Sewing for Halloween: Belle Costume from the Foofoo Threads Beloved Fairytale Ballerina Princess Pattern

Hey y’all!  It’s Katherine, from Purple Posies.  I have a confession to make:  I’ve never made my kids’ Halloween costumes.  I kind of felt like it was a lot of time and effort for one night, so we went the store-bought route previously.  This year, we have two costume parties, and trick-or-treating...and all three of my girls are so darn excited for Halloween.  To top it off, my youngest is still wearing a 12 month chest size with a 2 length - so the typical store-bought princess costumes fall off her little shoulders.  So I went for it.  You guys.  It is so much fun.  This type of sewing allows your creativity to go where it wants to go!

My youngest is very much in the princess stage - and her absolute favorite is Belle.  I wanted to make her the “new” Belle version, from the 2017 movie.  I chose the Beloved Fairytale Ballerina Dress from Foo Foo Threads as my base pattern.  It is perfect for all things twirly, girly, and princess.  I had never made anything with tulle before, and the instructions were thorough and easy to follow.  I embellished the center front bodice with gold ribbon trim, and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut some gold glitter HTV for embellishing the skirt tiers.  The only alteration I made to the pattern was the skirt tiers - instead of doing one skirt overlay, I used three layers.  I’ll be honest - it was not easy getting that slippery fabric to line up the way I wanted it to, and the gathers on the top tier aren’t exactly how I’d like them to be - but my two year old is not complaining.  

The Beloved pattern was a great pattern for me - I learned some new techniques, the fit was great, and I’ll definitely be making more (my two older girls have requested princess style dresses as well now).  Happy Halloween, and happy sewing!!