Bella Mae's Designs · Completed

Where it All Started – Living My Dream – Narnia Costume Replica

bella-177I was thirteen. I had a dream. That’s how it began.365_26174.jpgWhen watching the second The Chronicles of Narnia movie; Price Caspian, I fell in love with one of Susan’s many gowns.  I don’t know why, but the gown that started my dream had a screen time of about 10 seconds.

This wasn’t only the beginning of a dream, it also exposed my crazy side!bella-133With about 10 second of screen time, one photo, and a couple screenshots, I started off on my first sewing journey.  One thing you’ll notice, the fabric I used doesn’t match the original.  I was thirteen, I had a budget…a very small one.365_26115.jpgCorination Dress 3365_26174.jpg

This would become the first of many costume replicas as well as my very first dress. Having never undertaken any type of dress before, my mom was encouraging but also hesitant.  I don’t blame her.  Actually, if I had a daughter attempting something like this, I would be 100x more hesitant! 🙂

There is one thing that must be understood about my family, especially regarding my mom; there’s a constant encouragement to find your niche.  To try and try again.  Seek your voice.  To keep moving towards a goal, even if the goal changes. But in all this, to be smart with what you reach for.  And be responsible!  bella-102.jpgNow I’m not saying I had all this figured out when I first started on my journey.  Ha, I was more on the reverse.  I would learn so much as my sewing dreams increased.  And I will continue to learn.  There were tears shed as I struggled to get dresses shipped on time, all while juggling my schooling and LIFE.  But the foundation was there, and it’s still there.

On a side-note (of a side-note), don’t let your sewing steal you life, your sleep, your joy… just DON’T DO IT!  Yes, you will have down times, and you’ll push through them.  Yes, there will be times you need to stay up late finishing an order.  Yes, there will be stressful times.  But don’t think that in order to achieve, you have to sew continually, have no life, and never sleep…that’s NOT living your dream!

Alright, off my soap box!bella-120

Here’s a couple progress photos of my first ever costume:


The draft bodice in a lovely floral print! Apparently, that’s all I had.



The Completed Dress:

Photo’s taken by my wonderful sister; Smile for Sophie Photography


Um…I got my dress wet…
Oh well, can’t go back!


Ever since this project, my imagination has taken flight.


Has it been worth the trouble?


Yes.  One hundred percent.  No doubt about it. 

I LOVE what I do and I DO what I love!


Thanks for looking and learning with me! ~ Bella Mae



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