How to Make a Medieval Dress at Home
In the middle age, most people wore woolen clothing. But during the medieval period, people of England used classified clothing, and that’s where the Medieval dresses were invented. Although these are some of the traditional dresses, people still love to wear them. In fact, these are widely used in different stage dramas.
So, you may need them for various purposes. Yes, they are available in the market, and you can easily buy them from there. But believe me, that’s going to be a costly investment. If you make them at your home, it won’t cost that much. In fact, the process is pretty simpler, so you won’t have to worry about that either. Wanna learn how to make a medieval dress at home? Let’s show you the exact ways of doing that.
How to Make a Medieval Dress at Home
As always, you have to first start out by cutting out the pattern pieces from the fabric. In this case, I have decided to combine the skirt and bodice pieces together. Then cut out the long panels all in one, just to eliminate the waist seam that’s on the original pattern. I had drawn the patterns before I get started. So, I will suggest you do the same before starting out. I have used my patterns twice the time to cut out. You will also have to cut out the sleeve; this sleeve is going to be a long one that goes down to the wrist.
You have to now insert some godet into the front or front two panels. So, I have split the front panel into two. So, we can have to lace up the front, and then at the bottom of the front panels, we are going to have a godet as part of the skirt. Like the previous step, you can also draw a pattern; it will help you to identify the front pieces.
Now take the front panel or the half front panel. As I did cut it in half, and I have got a large gore attached on the other side. Well, I have not attached that yet. I am going to sew that later. On the other side, you will get a small gore panel that will be attached to the side front panel. So, hopefully, this will give you an idea of what I am trying to make.
It is sewing time. I am just sewing along the edges where I had put the pins, making sure to start from the top of the dress, as I said. Then I am going to work the way down to the bottom of the dress where the hem is. It doesn’t matter if the hem seams don’t line up because we can always trim them after the dress is done. You can use some measurement marking; that will just make sure that your dress fits nicely at the waist and over the hips.
When you finish sewing all of the seams, you should have something like that looks close to the bottom of Medieval dress. It is basically a bunch of panels, rectangles, and triangles all are sewn together. Now, you have to cut the center back panel. Once you do that, you have to insert a godet into that space. The back panel is just one long rectangle piece, and to give the back some flair; we are adding some godet in the back.
So, because we split the front panel into two, we could have lacing down the front. We also had to split the front godet into two, so it is basically like two little ½ godets in the front. Now start sewing the seams with that measurement.
Okay, now we are moving on to the sleeve. So, I have got my sleeve pattern, and I am going to sew in the ease stitching. I believe it is what this process is called, and that goes along the head of the sleeve. It will help ease the sleeve into the arm side of the dress. Make sure to try on the sleeve before you attach it with the dress. My sleeve is actually a little bit tight fitting around the bicep, but the overall pattern is fine.
Once I completed that, I started pinning the sleeve into the arm side. So the clip just before was sewing down the length of the sleeve to make it into a tube and how we are just pinning the sleeve into the arm side. This is a little bit fiddly and does take some time, especially if you don’t want any gathering or puckering in the sleeve. So, take your time with it. Patience is key, and there is a lot of pins that are needed to be set. Just keep pinning away and keep easing and tugging at the fabric, making it lay as flat as possible.
Next, start sewing along the edge that you pinned earlier. The edges may not be much flat but make sure to flatten every single millimeter pretty much and then start sewing it. Go very slowly so that you can see where you are going.
Now, we are moving to the center front panel. So, the center front is where we are going to put in the lacing. But before we put in the lacing, we need to stabilize that center front scene with some extra fabric. For this, I just cut out really long strips and sewed that down to the front. Now you will get quite a few layers in the structure that you will need. However, once you decided between the strips, you have to now start trimming the inside layers to give your dress a cleaner look.
After that, you have to do some understitching by sewing the outermost layer of the fabric. This stitching will not become visible on the outside, and you will get a nice, cleaner look, as I have said. Finish the process by hand sewing at some points.
I will be putting some eyelets at the front panel. That’s why I am about to mark the places out where these eyelets will go. For this, I am using a simple chalk pencil and just eyeballing where it should go. No measuring is needed for this. I am going to do this in a zigzag motion, and then to make the eyelets, I am puncturing the fabric with an awl and then sewing the eyelets with the threads. That’s it; your very own Medieval dress is ready now. Wear it out and see how you look.
Hopefully, you have understood the above process and won’t have to ask anyone how to make a medieval dress at home. If you feel any complication at any point, don’t hesitate to inform me through the comment section below. I am eagerly waiting to answer your questions.
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