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Susan's Medieval Dress from Narnia: Prince Caspian

Added Feb 12, 2011

by lanternwaste33

Pascagoula, Miss...






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.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Other, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Polyester



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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


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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 12, 2011, 09.10 PMby SimplyTuTuSweet

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

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