Added Feb 12, 2011
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.
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.
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