Costume :Bella Swan
Variant :Breaking Dawn Wedding
Source :Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Front 1


Back 2

Back 1




Front of dress

Back of the dress


Costume Information

Cost : £130
Time Taken : 3 months but that includes making several mock ups, and waiting on fabrics to arrive.

I'm making a certain Bella costume for myself even though I dress as Edward Cullen and a friend of mine who cosplays Bella will be wearing it at Eternal Twilight 7. Mock up is made and the costume is in full swing. Currently got 10 full days till the convention to finish it but hopefully will get done. The convention is 17th - 19th Feb and hopefully pictures will be posted after then along with more information

Update: So this dress took a lot of time but thankfully not as much money as the original and I luckily got it finish in time. Well at 4am on the Friday morning of the con meaning I only got about 4 hours sleep before I had to be up to drive to Birmingham. The dress was received really well and I ended up leaving with three commission requests and a stupidly big ego. Even the one person who decided to say it was s**t and that I hadn't even get the lace right didn't bring me down.

I choose to make this not because I'm a huge fan of Twilight, cause even though I am and cosplay Edward I didn't think I'd ever make a Bella costume that was for myself (even though my friend borrowed it at the con). I made it because I thought the dress was absolutely stunning. The inset of the lace in the back and sleeves was beautiful as well as the 152 buttons I ended up putting in the back.

The hardest part definitely had to be the back lace and the buttons. The lace due to the fact I'd never worked with lace before and the back piece consisted of one huge piece and two tiny pieces on either side. The buttons were only hard as there were so many of them (152 in the back and 14 on each sleeve).

Sadly I can't fit as many pictures as I would like on here for the dress or as much information but I did start a blog at the beginning of my project which can be found here if you want to see the process of making it.

I learnt so much from this dress including how to inset lace, how to sew buttons on, making my own patterns as the only original pieces were the centre back and sleeves, as well as learning how to use an overlocker which I had never used before this.


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This is gorgeous :D

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 18:56
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absolutely stunning!!! seriously... wow

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 20:12
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Thanks guys. I had some really nice comments at the convention and even three offers for commissioning it. There's a few bits I'd like to tweak on it if I make it again like making the lace sit properly at the top. But the back lace was made up of one large piece of lace and two tiny pieces and getting them to sit right was not going so well.

by naurarwen on Thursday, 23 February, 2012 - 00:24
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Bloody amazing, just become a massive twilight fan myself! :D

by alienqueen on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 17:35
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So glad I got to see you progress with this. I absolutely LOVE it <3

by Athora.x on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 17:39
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Thanks guys. Glad to hear you have become a Twilight fan alienqueen. I'm constantly harrassed by people saying things like "how can you make a twilight costume when they only ever wear normal clothes" well that dress was far from normal clothing.

by naurarwen on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 18:37
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TBH bellas dress isnt really normal clothing, its a wedding dress! which btw looks identical! I wanna do an alice cosplay now I have her haircut!

by alienqueen on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 19:25
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Thanks. You should totally do an Alice costume you have a similar facial shape to her so I reckon you could rock that!

by naurarwen on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 21:06
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I've gotta admit, I hate Twilight, but you've made a beautiful dress. It really is gorgeous.

by j_mercuryuk on Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 00:25
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Thanks, kind of you to say.

by naurarwen on Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 04:44
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I watched the progress of this dress on facebook and the time, effort and craftmanship that has gone into it is simply amazing. It looks stunning and I'm so impressed with this Sam! :)

by LisaHPG on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 11:07
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You're too sweet Lisa.

by naurarwen on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 21:15
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This is absolutely stunning work hun.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 - 16:39
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I absolutely love your reasons for doing this costume! I am not a twilight fan but i agree that the dress is beautiful! You`ve done an amazing job, and should be immensly proud ^___^

by Moonlight_Requiem on Thursday, 9 May, 2013 - 23:46
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This is a beautiful cosplay!

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 26 October, 2013 - 14:25
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Thanks guys. I love this costume but man was it a pain in the ass to make.

by naurarwen on Sunday, 27 October, 2013 - 00:08