Friday, 28 August 2009

Belle's Blue Dress

Today a friend of mine was kind enough to take pictures of me in a dress I made in December 2007, but didn´t have a single good picture of. We went a little outside town, found a proper-looking meadow and took almost 200 pictures, many of whom we deleted though. It´s not easy trying to look as lovely as a Disney-princess...



The costume is Belle's blue provincial dress, from the Disney movie "The Beauty and the Beast". I made it to wear at a party with a "Fairytale and Fantasy"-theme. The blouse is made of a nice white cotton fabric with a discreet woven-in pattern. The dress is made of a simple, blue cotton fabric, with a lined bodice and piping in all the bodice-seams. It is shaped by the side-, front-, and back seams, so no darts. In the movie it looks like it is constructed that way.


It is closed in the back by hooks and eyes. An apron was also made, pleated to a waistband, and with a tuck at the bottom, for decorative effect. A bow in the same fabric as the dress was sewn onto a hair-clip. Cheating, I know, but it looked good enough. The dress is worn over a couple of petticoats.



The hair was a bit tricky to get right. I have very fine Scandinavian hair, silky and as straight as it could possibly be. It has nothing that even resemble volume, so to make it get the right Disney look require a lot of hairspray, or it will slip down after just a few minutes.

All in all, I am very pleased with how it turned out. The plan is to eventually make the other Belle-dresses as well. Problem is, there're so many fun projects to work on...



Just great...

So, it´s almost one in the morning, and I can´t sleep. It is SO annoying! I do have a lot on my mind at the moment, so no wonder, but still!

I am between jobs, as it were, only I don´t have a job waiting for me. You could also say I have vacation indefinitely... The financial crisis hits hard everywhere, I suppose. One would have thought I could be temporarily employed to give flu-shots, though, but no... They bring old nurses back from retirement to do that. I have applied for a dozen-or-so jobs, but not heard anything yet. What I´m to live on is still sort of a mystery. We do have rather good social security in Sweden, but I would prefer to work to support myself, and not live of welfare...

I have payed my tithes though, so I trust in the Lord to "open the windows of heaven" for me. I have always had enough as long as I have payed my tithes, and I´m sure He will help me now, though I do not know in what way yet.

And, since I can´t sleep, I will knit and watch a movie for a while. Hopefully I will get sleepy soon :)