Medieval Fantasy

Hello everyone! Welcome back!

Today’s blog is a little different than my previous ones, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

Anyone who has met me knows that a large passion of mine is wardrobe and costuming. While it’s always been a hobby, it’s now becoming a much more prevalent focus in my work life as well as my day to day activities. And so I thought i’d start posting bits of that part of my life, on here as well!

Beginning with this dress!

This project was a last minute re-vamp of a much older dress that had been made during the Lord of the Rings craze. I had an event based on Medieval fantasy to go to, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take it out of the closet and spruce it up.

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Originally it was a very simple mix of periwinkle and pale blue. Pretty, but nothing extraordinary.

I already knew I wanted to add more of a serious medieval flair, as the colors and material already gave it the mystical feel. So I went out to find trim to bring more elegance and intensity to the dress.

I opted for a deep blue and gold cording that would work for the neckline without it being over the top and gaudy.

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I then paired it with a deep blue, periwinkle and gold ribbon trim that I used for the waist bit.

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Deciding I wanted a little but more, I took both the cording and ribbon to create arm bands for the sleeves.

To do this I machine sewed the trim to a cotton duck fabric, to give it some strength. I then added the eyelets for ribbon on either side, to be able to make the bands adjustable. I then painstakingly (and yes, I mean PAINstakingly) hand sewed the cording to either side of the trim. I then cut away the excess duck fabric and stitched to the to top of the sleeves, so it wouldn’t move around much once on.

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The end result came out just as I had hoped. Elegant and pretty with a hint of time period, without being over the top and flashy. The moment I put it on, I felt like I had stepped out of a fairytale.

 

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And yes, It twirls wonderfully

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! If so, stay tuned for future dress making and costume fun!

Until Next Time! Xx