Added May 18, 2011
I was inspired for this dress by Susan Pevensie’s green dress from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe". I had to sacrifice the color of the Inspiration, because the fabric I had was reddish burgundy, but it looks fine in the end.
I used the McCalls 5499 pattern for this dress.
I didn’t have to buy anything for this: I used fabric, cord, ribbon and bias tape that I already had… so techically it was free, but if you count the cost of the stuff when I originally bought it, it was $6 for it all. I had to take the bodice in just a tiny bit and I had to tweak the sleeves of the pattern, because they were just plain. I had to create the little lined holes and the white undersleeve sections out of my head.
I changed the lacing method in the back. I made little loops and stitched them under the fabric sections, instead of using grommets. If I could go back and do it over again, I’d probably just use grommets like the pattern called for, but oh well.
Even though this was the first medieval dress I’d ever made, I like the way it turned out. It fits perfectly. It’s really warm since it’s wool, but that makes it great for fall and winter.
6 yards burgundy wool from Mom’s fabric stash, 1/2 yard single fold bias tape, 2 yards satin ribbon, 5/8 yard white batiste, 3" of burgundy twisted cord, thread.
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