Belle (Yellow ball gown) - Beauty and the Beast




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!!!!!


rosieroo posted on 14 May, 2011 - 20:56
can not wait to see this i love belle

Anime_Angel posted on 20 May, 2011 - 13:25
nice, I crossplayed as Belle once myself^__^

sjbonnar posted on 8 July, 2011 - 10:07
You're going to be beautiful

Newdles posted on 3 September, 2011 - 17:08
Bodice is looking fab :-) Good luck with it all!

FusionRose posted on 16 November, 2011 - 13:05
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.

SamanthaKaiba posted on 16 November, 2011 - 13:36
Loving this progress....its going to look amazing

BabemRoze posted on 16 November, 2011 - 13:50
Loving this! :D!!! So excited to see it!

j_mercuryuk posted on 16 November, 2011 - 14:07
this is going to be amazing :D

Pandora-Chi posted on 16 November, 2011 - 17:11
Progress is looking amazing! 8D

rosieroo posted on 20 December, 2011 - 10:08
this is gonna be soooo beautiful watchlist

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 February, 2012 - 23:35
I'm liking the ruching progress. :)

BabemRoze posted on 6 February, 2012 - 07:20
This is incredible so far! Everything looks perfect!

Zelvyne posted on 8 February, 2012 - 23:49
Looks beautiful so far ^_^

Kacela posted on 9 February, 2012 - 09:43
Looking gorgeous =D

Holli posted on 11 February, 2012 - 20:55
:O the dress is looking amazing!

Pandora-Chi posted on 12 February, 2012 - 12:16
The dress looks absolutely amazing! *_*

lilkimmi27 posted on 12 February, 2012 - 17:53
So pretty!!

FuriePhoenix posted on 13 February, 2012 - 19:11
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

Athora.x posted on 15 February, 2012 - 21:37
Thaaaaaaaaankyoooooooooou <3 We're gonna be such gorgeous princesses together!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee :DDDD

MissAriel posted on 20 February, 2012 - 13:52
This is so gorgeous!!

RevolverKitty posted on 6 March, 2012 - 00:08
Looks gorgeous, cant wait to see it all done!

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 March, 2012 - 10:40
Progress 80pc done - This looks Amazing!! Well done. :)

FuriePhoenix posted on 23 March, 2012 - 12:08
omg... so beautiful!!! I so cant wait to see you in this!

ToroSonyCat posted on 29 March, 2012 - 16:30
That dress is so beautiful and you really suit Belle!! :D

Telly posted on 3 April, 2012 - 08:11
Ooooh, can't wait to see this finished, it looks perfect!

Chibi posted on 3 April, 2012 - 10:02
Looking wonderful :3

Nomes posted on 3 April, 2012 - 11:45
The dress looks beautiful and you have a great facial shape for Belle.

Athora.x posted on 3 April, 2012 - 13:39
Awwww, thankyou guys! <3 <3

BlueberryTale posted on 3 April, 2012 - 14:44
The dress looks gorgeous! :3

Sweeturk posted on 3 April, 2012 - 15:05
looks amazing =D

Alias Cosplay posted on 3 April, 2012 - 15:54
Dress is looking amazing, nice job.

FuriePhoenix posted on 3 April, 2012 - 17:59
wooooooow! Im sooo excited to see this in person! You just ARE Belle!

Dusttee posted on 3 April, 2012 - 19:32
This looks amazing, the dress is just stunning

BabemRoze posted on 3 April, 2012 - 20:00
You look so gorgeous and the dress is amazing!!! :D <3

Anime_Angel posted on 4 April, 2012 - 13:30
you are better than I am as Belle, I crossplayed as Belle aswell and was fun but your a natural due to your hair^__^

Dragonkid01 posted on 4 April, 2012 - 15:30
most definitely you be the ♥B♥E♥A♥U♥T♥Y♥

lilkimmi27 posted on 4 April, 2012 - 16:04

Fizzykat posted on 4 April, 2012 - 16:39
this looks perfect!!

Athora.x posted on 4 April, 2012 - 16:39
Thankyou everyone!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

ElegantAura posted on 4 April, 2012 - 21:08
Progress looks magnificent! You suit Belle extremely well, Good work ^_^

Crystal-Heart Cosplay posted on 8 April, 2012 - 05:17
you are so pretty ^^ You'll make the perfect belle ^w^

Athora.x posted on 11 April, 2012 - 01:24
thankyou thankyou thankyou! >.< <3

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 16 April, 2012 - 00:24
that dress is stunning very well done :)

eastasiangeek posted on 16 April, 2012 - 11:58
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG! I LOVE YOU!!! detail and everything is AMAZING! you look stunning!

FuriePhoenix posted on 16 April, 2012 - 18:05
you looked stunning!!!!! The perfect Belle!

nanahara posted on 16 April, 2012 - 21:34
sooooooo beautiful XD

Nomes posted on 16 April, 2012 - 21:45
Stunning with a capital S. You are the mirror image of Belle.

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 April, 2012 - 22:02
Wow finished dress is spectacular. Really well done on this. :)

Athora.x posted on 17 April, 2012 - 12:41
Thankyou so much everyone!!! <3 <3

Lozzie posted on 17 April, 2012 - 16:56
So beautiful!! I loved this! I have a photo of you if you want it for your gallery?

BabemRoze posted on 17 April, 2012 - 19:38
It was great meeting you and I still want to steal your dress!! :D <3 I cant wait for the photos! xx

rosieroo posted on 18 April, 2012 - 07:35

Zelda posted on 18 April, 2012 - 08:40
This is absolutely stunning <3

Athora.x posted on 19 April, 2012 - 03:04
Thankyou! <3 :D

LittleRecordGirl posted on 20 April, 2012 - 15:00
The work you put into this really paid off - you looked positively stunning!

BlueberryTale posted on 20 April, 2012 - 16:28
You looked so beautiful :3

ToroSonyCat posted on 20 April, 2012 - 16:59
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

Athora.x posted on 21 April, 2012 - 18:46
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!

Holli posted on 22 April, 2012 - 18:34
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

Pandora-Chi posted on 22 April, 2012 - 22:39
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

Athora.x posted on 23 April, 2012 - 02:16
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 :)

RevolverKitty posted on 23 April, 2012 - 13:26
Ah so it was you I saw at kita when walking by, loved the dress, you looked gorgeous!

Athora.x posted on 24 April, 2012 - 00:42
Gutted I didn't see you! You should've come running up to me! XD Thankyou! hopefully see you at expo!! x

sjbonnar posted on 24 April, 2012 - 09:24
Hun, you looked completely stunning. I think it's easily one of the best versions of this dress I have EVER seen.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 29 May, 2012 - 18:54
Gorgeous! <3

nanahara posted on 2 June, 2012 - 19:09
you are soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful XD

gaming_goddess posted on 2 August, 2012 - 02:37
You make an absolutly gorgeous Belle :) I really love the fabrics you used :) everything about this outfit is perfect :) So so awesome :)

Athora.x posted on 22 August, 2012 - 18:53
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)

Karakulz posted on 16 September, 2012 - 17:06
So beautiful! :3 Congratz on the Showcase!

Littlegeeky posted on 16 September, 2012 - 20:18
This is such a beautiful cosplay! Congratulations on the showcase!

Sephirayne posted on 17 September, 2012 - 14:01
Such a gorgeous costume. Congratulations on the showcase ^^

Manticore posted on 17 September, 2012 - 14:31
^^ Everything they said and wow! Well done! just wow!

GraceyDarling posted on 17 September, 2012 - 23:16
Beautfiul! You so deserve this! xx

gaming_goddess posted on 18 September, 2012 - 01:18
Congrats on the Showcase :D You really deserve it - I love this dress so much *^_^*

Athora.x posted on 19 September, 2012 - 11:53
Thank you so much everyone! It was a shock signing in and seeing this! xD

MiniPlum posted on 19 September, 2012 - 22:10
Love the work done on this dress! Definitely paid off, you look amazing :)

Athora.x posted on 20 September, 2012 - 13:10
Aww! thank you very much!

alienqueen posted on 22 September, 2012 - 23:19
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

Starbucks dad posted on 23 September, 2012 - 11:04
Showcase! Well done and a superb costume as always.

Manticore posted on 10 January, 2013 - 00:07
Why haven't I said anything about this!? Congratulations! good lord! You make a wonderful and beautiful Belle <3

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Progress Journal

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

4th April 2012

Ruche folding

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

27th March 2012

Shoulder Sash

just need to create the folds, then attatch it.

bah, i hate how the bodice looks. =/

27th March 2012

Shoulder Sash

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. :)

26th March 2012

so farrrrrr

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 :/

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!

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

26th December 2011

What? Progress?

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

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

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 ;)

27th July 2011

Fabriccc D:<

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!

27th July 2011

A lucky find!

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

19th July 2011

Fabric sample

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&#039;m just looking at paler yellows that compliment the sunflower yellow, edging towards lemon yellow now, *orders more samples* ;)

8th July 2011


some fabrics i&#039;ve been looking at.
I don&#039;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&#039;t really want to use ordinary satin as it&#039;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&#039;ve looked at is 100% Pure Charmeuse Satin Silk. but I really can&#039;t make up my mind xD and I don&#039;t know how different these two will look together. :P agghhhhhh