20th February 2015: Simplified, but I like it. While I had every intention of making a screen accurate costume when I started out, that idea quickly went out the window when I struggled to find the right fabrics. I ended up buying a lot different types of red fabric (dupion silk, imitation dupion silk, taffeta and some other fabrics i don't know the name of) and was never happy with how they looked or felt, so ended up wasting a lot of money. This was even after I ordered samples of said fabrics, while they seemed ok as small swatches, I hated when the bulk of it arrived :(
I eventually decided on playing it safe with a fabric I've used before, duchess satin, but I used the matte side of the fabric. The gold parts are taffeta which I was quite pleased with, however I had intended on finding a fabric with the correct pattern but after the trouble with the red fabric, i decided against it. From there I went for a simpler version of this dress. I planned on making the huge red lions with fabric paint and embroidery, but went for smaller lions, using plain cut outs of fabric sewed onto the dress. I also planned for embroidering the shoulders, back and sleeves with the correct motifs as seen on the costume, but again opted for simplicity and purchased some decorative embroidered patches online. I painted these a less tacky-looking gold, then glued/sewed them in place. I also bought decorative trims, braids and beads for this, but once more liked the look of it as a plainer/more simple dress.
The belt is made from foam and worbla, and my amazing dad put together the chain mail sections for me from scratch, which I'm very thankful for as I wouldn't have been able to do it in time for Midlands comiccon (or even at all as I wouldn't have has the patience haha). We then sprayed the chainmail gold and used lace to tie it up at the back like a corset.
Overall I really like this costume and can't wait to wear it again! Had lots of people chant 'death to the Lannisters' at me which was epic haha. I would be happy to make another Cersei dress, but next time strive for the screen accuracy perhaps.