Over at Project Run and Play, the next challenge is the Cosplay Challenge where you need to “create an outfit inspired by the cosplay craze” but not a costume.
Now this is right up my alley! If you have been reading for a while, you know how much I love creating these kinds of outfits like Doctor Who, and Star Wars, and even Black Widow (although that was a costume) and more Doctor Who and Merida (which is a costume too). Come to think of it, I love making costumes, just as much.
When I read what this theme was, I drew a blank! My well was dry. I think, because I have done quite a few of these already, I was creativly tapped out. So I went to my child who I sewing for and asked her what she would like. Her answer actually surprised me!
My Falafel requested, very specifically, Belle’s peasant outfit from Beauty and the Beast! When I saw what the contestants made, I actually was shocked to find that Sewing Mama RaeAnna sewed up a Belle-inspired outfit too! Hers is the fancier ballroom yellow gown, but really what are the odds we both would choose the same movie from 1991?!
I used the same pattern as I used for the Jane Austen inspired Regency dress, and made the same alteration to the pattern by adding ribbon instead of elastic through the waist casing. This time, though I made it with long sleeves and a shorter length.
I also added a panel of white to the skirt portion of the dress to mimic Belle’s apron, and box pleated the whole thing.
I have to admit that I love how Belle is a character that loves books AND she falls in love with the Beast even though he is not a pretty package. She sees past all that. Strong, smart, girl of substance. AND she’s French. I can see why Falafel chose her.
Remember the bag of sheets I was talking about?
Well, I used more of them for this outfit! The sleeves are from that same white sheet, and the blue is a very worn flannel. Perfect for my comfort-loving girl.
This is the first peasant dress I have ever made for her, and she loves it!
I love repurposing those sheets!
Are YOU sewing along too?