed with some leftover quilted fabric I had, and the sash on the dress has a few layers of tulle inside.
One skill I acquired while working on this costume was learning to make fabric roses. The ones in the wig were made using this technique I found online, and all the gold ones were made using this method of folding and wrapping ribbon. I also added leaves to the roses on the skirt using some leftover Azula pleather. I also dug into my sequin stash, though I think I might be able to get the coverage a little more dense on the skirt for next time. I loved the sparkle, though!
I ended up adding a bit more bling to the bodice, using some leaves I cut off a trim I had, and some pearls, beads, and sequins I had lying around. I learned to make sequin roses, and I'm really pleased with how they look!
Personal Thoughts:
I wore this for Mickey's Halloween Party and had an absolute blast with my friend Solaria in her awesome Belle costume and a few weeks later with Ashe and Ludick as Jasmine and Aladdin. We got to be in the parade and it was awesome.
Belle is a character I like (bookish princess!) but I didn't think I would ever make her dress, because yellow is so not my color. I'm kind of happy to have taken the opportunity, though!
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Amphigory
Wig Name
Femme Fatale
Original Color:
10
Styling Time
~1 hour
Styling Notes
I used my Durand wig as a base, and it really wasn't long enough to pull up so much. I rolled and pinned the sides back to hide the bangs, and tried to hide most of the hair along the center back of the wig. The length comes from a ponytail extension pinned to the top of the wig and stuffed (with some organza ribbon roses I didn't use) to give it some more volume. A bunch of roses on pins were made and added to give the bun shape and secure the hairpiece.
Because my hair is close enough in color to the wig, I was able to comb the temples back into the wig itself, which helps the hairline look a little more natural.
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