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Belle, the beautiful heroine of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' has some very beautiful dresses.
If you want to dress as Belle, you can find some commercially available costumes of hers, but do you want to take that extra step and create your own Belle costume? The mission of this lens is to provide you with information and images so you can recreate your own dress of Belle's.
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The Peasant Dress
I Want Much More Than This Provincial Life
This is probably the simplest of Belle's costumes to make.
It consists of a basic blue A-line dress, with a waist seam.
The top half has a seam that runs down the centre of the front, and another seam that runs down the centre of the back. There are no side seams!
As for the skirt, it seems to be lacking any seams at all, so where they're placed is up to you. I personally would put in a seam down each of the sides.
The neckline is square, and the back of the top is also squared. The shoulder straps are plain and are incorporated into the bodice (easiest way to do them would be to attach them at the shoulder with a shoulder seam.
The skirt is 3/4 length, coming down to about mid-calf.
Belle wears a white blouse under the dress, with 3/4 sleeves that end in cuffs. The blouse has a simple rolled collar.
The apron Belle wears is white, and goes around her waist (hiding the waist seam on the dress). Lengthwise, it comes to just below Belle's knees. It does up in the back in a big bow that has long tabs hanging down.
Belle wears a petticoat with a scalloped hemline. It appears to be a couple of inches shorter than the skirt, so it is only seen when Belle's skirts is hitched or pulled up.
Belle has little flat brown slippers which angle up at the back of the ankle.
When Belle travels to the Beast's castle, she has a slight wardrobe change. She takes the apron off (so the waist seam is visible, and pulls her sleeves on her blouse up to her elbows. She also dons a cloak.
The cloak appears to be one giant piece of fabric. It has a hood, and is about the same length as her dress, and goes to about mid-calf length. I imagine the hem has squared-off corners, while the upper part has rounded-off corners which come together at the neckline to fasten the cloak.
I am not entirely sure how the cloak does up, but I think it involves a button attached to the right-hand neckline-corner which pushes through a buttonhole on the corresponding corner. There is a tab of fabric on the buttonhole-side that sits on top of the buttonhole, so he button is pushed through, the opening is covered by this tab, and the button appears to be split in half when viewed from a distance.
The Green Dress
This is the first dress Belle wears after she becomes a prisoner in the Beast's castle. When outside, she wears the cloak which she wears with her peasant dress over the top.
The dress is three different shades of green. The bodice is dark, the lower sleeves are a lighter shade, and the upper puffs on the sleeves and the skirt are both the lightest shade of green. The bow in Belle's hair seems to match the middle-shade, on the lower arms.
The bodice, as mentioned, is dark green. It is horizontal across the upper front, and comes down to a small point at the waist in front. and its only decoration is a piece of mid-coloured trim that binds the top and bottom edges. There are no visible seams on the bodice!
There are two versions of the back.
Version 1: This mirrors the front. The bodice begins mid-way down the puff sleeves, and extends horizontally across the back, with the same mid-green binding. The lower part of the bodice here also extends down to a small point at the back of the waist, also with the mid-green binding.
Version 2: The neckline begins at the shoulder, and follows the back of the neck, going around to the centre of the opposite shoulder. It does not have any of the binding/ trim. The join at the waist does not come to a point - it extends horizontally around the back of the waist, It has the mid-green binding. This version also has a noticeable back seam.
The sleeves have two parts each. They have small puffs at the shoulder, which reach to just above mid upper-arm. There is some gathering where the puffs join the lower part of the sleeve. There is a piece of the mid-green trim present in some shots at the join, while absent in other shots. Version 2 of the back, is the only version of the dress which appears to have this trim, although there are shots of Version 2 from which the trim is absent.
The skirt again lacks any seams. It extends right to the ground, and has two small tucks in the front, on each side of the pointed hem of the bodice. There are two more tucks in the back on Version 1, on each side of where the bodice extends to a small point.
The bow in Belle's hair is simply two loops with a wrap around the middle, and does not have any hanging tabs.
The Pink Dress
I Wonder Why I Didn't See It There Before
This is my favourite dress of Belle's, after her ballgown.
The bodice has a very wide neckline, which is topped with a pale pink fold-over collar.
The bodice itself is a deep pink, which ends at Belle's waist. The sleeves of the dress are fitted and pink, and end at the elbows with small pale pink ruffles, the same colour as the collar.
The skirt is again, full-length, A-line, and does not appear to have any seams. The colour matches the pink of the sleeves.
From the top of the bodice right to the hem of the skirt, is a pale pink panel of fabric. This panel divides at the waist, and extends all the way around Belle's waist. At the skirt's hem, there is a ruffle border that runs all the way around the hem of the dress.
The cloak appears to be a pull-on one, as there are no signs of clasps. It is pulled over the head and encircles the upper arms. The bood is big and billowy. Each opening (around the shoulders and at the upper opening for the face) is decorated with a white fur trim. There is a rectangular panel which hangs down the back. This panel appears to begin at the throat,
Belle wears bubblegum-pink lipstick with this dress!
The Golden Dress
Tale As Old As Time
Belle's beautiful golden dress is worn the night she has a special dinner with the Beast.
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The Top Half
The Bodice is very simple in design, having just a centre front, and centre back seam. It is made of a gold-coloured fabric, and I would suggest satin. It is strapless,
In the top-centre of the bodice a small row of 3 light-gold pearls. The centre-most pearl is the largest, being approximately 1.5-2cm in diameter. The pearls on either side are about half the size, and these smaller pearls are also used to make Belle's earrings (which are 2 pearl 'studs').
There are off-the-shoulder 'sleeves' (I'd prefer to call them a wrap). The wrap is attached to the bodice in the front and back, and is gathered and folded down over the top of the bodice. The fabric is light gold and has a shimmer to it. I would suggest a lighter weight fabric to what is used on the bodice, which still has 'body' to it. Perhaps an organza?
The wrap is only gathered up either side of the pearls, in the back there is no gathering, the wrap simply drapes over the top of the bodice.
Another way that the wrap could be done is by making a long fat tube with the light-gold fabric, gathering up the 2 ends behind the pearls, and attaching the tube to the bodice. This would help give the wrap more volume.
Belle's skirt is made up of 8 panels, each with a triangular shape to it. Quite a basic design - the skirt's divided into eighths. They all appear to be the same size and shape, and are just adapted slightly at the tops to sit smoothly around the waist.
The skirt is made from the same light-gold fabric as the wrap, but is gathered up along the panel edges.
An easy way to do this gathering would be to make the panels at least half as long as they need to be, so that once they are stitched they can be smoothly drawn up along the seams until they are at the desired length.
There is a long panel of the bodice fabric that goes right around the skirt. It is at its highest point in the centre-front of the skirt, where it is just above knee height. It lowers from there, draping right around the skirt and being tacked to the skirt by a single large golden peal at each vertical seam. In the back it lowers to within about 30cm of the floor.
Belle wears a full petticoat of multiple layers, with pale gold scalloped edging underneath the skirt.
Belle's gloves are just above elbow-length, and are made from the same gold fabric as the bodice.
Belle wears light gold low-heeled slippers on her feet.
Belle's hair is pulled up from the sides into a loose bun on top, and hangs down loosely below the bun.
After a Ready-Made Belle costume?
If you're after a Belle costume that's already constructed, there are quite a few options out there!