Hot! The “Yellow Belle” Dress

I stayed up late to watch the Oscars for the first time when Beauty and the Beast was nominated for best picture.  My parents told me that The Silence of the Lambs was going to win but I just had to hold out hope.  You see while I don’t always admit it Beauty and the Best is my favorite movie and I still totally think it was the best picture of 1991.  So of course I was super excited to take Emily to see it in 3D recently.  A great time was had by all. Then on the way out Emily noticed that one of the other little girls had come dressed as Belle.  She quickly alerted me to this fact and told me she wanted two Belle dresses one yellow and one blue.  I hadn’t come up with a plan for the Oscar challenge yet so I figured this was the perfect time to get going on that yellow Belle dress.

Since this was going directly into her box of no you can’t wear that to school clothes dress-up clothes I wanted it to be easy to put on and hard to wrinkle.  With that in mind its made out of inexpensive knit fabric.  I also used the same peasant dress pattern as last week.  I figured the most distinctive part of Belle’s dress is the skirt so I added the vertical gathers with strips of elastic.  The swag at the top is really just a ruffle with a fabric flower sewn in the center front.  All in all in was a pretty simple dress to make and Emily is pleased.  It feels a little like a cop out since I’m sure there are going to be some truly incredible grown up creations this week.  Oh well next week will be something for me.


The Facts

⁃ Fabric: 1 yard yellow rayon knit $6.00 and 1 yard poly knit $2.00
⁃ Pattern: Peasant dress from Little Girls Big Style
⁃ Year: 2010
⁃ Notions: elastic
⁃ Time to complete: not that long probably 3 hours
⁃ First worn: Feb 10th
⁃ Wear again? Of course!  She’s 4 and this is a princess dress.
⁃ Total price: $8.00



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. “Of course! She’s 4 and this is a princess dress.”
    HAHAHA too true! Great, great job!

  2. Cute! Little girls and their dresses. :D

  3. She is absolutely adorable!

  4. Too cute, and what a great homemade version of the Belle Dress! I actually have a Simplicity pattern for it (along with 5 other Disney characters), but I think I’ll hold off for another year or two until my daughter makes a formal request.

    It’s cute to see the two kids’ posts next to each other; I’m sure was done on purpose. Right Mena? ;)

  5. Adora – “belle” :) She looks so lovely and happy!

  6. Sweet! Emily will have a blast playing in this dress. She’s a little doll.

  7. I love seeing the things you sew for your daughter! Reminds me of all the costumes and outfits my mother made for me. She always took the greatest pains with them, so I’ve never thought that kid-clothes represent some lesser form of sewing, and this is obvious from your sewing, too.

  8. Great idea and I am sure she will love playing in it. I think homemade princess dresses are so much nicer than the Disney store versions.