It’s probably impossible to costume something that is cheap, easy to make, beautiful, AND comfortable…but I’m pretty sure I pulled it off (times five)! Before I learned how to sew, I had most of the pieces of Catelyn Stark and Littlefinger from Game of Thrones commissioned for my husband and I. I was very pleased with the screen accuracy, durability, and wearability of Catelyn Stark for Halloween and Texas Renaissance Festive during the fall and winter months. However wearing it to DragonCon in Atlanta in the heat of summer was stupid hot, and I did it two years in a row!
This year our niece wanted to join our Game of Thrones group, so I decided to make her a dress inspired by what the “ladies” wear in Littlefinger’s brothel in King’s Landing. I used two old tablecloths that I’ve kept for the sole purpose of covering plants in the winter from frost, and a strip of fabric from an old curtain that is no longer being used for anything. Brittany’s dress turned out so beautiful (and ridiculously comfortable) that I decided to make one for myself out of two curtain panels and a curtain panel scrap. Then I made yet another one out of purchased satin fabric and curtain scraps for my friend who didn’t get her Ygritte or Sand Snake costumes ready in time. Well I had enough old curtains in my closet, and caffeine in my system, that I made two extra dresses for two more ladies we recruited…just for fun. And it WAS fun! So my husband, as Littlefinger, had a horde of “ladies” on his arms at DragonCon and we were super comfortable.
Since I wasn’t making dresses for specific characters such as Shae or Ros, I had a little room for interpretation. I started with a sketch and ended up pinning fabric scraps to my dress form. I came up with basic measurements that would fit any body size and shape, kind of a one-size-fits-all. I included a vertical strip down the center of each front side (and sometimes down the back side), both to extend the horizontal width of the section, and to add a focal point or pop of color. Each of the five dresses has different widths on that center panel, but the basic measurement of the front side is the same. I’ve included a simplified pattern below, but it is more of a guide.
I think you could really have fun making your own and changing it up a bit. Cinch the tops like you would a curtain. Add a metallic or leather belt for fun (but pull the belt under the back panel). Wear them around the house even…they’re so comfortable. Enjoy!