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Red/Blue Medieval Costume Contest Dress

Added Feb 12, 2011

by lanternwaste33

Pascagoula, Miss...






Pattern I Used: Simplicity 9891

This dress was inspired by 1400’s – 1600’s paintings. I made this to enter in the Simplicity Halloween Costume Contest 2008. I started it only a week before the deadline, but DID finish it in time to submit it. It did not place, but I did win a sewing book and a certificate for the design.
I totally reworked this dress—the original pattern was a ladies ‘Lord of the Rings’ pattern. It had only 3/4 sleeves and a simple neckline and straight skirt. First, I made a grey & white underdress with long, gathered sleeves; and the to the neckline I added a white strip which can be cinched tight against the neck with a 1/16" cord.
To the overdress, I added a split neckline that is laced closed with a very thin dk brown cord; a split skirt (so you can see the underdress underneath); Renaissance-esque sleeves with little sewn-in white puffs and an open section so the underdress sleeves could billow out. I used red grommets in the back to match the shade of the dress, instead of using a gross zipper; and I also added embroidery on the bodice & sleeves.
Just for the record, I did a HUGE amount of hand-dyeing for this project. The main dress fabric was originally a taupe linen, and I used two bottles of liquid RIT dye in “Scarlet” to achieve the medium-dusty-red look. Also, the underdress started out as a periwinkle blue and because it looked really really UN-medieval, I over-dyed it with “Pearl Grey” RIT dye.

Material Notes

The main dress is linen. I have no idea what kind of fabric the oversleeves are (probably a poly-cotton blend?), but I found this triangle-ish woven dusty blue stuff on a huge bolt in Joann Fabric’s clearance fabric section and loved it. The sleeves are also embellished with silver metallic trim. The underdress is made of broadcloth and muslin.




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



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    Feb 13, 2011, 06.34 PMby 6kidsathome

    Great job. The dress is beautiful.

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