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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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hlessirah Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I followed this tutorial (with a few alterations/additions) to make my costume to the renaissance festival! Thanks so much for posting this- it was a lot of fun!
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wow your dress looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your result, I love it!
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MoonThorne239 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to be my Ren Faire dress so thanks for making this! I'm going on Saturday and it's already Friday sooo I don't have a lot of time lol
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow well I hope it helped you and you got your costume made in time! I'd love to see a photo of your finished creation :)
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LeanneAudrey Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2016
Thank you so much for this tutorial! :) Is there anyway I can make the sleeves more of a "bell" type or V-necked? It would be very helpful
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! You're welcome!
As for making the sleeves bell shaped I would suggest cutting the fabric in a curve and maybe try taking some of the width out of the bottom part of the sleeve. 
So essentially trimming the point of the sleeve where you cut it up from where the bottom of the dress is. Does that make any sense?
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KarineCologne Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Thank you so much for this tutorial. Easy to understand and to realize even for beginners like me :)
Very helpful ! merci
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so pleased it helped you! :)
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tea-brain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was amazingly helpful helping me make costumes for a fairy-tale themed pantomime I'm currently in. Thank you so much for sharing!
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh you are very welcome! I'm so pleased it has helped you!
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Giariko Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, I made it for a shoot and was really happy with the result! Hopefully I'll post the photos in the next month. Clap 
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh brilliant! I'm glad it helped you :)
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foijeaf Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Hi Laura. Lots of love for all your works
Sorry to bother, but i'm starting to get really crazy not being able to figure out how to make one of the other Guinevre from the same movie, to be more specific this images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/…

Do you have any clue, suggestion or tips on how to do that?

Any help will be really appreciated.
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Foijeaf,

Personally I would start with buying leather-look (faux leather) plaited belts and sewing or tying them together with leather cord. You want lots of dangly bits so you don't have to worry about being too neat. 
They would make the top and also the belt around the top of her trousers.

If you look in thrift/charity shops or ebay you could find some suede trousers that you can cut up and then glue or sew back together again to get that multi layered patch effect.

You can buy torcs (the necklace she is wearing) 

For the sword I would suggest looking in party places and searching for Roman type swords. 

The Arm bracer base you could make from faux leather again and then glue on some gold painted card or even craft foam that you paint yourself for the details on top.

I hope this gives you some help, good luck with making it. Remember though that it's all a learning process and we all start somewhere so don't feel that you can't do it :) .

I'm still learning now and will continue to! Try and have fun with it and I would love to see your results.

best wishes,

Laura
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sarinatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Hi Lawra,
I loved your tutorial for  guinevere's gown ( as many many others )  and thought this will make a very good and easy to sew dress for a kid also and have included your tutorial in a roundup post of  best kids dress tutorials for my site’s readers at sewguide.com (sewguide.com/free-dress-patter…) . I have linked it back to this page.
hope you will check it out
thank you
Sarina
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mikan2 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
thank you very much for the pattern :)
it's looking amazing!
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jeannedavies Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015

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RoseAddict1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Great tutorial.  Thank you!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  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 General 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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DanielleFiore 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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DanielleFiore 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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