Dragonscale embellishments are used in Game of Thrones to create Daenerys Targerean or Khaleesi's regalness as she becomes a queen while being the mother of dragons. So that's where I headed for my round 2 'make your own fabric' challenge in PR sewing bee.
I was fearful of making something that would look 'undercooked', however online costumers are generous in sharing their costume techniques.
|This is the real deal from Michele Carragher's website.|
Smocking is something I've enjoyed dabbling in. North American smocking is used to create some of the embellishments for Khaleesi's costumes and I saw one of her costumes up close at the Game of Thrones exhibit in Belfast last year. The same technique is used on her later costumes too.
The smocking template is fairly simple to mark up on fabric and there are lots of YouTube demos to learn from.
|Setting up the stitching lines on the fashion fabric.|
|Test smocking piece|
|The effect of the triangle stitches|
|The bodice then was sewing with rows of machine honey comb stitching using three different colour threads.|
Here's how the bodice came out with additional fabric sewn onto the shoulder pieces. The bronze sequins are also provide more 'scale'.
|The final bodice with sequin scales and pieces of the bronze trouser fabric for effect.|
Skirt scale layering
|This is where I was checking how the front skirt would work with embellishment.|
|The left is a lighter weight blue mesh. The right is a larger purple mesh fabric.|
|The full outfit.|
On the actual outfit, there's a gorgeous open back to it.
I went for the bra friendly version - small.Vogue 8280
Vogue 8280 was my Khaleesi costume basis and initially cut the lining using a scale like Ikea fabric.
|I cut out the pieces from this fabric first.|
This fashion fabric became the outside and lining for the costume.
This costume is quite heavy and fits firmly.
By texturing each piece of fabric, one at a time and checking the photos of the original work online, I felt a whole lot more confidence in creating the textures without feeling all this work would be wasted. I think I spent 12 hours on this project.
The mother of dragons has done well to survive through to series 5, so why not make one simple Khaleesi outfit for myself.
|Just the dress.|
|The whole box and dice.|
And that's my fantasy piece for now...