So, for the past few months, I’ve been working on a special project : a costume for Paris’ Comic Con which took place last week. From the beginning I wanted to cosplay as Daenerys, since it was my first CC and first cosplay. I sketched the costume and made it myself from scratch, it was really fun ! Now, I’m going to detail the making of my Qarth Dress and show you the result :)
Daenerys Targaryen’s Qarth Dress (yes, the blue one)
I used :
- blue fabric, very light and a bit transparent
- blue fabric, solid.
- gold fabric paint
- acrylic paint (gold too)
- craft foam (it must bend easily as it will be used for the belt and the shoulder pieces)
- light blue and invisible thread
- a light blonde wig
- a dragon ! I used my friend’s figurine of the Great Dragon from Merlin (BBC).
First, I sketched the dress. I actually made a top and a long skirt separately, which was easier. You’ll also need to cut fabric for the “cape”. I fist made the skirt – that was the easy part. Then I made the top. It was trickier as I had to make it a bit open in the front, but not too much either. I then used a craft sponge to stain the fabric with golden fabric paint.
Next came the making of the foam parts. I’m very grateful to Kudrel-Cosplay for sharing a very good pattern for the belt. I cut the pattern in two and printed it on simple paper. Cutting the holes is fastidious, but it must be done !
Then I taped it on my craft foam sheets with washi tape (in order not to tear the paper when I removed the tape) and traced the holes with a thin and pointy black marker (a Sakura 0.02).
When I took off the pattern, I just used my X-acto to cut the wholes. I then proceeded to paint the two parts of the belt with acrylic golden paint.
I used a paint brush for the first coat, and then a little craft sponge to give it some volume.
For the shoulder pieces, I cut two rectangles (mesure your shoulders first) and used the belt pattern to trace holes, and repeated the painting steps.
To assemble the two parts of the belt, and the shoulder pieces to the cape and top, I used “invisible” thread. It’s very thin and obviously almost invisible to the eye. I made holes in the back of the belt and put in a golden rope from my scrapbooking stash ^^
That’s pretty much everything, don’t hesitate to ask questions, and I hope you’ll enjoy the advice and pics :)