This is the theme I probably was looking forward to the most! (Warning – image heavy post!!!!) The theme is inspired by “Cosplay” and if you’re not familiar with the term cosplay, the definition is “the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game……” It has branched into so many genres and Disney Princesses is actually a very popular cosplay theme!!! How perfect that all my looks are princess inspired! Last week, the look was very casual and comfy. With the theme this week I wanted to go bigger and a little more over the top like traditional cosplay. BUT – I don’t want to do “costume” since my intention for all of Eva Mae’s looks are to be original! This week, Eva Mae is dressing up the way I think a modern Belle would dress on a typical day of living like a princess. I call it my “two-fer” look!
She can be smart and sassy by day in her gold slacks and peplum top, and then she’s ready for the ballet in the evening with her full tutu!
Princess Belle has always been my favorite and I have so many memories tied to her story! First, I remember sitting in the movie theater lobby on my 12th birthday with my best friends all excited to see the movie for the first time! Watching it again with my daughter as we get ready for our Disney trip was such a treat for me! Eva Mae is still young so several parts of the movie were pretty intense and she wasn’t so much a fan of the battle scene. But she LOOOOVES the “Be Our Guest” section of the movie!
At 12 years old when the movie came out, I was a super avid reader like Belle. I could totally relate with her desire to be stuck in a book instead of the drama around her in real life! I can’t wait to see Eva Mae’s love for reading grow!
This picture has to be my favorite! I just love the way the light is hitting her and how the shadows pull out the texture of the fabric! Let’s talk about the fabric and patterns!!! For the bodice, I started with the Violette Fields Threads Violette pattern – those princess seams are perfect for this look! And I knew I had to use the peplum at the bottom! For the gold pants, I started with the Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop Skinny Jeans (affiliate link) but since my gold lame fabric didn’t have any stretch, I had to modify the width of the pattern and also get creative by cutting out the pattern pieces on the bias!
To go from the “day look” to the evening look, we swapped out the pants for a full tutu using some of the measurements from the Violette pattern! Instead of creating a placket in the skirt, I made a waistband using the fabric from the tutu lining and created an elastic casing. That way the pieces can be worn as separates!
We had a great time on our photoshoot and I was so thankful for this beautiful gilded mirror! I love the shot above so you can see the lines of the back of the bodice and her pretty hair that we did for our special dress up day!
And the outfit served as the perfect dress for her Daddy/Daughter dance with Belle!
You should have seen her face when she took to the dance floor with Belle! It was so priceless! I can’t wait for our upcoming trip! It will truly be magical!
If you like the look this week, please please please vote for me over at Project Run and Play today!!! Voting ends Thursday night!!! Let’s see if I can make it to week 3!