~ Beauty and the Beast Costume Remake ~ Step 4: The Bodice
“In the bodice there’s layers of net laid on each other to be like feathers.” ~ Jacqueline Durran (Costume Designer)
Once I figured out what “layers of net” meant, I was on my way to success!
By looking at up-close photos of the dress, I able to see the many details…the several layers of strips…the wavy edge of the strips…the gold flicks on the strips…the fabric that looked like netting…and finally, the layers of net that are on top of the strips.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, this post is about Belle’s bodice!
How am I going to cut the strips with that wavy edge?! After some research, I was able to find a rotary cutting blade, found here.
It worked perfectly!
Flicks of Gold
I’m still not sure my process of applying these Gold flicks is the accurate way…but, I’m happy with it, and it works for now! Also, I used imitation gold leaf for the bodice…a decision I highly regret. Working with genuine gold leaf was such a pleasure, plus the results were perfect…next time ;)!
Until then, the process (you can easily use this process and substitute genuine gold leaf):
Layering different fabrics to achieve a replica fabric…sounds crazy? Well, it’s my specialty!
Bridal Satin…Satin-Faced Organza…Glittered Gold Netting…basted together…yes, that’s what created this piece of the bodice!
Layering the Strips
First a piece of gold-flicked strip. Then a piece of glittered gold netting. This is placed about 1/4 inch lower than the first strip.
And there you have it: the complete explanation of my Belle dress! (BTW, a post about Belle’s shoes will be coming soon!)