I made this for Halloween but just put the finishing touches on it recently. I wanted to make a "royal" medieval costume that had some Asian influences. I also used the color scheme of the Lannisters from Game of Thrones. It's sort of a interpretation of Cersei Lannister's red and gold dress.
|This fabric is sooo pretty|
It's the most expensive costume I've ever sewn, thanks to my boyfriend spoiling me with an entire bolt of beautiful red brocade fabric. Personally, I'm usually a very frugal shopper, buying fabric only when it's on sale.
|Unfortunately I never got around to adding the closures|
|Here's a close up of the sleeve.|
The skirt is from the sister pattern Simplicity 2158. It's a six gored skirt with 2 tiers of ruffles at the edge, but instead of adding individual ruffles I found a pre-ruffled fabric instead. The skirt itself is made from stretch crushed velvet.
|Wheee!!! It Spins!!!|
The only adjustments I did for the coat were a much needed FBA (I'm a DDD-H), taking in the waist, and lengthening the sleeve flares. The french seam FBA required reading a bunch of tutorials and sewing a couple of muslins before it made sense. If I ever become a good enough dancer to need multiple coats, I would definitely reuse this pattern.
|Always starts with a sketch!|