Game of Thrones Costumes part 1 – Daenerys Targaryen

We recently attended a Game of Thrones fancy dress party for my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday. I took this as an opportunity to get the sewing machine out and be creative.  The first decision was who to go as? I wanted to go for a dramatic transformation so I decided on Daenerys Targaryen as this gave me an excuse to buy a wig and make a cape.  I could also dust of my electronic Norbert the dragon to take with me. After some searching for a costume which could be easily recreated I settled on this one

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Daeneys Targaryen

The items I purchased first were the wig and the cat-o-nine tails from eBay for about £5 in total.  The wig was then plaited to style it. I already owned some suitable boots and I bought some grey leggings from Primark.

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Plaited wig

After the easy purchases the fun could begin.  This cape was made using a pattern for a woollen cape by NewLook, but I opted to use cotton fabric so it was not too heavy.  I purchased the fabric from my local fabric shop in their new year sale for £15 in total (for the blue fabric and the lining).  This was my first time following a pattern to make clothing so it was both exciting and terrifying at the same time.  The cape probably took about 8 hours to make with much tea, cursing and sleep in between.

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Fabric and cape pattern

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Laying the pattern pieces out ready to cut

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The finished cape

The dress was created from a dull and shapeless dress which was picked up for under £5 in a charity shop. I removed the sleeves, took in the sides and cut the front and back to shape.

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Charity shop dress

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Sleeves removed and sides taken in

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Sides cut to shape

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Cutting and seamed front and back to shape

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Transformed dress

The day of the party soon arrived and I was so excited to wear my costume and be the mother of dragons for the night. I even tried to copy the original pose that the costume was based on.

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Me in my costume

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Me and Phil (Jamie Lannister, the subject of my next blog)

I hope you found this helpful and useful if you have a costume party coming up and want to create a costume on a budget. My next post will be dedicated to creating a beaten up looking Jaime Lannister costume (as pictured above).