Okay, so we're all familiar with Belle from Beauty & the Beast: http://www.hollywoodmegastore.com/Images/4182.jpg
I was originally planning on being something else for Halloween, but then I had an ugly dress party. The Craftsters in Chicago have heard about that, & let me just tell the rest of you that it was pretty intense. ANYWAY, I had this horrible wedding dress for one of the costumes from that party.
[that would be me on the left in the original dress. And there's one more underneath this]
SO after looking at this dress, I realized it. Was. Belle. With a little bit of work, that is.
So I used some RIT Dye, made some sash-like gathers, & made a 10-yard tulle petticoat for underneath it. Now, I know it's not 100% handmade, but it's a big turn around. And the rules said it just had to have a handmade component! The results?
[sorry about low image quality; I ended up getting sick on Halloween & had to cancel my plans anyway, UGH]
The one time I did get to wear it out, I ended up getting a TON of people yelling "Belle!!" "Beauty!!" "Beauty & the Beast!!!!" at me when I was walking down the mag mile hahahah. Mission: success!