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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The BELLE of the Ball

Outfit 101 - 2013-14 School Year

So, with all of the excitement for the 100th outfit party, I forgot to tell you about our weekend. We were super busy. On Saturday, we got up early and went downtown and ran the Color Me Rad 5k. If you aren't familiar, it is a 5k course that throughout are stations where you are hit with colored cornstarch. Most people wear costumes of some sort and either white (so you can get really colored) or crazy loud colors. There were over 5000 runners here. Here are some pics of that race.

This is before the race.

Here are the afters:

So, after we came home and got cleaned up, we were back downtown that evening for the St Paddy's Day 5k that just the boy and I ran.

Don't you love how he photobombed her and her best friend?? :)

On Sunday, she and I went to the Broadway touring production of Beauty and the Beast. It was a beautiful show. If you ever get the chance to see it, definitely go. So, that brings us to today's dress. I actually went and posted on the Facebook PDF board where to find a good Belle dress for tweens and no one responded. So, I did what you have to do - figured it out on my own. I took the Whimsy Couture Enchanted dress and adapted it to a Belle style princess dress. Let me show you the dress and then I will tell you how I did it in case any of your older girls might be interested in this style of dress.

Here's what you do if you want to modify the Whimsy Couture Enchanted (or really any full skirt pattern) to be a Belle style.
Construct the bodice as the pattern states.
Instead of cutting two front overskirt pieces, just cut one the same measurement as the back overskirt. You can also eliminate one of the overskirt ruffle pieces.
Find the center front and center back of the overskirt pieces and then find the centers of those. You will have eight 'lines' altogether including the two side seams. Take the skirt and fold up from the bottom to the top and iron a center horizontal crease.
Run two basting stitches on either side of each of the marked lines. Gather the fabric to the center horizontal crease, pin and then stitch in place. Repeat for all of the lines.
There you have it - a Belle inspired skirt. But it really could just be any skirt, but I loved the way it looked as a Belle dress.

And in case you missed it yesterday, we are having a giveaway. Go check out yesterday's post and a big thanks again to Kymy at Everything Your Mama Made for her sweet addition of two of her tween patterns for the Christie's favorite things prize pack because her patterns are among my favorite things!

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Hope to see you tomorrow!

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