I finished this dress a lot more quickly than I thought I would! This post covers painting the fabric and making the dress itself. For how I made the belt and shoulder pieces, click here.
This dress is my version of Dany’s dress when she is in Qarth, in the TV series Game of Thrones. This is the original.
This dress was pretty simple, pieces wise. It is made of three rectangles of the same size. I used muslin to drape it out, using fat quarters are stand-in shoulder pieces, and an old belt to cinch it. I didn’t sew up any seams, and instead pinned everything. Two of the rectangles make up the front pieces, and are joined in the middle (both are 40 in x my shoulder to floor length). The back piece is made up of a single piece of the same size, with a slit in the middle. I crudely gathered and pinned these pieces to the shoulder pieces to get my mock-up.
I was pretty pleased with it! But, before I could make the actual dress, I had to paint the fabric.
The closest fabric I could get to the original pictured as a textured silk-like fabric. It was very light and soft. Unfortunately you can’t see the sheen and texture in the photo I have, as I painted it at night so it would dry while I was asleep, but it’s much more obvious in later photos.
I used metallic gold fabric paint and sea sponges (five different ones, to give varying shapes) to paint diagonal splotchy lines down the fabric.
However, since I had just over 5 yards, and my kitchen counter is about one yard long, it ended up draped all over the kitchen to dry.
It only took a few hours to dry, but I left it overnight anyway, just to make sure. In the morning, it looked like this!
Pretty cool, or at least I think so. I love the shine it has in the light, and the slight crinkle to the fabric.
I laid it out and cut out the three rectangles of my height plus about 5 inches (for gathering, a thick hem, and in case of mistakes!)
I marked off the bits that needed hemming on the front, and went ahead and did that first. Next, I put two rows of gathering stitches in the top side of each one, and pulled the 40 inches of fabric down to about 2.5. I tucked these into the holes I put in the shoulder pieces, and slip-stitched them on.
Then, I sewed the middle seam together and ironed it flat. I got out the piece for the back, and made a slit in the middle of about six inches. Then, I gathered each side and sewed it in the same way I sewed on the front pieces.
The seam in the original dress actually joins an inch or two below the belt, so I hemmed the sections off that wouldn’t be joining the front, and then attached the sides.
Besides hemming the bottom, that was it! Without the belt, this dress is essentially a very large sack. I went ahead and took pictures before hemming. In the photos, I’m not wearing my heels, which is why it looks so insanely long.
I am waiting for my wig to arrive for this, and then I have to get some photos done. I also have some prop ideas in the works that I need to figure out. After all, how can I be Daenerys without dragons? I’m actually really happy with how it turned out, though – the seams on the inside actually look nice and finished, and for once I don’t cringe when I see it inside out. It’s the first thing I have made where I have actually been content with how it went. Hopefully that’s a good sign for the future!