Leonie Heartilly

Costume :Belle
Variant :The Crocodile
Source :Once upon a Time
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2014

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Costume Information

Cost : £55.71
Time Taken : 2 hours

"You don't need power, Rumple. You need courage... to let me in."

I have two costumes planned for Belle's Enchanted Forest persona so why not one for her Storybrooke counterpart also?
I needed a new dress to wear to a friend's wedding and considered getting a lace one when I had the idea to get a double use out of it and get one similar to what Belle wore in the season 2 episode "The Crocodile".


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The dress was bought on ebay.

I dyed the shoes and changed the buckles.

The belt was bought on ebay and I painted the buckle.

The wig was reused from my other OUAT Belle cosplay.


Wore this for a few hours at KitaCon Invasion (2014) and had some photos taken by Bento Dan. I had quite a few compliments on how the dress suited me but man did those heels hurt! They are so high! I hope to do a shoot in a library at some point.

Whilst making this costume I used suede dye for the first time and was quite pleased with the results.


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Wow! That dress looks so close to the armani one :), and looks fabulous on! X

by Frederica la Noir on Friday, 28 February, 2014 - 22:46
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Spot on! You looked really pretty <3 love the dress!!

by Moonchild on Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 - 20:49
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Absolutely gorgeous

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 26 April, 2014 - 01:20

To-Do List


Shopping List

Angelus suede dye in Burgundy£6.75Bought
Blue Sweetheart lace dress by Alice & You at Dorothy Perkins£12.99Bought
Oasis brown leather skinny belt£2.49Bought
W7 nail polish in Roast Chestnut£1.99Bought
Red Pilot "Heidi" open toe, T-bar heels£29.99Bought
Silver shoe buckles£1.50Bought


Belt (Posted 25th March 2014)

The buckle was painted with silver metal paint as it was originally gold.

Finished shoes (Posted 24th March 2014)

I changed the buckle for a more accurate one.

Shoe modifications (Posted 23rd March 2014)

The shoes were dyed burgundy using Angelus suede dye. The stitching didn't change colour but I'm pleased with how easy and effective it was.

Nails (Posted 23rd March 2014)

It was a pain to find a suitable mahogany brown nail varnish. But little details count and all that jazz.

Shoes ordered (Posted 17th March 2014)

I really struggled to find heels similar to the Gucci Betty ones that Belle wears in the show. These were one of the closest pairs despite having the open sides, chunkier heel and being red. I want to try to make them more burgundy but that might be difficult as they are made from a suede type material.

Dress (Posted 28th February 2014)

It fits hurrah! Although if I loose weight it might get a bit baggy around the middle, something the belt will help with I hope. The belt I got with it was black not brown so I shall have to buy a replacement. Loving the dress though.

Dress ordered (Posted 24th February 2014)

The exact dress worn in the show is made by Armani Exchange so even if it was still available (which it isn't) there's no way I could afford it! There's quite a few websites that research the outfits of the cast and the dress I ended up buying is one of their alternative recommendations. It's made by one of the clothing lines in Dorothy Perkins and I managed to find just one listing on ebay for it which was luckily my size! According to the website this line comes up small so I've ordered a size up and I'm hoping it'll fit ok when it arrives.

Reference photos (Posted 1st February 2014)

Reference photos