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Dress Tutorial by LauraTolton Dress Tutorial by LauraTolton
So this is how I made the dress from the film King Arthur.
I am no seamstress I merely made this in a methodical way.

Anyway, with all of that aside I hope this helps or at least sheds some light upon how to make it.

After step 5 please turn inside out to hide the seams, for the sleeves you will see the seams anyway unless you make them separately.

I used around 3 meters of fabric that was 60 inches wide.
The cotton jersey fabric was a soft stretchy type so it draped really well.

I have some new photos of the dress here charter-magic.deviantart.com/a… and here charter-magic.deviantart.com/a…

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As I receive so much interest from this tutorial if I made a short run of these dress would anyone be interested in buying one?
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bear48 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional
this should be helpful
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Schneemaehne Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Just finished sewing your dress and I really, really wanted to thank you! I hate patterns and this was more or less my salvation! Did some adjustements, though, but overall it's a brilliant dress and so, so easy to make and lovely to wear! Thank you! *huggles*
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so pleased this helped you, thank you for letting me know! Yes the pattern can and needs to be adjusted for everyone as we are all different shapes and sizes :)

Thank you again, this made me smile x
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Schneemaehne Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Haha, you're welcome! Would you mind if I post a picture of me wearing it (as soon as the decors are finished)? I would link back to you of course!
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! I was going to say I'd love to see the result :)
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Schneemaehne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thank you so much!
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kittenfairy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Thank you so much for the tutorial
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BlackRaven73 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is so good and so easy! Perfect for larp.
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Lancelotbetrayer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
OMG this is awesome!
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Shadowplum Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I used this pattern for my dress in Bicolline (biggest larp in north america) and I got a huge succes. I didn't sow the sleeves togeter and used the front part to wrap around my waist. Thanks for that pattern!
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow I'm so pleased for you! Thank you for telling me.
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KiraTheUsagii Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So easy and yet so pretty!
I think I might go for this when I'm doing my Elyon cosplay! :D
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BerenErchanimon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
time to arm me with needle and thread :)
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MargaAyers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would buy one in a flash!
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Kuro-Nisshoku Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! I was looking for a costume for an English project, and this is perfect.
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AVPM-Maj-AVPS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you calculate how long your fabric needed to be?
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I held it up to myself in the shop to see. I also had a tape measure with me to work out the length etc I'd need to get what I was after. I hope that helps.
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AVPM-Maj-AVPS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So.... Let's say I want to have measurements it...

If I measure shoulder to floor for the length, is that correct?
And how wide do you suggest the neckhole to be?

Sorry I have so many questions, just love the dress and want to make it as perfect as possible (a)
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes from the shoulders to the floor is the right measurement, you want that front and back and then a little for the train at the back to drag on the floor.

As for the neck, I made mine so it was a wide opening that ended on my shoulder/collar bone with 4 inches of fabric before the sleeve opening.
It's a personal choice really, just cut the neck opening in the middle, like I've got in the tutorial to fit your head through, then widen it till you are happy I would say :)

No problem about the questions, I'm happy to help. Good luck with it!
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AVPM-Maj-AVPS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really should try to think before I typ (or hit submit.....) OK..... So 1 last question.... Any advise on the frontlength?
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polo39 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
hi laura i made the dress in two hours is very easy with your tutorial i did in small size like 36 for mexico  and i used 3 meters of fabric  thanks for sharing your ideas.
i live in mexico
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah that's great to hear :) I'm glad you made one!
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TheLadyofImladris Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool!!!  
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Ookami-moon23 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how would you messure to get the whith of the sleaves not up and down the across
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just worked with the width of the fabric I had. I think most off the roll fabric is around 57 inches/ 1 metre give or take, different brands are wider than that. If you do need it wider than the fabric you have found then you could make a tabbard/tunic then attach the sleeves separately. 


If you measure with a tape measure the width of the fabric then lay it over your shoulders, see where the ends fall and if you have enough to reach down to about mid upper arm. - this is where the buttons sit and gather up the sleeve fabric.

I hope that helps!
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Ookami-moon23 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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DanielleFioreModel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Used your great tutorial for sewing my dress: daniellefioremodel.deviantart.…

Thank you sooo much for sharing it with us! :heart: 
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh it looks great! Good job, thank you for showing me.
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DanielleFioreModel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm so happy you like that! I had lot of fun in sewing it :3 
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theladymelissa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
thx so much for the simple explication - when i find the time one day, i'll sure make it! ;)
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem
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Shelleydib Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Laura, 

I have to go to a fancy dress medieval dinner and...

So...I can't sew...but this is straight lines right? The bit I am wondering about is the braiding...any idea where to get some beautiful ribbon / braid in the UK.  I think it would make the dress for me. Take the attention away form the dodgy stitching. ;-)

Thanks

Michelle
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Michelle,

(This isn't a medieval dress it's ancient Roman in origin- just so you know.)

If you want a more medieval look then I suggest you curve the pattern - by cutting in more at the waist- and make the belt sit at the waist instead of just under the bust (which is known as a 'Empire line'). You would also need to change the shape of the neck but that would mean a whole new pattern and if you're not confident in your sewing then just stick to what I've suggested.

Yes it's 'straight' lines (well as straight as possible if you don't have a sewing machine!) remember though in the time before sewing machines it would have been hard to get very neat lines so don't worry too much about it.

As for ribbon I would try places like Hobby Craft and Ebay or any fabric craft supply shop.

Good luck with your creation!

Laura
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Moirain Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Hi again, I made slight change on shape of sleeves, so they are bit narrower between shoulder and elbow, do the sihlouette is clearer. And we made another set of shooting. www.dropbox.com/sc/6kckuakjbf3… Thank you again for yout pattern so easy to make. 
I spent several hours with embelishing it beads on trims but final photo I still heaven't. And I'm going like that to be a wedding guest, since bride wish to have very colourful wedding and wedding party.
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ooh it looks great! Thank you for showing me your result :)
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Moirain Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thakns and sorry for so many spelling mistakes I had a begining migrain attack.
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem
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EmpressofIce12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh my gosh, this is absolutely perfect! I'm going to a Renaissance Festival next week, and this pattern is absolutely PERFECT for the dress I wanna make! Thank you so much for uploading this!!
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome! I'd love to see the results, have fun at the Renaissance Festival- we don't have them in England.
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MoonstreamFeline Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you, man. This is awesome. You have no idea how long I've been trying to find a tutorial for something like this. You rock - absolutely rock. A tip of my hat.
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're very welcome! thank you xx
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PDethBW Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Looking forward to trying this one.
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moorelan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
lovely...wonder if u can try kahlan Amnell's confessor dress?
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hmm, it's a lovely dress but it's a fitted bodice, I could have a go at a template.
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Moirain Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Hi, I made your design from some lining "satin" and the result is quite OK, thank you for sharing it
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"quite OK" ?! your dress looks amazing! You're very welcome.
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Moirain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you, you know, there are some flaws, like they are to short and bit crook hems. Corset is custom made by [link] apprentice, I am really not that good.
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ladyjewell Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
very well thought out design, and gives more shoulder room than the traditional method for this dress
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