Create a beautiful snug fitting medieval dress with princes seams and long draping sleeves with this PDF pattern from Read Creations. This pattern has so many possibilities! You can turn it into a princess dress, a ball gown, a wedding dress or a witch costume. The sky is the limit!! Also included are some bonus tutorials for creating a crown and a belt.
Recommended Fabrics: crushed velvet, lightweight linen or cotton fabric, satin or any other lightweight fabric
-1 yard of crushed velvet, light weight linen or cotton fabric or any other light weight fabric
-¼ yard of light weight cotton fabric as liner
-24” of 1/8” to 3/8” wide ribbon, optional
-3/8” hook and loop tape, 4” long (¾” hook and loop tape can be cut in half lengthwise)
-small needle for hand-sewing
-20” of chain and necklace closure
-20” of ½” to 5/8” ribbon and small piece of self-adhesive or sew-on hook and loop tape
-14 gauge jewelry wire (28”)
-1 bead (½” - 5/8” in diameter)
-head pin to attach bead
-thin wire or 5 head/eye pins
-file, sandpaper and/or hot glue gun to smooth/cover sharp edges
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 26 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
I was very happy with how the cape turned out, the pattern was easy to follow and plenty of illustrations - yet I couldn't work out the mitered corners (which I'm sure was nothing to do with the instructions, I always have trouble with them) anyway in the end I just folded the edges in and hand stitched it, it turned out quite neat and I'm happy with it, I'm sure my grandchildren won't judge. I'll definitely be making another one.
I made up this pattern using a crepe instead of crushed velvet. As mentioned by another reviewer, the dress was at least an inch short. I will probably try the crushed velvet another time. Also, though the instructions were clear, I assembled the dress without the instruction pictures in front of me and sewed the side pieces on the wrong way. It would have been very helpful to have some pattern markings to assist with placement of the side pieces.
I love the look of this gown and the instructions were easy to follow. My issue was with the length - although I checked print out sizing and didn't do a hem the dress ended up being 1 cm off the ground .I added a 2 cm edge to make it longer then added a braid to cover the hem. The use of crushed velvet may have been the problem but I would recommend adding to the length when cutting.
The pattern was super easy to read and the dress came together quite quickly and nicely. I made two dresses, one for my doll, and one for my daughter's doll. I used a crepe for the first dress and blue crushed velvet for the second dress. I was afraid the velvet would stretch too much, but it was fine. It's even historically accurate to use the velvet. I bought an angora collar at a thrift store, cut it in half and used it on the sleeves for the velvet dress. We are taking our dolls to the Renaissance Faire in a few weeks.
I really like this pattern. The doll designers know how to put doll patterns together so I have to trust them and get out of my own way. This one is really sparkly! The picture doesn't do it justice. I used scraps of performance fabric for the sleeve lining and the dress is a stretch white velvet with lots of glitter dots. I will make more of these Ps. My model was having a bad hair day.