Just in time for the Beauty and the Beast release, Adelle is here to share a DIY Belle costume!
This easy and adorable Belle costume is the best accessory to your Disneyland vacation. For a limited time, you can enjoy exclusive experiences from the tale as old as time. Try the Grey Stuff at the new Red Rose Tavern, meet Gaston himself, hear a re-telling of the classic Beauty and the Beast and so much more! You do not want to miss your chance to be right in the middle of the real life magic of Beauty and the Beast.
Trust me, this Belle costume is easier to put together than it seems. It incorporates pieces of Belle’s iconic ball gown, but I also threw in some red rose accents to make it a little more fun.
Here is what you will need:
Print your free Dress pattern pieces:
First, cut the skirt pattern out. Don’t be alarmed, this is only a part of the skirt pattern. We have to get a little creative laying out the patter since we are printing on regular sized paper. You want the skirt to be 15 inches long. You can either lay the pattern on the fabric so that the curved end is at the 15 inch mark, or you can pin a solid piece of paper to the pattern to make it 15 inches. That is what I did in the photo below.
Fold the fabric in half so that you can cut two skirt pieces at once. One will be the front and the other will act as the liner. Make sure that you place your pattern on the fold edge of the fabric. It will open up to be doubled.
I like to pin the two fabric skirt pieces together. That was they don’t slip around while you sew.
Set aside those two pieces. Now cut out the Belle Costume Top Pattern. Fold the open edge of your fabric in. It will be four layers deep. Put the pattern onto the fold and cut it out. This will make two identical pieces for you.
Next, you will cut out the strip that goes around the neck. It is 17 inches long and 3 inches wide. There is not a pattern for this, so just go by the measurements.
You are now done with the cutting process on your Belle costume! It is time to iron. Press all of your pieces. The only tricky part of ironing is the strap. Iron the strap in half lengthwise. Then, open the strap up again. You will be able to see your iron crease along the middle.
Fold one side in towards the crease line and press it into place. Then, fold the opposite side in towards the crease line and press it into place. Then, close the strap back up using your original fold. That sounds much worse than it is! You created a nice strap with all of the raw edges tucked inside. It looks like this when it is opened up.
It is time to sew your Belle costume! Start by sewing around the sides and bottom of the skirt. Leave the top open. Make a little snip in the fabric from the edge to the thread on each of the points of the curves. Do not snip through the thread though. That will make a hole.
Turn the skirt right side out so that the seams are hidden inside. Iron it flat.
Then, sew a loose straight stitch along the top of the skirt of your DIY Belle costume. Do this twice, but DO NOT backstitch. You will use these lines for gathering and you don’t want the edges tacked down.
Place a pin in the center of the skirt to mark your middle. Then, gather the skirt from the outside towards the center. You do this by holding on to either the bobbin thread or the top thread and sliding the fabric along it. The skirt needs to be gathered to be the same width as the apron’s top piece. Set it aside while you work on the top.
Sew along the side of the strap to close the long open fold that is left from the ironing process.
Place one of the top pieces flat on the sewing table. Then pin the strap into place. It will go at the top of the heart curves in the pattern. Look at the photo below to see how the strap curves onto the top piece. It is opposite of how you would wear it!
Then, sew the strap into place.
Leave the bottom open as you sew around the sides and top of the top piece.
Then, cut a row of snips along the curved portion of the neckline.
Turn the whole thing right side out and press it flat. Your DIY Belle costume is halfway there!
Now we get to put the top and bottom together. Line up the whole gathered top edge of the skirt to the bottom edge of the shirt piece. You will use the shirt edge that is NOT folded up.
Sew across. Make sure to catch both of your gathering stitches in the seam so they are hidden. Then lay the apron flat. Your DIY Belle costume will start to look like it is almost finished!
Now, pin the folded section of the top apron piece to the skirt.
Sew across the middle of the apron to attach the bottom of the top piece to the skirt.
Now we just need to add the waist ties and roses. I purchased a red rose ribbon from the fabric store for the waist of your DIY Belle costume. It felt so Beauty and the Beast to me! If you can’t find something similar, just use the thick red ribbon to go all the way around the dress and continue to the ties.
The rose ribbon is 10 inches long. The red ribbon straps are 21 inches long. Cut the edge of the red ribbon on an angle to help prevent fraying.
Tuck the straight end of the red ribbon under and then sew it to the edge of the skirt waist. Do the same to the other side of the waist. These will be the ties that hold the apron on the princess!
Now, lay the rose ribbon along the center of the apron across the waist. You can pin it in place. You want the bottom of the ribbon to line up with the seam of the the skirt and the top. Sew along the sides, top, and bottom to keep it in place.
The final finishing touch is to glue on the red rose embellishments. I found these by the buttons at the fabric store. Glue a rose at each of the peaks at the bottom of the skirt.
Now you have your very own Belle costume! It is always fun to make something there that wasn’t there before.
The best place to show off your brand new DIY Belle Costume is at the Disneyland Resort! With the new limited-time Beauty and the Beast experiences, you can feel right at home at the Happiest Place on Earth. For a limited-time, you can meet Gaston, hear a re-telling of the tale as old as time, enjoy unique food and so much more! Be a guest at the Disneyland Resort before these experiences turn the page.
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