Bellatrix lives!



Caroline White


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Outline the story …

My inspiration was Bellatrix Lestrange, from "Harry Potter".

In my little story, she didn't die in the Battle of Hogwarts . She managed to survive and travelled back in time and to another dimension and now she is hiding among the muggles in a small village. She seems to be a very nice lady, who teaches Art to some children of the village. The question is: do you really believe she's nice at all? The children sometimes bring home some strange objects.

We know very well why! Bellatrix is going by Ms. Belle now. And she dresses just like any ordinary lady from the village. This is part of her disguise, trying to look so sweet - as if we didn't know! So, dressing like a lady who's just a beginner at sewing, wearing lace, ribbons and embroidered linen would be the perfect disguise!

So what is she really up to? She's been training those kids. Teaching them "Dark" Arts. But you could ask me, aren't those kids muggles? They are probably wizards that don't know what they are because they are in another dimension. She must prepare her army to get her revenge or she will go back to Azkaban, which she doesn't want to, obviously.

If she can do this, she will be the most powerful witch in the world and her revenge will be the greatest (in her opinion, of course!).
And this explains why I thought Bellatrix and her particular situation would match the outfit that I created.

Outline the construction…

What I made: the petticoat: I used one of our old bed sheets (polyester), some cheap lace and ribbon. I didn't use a pattern, just got inspired by pictures on google. I used machine for side seams and outside wast band and hemmed and finished inside by hand.

I also made the capelet. For this one I ordered some embroidered linen, 2 types of antique lace (I bought all they had so it was a little bit of a struggle and scare, I literally prayed for it to work and at the end it did!!! Also vintage velvet ribbon. This piece was hand made 100%. It closes with a hook and eye on the front and I attached the bow (I saw Bernadette Banner doing something similar with a bow on a cape). For pattern, I just made a circle cape, made it on paper as a simple pattern.

I made the skirt from the same embroidered linen from the capelet and made it gathered on the back. It closes on the back with hooks and eyes and I added 2 detachable bows on the front made from the same vintage ribbon from the cape. I only used 2 pieces of fabric, I didn't have much after making the capelet, so I had to adapt the length and width and work with what I had. Side seams/outside waist band by machine, the rest by hand.

My resources: old books, archive website, Youtube, Pinterest, eBay.




  1. Avatar Charlotte on March 11, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    I love the backstory and result of this. It’s also super cool to see the mix of upcycling and vintage! Great job!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 11, 2021 at 9:28 pm

      Love how you make the original story continue, and reading about the making of this costume 😁.

      • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:34 am

        Thank you so much!!! 🥰

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:33 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad I had the courage to participate!

  2. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Love the creative take on the story! And the product has come out very well too!

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:34 am

      Thank you very much! 💚

  3. Avatar Missy on March 12, 2021 at 12:18 am

    The cape is delightful! And the whole ensemble works really well!

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:35 am

      Thank you so much Missy! So glad you liked it. 💚

  4. Avatar Lindsey on March 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    SO many beautiful details!

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 1:01 am

      Thank you so much Lindsey! 🥰

      • Avatar Sissy Mantovani on March 21, 2021 at 9:41 pm

        It looks beautiful! The story is very interesting. And you should continue creating clothes and stories too!!🤩😍❤️

  5. Avatar Rebecca on March 12, 2021 at 1:21 am

    I love your backstory! I’ve been admiring your project for a while, but I never knew what inspired it. I also never saw the beautiful embroidery on your linen, or how quaint your velvet ribbons look. It’s a beautiful project! You should be very proud of your work. And I love seeing you acting the part! Good luck from icarus!

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 1:47 am

      Thank you so much! 🥰 One day I hope to embroider. It was my intention for the cape but it would take at least 10 years. 😆

  6. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 12, 2021 at 1:30 am

    That capelet is so dainty and pretty! Oh that bow! I think I’m stealing that detail for the next cape for my daughter!!!

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 1:48 am

      Aww thank you!!! And es the bow was so fun to make!

  7. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Very beautiful entry. the bow on the cape is brilliant

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Kitty!

  8. Avatar Nicola Taylor on March 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Bellatrix in white…I love it well done.

    • Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much! So glad you liked it!

  9. Avatar Valerie Meachum on March 15, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I love this AU, and your inversion of the expected relationship of white to black works so well! Not just because we’re used to Bellatrix in mostly black, but because the image of the respectable Victorian schoolmarm type would be a white blouse and dark suit. The white as the outer layer, with the hint of her darkness beneath… simple but brilliant! Beautifully realized.

    • Avatar Caroline on March 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

      Thank you so much for this wonderful comment!

  10. Avatar Joshua Graham on March 18, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    the velvet ribbon and linen for that capelet are lush

    • Avatar Caroline on March 20, 2021 at 12:42 am

      Thank you so very much!

  11. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 20, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Very nice. I love the use of old bedsheets! I love the petticoat and the details do not look like you used cheap lace. Very nice overall, thank you!

  12. Avatar Senta on March 21, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Bellatrix Rocks ! Hullo my friend, I am so chuffed for you , Your costume is awesome and you are aware of my support for your creation. <3 It Inspired me to paint a portrait of it !! . Best of luck dear soul you knocked this one out of the ball park I am super proud of you !!! Congratulations on your entry 🙂

  13. Avatar Laura Ingalls Gunn on March 21, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    This ensemble delights my heart! Great work upcycling. I adore it!

  14. Avatar Carol Phillips on March 25, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Very successful garments and excellent use of the little dashes of “sweet” color in the ribbons and lace. Fits your story totally!!

  15. Avatar Kathleen LaFlamme on March 25, 2021 at 3:53 am

    This is great! Some of the most terrifying people in the world, real or not, are “nice people” hiding their evil under “innocent” clothes. This was a great project.

  16. Avatar Kelli M on March 27, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    I love the creativity of both the story and the materials used. Lovely job!

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