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.
“A tale as old as time”…today I’ve put together a tutorial on how to create your own Belle inspired dress from Beauty and the Beast. The dress is sewn from a soft yellow satin with a yellow chiffon overlay on the skirt. The off the shoulder collar is sewn from the same chiffon.
While the dress looks spectacular, I came up with several short cuts that allows the dress to be sewn up in hours, not days! The bodice of the dress is actually a pre-made yellow tank top. You can purchase it from the store or sew one up from your favourite pattern. The stretchy tank top allows the dress to be worn for a long time without being outgrown and means you don’t have to fiddle with a zipper or button closure.
The skirt is ruched using lengths of 1/4″ elastic. You can make the skirt more or less full depending on the width of your fabric and how many rows of ruching you do.
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″
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.
With right sides together, sew the long selvage edges of the satin together. Repeat with the chiffon. Turn both right sides out.
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.
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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