Costume :Belle
Variant :Yellow ball gown
Source :Beauty and the Beast
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)

Costume Photos

Who'd have ever thought...

Tale as old as time

Belle and Ariel

Belle and Ariel


A Royal Smile



Belle and Ariel


Tale as old as time


Costume Information

Cost : 152.99
Time Taken : 1 year

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite Disney film, I adore Belle and her character, that she's an intelligent and inquisitive young woman with beauty unbeknown to her, she sees the kindess and beauty in other people, even if they don't appear it on the outside.

It has taken me WELL over a year of preparation for this dress, I had absolutely no idea WHAT I was doing when I started on this, what materials to buy, how to properly make a bodice, ect...

The Bodice is Duchess Satin in Sunflower Yellow
The Skirt is Shantung Silk in Lemon Sorbet

I first started on the bodice - using a custom made pattern I made using my mannequin, an old sheet and marker pen! I went through quite a few bodices, even made one using an actual bought corset pattern but it didn't work out. I'm still not very happy with it, and I'm certainly going to learn how to make a bodice properly before I make another for this.
The skirt is comprised of 8 panels. I first measured the diameter of the crinoline and the waist and divided each by 8, to give the measurement of how each panel needed to be cut. Once sewn together I attempted the Ruches. Unfortunately my sewing machine isn't advanced enough to ruche it the proper way, so I tried to come up with an alternative. Hand ruching worked OKAY but wouldn't stay in place long enough to secure it with the sewing machine. So I came up with a way of folding the fabric at the hem, pinning it and sewing over it - this gave the impression of ruches and got the job done pretty quickly! pretty pleased with the result!

The skirt decoration was in a way, tough. I couldn't really work out whether it was a skirt overlay or if it was just a sweft of fabric around the bottom. I decided to just use the sweft of fabric option. The duchess satin it way too thick to to flow nicely with the silk, so with the remainder of fabric that was cut from the bottom of the dress, I hand dyed it to get it as CLOSE to the bodice colour as possible, no it's not exact, but it'll do! hand sewed it in place, now it flows with the silk beautifully :)

Now all I have left to do is just to sew on some buttons and make the shoulder sash. I think this'll be the hardest as I'm not very sure I can replicate the actual shape of it. Mine will probably turn out 'blocky' rather that the distinctive 'roll' effect that carries throughout the dress. But I'll experiment before coming to a conclusion.

I did have to sew on some extra netting to the bottom of my crinoline, its not quite long enough to sit where it needs to, so the fabric ended up curving inwards and looking poopy. Seems Adella had the same problem (Who I used as a MASSIVE inspiration for my dress, she ROCKS <3).


Apologies for lack of varation in my poses - I didn't really think about practicing in the mirror as the thought of not getting my dress completed in time just played on my mind a tad! ;D


17/9/12 - OMG!!! *.* Thankyou so much for the Showcase!!!!!


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can not wait to see this i love belle

by rosieroo on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 20:56
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nice, I crossplayed as Belle once myself^__^

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 20 May, 2011 - 13:25
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You're going to be beautiful

by sjbonnar on Friday, 8 July, 2011 - 10:07
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Bodice is looking fab :-) Good luck with it all!

by Newdles on Saturday, 3 September, 2011 - 17:08
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Progress is looking amazing. I think the shades work perfectly well referring to screenshots of the film, but when looking at official art it looks near enough the same colour. So it's a bit hard to work out xD But I like the colours you have now =] x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 13:05
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Loving this progress....its going to look amazing

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 13:36
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Loving this! :D!!! So excited to see it!

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 13:50
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this is going to be amazing :D

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 14:07
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Progress is looking amazing! 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 - 17:11
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this is gonna be soooo beautiful watchlist

by rosieroo on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 - 10:08
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I'm liking the ruching progress. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 5 February, 2012 - 23:35
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This is incredible so far! Everything looks perfect!

by BabemRoze on Monday, 6 February, 2012 - 07:20
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Looks beautiful so far ^_^

by Zelvyne on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 - 23:49
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Looking gorgeous =D

by Kacela on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 09:43
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:O the dress is looking amazing!

by Holli on Saturday, 11 February, 2012 - 20:55
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The dress looks absolutely amazing! *_*

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 12 February, 2012 - 12:16
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So pretty!!

by lilkimmi27 on Sunday, 12 February, 2012 - 17:53
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as I've said on FB, this looks aweeeeeeeeesommmmeeeeeeee!!!! Seriously do love the progress on this its so so pretty, and I cant wait to see you in this in person hun! xx

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 13 February, 2012 - 19:11
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Thaaaaaaaaankyoooooooooou <3
We're gonna be such gorgeous princesses together!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee :DDDD

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 15 February, 2012 - 21:37
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This is so gorgeous!!

by MissAriel on Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 13:52
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Looks gorgeous, cant wait to see it all done!

by RevolverKitty on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 00:08
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Progress 80pc done - This looks Amazing!! Well done. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 23 March, 2012 - 10:40
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omg... so beautiful!!! I so cant wait to see you in this!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 23 March, 2012 - 12:08
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That dress is so beautiful and you really suit Belle!! :D

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 16:30
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Ooooh, can't wait to see this finished, it looks perfect!

by Telly on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 08:11
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Looking wonderful :3

by Chibi on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 10:02
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The dress looks beautiful and you have a great facial shape for Belle.

by Nomes on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 11:45
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Awwww, thankyou guys! <3 <3

by Athora.x on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 13:39
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The dress looks gorgeous! :3

by BlueberryTale on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 14:44
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looks amazing =D

by Sweeturk on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 15:05
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Dress is looking amazing, nice job.

by Alias Cosplay on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 15:54
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wooooooow! Im sooo excited to see this in person! You just ARE Belle!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 17:59
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This looks amazing, the dress is just stunning

by Dusttee on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 19:32
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You look so gorgeous and the dress is amazing!!! :D <3

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 20:00
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you are better than I am as Belle, I crossplayed as Belle aswell and was fun but your a natural due to your hair^__^

by Anime_Angel on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 13:30
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most definitely you be the ♥B♥E♥A♥U♥T♥Y♥

by Dragonkid01 on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 15:30
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by lilkimmi27 on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 16:04
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this looks perfect!!

by Fizzykat on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 16:39
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Thankyou everyone!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 16:39
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Progress looks magnificent! You suit Belle extremely well, Good work ^_^

by ElegantAura on Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 - 21:08
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you are so pretty ^^

You'll make the perfect belle ^w^

by Crystal-Heart Cosplay on Sunday, 8 April, 2012 - 05:17
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thankyou thankyou thankyou! >.< <3

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 - 01:24
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that dress is stunning very well done :)

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 00:24
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detail and everything is AMAZING!
you look stunning!

by eastasiangeek on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 11:58
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you looked stunning!!!!! The perfect Belle!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 18:05
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sooooooo beautiful XD

by nanahara on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 21:34
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Stunning with a capital S. You are the mirror image of Belle.

by Nomes on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 21:45
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Wow finished dress is spectacular. Really well done on this. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 22:02
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Thankyou so much everyone!!! <3 <3

by Athora.x on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 12:41
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So beautiful!! I loved this! I have a photo of you if you want it for your gallery?

by Lozzie on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 16:56
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It was great meeting you and I still want to steal your dress!! :D <3 I cant wait for the photos! xx

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 19:38
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by rosieroo on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 07:35
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This is absolutely stunning <3

by Zelda on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 08:40
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Thankyou! <3 :D

by Athora.x on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 03:04
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The work you put into this really paid off - you looked positively stunning!

by NakedSalad on Friday, 20 April, 2012 - 15:00
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You looked so beautiful :3

by BlueberryTale on Friday, 20 April, 2012 - 16:28
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I've commented here before but the new photos are so beautiful, you really do pull her off so well and that dress is so gorgeous <3

by ToroSonyCat on Friday, 20 April, 2012 - 16:59
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Thanks everyone!
I'm SO pleased with the results! first cosplay I've made that I actually LIKE too! xD Really wanna get a proper photoshoot done with this dress!

by Athora.x on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 18:46
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This is beautiful ! x the dress is stunning.. just perfect.. looks like it was taken straight from the film ! x and you look just like belle <3

by Holli on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 18:34
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You make a stunning Belle <3 Everything is so perfect! I love your choice of fabrics and how the shades compliment each other so well <3

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 22:39
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Wow Holli, that's a huge compliment! XD thankyou so much <3 <3

I have to admit I do love how the colours look in the photos :)

by Athora.x on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 02:16
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Ah so it was you I saw at kita when walking by, loved the dress, you looked gorgeous!

by RevolverKitty on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 13:26
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Gutted I didn't see you! You should've come running up to me! XD
Thankyou! hopefully see you at expo!! x

by Athora.x on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 - 00:42
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Hun, you looked completely stunning. I think it's easily one of the best versions of this dress I have EVER seen.

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 - 09:24
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Gorgeous! <3

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 - 18:54
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you are soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful XD

by nanahara on Saturday, 2 June, 2012 - 19:09
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You make an absolutly gorgeous Belle :) I really love the fabrics you used :) everything about this outfit is perfect :) So so awesome :)

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 2 August, 2012 - 02:37
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 - 18:53
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So beautiful! :3

Congratz on the Showcase!

by Karakulz on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 - 17:06
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This is such a beautiful cosplay!
Congratulations on the showcase!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 - 20:18
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Such a gorgeous costume. Congratulations on the showcase ^^

by Sephirayne on Monday, 17 September, 2012 - 14:01
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^^ Everything they said and wow! Well done! just wow!

by Manticore on Monday, 17 September, 2012 - 14:31
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Beautfiul! You so deserve this! xx

by GraceyDarling on Monday, 17 September, 2012 - 23:16
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Congrats on the Showcase :D You really deserve it - I love this dress so much *^_^*

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 - 01:18
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Thank you so much everyone! It was a shock signing in and seeing this! xD

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 - 11:53
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Love the work done on this dress! Definitely paid off, you look amazing :)

by MiniPlum on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 - 22:10
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Aww! thank you very much!

by Athora.x on Thursday, 20 September, 2012 - 13:10
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for some reason I havent commented yet! But then I don't need to tell you how stunningly beautiful it is, because you should already no! I'm so glad I got to see you in it at Kitacon :D xxxx

by alienqueen on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 - 23:19
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Showcase! Well done and a superb costume as always.

by Starbucks dad on Sunday, 23 September, 2012 - 11:04
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Why haven't I said anything about this!? Congratulations! good lord! You make a wonderful and beautiful Belle <3

by Manticore on Thursday, 10 January, 2013 - 00:07

Shopping List

corset zip£1.00Bought
Sunflower yellow duchess satin£7.99Bought
Lemon Sorbet shantung silk 8mtrs. >.<£120.00Bought


hairrrrrrr (Posted 15th April 2012)

make up was just quick - ignore it.

My bangs are too short to make them all poofy like hers. But in all honesty I think the over all look is pretty cute :) obviously the hair is an extension. I just need to make the hair piece for it then, done! :)

I WAS going to buy some brown perscription lenses, but they're just too expensive :/ my eyes can sometimes look brown anyway, advantages of having hazel eyes :P

Ruche folding (Posted 4th April 2012)

This is how I did the ruching - just folding it at the hem, pinning into it and sewing over it.

Shoulder Sash (Posted 27th March 2012)

just need to create the folds, then attatch it.

bah, i hate how the bodice looks. =/

Shoulder Sash (Posted 27th March 2012)

ALMOST there.
Just started on the shoulder sash - currently two layers sewn onto 2mm craft foam. I'll eventually create some folds and sew them in :)
I think it'll end up being 'blocky' rather than the distinctive 'roll' effect that carries throughout the dress. I'll experiment before I come to a conclusion though. :)

so farrrrrr (Posted 26th March 2012)

So, sewed the little decoration - it's the same shantung silk as the skirt, I just dyed it to match the darker yellow. I have already sewn the buttons, which I did after I took this pictureeeeeeee. I extended the crinoline too, so the fabric doesnt sink inwards like it used to.

All I have left to is the shoulder sash. I think it's gonna be the hardest :/

progressiooonnnningggssss (Posted 15th February 2012)

*copy and pastes from facebook*
Ruching is done :) now just gotta finish up the bodice, attatch it to the skirt, hem the bottom and add the shoulder sash and the little decoration that goes around the skirt.
I'm so happy to see it all come together ♥ :) the picture is with and without the flash so you can determine the colours better!
I'm also thinking about somehow extending my crinoline so its about an inch? above the floor, the fabric seems to just droop inwards once the crinoline ends and looks poopy!

Ruching! (Posted 5th February 2012)

it's ridiculous, this could've been completed in a week. yet it has taken me over a year of preparation and STILL I'm nowhere near complete xD
BUT slow progress is better than no progress atall.
Had a bit of a drama over how I was eventually going to do the ruching, it seems my sewing machine isn't advanced enough for me to ruche it the proper way! So after much speculation I've decided the best way for me is to just gather the fabric at the hem, pin it and machine sew it in place. Its given the effect I wanted! 2 and a half panels are sewn here :) 5 and a half more to go! woop! :D

What? Progress? (Posted 26th December 2011)

I KNOW. srsly!

i've sewn the front 4 panels together and pinned it to my bodice (which i'm not 100% sure yet i'll use, but will do for now.) oh and ignore the bust escaping the bodice there, I lack more in the bust department than my mannequin does so it doesn't quite fit over the top xD

i had a little go at the ruching which is alot harder than i thought :S

FABRICS (Posted 16th November 2011)

These are the fabrics I'll be using.
the bodice is just a mock-up i did and the lighter fabric is just pinned to the crinoline. I think the lighter fabric... maaay be a bit too light - but i rekcon once it's all sewn and rouched it should look okay. if not well then I'm gonna have to consider looking into 'how to dye shantung silks' xD

progress (Posted 31st October 2011)

gonna start some mother fuckin' progress on this soon, as it needs to be finished by Christmas time! expect progress v. soon ;)

Fabriccc D:< (Posted 27th July 2011)

Think I've got a winner for the lemon fabric now
this is pure silk material which is quite thin but I'm thinking if i just layer it, it should be okay - it'll also be easy to rouche too - as the duchess satin for the bodice (on the right) is waaay too thick to rouche.
I'm not very experienced with fabrics, but I'm learning!

A lucky find! (Posted 27th July 2011)

they exactly match the material i have for the bodice :)

Fabric sample (Posted 19th July 2011)

Ordered some fabric samples and this sunflower yellow is absolutely perfect!! this will definitely be used for the bodice and the drape around the dress :D
the fabric is duchess satin, it's just the right thickness and it's not overly shiny, it just catches the light perfectly ;)

Now I'm just looking at paler yellows that compliment the sunflower yellow, edging towards lemon yellow now, *orders more samples* ;)

fabricccss (Posted 8th July 2011)

some fabrics i've been looking at.
I don't want to use just 1 shade of yellow for the whole dress, to me, the corset and the drape that sits around the skirt is a few shades darker than that of the skirt itself and the shoulder sash.
I don't really want to use ordinary satin as it's too shiny and looks awfullly cheap and reminds me of those cheap halloween costumes. The best fabric which is cheap and not OMGINYOURFACESHINY is called duchess satin which is used for bridal dresses. (which in the picture, is the stuff on the right) another fabric i've looked at is 100% Pure Charmeuse Satin Silk. but I really can't make up my mind xD and I don't know how different these two will look together. :P agghhhhhh