Danielle's Gold Court Gown
Here are the images of this costume that I found online.
Some of them came fromThe
Realm, Drew-Barrymore.org, Rivendell
Designs, http://www.moviecostumes.com/, and
The dress appears to be made out of a greenish-gold shiny jacquard fabric
with small leaves in it. It is next to impossible to find anything exactly like
it. I've looked all over. The gauntlets, tied at the shoulder, and then
tied around the wrist are a mossy-olive green silk velvet. The underskirt is an
off-white fabric that has less shine to it than the gold outer dress.
The sleeves are a semi-sheer fabric, maybe a crushed, slightly metallic
organza, and across the chest, an off-white, crinkly material.
Patterns and Construction
When I made this early on, I combined two patterns, both
by McCalls. I used McCall 2645 for the skirts and and McCall 2806 for the
bodice. These are not step by step instructions below - so read over all
these hints before beginning. If these patterns are out of
print, you might try looking on ebay. Simplicity has a few other similar
patterns out that might work. Check here.
The skirts were the easy part. I love the fullness of this particular
skirt - it has a nice train that isn't too long.
You will make two of them. One of them, the overskirt uses pieces 15, 16,
and 18 - I believe. You do not want the front panel of the skirt since
this skirt opens in the front. The second skirt, the underskirt, is,
obviously closed in front, so you will also use piece 17, in the skirt also.
Sew the pieces together, gather the waist using two rows of loose stitches
to pull it into gathers until it is the right size around. You can adjust
this when you pin it to the bodice.
The neat part about the overskirt is the pleats that are in the back. You
can see them here. The front of the dress is not pleated or even gathered
much at all.
This pattern makes two different dresses - the pattern pieces are actually
very useful for a number of different costumes. The red dress you see is
actually a separate overdress. It needs to be modifed in three simple
First, the bodice of the Ever After dress has much
narrower shoulder straps than this pattern, however. I suggest studying
the neckline of the dress in the movie to see what I mean. This pattern
has very thick shoulder straps. I altered the pattern so they would be
narrower. The reason I didn't just use another pattern is that some of
them have too much of an "off-the-shoulder" look which I didn't like -
like Simplicity 8735, view A. But looking at it again, it could very well
work with some modifications.
Second, you will need to pin the bodice front so that it overlaps in the
front, rather than having it clasp in the middle as the pattern in written
to do. This is hard to explain, but easy to get once you see
pictures of it. Examine the picture
to the left, or watch the movie. Just pin the bodice so it laps right
over left - then pin it to the skirt.
After the skirt is sewn on, you will want a piece of the crinkly satinish
material long enough to fill in that V-neck opening. I sewed two loose
lines of stitches across the top to gather it a bit before sewing it on.
Also - there are NO darts in the front of Danielle's dress - so I didn't
put the darts in. This works well because it gives you the little extra
fabric you may need for the crossover front.
Read Dawn's page on drafting darts out
of a pattern and save yourself a lot of grief fitting the dress.
The third thing is the back of the overdress. Because the pattern has the
overdress clasping in the front, you will need to cut the back piece into
two. You will want to buy grommets and a grommet tool. These aren't very
expensive and are a snap to use. I suggest cutting the back piece up the
middle once you have it pinned to the lining, before it is sewn. This way,
you can sew up each side and the neckline for nice neat seams. Once you
have sewn, try it on to make sure the back meets in the right place. I had
to take my bodice pieces in a bit.
So once you have sewn the bodice together, and sewn on the skirt, the back
should still be open. That when you use the grommet thing to punch holes
along the back and squeeze the grommets into the holes. It's very easy,
but somewhat scary punching holes in the fabric you worked so hard on!
You should be able to slip the dress over your head with the laces tied in
the back - I was able to. I sewed on a panel of material over where the
dress laces up since there is no chemise worn underneath - it is all one
Next - sleeves! I used the sleeve pattern from the blue dress you can see
in the pattern. I used a tied at the wrist though, instead of elastic as
you can see Danielle's dress ties at the wrist. I sewed these onto the
bodice such that it looked like they were part of a chemise underneath.
This way you can still attach gauntlets to the edge of the bodice.
I also carefully studied
the gauntlets Danielle wears and made my own pattern for them. The lower
gauntlets are very distinctive in that they tie at the wrist and are not
uniform in shape. I put grommets (3) in the upper gauntlets and tied them
to little rings that I sewed onto the underside of the bodice shoulders.
There are no grommets in the actual bodice. The upper and lower grommets
are not attached to each other at the elbow at all. The lower gauntlets,
again, tie at the wrist.
The gauntlets are lined - sewn inside out, across top and bottom, insided
out, then sewn together into a tube. I would probably add boning or strong
interfacing to them so they will keep their shape.
I used small gold braid trim around the neckline and around the top and
bottom of each gauntlet. I used thicker gold and white braid trim around
the waist. You can see the trim in the image at the very top of the
page. It is also above the two gauntlet images.
Other pattern suggestions:
Here is one alternative to commercial patterns that may work for Ever
After/Italian Renaissance style gowns:
You can get very nice snoods that look very similar to this one from
She has a "Cinderella" pattern that is very close. She has
several different views of it here:
The first link has two different versions. One with a tighter, closed
center and the other one (Cinderella II) is more open.
She can do it in any combination of beads or thread types.
Metallic Fancy Beaded
So if you want one, just order through her site, or
Here is another source for snoods. I bought one of these myself.
headpiece to wear with your renaissance medieval costumes. HEADPIECE is
called a SNOOD all handsewn from a sutle GOLD glimmer cord trim.Is NOT
crocheted yarn. Has 57 faux pearls sewn throughout on each cross
section. Makes a wonderful netting to dress up your hair. Can be held in
place with bobbie pins. (*EXAMPLE of snood also can be seen woren in a
portrait of Eleanora di Toledo 1545,pic not included).|
These snoods are made in other colors of silver, white, or black.So if you
do not see a color listed at this time that you need,let me know and I will
try my best to accommodate the color you need. Pricing currently at $24.00
+ shp (priority shipping 3.85) Ins opt. Can email me at email@example.com
or look for me on ebay, member name of thytira2
is another snood/caul possibility!
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