I decided back in late September that I would make myself a Daenerys Targaryen dress. I’m sewing it as my competition entry to a Facebook group sewing competition that I am part of. The original competition date was 26th November, but has now been pushed back to 29th January due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period.
I’ve been biting at the bit, ready to get started, but have had other commitments to crack on with first. Those commitments are now finished up so I am ready to get started.
This is the dress I am planning on making:
At the time I decided on this dress, I didn’t know much about it, other than that I LOVED IT! And that it was worn in season 4.
I now know that the dress is heavily embroidered all over, with a pleated white skirt underneath. I’m still not sure about the pleated section – I’m not one for ironing much, and a pleated skirt suggests major ironing to me! 😉
I have to create something ‘inspired’ by this dress, so I have been thinking carefully about the fabrics I’ll use. This week will be ‘buy the fabrics’ week, so I really need to decide by this evening just how much I need. Yikes!
The Competition Brief
The sewing competition requires a submission which is sewn by yourself.
It has several criteria to be eligible:
- The garment or outfit is to be inspired by a movie or television show.
- It must be submitted by midnight on the 29th January.
- It has to be an adult sized garment or outfit.
- The submission has to include a photo of the outfit as well as the inspiration image.
I’m seriously excited to get started. As well as being a really cool dress, it’ll be a wonderful addition to my ongoing Dressing Consciously wardrobe! (You can check out that post here.)
Other Inspiration Options
I was also quite into this look that Arya Stark wore quite a bit of. The decision not to go with this was the competition brief – it being a sewing competition, I realised this Arya look wouldn’t involve that much in the way of sewing. I will definitely be attempting it at a later date for a textiles development post instead!
Game Of Thrones Costumes
As well as the amazing Daenerys Targaryen dress and funky Arya Stark outfit above, the show has a lot of other amazing costumes throughout the six seasons.
With Daenerys Targaryen being one of my all time favourite characters – she has some truly epic and kick ass outfits throughout the show – it isn’t at all surprising that I chose her as a source of inspiration for the competition.
Yet the lead costume designer responsible for the show’s costumers – Michele Clapton – has developed some incredible pieces for all the characters in the show.
Other favourites of mine include the cape worn by Joffrey in the image below, and both the dresses worn by Cersei and Margery in the bottom picture.
How amazing is the cape? I am thinking that instead of embroidering on the cape where it rests on the arm, I might embellish it with some beading I bought on a visit to a bead show with my cousin back in October. I will let you know when I start to make this one! 😉
The Free Sewing Pattern
Once the pattern is ready, I will add a link here so that you can have a go at sewing it for yourself!!
And in the meantime, I have two great guides! The first is a guide to Daenerys costume ideas – perfect for anyone wanting to buy or make their own Daenerys Targaryen costume! – and the second is a guide of the best Game of Thrones costume ideas!
Eve Tokens (aka The Creative Curator) is a fashion designer, creative pattern cutter and sewing pattern designer.
Eve graduated with a 2:1 in Fashion Design from the University of The Creative Arts in the UK, has a BTEC diploma in Creative Pattern Cutting, a Foundation Degree in Art & Design from Wimbledon College of Art and gained extensive experience in the fashion industry by interning and freelancing for London based fashion brands – Hardy Amies, Roland Mouret, Peter Pilotto and others.
As well as running her own small sustainable fashion brand, Eve has more than 25 years experience sewing and making clothes for herself and family members.