Daenerys Targaryen dress using Simplicity 1008

I finished yet another UFO here. This dress has been on my “to make list” since the pattern first came out in the UK. It made from stretch faux suede. However although this is stretch I do not think its got any lycra just polyester. Its lined with power mesh to try and keep the suede in shape.

 Since this was taken I decided to use a couple of stitches to permanently attach the two bands to cover the dodgy pointed bit under the bust. Means I do not constantly adjust these. I read several reviews on Pattern Review about this dress, and can say I agree with others who had problems with the point at the front. It simply does not lie right. The cross over “dragon skin” straps help to hide this to some extent but I am not very happy with it.

I also read that it is very difficult to insert an invisible zip because of the thickness of the fabric layers so I decided (in my usual fashion if its even vaguely possible) to miss out the zip cos my fabric is stretch. Well I can just about get it on and off if I a wriggle a bit so this may not be the best option!

I used black rivet tape at the back rather than add eyelets because I never manage to get them to stay in the fabric and they always end up falling out and I am left with just a hole so I decided this was a better option. I noticed at least one reviewer has sewn eyelets which would have been an option but using the ready made tape was just faster and I hate hand sewing – someone on Pattern Review embroidered these.

In fact most of the Pattern Reviews all say they had to hand stitch in the lining. Well I did not. Mainly because I read other people’s reviews so I lined the two skirt pieces and cut an extra bodice from the power mesh. Then I attached the bodice at the sleeves /flanges ( which I love) and sewed on the skirt after so the bodice lining stays in place being attached at the arms and skirt seams, although it is not actually attached around the neck because I decided how to do this after I started.  There is a facing made of satin backed fabric left over from a different project – fibre unknown.

I might eventually get round to stitching the neck lining down to te facing, but it is wearable without and so not urgent. Yes I am very lazy!

Well its really meant to be a costume but it happened to snow and being made of faux suede turns out to be very warm despite the lack of sleeves and it was Sunday so what the hell. I wore it all day and you know what, I like this and intend to wear it as often as possible. I am sure if I have no coat over it some people will look and think its strange but with leggings this is actually a very wearable dress and if you fancy making one I would say go for it.

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I have to say I am enjoying this month’s challenge so far. I have loads of UFOs which all need very little to get them finished so I think that is what I will be doing over December.


4 thoughts on “Daenerys Targaryen dress using Simplicity 1008

  1. I’ve nearly finished this dress and I have to admit it gave me a few headaches! To keep the dress faithful to Dany’s it needs a keyhole in the back, so I cut the whole in the bodice and lining, stitched round it then realised I wouldn’t be able to machine the lining in! I ended up hand sewing the bulk of it but it looks fine.

    I wouldn’t recommend this pattern to a beginner – not because of the construction techniques, but because the instructions are very complicated (even without the keyhole back!), which is unusual for Simplicity patterns. An experience sewist would be able to work things out fairly quickly. I got frustrated because you have to keep referring back to View A, and there isn’t any reference to what the purpose of the tabs is, but just sew them on and it will become obvious once the skirt’s attached.

    Well worth the headaches though!

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    • There is a McCalls version of this dress as well which has the hole in the back. I have not seen it for sale yet but I read about it somewhere. Possibly Pattern Review. That is where I already read about people having issues with the hand sewing in of the lining with the Simplicity pattern, hence I planned for a few weeks before I even started to sew in order to avoid having to do that. Took me a while to think about how. Its a very lovely garment once its finished tho! You will enjoy it.


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