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!
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!
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 🙄).
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.
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.
Yes, geometry is a necessary skill to have when you’re a seamstress. Well, at least a simple knowledge of geometry!
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 achieved a fuller back.
Here’s some pictures that show just the base skirt:
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!
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 my final pattern!
Hemming the Base Skirt….By Hand!
All Cut Out and Pieced Together
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I finally got around to creating the overskirt! After designing several options for the back pleats, I finally settled on this pattern – I think I like 🙃! #BATB #beautyandthebeast #beourguest #taleasoldastime #beautyandthebeast2017 #beautyandthebeastcostume #belle #bellecostume #bellecosplay #ballroomdance #emmawatson #danstevens #sewingblogger #sewingjourney #sewingtips #costume #costumedesign #historicalcostume #cosplay #historicalclothing #goldleaf #fabricmarkers #fabricswatch #monalisagoldleaf #goldembellishment
The outer skirt isn’t finished yet. There’s all the detail of the gold leaf to add! But I’ve dedicated a whole post to that process!
Thanks for looking and learning with me!