|Time Taken :||2 days of sewing plus 2-3 weeks of fussing and fretting|
|First off, I absolutely love (and hate) Cersei's character. I'm a big fan of the books, despite the heart wrenching pain they cause me, and with the beautiful costumes of the TV show I just had to do something. Cersei felt like the natural choice, and her red and gold dress seemed like the perfect outfit to fuel my Lannister pride. |
Though I'm incredibly proud of the overall effect, I cut a lot of corners with this dress. Given the amount of screentime and her pose during the show, it can be very tricky to know what goes where. I went for a basic wrap pattern, and drafted up the sleeves myself - they are about half the size that they should be, and both 'ends' should finish with a square point. I was however worried about the amount of fabric I was using, and with each sleeve already needing about 4 meters I really didn't fancy going for 100% accuracy. The curve on the 'front' of the sleeves therefore was just to help show the lining and give an illusion of fullness, saving me a lot of trouble (and precious, precious money). The gold panels should meet the bodice in a nice smooth curve, something that I just really didn't have time for. Finally, the embroidery is a simple applique - ironed on and then tacked up in places with gold thread. I didn't even attempt the lions on either side as I had horrible visions of getting it entirely wrong. I'd rather find a way to do it accurately than mess up the dress.
Petty whinging aside, I was so incredibly proud of how this all came together. The belt was my first attempt at using craft foam and chainmail, and I learnt a LOT from that experience (mostly, chainmail is a little bitch and never sits how it should). I also ordered my amazing Lannister necklace from The Iron Ring (http://www.etsy.com/shop/theironring); a totally worthwhile expenditure.
Everyone was so incredibly lovely to me while I was wearing it, and I recieved so many compliments I actually had a bit of a happy cry when I got home. It was such a joy, and so worth all the excessive meters of taffeta. I think I'll wear her again, but might try my hand at the golden bodice from the Battle of Blackwater episode.