Belle (New sparkly design) - Beauty and the Beast


London MCM Expo May 2013

Showcased 7th July 2013 What is this?




Basically, it shall be Belle's new design with some little emu touches, such as roses instead of the buttons.

Edit: Okay, so the plan for the dress is as follows:
Gold satin for the bodice with crystals. Bodice will be lined and boned and done up at the back with a zip and a hook and clasp at the top.
Gold satin underlayer for the skirt. Will also have crystals. Light gold chiffon overlayer with glitter on the underside.
Sleeves and sash around the dress will be a glittery gold fabric.
Buttons around the dress shall be gold satin roses. One rose at the top of the bodice with two gold buttons either side.
Gloves shall be gold satin.


HotshotShan posted on 11 July, 2012 - 18:59
AHMYGERD i love the new designs so i'm really looking forward to this :)

Zelvyne posted on 11 April, 2013 - 14:22
This is looking great ^_^ Best of luck getting all those sparklies on

springinstep posted on 12 April, 2013 - 18:21
This looks so beautiful already! What day are you planning on wearing this? I'd love to find you and get a proper look at it.

Kacela posted on 13 April, 2013 - 00:04
Great work on the bodice. Looking forward to seeing the whole thing =]

Rosipoo posted on 13 April, 2013 - 17:10
Was listening to the soundtrack and I see this heh. Love it so far, can't wait to see it finished.

Frederica la Noir posted on 13 April, 2013 - 19:12
Love the progress so far dear :) very pretty indeed! Keep it up <3 xxx

... posted on 9 May, 2013 - 17:41
Looking great so far!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 27 May, 2013 - 20:24
Absolutely gorgeous! I'm so sad I missed seeing this in person!

Alias Cosplay posted on 27 May, 2013 - 20:35
This was lovely to see, great job!

Kei Lin Sama posted on 28 May, 2013 - 21:28
We waited in the masq queue together. Your costume was flawless, and your performance was so graceful!

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 May, 2013 - 22:04
Well done, a long journey to make this but you look Fabulous! Cosplay is Awesome! :) :)

CharlieDoryRose posted on 29 May, 2013 - 10:27
Seeing how stunning this is inspires me to remake my own. You did an amazing job, it's one of the best versions of this dress I've ever seen.

puzzledpenguin posted on 29 May, 2013 - 21:43
You make a beautiful Belle! :)

ToroSonyCat posted on 1 June, 2013 - 14:52
Soo beautiful!

Lady Bahamut posted on 1 June, 2013 - 19:46
This was amazing to see in person! And so huge! *_* All those nights spent sewing crystals were worth it in the end! :D

Siouxsie James posted on 1 June, 2013 - 22:03
WOW! That dress O_O I love it

Galadrella2012 posted on 12 June, 2013 - 15:53
I have a picture off you :D should be uploaded here within the next week (no internet sucks)

InfiniteJester posted on 17 June, 2013 - 12:19
This looks gorgeous!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 7 July, 2013 - 20:35
Congrats on your showcase! Very well deserved!

Littlegeeky posted on 7 July, 2013 - 21:57
Wow, that dress!!! It's so beautiful! This showcase was very well deserved! Congratulations!

Freyarule posted on 7 July, 2013 - 22:08
Congrats on the showcase! :D

Siouxsie James posted on 8 July, 2013 - 09:45
A wonderful costume :)

HarryKurt posted on 9 July, 2013 - 01:33
Stunning work! ; u ;

Alias Cosplay posted on 9 July, 2013 - 12:19
Congrats on the showcase, beautiful.

Namine posted on 24 February, 2014 - 18:40
gorgeous and pretty cosplay there hun ^^. Well done!!! :D

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Progress Journal

17th May 2013

Hair Test

Had a bit of a mess around with my 3/4 curly wig and my hair today in an attempt to recreate Belle's hair. It's a bit messy and the bun needs to be higher, but I like how it looks :3

13th May 2013

Skirt Try-on

I couldn't resist!

13th May 2013

Four lines of Crystals Done

Four more to go . . .

7th May 2013

Sewing MORE Lines of Crystals

Oh yeah, they're going over the seams on the skirt too. All eight of them. This is gonna take a while . . . weeeeeeeeee

30th April 2013

Skirt Panels Done

All sewn together and now resembling something like a cobweb! xD

14th April 2013

3 Skirt Panels

Ahh! It's starting to come together already! I love how it looks. Seriously cannot wait to wear this thing!

14th April 2013

One Panel Gathered

Complete with it's glittery chiffon overlayer. (Glitter is now EVERYWHERE!)

14th April 2013

Back to crystal glueing

yep, this time on the skirt panels. I have 8 of these altogether. Yaaaay ¬_¬

13th April 2013

Complete Roses!

Crystals have dried, meaning that my bodice is now 100% done! Now I get to tackle the skirt . . . oh hell

13th April 2013

Pegs are useful!

The crystals didn't want to stick to the smaller roses, so I added generous amounts of glue and held them in place with clothes pegs until they dried :')
You WILL stick!

13th April 2013

One rose down

Two to go . . . for the bodice at least

13th April 2013

Making glitter chiffon

So, I have a can of gold glitter hairspray and 5 metres of chiffon. I need to make the chiffon glittery. THIS'LL BE FUN! 8D

13th April 2013

Back Crystals done!

Thank god!

12th April 2013

Second line of crystals STITCHED


12th April 2013

Trying on the bodice.

It ain't complete yet, but I couldn't resist trying it on! ^^

11th April 2013


The glue isn't drying clear. I repeat, THE GLUE ISN'T DRYING CLEAR!

11th April 2013

Front crystals done!

now for the back

speaking of back, mine KILLS!

11th April 2013

Crystal glueing

Decided to take a break from sewing to glue on some of the crystals. This, however, is just as tedious as sewing them on!

11th April 2013

One down

one to go

11th April 2013

Sewing lines of crystals

Ugh. Ugh ugh UGH! This is gonna take a while!

11th April 2013

Bodice Basics DONE!

AW YISS! Now to decorate the shit out of it! COME TO ME, CRYSTALS!

11th April 2013

Sash attack!

It looks like a giant sausage! xD I used some cheap crappy fur (the white stuff for Vanille's boots) to bulk out the sash and then stitched the two lines over it. Crystals will be going over the seams but for now, I'm leaving it. Wanna get this thing done!

11th April 2013

All the layers coming together

Finally managed to sew all the layers together, now I'm hand stitching the final layer to the zip so that the zip and stitches will be hidden.
That line of base fabric you can see is actually boning in a flap underneath the zip. I decided to use the base fabric for this as it is much stronger than the satin so the boning is less likely to break free.

10th April 2013

Attaching the Lining to the Bodice Base

Hand stitching it seam to seam so it all sits right. Neatness :)

9th April 2013

Bodice Start

Now starting on the proper bodice which will go over the base bodice. Hand sewed a line of crystals onto the centre seam as the centre seam is always the most obvious seam on Belle's ballgown on all images of it.

8th April 2013

Base Bodice Done

All finished! Fully boned and done up with a zip at the side. Really proud of it. My first corset!

21st January 2013

First boning channel done

This is my first time boning a bodice so it's very much trial and error. The channel is a little too wide so that needs to be sorted. The shape of the base bodice will not be the shape of the final bodice!

20th January 2013


I'm having to make my own boning caps as I can't find/afford any. I've simply stitched some felt over the filed down boning piece. Let's hope it works.

13th January 2013

Base bodice pattern pieces cut out

Cutting then base bodice out of a strong fabric which will be covered up but allows for strength in the bodice.

12th December 2012

Cheap fabric!

Gold satin fabric found in the bargain bin at my local market for £1 a metre. so I got 5 for now. Will be used for the bodice and skirt. Skirt will have a chiffon overlay.