This Belle Costume Tutorial Beauty and the Beast is a simple and straight forward sewing project that is beginner friendly. Inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
store bought or hand sewn yellow tank top
yellow satin – 60″ wide and double the desired length of the skirt
yellow chiffon – 60″ wide and double the desired length of the skirt PLUS 12″
Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)
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Belle Costume Tutorial Beauty and the Beast
Cut the tank top so that the bottom edge ends at the waist (belly button).
Cut a rectangle of yellow chiffon 12″ x 60″. This is for the off the shoulder collar.
Cut 6 pieces of elastic the desired length of the skirt.
Sew the long edges of the 12″ x 60″ rectangle of chiffon together to form a tube, right sides facing. Chiffon frays easily, so use a serger or finish the seam with a zigzag stitch.
Turn right sides out and center the seam.
Wrap the tube around the model to determine the length. Don’t make it too tight or the model will not be able to move her arms.
Stitch raw shorts ends together.
Center this seam on the back of the tank top. Pleat or gather the tube and stitch in place.
With right sides together, sew the long selvage edges of the satin together. Repeat with the chiffon. Turn both right sides out.
Slip the satin skirt inside the chiffon shirt so that the right sides of both are facing out. Baste them together at the top edges.
Lay the skirt flat so that the seam is at one side. Divide the front and the back of the skirt into thirds between the side seams. Sew a long vertical line of stitching at both side seams and at these markings (for 6 lines in total). These stitching lines help secure the satin and chiffon layers together as well as providing guide seams for sewing the elastic ruching.
On the WRONG side of the skirt, zigzag the elastic to the skirt, stretching it as much as you can. Repeat with all 6 guide seams.
This is what it looks like close up.
Sew gathering stitches at the top of the skirt and gather so that it is the same width as the lower edge of the bodice.
Stitch the skirt to the bodice, right sides together.
Try on the dress. Shorten the skirt if necessary. Finish off the bottom edge with a serger or zigzag stitch, fold 1/4″ to the wrong side, and hem.
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