Belle - Once upon a Time


*This costume is now retired*

"I've always dreamt of heroics, but... I think it's safer I stick to my books. They're the only adventures I know that have happy endings."

I knew I was going to love Once Upon a Time before I started watching it and I was not mistaken! Belle has always been my favourite Disney princess and I was not disappointed by her portrayal in the show (although the Australian accent took some getting used to). I was torn between her and Snow White as I love Snow's character in the show but I decided I would just go ahead and cosplay both.

"Belle is the daughter of Sir Maurice and true love of Rumplestiltskin.
When her father's realm is threatened by the Ogre Wars, Rumplestiltskin offers to protect it in exchange for Belle becoming the caretaker of his estate. Belle accepts the deal and the pair form a bond until she learns from the Evil Queen Regina that true love's kiss will break any curse and kisses him. He mistakenly believes that Belle is working for Regina and forces her to leave forever. Belle later joins an expedition to hunt a monster called the Yaoguai that terrorizes a distant kingdom. Using her knowledge of books, she teams with Mulan to defeat the beast that is a cursed Prince Phillip in disguise. She then intends to return to Rumplestiltskin, though the Evil Queen captures her instead and claims to Rumplestiltskin that Belle committed suicide upon becoming an outcast in her own town."


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

The dress and underclothes were made by ProCosplay with some adjustments by myself.

The shoes are a modified pair of dance character shoes with hand made straps and detailing. They were also spray dyed.

The wig came from an online wig shop and only needed some light styling.

The necklace was bought on ebay.


This was my main cosplay at KitaCon Invasion (2014)and the one I entered into the masquerade. Despite a few niggles with the colour and bodice fit I was fairly happy with this costume and people seem to think I suit Belle which is great to hear.

The biggest challenge was the shoes and spray dying them was a new experience for me but I was really pleased with the finished look.

sjbonnar posted on 16 March, 2014 - 13:38
You're going to suit this so well!

Underclothes (blouse and petticoat)
Chipped teacup
2 metres of black cord
Dress and underclothes- made by ProCosplay
Gold pearl necklace
Magix vinyl spray dye in Pale Blue
Capezio Junior Footlight Character Shoe in Tan
"Miranda" Golden Brown long, wavy wig
Red tinted lip balm
Shoe buckles
Half a metre of cream leatherette

Total cost: £0.00

29th March 2014

Wig and make up

The sides of the wig were held back with brown hair grips and make up was kept fairly basic.

28th March 2014

Finished shoes

The top of the "overlay" as I'm going to call it was folded over the strap and hand stitched. The petal shapes at the bottom were hot glued to the shoe. The only downside is the spray dye made the leatherette sticky and tacky and I'm not sure why, it has a normal finish on the shoe itself.

27th March 2014

Shoe modifications part 4

I hand sketched the detailed overlay (is that what you would call it?) onto the back of some cream leatherette and cut it out using a mix of scissors and a stanley knife. I drew around the first one to create a pair. Both pieces were then spray dyed blue.

26th March 2014

Shoe modifications part 3

The strap loops were made by using scrap material saved from where I removed the original straps and buckles. I sprayed them blue and hot glued them to the inside of the shoe. The buckles were then attached to the straps and secured with some hand stitching.

25th March 2014

Shoe modifications part 2

The shoe straps were hand made using cream leatherette which was then dyed with the same spray I used on the shoes. The buckles were painted with silver metal paint as they were originally gold.

24th March 2014

Shoe modifications part 1

I removed the straps and buckles from the shoes and dyed them blue using Magix vinyl spray. Thanks to Alias Cosplay for the recommendation! They came out really well =)

22nd March 2014

Outfit alterations

The hem of the skirt and petticoat have been raised and I've added hooks and eyes to the inside of the bodice to help with the fit.

18th March 2014

Wig ordered

Belle's hair is fairly simple but picking a wig for her has been awkward as it seems as if her hair changes each episode. It varies from loose waves to ringlets and her Storybrooke counterpart has a different shade of brown with highlights too. I was limited for choice as I had to order a wig late so couldn't order from outside the UK. I ended up spending more than I wanted but I'm hoping it will be a good quality wig to be worth it and I will end up using it for all versions of OUAT Belle.

17th March 2014

Base shoes

The costume department for the show bought some beige shoes and dyed/painted them blue for Belle so I plan to follow suit. However I need to do a bit of modifying first as well as her shoes have a pattern detail attached to the ankle strap that I cannot find "ready made" as it were, the shoes they used are no longer available. I decided to start out with a base shoe and make the detailed part out of something like a beige or cream leatherette. When finished the whole shoe shall be sprayed with a pale blue vinyl dye. The base shoes I ended up ordering were some character dance shoes as they had the best shape and heel style, I couldn't find what I wanted by searching for regular court shoes.

16th March 2014


After a little panic due to it being posted after the stated time my outfit is here and thankfully fits. There is a slight issue with the bodice not staying in place but I'm going to attempt to solve that by adding some hooks and eyes. The skirt and petticoat also needs the hems raised slightly.

13th March 2014


This was the closest I could find to matching her necklace.

16th February 2014

Outfit ordered

I ordered her dress and underclothes from ProCosplay (after researching to make sure they owned the photos) as it seemed the most accurate and well made one available online at the moment. I haven't made a fitted bodice before with boning so was a little unsure about making it myself hence buying it. The shade of blue seems a little dark but her dress does appear darker in a lot of the scenes in the show, the promotional images are shot under bright lighting after all. I figured if it bothers me that much I can take it apart to use as a pattern/guide for making my own with lighter fabric at a later date.

1st February 2014

Reference photos

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