Cersei Lannister (Red and gold dress, season 2) - Game of Thrones TV



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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.

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sjbonnar posted on 30 October, 2012 - 13:16
You looked absolutely stunning!

Zelvyne posted on 30 October, 2012 - 13:27
Wow, beautiful dress, and you make a very scarilly good Cersei :) The belt especially looks fantastic

Squiddley posted on 30 October, 2012 - 13:29
guuuurl you were the most beautiful Cersei ever :')

Toshi-chan posted on 30 October, 2012 - 15:13
The most fabulous Cersei :) Loved getting photos with you and the rest of the group. "Wait what...why are you being nice to me!?" xD

xLaviChii posted on 30 October, 2012 - 18:24
You look stunning as Cersei~

xxlilmisssakuraxx posted on 30 October, 2012 - 22:20
This is absolutely beautiful! You suit Cersei perfectly!

TheCakeIsGone posted on 31 October, 2012 - 08:11
Holly guuuuuurl, get our Lannister bling photos on your page

Moonchild posted on 3 November, 2012 - 20:08
Words cannot describe how much I love this!! You suit Cersei so well!!! And the dress is so beautiful <3

D2SCosplay posted on 5 November, 2012 - 22:53
You're far too lovely to be her but you suited her Amazingly <3 Dress is banging gurl ;)

InfiniteJester posted on 16 November, 2012 - 15:38
Looks brilliant!

carsec posted on 17 November, 2012 - 10:32
very nice job

hollysocks posted on 28 November, 2012 - 14:04
Just wanted to thank you all for your super lovely words! Had so much fun as Cersei, really looking forward to more Lannister-ing in the future. <3

Sephirayne posted on 18 March, 2013 - 17:02
Fantastic Cersei, you look stunning.

WingedWalrus posted on 8 April, 2013 - 15:20
This is beautiful! You make a gorgeous Cersei :D

Alias Cosplay posted on 28 May, 2013 - 18:11
This is amazing, you suit it so well :)

ArcaneArchery posted on 5 January, 2014 - 11:55
Awesome costume and you really suit the character

Nesproxy posted on 15 February, 2014 - 23:26
Awesome! :)

Storme posted on 10 November, 2015 - 12:06
One of the pics for this came up in my random group -- and wow, this is stunning! Really beautiful.