Between House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power, I spend my weekends indulging in my fantasy fix, and more importantly, my fantasy costume fix! Who else gasped when Alicent Hightower did a power-walk in her green dress, or when we saw Galadriel mix chainmail and silks with ease? If, like me, you’re itching to recreate some of these looks for your Halloween costume, then you’ve got to stitch up our latest free sewing pattern, The Luthien Dress! With a classic princess-seamed silhouette, wide boat neck, and lace-up detailing, it is perfect for designing your own looks or recreating some you see on-screen. Join us and let’s journey through the realm of high fantasy together.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 7.5-8 yards of Mood Exclusive Gray Gawain’s Glory Linen and Rayon Woven
- 2 yards of Metallic Gold Jacquard Ribbon – 1″
- 1 spool of 116 Smoke 500m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- MDF330 – The Luthien Cosplay Dress Free Sewing Pattern (free download below)
The seam allowance is ½” unless otherwise stated, and the hem allowance is 1”.
To make the sleeve & waist loops and drawstring, you’ll need to make spaghetti strap cord. A lot of it!
How much cord you will need:
For each loop I used 2 ¼” of cord.
I put 16 loops on each sleeve, which equals 36” of cord needed for each sleeve.
18” of cord are needed for the 8 waist loops.
Note: The amount of loops per sleeve and at the waist is up to you.
For each sleeve I used 80” of cord.
For the back of the dress I used 100” of cord.
Note: Although I made my own cord, I would highly recommend using a premade cord for the drawstrings.
How to sew the sleeves:
1. Pin each loop onto the center sleeve’s loop notches. Try to make this as uniform as possible by lining up the edges as pictured. Sew a basting stitch to secure the loops.
2. Pin and sew the back sleeve to the center sleeve, right sides together, aligning notches.
3. Repeat with the front sleeve, then press open the seams.
4. Sew the back and front sleeves right sides together. Press.
5. Hem the cuff 1”. If you’re adding trim, do so now.
6. Repeat on the other sleeve.
How to sew the dress:
1. Right sides together, sew the side front pieces to the front, matching notches.
2. Sew a side back to a side front, matching notches. Repeat on the other side.
3. As we did with the sleeves, baste the loops onto the back piece, lining up the loops with the notches.
4. Sew the side back pieces to the back, right sides together.
5. Hem the dress 1”.
6. Pin both neck facing pieces right sides together. Sew along the short ends with a ⅜” seam allowance.
7. Hem the bottom of the facing with ⅜” hem.
8. Pin the neck facing to the neckline of the dress, right sides together. Make sure the facing is correctly placed on the dress: front to front, back to back. Sew along the upper edge ⅜”.
9. Turn the neck facing to the inside of the dress, then press.
10 – If using trim, sew on now.
How to sew on the sleeves:
1. Ease stitch the center sleeve’s shoulder ½” from the raw edge.
2. Pin each sleeve to its corresponding armscye, matching the seams (as pictured above) and notches, and ease the sleeve into the shoulder.
3. Sew, then press.