Battle Dress


Red Battle Dress

Susan Pevensie’s red battle dress was the inspiration for this dress–only I modified it into a more Lord of the Rings style.  Let me explain 🙂  Susan’s dress, as are most of her dresses, is  princess-seamed.  And the slits in her dress are made by leaving two of the front princess seams unattached part of the way down the skirt.  (See here and here for pictures that show what I mean.)  However, most LOTR dresses are fitted through side seams.  So I did that with this dress and put the slits in the sides. I had some problems with making the slits at first, but eventually, I just cut the skirt pieces and sewed them to the bodice, but didn’t sew them up the sides.  That gave a fuller skirt than slitting a dress up both sides.  The dress is actually made from the same burgundy crushed panne velvet as the Cranberry Dress–only this time I used the other side of the material.  Underneath is worn a red pleated underskirt of a thinner cloth.

As for the armor, instead of Susan’s Battle Armor, that she wears with this dress in the movie, I paired the dress with her Night Raid Armor, which is her leather cuirass with thin leather over  the shoulders.  (I really like her Night Raid outfit, and I also didn’t have anything on hand that would work for chainmail–maybe I’ll make a chainmail shirt as part of another doll outfit :D)

The doll’s cuirass is laced up the sides with cord I made from dark brown thread.  I left off all Susan’s fashionable straps and buckles 🙂 and added shoulder straps made from the same leather as the cuirass.

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Cranberry Gown


Cranberry Dress

This dress had a very brief appearance in “The Two Towers”; also, there are very few pictures of it.  Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous dress that I just had to make once I got the burgundy crushed panne velvet. 🙂

The velvet is stretchy, so the dress pulls over the doll’s head.  The sleeves, though they look like they are 2-part, are really 1 piece for a smoother fit.  At the bottom, the sleeve seam is left unsewn to allow the doll’s hands to come through.  Gold glitter paint decorates the neckline and sleeves.

Buttercup Red Riding Dress


Buttercup Red Riding Dress

And now for the most well-known of all Buttercup’s dresses–the Red Riding Dress.  This dress is based on the houppelande style that was used in the Middle Ages.

With this dress–for the first time–I had no pattern.  So i used pictures and existing patterns.  As the material was a T-shirt donated by my little brother, I had just enough 🙂  The dress was also done entirely by hand.

There are 2 pairs of knife pleats in the bodice front.  The back is laced up.  The skirt is made of 2 rectangular pieces of fabric that are knife pleated to add fulness without bulk. The sleeves are quite long and wide.  They are cartridge pleated, then sewn to the cuffs.

Actually, I was surprised at how FUN it was to sew this dress 🙂  Learning the style, history, different types of pleating…so cool!

 This dress is definitely the most movie-accurate one I’ve done, as well as the first historical one  🙂

Close-up for detail.

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