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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!
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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: caliypsoe.deviantart.com/art/B…
I kept a photo diary of the building process from design to completion over on Tumblr: caliypsoe.tumblr.com/tagged/be…
More photos of this dress: fav.me/d6nke8i and fav.me/d6nke2f

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I am available for custom costume commissions!
Please visit my Etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/Caliypsoe?re…
And please visit here for more information on custom projects: www.etsy.com/shop/Caliypsoe/po…
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.
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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! =)
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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.
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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. =) 
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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?
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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 @gmail.com 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. =)
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LetaDarnell Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Good to know. Thanks.
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EmmaBlueEyes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
One word...stunning.
Amazing job! :)
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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titanicdragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
that is amazing! I LOVE IT
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