Belle's Once upon a time dress : the preparations.
My relationship with cosplay is a love/hate one It always has been and it always will be. I start a new show, fall in love with awesome characters, curse at their wonderful outfits and start hating myself because I'm already making them in my head.
Belle's pretty blue fairyland dress is no different.
Only this time the steps were slightly backwards and I'm quite thankful. Usually it's a whole process of finding a pattern, drafting mockups, cursing when I have to learn new things that my ratty sewing machine can't handle. Then when I'm pleased, I go find materials.
This time around, I bumped into my main fabric at a sale and it was too perfect to leave it there. It was an almost exact match to what they use in the show.
It's a tad bluer than it shows in my crap lighting
So I grabbed all they had left, a good 3 meters which should be enough and ordered a pattern on Ebay. BUTTERICK B6196.
This one's almost perfect. The waist just needs a bit of shortening and so does the skirt. So now I'm waiting for it to arrive, making a checklist of other stuff I need and planning a trip to get it. Of course there'll be a mockup first of the most horrible clashing fabrics. There always is, it's tradition by now.
To make it myself a bit easier I did make myself a mannequin. Good old duct tape and isolation foam.
I'm so eager to start it and have a new project. Usually my cosplays are a bit more elaborate though. And I never started with something simple Probably never will. My first sewing project was River Song's day of the moon dress.
The original Zeeda dress was 300€ and I wasn't going to give that to a cosplay So of course I drafted my own pattern by looking at a lot of reference photo's and made my own.
Last year's project was a victorian dress which I'd been dying to make.
Second time of using a sewing machine I never take it easy. I do believe it turned out nicely.
So I'm gonna go shop and hope my pattern arrives soon so I can draft a mockup I'll keep you all updated on this blog.