Susan's Medieval Dress from Narnia: Prince Caspian

Added Feb 12, 2011

by lanternwaste33

Atlanta, Georgia...

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Patterns I Used: McCall’s 4696, McCall’s 5499 & Simplicity 4923
Total Cost: Only around $18. This one was an economical one.

I made two pieces – a top and a seperate skirt. I did minor alterations to the top; such as actually sewing the sleeves to the bodice and sewing closed the sides of the bodice, instead of using grommets.
For the skirt, I used a princess seam dress pattern and I cut the bodice off. I made the waist high enough to account for the length of the top, and I made a waistband out of Quilt Binding. I also made two suspender-style straps from the same Quilt Binding to keep the skirt from slipping down.

In the movie Prince Caspian, there’s this daffodil-shaped inlay on the bodice of the dress; and it appears to consist of facings and an inner layer of a carmel colored fabric. Well, that was a lot to deal with; so instead I used fusible web. I took a picture of the design from the movie, traced the daffodils out on my computer, printed it, applied it to the bodice of my costume and embroidered around it. Yes, I embroidered around it by hand… (by the time I finished, my fingers were numb and bleeding) using a chain-stitch and 3 strands of embroidery floss.
For the back lacing on the bodice, I used a grommet-punch to create nine holes on each back edge. I treated the holes with Fray Check and then I hand embroidered around each one with a satin stitch to keep it from raveling.

Material Notes

I played with the fabrics a little bit and didn’t stick religiously to the movie materials. It is, after all a costume. =)
For the bodice I used a plum colored, striped silk that I found in the Clearance Home Decor section of Joann Fabrics. For the sleeves, peplums and skirt I used an unusual light-weight cottony material that had somewhat of a tie-dyed effect, which I found at a local Fabric store. I hand-drew the stripes on the sleeves and peplums with a permenant marker, but wimped out when I got to the skirt, so I decided to leave it stripe-less. The light blue sleeve & skirt insertions are made of a satiny/silky material with slubs in it that my Mom had saved in her fabric stash.

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

Season
Spring, Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Costume
Style
Other, Romantic
Material
Cotton, Blends, Polyester

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    Jan 28, 2014, 01.45 PMby TalulaTwinkle

    fantastic!

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    Jan 14, 2013, 03.01 PMby Ria Čierno-biela

    wonderfull! I love this dress. this made me want to learn how to sew! I am also looking for a dress for engagement photos. I guess, you don`t make dress for an order…or would you? this dress is the most wonderful dress I`ve seen as far as looking for costumes :)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.42 PMby ArtNinja14

    Beautiful!!!

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    May 16, 2011, 10.07 AMby urbandon

    Perfect replica. Excellent.

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    Mar 4, 2011, 05.55 AMby luluxo

    fantastic! wow….

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.42 AMby sew4my3

    Awesome details and the look is spot on! Well done!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 05.39 AMby cooi

    Wow, you did a really good job replicating the costume. I think I might like yours better! Where/when do you get to wear all of your lovely costumes?

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      Feb 13, 2011, 07.01 PMby lanternwaste33

      Well, halloween is pretty much my only opportunity; but I adore making them so much that I can’t help myself! Haha, they hang in the closet a good deal.

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    Feb 13, 2011, 12.15 AMby gatonju

    Wonderful Job! You were a brave soul to do the embroidery by hand, but I am sure you are proud of the results. Was this made for a particular occassion? (BTW I like your username. The Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite book series.)

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    Feb 12, 2011, 09.10 PMby SimplyTuTuSweet

    How fun! You did a great job. I love making costumes too.

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