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Susan's and Lucy's Narnian dresses


in Prince Caspian

Lucy's Red Dress and Silver Bodice, Susan's Purple Dress, Night Raid Outfit, Battle Outfit, and Cuirass

Since the girls' dresses in Prince Caspian are really so different, we've grouped them according to costume this time.


Lucy's Red Dress and Silver Bodice
There are several ways to recreate the layers on this: a full underdress in gray under a red dress, with a silver bodice over it; red skirt and sleeves attached to a silver bodice with an underdress below that, etc. Here are some basic princess-seamed dresses that will get you closest, along with some bodice patterns.

Girls' Dresses, Bodices and Skirts:

  • Burda 2463: Really good bodice and skirt. Use View A bodice, (round the waistline) and View B skirt with split.
  • McCall's 4246: Girls' and girls' plus lined princess-seamed tops that button up the back and skirts. View A adaptable: round the edges of the neck, cut a rounded notch, borrow sleeves from another pattern or extend and flare the upper part of the sleeve. Skirt C with a center front split would be very good.
  • McCalls 5207: Girls' "maiden" costume, with princess seams and back lacing, with sleeve and neck variations. View C oversleeves look good; might want to round the slit on the View D neckline. Sizes 3-14.
  • McCalls 4765: Girls' and girls' plus lined princess-seamed tops and skirt. Back of top is an inset, not princess seams. Might want to widen the skirt's flare. Sizes 7-16.
  • McCall's 4246: Girls' and girls' plus lined princess-seamed tops and skirts. Back of top buttons. View A adaptable: round the point on the center piece, round and notch the neckline. Skirt C looks very good.
  • McCalls 4599: Misses and Girls'. Princess seams, back lacing, notched scoop neck. View A with View B's sleeves adaptable. Sizes 3-8.

Misses' Dresses:

  • McCalls 4599: Misses and Girls'. Princess seams, back lacing, notched scoop neck. View A with View B's sleeves adaptable. Sizes 3-8.

Misses' Bodices and Skirts:

  • Simplicity 9466: Fitted princess-seamed top, buttons up back. View A looks optimal. Separate flared skirt included.
  • Simplicity 4990: Fitted princess-seamed top, pullover. View C looks optimal. Separate flared skirt included.
  • McCall's 2818: Fitted princess-seamed vest/top, buttons up back. View C looks optimal.
  • McCall's 4710: Fitted princess-seamed top, zipper up back. View C looks optimal.
  • McCall's 3436: Fitted princess-seamed vest, buttons up back. View B looks optimal. Includes separate flared skirt.
  • Butterick 3756: Fitted princess-seamed vest, buttons up back. View A looks optimal.
  • Vogue 2218: Fitted top with back zipper. The sleeveless with the round neck looks very good: just cut a rounded notch at the center.

Cloak:

  • Simplicity 6537: Misses' capes. View A, lengthened, without collar seems about right.

Susan's Purple Dress and Bodice


Another dress where the layers are open to creativity. You could make a separate full underdress, or make the sleeves and skirt attach to the bodice, etc. Here are some good bodice patterns, some with separate skirts included. Coat sleeves could be drafted, or straight sleeves could be borrowed from another pattern.

Girls' Dresses and Bodices:

  • Burda 2463: Nearly perfect bodice and skirt. Use View A bodice and View B skirt with split.
  • McCall's 4246: Girls' and girls' plus lined princess-seamed tops and skirts. View A adaptable: round the edges of the neck, borrow sleeves from another pattern or extend the upper part of the sleeve. Skirt C looks very good.

Misses' Bodices

  • McCall's 4455: Close-fitting princess seamed bodice, zipper up back. View E looks optimal. (Out of print) Might want to make the waist pointed.
  • Butterick 3756: Close-fitting princess-seamed bodice with back buttons. View A. Also includes skirt View E, which, without using pleats and train, and altering to include a split up the front, should work for the purple over-skirt.
  • Butterick 4452: Princess-seamed close fitting bodice. Included mainly because it's the only one with a back lacing, though it also has a side zipper. Attached sleeve straps are wrong.
  • McCall's 4710: Close-fitting princess-seamed bodice with back separating zipper. View C; might want to make the waist pointed. Also includes skirt View D, which, without using inverted pleat and train, and altering to include a split up the front, should work for the purple over-skirt.
  • McCall's 4109: Boned tops—it'd be best to bone only the lining layer so the casings don't show. Would want to widen straps and make the waist pointed.
  • McCall's 3436: Misses' fitted princess-seamed vest, buttons up back; might want to make the waist pointed. View B looks optimal. Includes separate flared skirt.

Susan's Night Raid Oufit


All we see of the blue dress worn with this are the sleeves and a hint of the skirt underneath the purple overskirt. It could even be a shirt. This is where some creativity comes in.

Misses' Dresses

  • Vogue 8445: Dress with contrast shaped bodice, bishop sleeves and back zipper. Use View C, lengthen sleeves and skirt, remove flat collar and maybe round neck. Make skirt and sleeves in blue, with contrasting bodice in a faux leather to get a layered look. Then you could add purple over-skirt and cuirass. It says for knits only... but since when did costumers follow rules?
  • Vogue 8411: Chemise-like loose dress with pleated neck and bishop sleeves. Lengthen skirt.
  • McCall's 5535: Pull-over dress with raised elastic waist and V-neck. View A sleeves are good; lengthen skirt. May want to alter or create an inset for that plunging V-neck if it's going to show.
  • Simplicity 3620: V-neck back zipper A-line dress. Lengthen skirt and sleeves, and shorten or eliminate cuff.
  • Simplicity 4177: Loose tops with sleeve variations, all are gathered into neck. Use View B for a chemise-like look. You could keep it as a shirt and wear with a separate skirt, or flare and lengthen for a skirt.

Susan's Red Battle Dress

Misses' Skirts/Dresses

  • Butterick 4131: Skirt F adaptable, without train. Also includes bodice with back separating zipper, adaptable for cuirass.
  • Vogue 2810: View D skirt.
  • McCall's 5499: Princess-seamed back lacing dress. Shorten View A sleeves to elbow length.
  • Simplicity 9891: Princess-seamed back zipper dress (the multi-purpose Lord of the Rings spin-off pattern!). View C would be good, shortening the straight part of the sleeves to elbow length, and even including that yoke and collar. Do it in a gray velvet!

Susan's Cuirass


While the actual piece is molded hardened leather, an easy way to copy its look would be a corset in a suede/leather/faux leather with a boned lining.

Misses'

  • Butterick 4131: View A bodice with back separating zipper adaptable for her cuirass. Consider straightening shaped neckline.
  • Vogue 2810: Fitted boned sleeveless top, front hook and eye closure, back lacing. Might need reshaping of waist and neck. May just want to lay the front two pieces (and back two pieces) down on the fold to be rid of the front hook and eye closing. You could make it lace up the sides, or just leave it as is. Also includes View D skirt, good for red dress.
  • Vogue 8325: Fitted boned sleeveless top. Also front hook and eye closing, with lacing at back. Might want to reshape neck and waist. May just want to lay the front two pieces (and back two pieces) down on the fold to be rid of the front hook and eye closing. You could make it lace up the sides, or just leave it as is.
  • Simplicity 2966: Boned, princess-seamed back lacing corset with sweetheart-like neckline and pointed waist.
  • Simplicity 6480: Lightly boned, princess-seamed, back zipper corset with pointed waist.
  • McCall's 5321: Fitted boned sleeveless top, back button and loop closing. Might want front waist and neck altering.
  • McCall's 4107: Fitted sleeveless Rennaisance tops, View A side and back lacing. Might want to lengthen and round the waist.
  • McCall's 4109: Fitted boned sleeveless top. Front hook and eye closing. Waist wants reshaping.
  • McCall's 3436: View D sleeveless fitted top has back button closure.

 


 

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