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Sewing a Beauty – Belle’s Yellow Ballgown Creation – Step 2: Outer Skirt

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~ Beauty and the Beast Costume Remake ~ Step 2: Outer Skirt

“Think of the one thing you’ve always wanted, see it in you mind’s eye and feel it in your heart” ~ Beauty and the Beast 2017

Last post we examined the construction of the underskirts. Today, we will dive into the outer skirt details!

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The Fabric of Choice ~ The Easy Decision!

“The layers of yellow satin organza, the gown is airy and perfect for Belle’s active character.” ~ Jacqueline Durran

“It’s still made of silk, but it has a satin finish, so it’s less transparent then other organzas.” ~ Jacqueline Durran

The costume designer tells us exactly what fabric to use and….. it’s not super expensive! Whew, what a relief! No need for guessing or finding a substitute!

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But finding the perfect color?!?! Well, let’s just say that it was VERY hard and took a lot of swatch ordering (I think I spent over $30 on swatches 🙄).

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Once I had all the swatches in my hand, I had to decide which replicated the color perfectly, but also, deciding which dress color to replicate! Yes, the dress shows up in various shades of yellow/gold, depending on the setting.

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You know, they decide to edit the movie to make it look better and it often messes with the color 🙄…. well, I’m sure it makes the movie more enjoyable for the average viewer, but for us costume replicators, it just annoying! (I’m kidding… I know it’s a necessary manipulation.) 😊

I decided to replicate the “darker” gold…. the movie coloring.

Circles…Radius…Diameter…Geometry!

Yes, geometry is a necessary skill to have when your a seamstress. Well, at least a simple knowledge of geometry!

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A sample of some of my skirt calculations.

The base layer of the skirt is just over a full circle and it’s created with 3 pieces.  I knew I needed a back opening, thus, I needed a seam there.

I definitely didn’t have the fabric width to cut a full circle. If I cut a 2 half circles, that would make a seam in the front…. that would definitely not work.  So thus, a half circle was cut for the front, the waist wrapping past the center side by a couple inches (this was to achieve a flatter front and side of the skirt).  Then 2, third circles, were cut for either side of the back.  These pieces achieve a fuller back.

Here’s some pictures that show just the base skirt:

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As I was creating the Belle Dress, I also had a Cinderella dress to make….the combination looks quite like a Snow White dress! 🙂

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The next shorter layers were created with “almost” full circles, each with a seam in the back.

The variety of skirt lengths wasn’t too hard to replicate.  The hard part was the back, pleated, ruffled thingy.  As you can tell, I have no name for it and can’t describe it, so here’s a picture!

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I am not going to attempt to describe my design process… I’m not going to attempt to describe the final product… I am going to show a picture of the achieved pattern!

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I’ve done my best to describe this pattern…now the rest is up to you!

 

Hemming the Base Skirt….By Hand!

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All Cut Out and Pieced Together

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Thanks for looking and learning with me! ~ Bella Mae

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6 thoughts on “Sewing a Beauty – Belle’s Yellow Ballgown Creation – Step 2: Outer Skirt

  1. your dress is stunning. can you show me a pic of the pattern pieces for the ruffle layers, are they full skirts and layered different lengths ?? how did you do the ruffle in the back

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  2. Thank you for your comment. In this post I’ve shared all the behind the scene images and information that I’m willing to share.
    I do show a good picture of the back ruffle pattern piece. That piece is pleated and attached to the back. In total, the ruffles are made up of two full circles.

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