Costume :Cersei Lannister
Variant :Red & gold S2 dress
Source :Game of Thrones (HBO)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2014

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Belt Reference.

Embroidery Reference.

Full Reference.


Costume Information

Time Taken : Three weeks.

WORN AT: LFCC 2014, Saturday (masquerade) and Sunday morning; Manchester Expo 2014, Saturday and Sunday (masquerade).

Cersei Lannister is an incredibly important character to me, so - Even though I look precisely nothing like her - I've wanted to make this particular costume since S2 aired a couple of years ago! Because I'm a complete masochist I've decided to do as much of the embroidery by hand as I can manage - Even though I've never hand-embroidered before in my life and definitely don't think I'll make it to those fuck-off massive lions in time for the con - And I'm utterly desperate to meet Lena Headey over the weekend, so hoping this will come out fabulously!


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Wow, this is looking great so far. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress.

by Zelvyne on Monday, 7 July, 2014 - 05:50
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This looks fantastic so far! I look forward to seeing it this weekend (ofcourse if I happen to cross you :) )

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 16:21
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Progress looks amazing.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 19:16
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This is looking so fabulous!!

by springinstep on Friday, 11 July, 2014 - 00:07
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Looks amazing so far - love all the hand embroidery

by Caranth on Sunday, 13 July, 2014 - 22:25
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Thank you all so much! I'm very proud of Cersei; looking forward to wearing her again :)

by CaptainAmelia on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 14:39
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Fantastic work on this cosplay. The sleeves are especially epic

by ArcaneArchery on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 16:58
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Beautiful work, the embroidery is lovely!

by Amy-Lou on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 17:34
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I keep seeing this and its just beautiful! <3<3

by Komapsunida on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 22:30
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:3 Thanks, everyone! I'm delighted she's been received so well!!

by CaptainAmelia on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 23:23

Shopping List

Red duchess satin - Five metres£20.00Bought
McCall's pattern 6940£7.42Bought
Craft foam for belt - Already owned£0.00Bought
Lion ring£2.99Bought
Lannister pendant£6.99Bought
Black character shoes - Already owned£0.00Bought
Arda Arwen wig in 115 Pale Blonde£25.51Bought
Embroidery thread - 6 skeins gold, 2 bronze, 2 purple, 1 green£2.40Bought
Gold upholstery fabric - Two metres£13.50Bought
500+ chainmail rings for belt£0.00To Buy


Sleeves, glorious sleeves~ (Posted 11th July 2014)

I'm in love with these monstrosities! Convinced I won't be able to move without knocking things over left, right and centre, but it'll be *totally worth it*. It actually fastens itself, now, with a line of snaps down the inside front, but it's still covered in pins and about 80% there.

I'm about to add the gold crossover neckline and the embroidery, hem the sleeves and the skirt and style my wig! It won't be 100% for LFCC as I would eventually like to add the chainmail fastening at the back of the belt and the red lion embroidery on the skirt panels, but I'm hoping I'll be able to run touch-ups in time for Manchester Comic Con next weekend!

Getting somewhere! (Posted 10th July 2014)

Even with all that embroidery, I didn't actually have anywhere to put it... There are still some issues with this dress - I literally had *lines* on the gold fabric to follow, and my grainlines are still off, the pattern doesn't match at the seams and the neckline is slightly off - But I'm chuffed!

This was my first foray into altering commercial patterns, as this one had the hip panels sitting somewhere mid-thigh, rather than at the waist. I've lengthened the gold ovals and shortened the side-fronts of the bodice to make it fit more accurately, and I'm delighted with the outcome.

My aim for close of play today is to have the entire structure of the dress completed, so I can leave Friday for embroidery and detailing. We'll start with altering the neckline to fit my chest, adding the ties and snaps to close the front and hemming it for length. I've also got an inside facing to add - Which I won't sew down until the embroidery is on, to make the inside more pleasing - And those monstrous sleeves. Think happy thoughts...

Jewellery. (Posted 9th July 2014)

Still on the look-out for that one unpolished citrine ring for Cersei's other hand - I saw one almost identical in New Look about two years ago and daftly didn't pick it up! I've learned from my mistakes and now buy *everything* for potential future costumes when I see it! - But I'm loving the pendant. It's a Chinese knock-off of the screen accurate one, in a slightly brighter gold, but it looks great with my colours.

Weathered belt. (Posted 8th July 2014)

Slightly-slopping hot glue detailing on the buckle and horizontals of the rectangles, then covered with several layers of PVA glue and water mix, to prime the foam. Painted with a full coat of brown, then gold, then detailing in a darker brown and green, and highlighted with a pale yellow. Possibly looks more like leather than metal, but Cersei's armour corset from the Blackwater looks leathery, so it's still character accurate!

Beginnings of the belt (Posted 8th July 2014)

I don't have the funds for Worbla, so I'm using what I already own, which is a huge chunk of craft foam~ The belt, as it currently stands, has three layers: The curved-edged base, the rectangle on top, and the ornate clasp. I'll be adding further hot glue detailing on top and painting it a gold-bronze in the hope of looking like metal. Eventually, I would love to make a Worbla version with all the chainmail links and everything, but, for the moment, it'll probably just be tied with some chain or ribbon around my waist.

Embroidery progress - 10 (Posted 7th July 2014)

All four sleeve designs are completed! I'm so super-pleased with this, you have no idea~

Embroidery progress - 9 (Posted 6th July 2014)

Two sleeve designs fully completed! 1/3 of the way to finished, I'd say, with flowers and detail to complete on both the other two sleeve sections and bust designs. Also half-way through the back of neck design (not pictured) which I'll be taking to work on Wednesday to finish on my lunch break. Hella cool kid...

Embroidery progress - 8 (Posted 4th July 2014)

Just finished all four sleeve sections! Here they are, with the almost-finished bust swirls. I've spent 40+ hours on the pictured designs, but still have the flowers to add, and the final back of the neck piece to get done, but I'm delighted with my progress. Should have all the embroidery totally finished by the weekend, ready to begin dress construction!

My aim for this costume is to finish it with enough time to do a wig and make-up test, as Cersei's eyebrow game is ten times as strong as mine. I'm usually working up until the opening of the con, though, so that will be a massive achievement! Here's hoping~

Embroidery progress - 7 (Posted 29th June 2014)

First two sections of the sleeve embroidery are complete! These layer over the top of the sleeves, and will have green and purple flowers accenting the flicky bits (technical term).

Embroidery progress - 6 (Posted 24th June 2014)

Holy hand-embroidery, Batman! Again, super-wonky photo in super-worse light, but I am so astonishingly pleased with this so far!! About twenty hours' work later, I've almost finished the gold for the front of the dress! Might give myself a day off before starting on the sleeve embroidery. The detail on the back of the neck comes last, because the wig will hang over it anyway, so it's not imperative to have finished, in case I need to prioritise other things~

Embroidery progress - 5 (Posted 23rd June 2014)

Photographed at totally the wrong angle, so they're not that wonky I *promise* - Even though I mis-placed one of the swirls and will now have to add an extra one just so it can be seen - I'm about two-thirds up the front of the dress.

Embroidery progress - 4 (Posted 22nd June 2014)

Two whole swirls! One of them is pretty noticeably heavier than the other, with thicker stitches, but I guess I can neaten the thinner one up when I sew it onto the dress at the very end? Here's hoping, anyway.

Embroidery progress - 3 (Posted 21st June 2014)

First swirl completed! This will go on the front left and I'm so damn happy with how it looks, you have no idea~

Embroidery progress - 2 (Posted 20th June 2014)

I have never hand-embroidered a day in my life. This is shocking, and I can only hope I improve xD

In order to not fuck up the gown itself, I'm following Michelle Carragher's 'How I Create an Embroidery' tutorial on her website, by drawing my design onto some gold organza before thickly embroidering around it. When it's done, I'll paint the back with a layer of glue, cut it out and sew it onto the finished dress.

Embroidery progress - 1 (Posted 20th June 2014)

Various initial designs for the bust and shoulder swirls of Cersei's gown. I want to stick as closely to the original as possible, without making it super-hard for myself. Gold swirls first, then adding the purple flowers, feathers and bead adornments. There's a gorgeous bird on there too, but I'm not sure how far my skill will stretch! Hoping to make a good start on the embroidery before beginning construction on the dress, as this is definitely what's going to take the time.