Belle was my favorite Disney princess growing up, and although her famous yellow dress is beautiful, I went for a more simple and classic look with her white and blue outfit.
I started with a blue dress (this one from Shabby Apple) then layered a white shirt underneath for the collar and long-sleeved look. But you could use a blue skirt or dress you already own (or make yourself one using this easy circle skirt tutorial, .
The classic pieces that make this outfit are the apron and the bow, and those are both easy to make!
Cut a rectangular piece of fabric as long as you want, and about 30 inches wide. Sew across the top of the rectangle (along the long side) with a basting (super wide) stitch.
Pull the threads on either side to gather the fabric.
Fold over the edges of the other 3 (non-gathered) sides of the fabric and hem them with a straight stitch.
Place the ribbon across the gathered edge and sew together with a straight stitch, as shown.
For the bow:
Cut a long strip of fabric about 36 inches long and 4 inches wide.
Fold the fabric in half and sew into a long tube, as shown. Cut 1 of the short sides at an angle, and then sew up that side too, as shown.
Turn the tube right side out by pushing a pencil into the pointed side and then scrunching the fabric down the pencil until the pointed side comes out. Cut the other edge at an angle and then tuck the raw edges inside and sew across it with a straight stitch.
Tie up into a pretty bow!
Finish the look with a middle part and low ponytail, then tie that ribbon around your ponytail, grab a couple of books or a wicker basket, throw on some black shoes and go find your Prince Charming!
Originally published Oct. 2014. Updated Aug. 2016.
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