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Belle's Ball Gown 1 by Caliypsoe Belle's Ball Gown 1 by Caliypsoe
I finally got some nicer photos of the ball gown taken!
I was commissioned by a theater to design and build their ballgown for Beauty and the Beast. There were two girls cast as Belle so the bodice is a corset to accommodate both of their sizes. (See the detail shots below for a picture of the back.) The dress took several weeks to draft and build and turned out almost identical to my design!

An overview:
Skirt: Bottom is a sparkly satin and has a 300 inch hem. (Spins beautifully!) The overlay is gathered organza. Pattern completely drafted by me.
Bodice: Fully boned with flat steel. Material is the same satin as the skirt with an overlay of gold lace. Has a lace up back with two part eyelets and a front zipper for quick change purposes. Started with a four panel bodice pattern which I used to draft a new pattern based on the measurements of the girls.
Underneath: Under the gown is a five-hoop skirt and a tulle crinoline to add fullness. The girls also wore ivory gloves, a pearl necklace, and a flower hairpiece.

Photo of the dress on one of the girls:…
I kept a photo diary of the building process from design to completion over on Tumblr:…
More photos of this dress: and

I am available for custom costume commissions!
Please visit my Etsy page:…
And please visit here for more information on custom projects:…
To inquire about a quote for a large costume projects (including princess dresses,) please send an Etsy conversation. I'm happy to work with different budgets!
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LetaDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
It's amazing!

I may have found the perfect place to get my wedding dress.
Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :blowkiss:

I love creating pieces for weddings! :aww: Let me know if you want to talk! =)
LetaDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I will (my fiance decides most things, including what kinds of dress he'd like me in).  I'll see what he comes up with.
Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well I hope he let's you have some input! It is your wedding dress after all! :aww:

Related to my work or not, I'm always happy to answer questions or give advice. Just send me a message if you need anything. =) 
LetaDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Don't worry about any  of that.  I'll see what we can come up with.

How long do you usually need?
Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a tricky question to answer without knowing what you'd like. The Belle gown took almost two months, just to give an example. (However, it was built for theatrical purposes, a wedding dress would need a little more time for the smaller details!) My email is Caliypsoe if you'd like to bounce around ideas! The better sense I get of what you'd like, the easier it is for me to quote time and cost. =)
LetaDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Good to know. Thanks.
EmmaBlueEyes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
One word...stunning.
Amazing job! :)
Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
titanicdragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
that is amazing! I LOVE IT
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