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Topic: So, I Wanna Make a Princess Dress But.....  (Read 1570 times)
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« on: February 21, 2009 08:24:26 AM »

Alright, for prom this year I decided it would fun if my friends and I dressed up like various Disney Princesses.  My Princess is Belle, and I really want to recreate the dress she wore in the dancing scene with the Beast.  Anyway, I was searching the internet to see if I could find a pattern or tut or something, and I found this  gorgeous dress on Etsy:

Close-up of the skirt:

But unfortunately, it's $500 and I kinda wanted to make it myself.  Anyway, I found a pattern for the top part of the dress (http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2717.htm?search=2717&page=1), but I couldn't find anything for the bottom.  If someone could find a pattern with those ruffles, or a tut, or just some advice, that would be great. I kind of understand how they work (ruched), but don't know what to cut out to achieve that length or if it's two skirts or something.

Thanks in advance!
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009 10:05:30 AM »


I live in the Netherlands and here we have:
When you search under the categorie historische kostuums ( = the category historical costumes) and subcategorie dames ( = ladies) there are lots of dresses

Groetjes Jannie
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 10:07:45 AM »

I don't think I would try to modify the dress that you have linked.  That vogue pattern has a bodice and skirt that are one piece.  In order for you to get the fullness of the Belle type skirt/Etsy dress, you'll need a skirt that is separate from the bodice.  

For the skirt, you'll need to add at least 1/3 to your hip measurement.  For example, if you have 36" hips, then the skirt will need to have at least 48" of fullness at the hips, and widen incrementally.  kwim?  

The length measurement will be kind the same, you'll need to estimate how much fullness you want, then add at least 1/3 to your pattern length.  So if the bodice/skirt seam to floor length without gathers is 32 inches, then you will need at least 43 inches to play with.

You also will need two layers of fabric, one straight and one that holds the gathers, and will need a petticoat underneath.  (Sorry if you knew that already, just trying to give as much information as possible.)  

I used to make wedding dresses, so feel free to leave me a message on my blog if you have questions.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009 05:38:30 PM »

Wow, I'm sure that skirt takes a lot of fabric. I think it is more than adding 1/3. Probably more like 2 or 3 times. The amount of fabric, the type of fabric, and putting it together is why it costs so much. Satin can be difficult to work with. Basically that dress would take pretty much just as much work as a wedding dress, which is why it costs so much.

M5497 has some gathering detail on the skirt if you wanted to update it a little.
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009 03:59:39 PM »

I know you said you wanted to make your prom dress so I don't know if this will be helpful, but I recently went dress shopping and found a couple of dresses that instantly reminded me of Belle. Unfortunately I can't remember the stores, but I'm thinking it might have been Debs and maybe McDaniel's. You could always find a dress in the store and look at the construction of it for ideas and find what you like and don't like about that dress.

Also, I suggest looking in the costume sections of the pattern catalogs, they always have Disney princesses.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009 12:36:52 AM »

Simplicity has a new 1850s pattern out:


It's suitable as a base, but you'd have to do some radical math to make the skirt ruched. *shudder/hates math*

Good luck!

« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009 08:41:26 PM »

I think it might be out of print, but Simplicity 5724 would be a great match.  I just recently saw someone who made it into a really authentic looking Belle dress.  If it's out of print you can find it on E-bay for not much.
You could probably add draping and adjust the skirt a bit to make it look even more like the Belle dress.  Good luck!  I've always wanted to make that dress!

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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009 02:50:45 AM »

If you look at the plain black skirt in this link
you can get a rough idea of how much length you lose when ruching. of course, for a ball gown length it will be required to be soooo much longer than you need your finished product. perhaps there is a child's Belle pattern available that you can look at somewhere (even in the pattern books in a store) and read the directions/fabric measurements etc, again, just for ideas. A pattern of any description so long as it had that kind of detailing would allow you to see the shapes required too.

I like how the bodice you linked was actually just a little capelet! Makes for easier construction and you could make the rest of the top any style/shape you need

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