I knew that we were pretty much the same size, so I used my own measurements. I was nervous about making a full corseted ball gown with no fittings or real measurements, but went for it anyway. Traditional 18th century gowns were worn with stays (a corset), but I knew that she didn't own a set of stays so I decided to build them into the gown.
I made a set of half-boned strapless stays and sandwiched with them between the inner and outer layers of the bodice and stitched all the layers together. I rouched the ball gown skirt and attached it to the bodice. I gave the bodice organza capped sleeves like Belle has in the movie and made matching gold fabric buttons for the middle of the sweetheart neckline. I laced the gown up the back and gave the gown a matching ruffled petticoat.
She was definitely surprised and loved it. It was worth the many hours and dollars that I put into the gown for her. She even made me waltz with her! hahaha!!