Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Beauty, but a Funny Girl...

That Belle (aka Gwenny) Some of you may remember when Gwenny asked me to make her the blue dress that Belle wears in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Of course she's been begging me for the yellow ball gown ever since. I finally got around to making it for her using the most wonderful sewing machine accessory - the ruffler foot. It gathers the fabric as it goes and it can even attach it to another piece of fabric at the same time.

Here's a video showing a ruffler foot in action on a very old Singer machine. I've seen these sold for as much as $75, but I got mine for $15 and it works on any low-shank machine.

The satin charmeuse and nylon chiffon I got from Murielle Roy & Co. I've been very happy with my service from them and they are happy to send samples prior to ordering. The nylon chiffon (not regular chiffon or tulle that you can find in stores) doesn't fray so it makes it easy to use for all the ruffles. I have yet to find any store in town that carries it, so I have to plan ahead and order it online.

I started with a yellow leotard that I purchased online and added the sleeves to it. The skirt is a separate piece. I made the headband out of leftover satin and just ironed some fusable facing onto it for structure. Then I ironed it with starch several times and attached some elastic to the underside.

The directions I loosely followed for this skirt can be found at the forum. I also followed these directions when I made Gwenny's pink pettiskirt.