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Burgundy Wool Medieval Dress Inspired by Narnia

Added May 18, 2011

by lanternwaste33

Pascagoula, Miss...






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.

Material Notes

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.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Blends, Wool



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    May 19, 2011, 04.26 PMby mahaila

    looks wonderful! Nice work. love the colour of the dress and the overall look.

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    May 19, 2011, 08.24 AMby urbandon

    Another great job.

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    May 19, 2011, 01.23 AMby aluckmann

    You really do a great job with all of your costumes – they are always so much fun to look at. I have never seen the Chronicles of Narnia series, but some of your dresses make me want to watch them :)

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    May 18, 2011, 08.31 PMby grafiketgrafok

    It looks really good in red! Your own version is really cool, I love it! :)

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    May 18, 2011, 07.38 PMby ccsinspirations

    Very beautiful! You did a great job tweaking the sleeves. I can’t recall what the back of Susan’s dress was like, have to pull out the DVD, but I love how you laced yours up!

    You are all set for the Renaissance Festival!
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