So, this was the first costume I ever made. It was for my friend's birthday party themed History. At this point in time (3 years ago?) I hadn't sewn anything since year 8 textiles which was about 13 years earlier. So needless to say I pretty much had no idea what I was doing!
I wanted something relatively simple to construct and sew that would ease me into it. I found the Butterick pattern #4827 and decided to use it as it was a) one of the most historically accurately looking commercial costume patterns out there, b) it looked relatively easy to use
12 - I found the pattern to be pretty true to size. I have a smaller bust than hips so that is something I'm always going to have to alter/deal with in pattern sizing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, as a complete beginner I had not issue with the instructions. Any terms I didn't understand I just googled.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the ease of it and the design.
Forest-green coloured cotton, green velvet for the under sleeves, gold braiding.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
It would have only I did make a couple of alterations.
I changed the shape of the neckline to more of a v shape (I think this was actually an accident, I have a feeling that I stuffed something up and had to do this to hide it), and adding some draped sleeves that hang from the elbows. The inside of these sleeves is lined with green velvet and the seam where they attach to the gown is covered by gold braiding. Inspiration for the sleeves was taken from Edmund Blair's famous painting 'The Godspeed'.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to make a medieval gown.
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