The Costume Chronicles
Welcome to the Costume Chronicles, the community scrapbook
of The Wardrobe Door. Here you can share pictures and and reports
of costumes you've made, and see the handiwork of your fellow
Chronicles are arranged chronologically, starting with earliest
Susan and Lucy
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
I fell in love with Susan's coronation gown and
just had to make it. The bodice and skirt are made of light
blue crushed penne (image).
The sleeves are of darker blue satin (image).
I used a blue and gold trim around the sleeves and the neckline
The back is laced with a gold cording (image).
I love the long flowing sleeves on this dress. I worked very
hard on this dress and think that it does resemble Susan's
dress closely (image).
Susan's Archery Dress
"Once a king or queen in Narnia, always
a king or queen." Well, here are the pictures and
descriptions of my interpretation of Susan's archery dress.
For fabric, I used a material called Alova Suede for both
the dark green shade of the dress and the dark blue shade
of the cloak. My mint green lining was a couple of yards of
The pattern I picked was McCall's 4490. And the major alterations
I had to make were the front neckline, the slits and ends
of the sleeves, and the back lacing. For shoes I decided to
pay tribute to a behind the scenes picture of Anna and Georgie.
It appears in this photo that Anna is wearing white tennis
shoes. So I thought it would be fun and much more warm and
comfortable than sandals!
The trim for my cloak I found on Ebay. It is a Konta-2 1/4"
Red Trim. I made the cloak from two yards of the Alova Suede
and without a pattern.
It was a rather pricey undertaking but well worth the effort!
It is by far the most comfortable costume I've ever made.
Great job to everyone else who has made a costume!
Susan's Archery Dress
Made in four days, using McCall's 4490 view C as
Lucy's Coronation Gown
Made this for a friend using Butterick 6930 as
Lucy's Coronation Gown
Poppy red panné velvet child's cloak made
by me for daughter, 11 years old. Machine designs done in
light gold color. The designs took 30 min apiece to place
on the cloak taking a total construction time of 17 hours.
Silver panne Lucy dress made also by me has slightly
puffed sleeves, round neckline trimmed in white braid with
Crown found at Hancock fabrics.
This is Lucy's dress that she wears when all of the children
get into Narnia, made for my sister to wear to the first showing
of the Narnia.
The original is made of a reproduction print, with pink and
purple flowers, accented with green leaves, which, from a
distance appears purple. Because I could not find an approximate
facsimile, I used a green print from our local Joann's store
what had a farily '40's feel. The pattern is Sense and Sensibility's
(www.sensibility.com) 1914 Girl's Afternoon dress, with the
bodice puff removed.
The front is made up of three pieces - two sides and an inset.
The sides are scalloped and edged with white piping. The sides
were then topstitched to the inset, in the ditch, to use a
The sleeves are lengthened about an inch from the original
pattern, and I added a ruffle, set into the bottom of the
For the skirt, I simply made the skirt narrower and longer,
as my sister is thin and tall.
I used a simple cotton muslin for the collar, and closed
the back with buttons and a placket, like the original.
Susan's Archery Dress
I designed my own version of Susan's Archery Dress as close
as I could come to the images we had available in November
when I made it. It laces up in the back, has princess seams
in back and front, and has the elongated cloth at the wrist,
extending almost to the knuckle in front. I included hand-stitched
viney embroidery at the appropriate areas. Although I don't
have any pictures of them, I also wore a bow, quiver, horn,
and cape all hand-made to look like Susan's at the midnight
Pevensie Children Costumes for Narnia: the Musical Staged
I put together the costumes for the four Pevensie
children in a recent high school production of Narnia: the
I decided to go with a "boarding school" type costume
for the four kids in my play. Even though, in reality, the
children would not have been wearing such uniforms when they
traveled to their uncle's home, I wanted to dress them all
alike so that they would not only look connected to each other,
but would also stand out more against the other characters
and costumes in the play.
I put the boys in navy pants and and all four in the same
white shirts (I was going to put Edmund in shorts, but he
spent so much time being thrown to the ground in the play
that he ended up having to wear knee pads!) I found some discounted
plaid fabric that looked very uniform-like, and I made the
dresses based off of an old jumper pattern I had, and I had
a basic vest pattern for the boys. My favorite touch on these
costumes was the "school crest" I gave the boys
to wear. It was a gold cross, which I thought was a neat bit
of symbolism. I did give a little nod to the movie by designing
the tunics that Edmund and Peter wear in the battle based
on a production photo I saw of William Mosley in his red tunic.
(I included one photo below of my Peter wearing the tunic.)
This link is to my online photo album, which contains
several shots of the actors (with their permission) in their
Pevensie costumes. Some shots are from the production and
some were publicity photos.
For the Susan Green Dress it was a task getting the dress
to look like hers in such a short time.
We used polyester fabric. Mistake. It did not allow for movement
and it bunched a lot as it could not sit close to the body.
You can see excess above my belt in many of the shots. It
happened when ever the belt pulled against my body and slide
up the fabric.
Belt: attach it or achor it to the dress so it doesn't straighten
out. I forgot to.
I did not make a full underdress. I figured I would be too
warm so I faked it with a neckline and the inner sleeve stitched
to the outer sleeve.
I made the dress closed (no zipper or closure) and simply
allowed a fold in the back. The dress went on larger and was
sinched in by the lacing.
I have not faced the detailling on the edges. I may wait
until I can make it from a better fabric.
The quiver is vac formed styrene in two parts. You can find
styrenes at hobby stores and, if you are lucky, vac forming
services there as well. If not local hobby shops, try calling
display manufacturers. Then we screwed leather straps to it.
Even though styrene is white do paint it with automotive paints
as styrene does tend to go yellow after a bit of exposure
The bow is a piece of plastic pipe heated with a paint gun
so that it will bend into shape. The ends are wood bits and
the 'arrow rests' and 'detail' are bondo. Once more auto paints
are used for colouring. The string is elastic as to not stress
the materials. I hope to rebuild this bow authenticly. If
I do, I'll have to let you all know how it turned out.
The horn was the quickest to do as it is just a piece of
wood carved out to give the impression of a horn. We used
the same paints and screwed in little brass loops for attaching
it to the straps.
Slideshow video: Susan
Susan's Coronation Gown
This dress was created with light blue velvet and turqouise
blue bridal satin. I hand embossed the velvet using a flat
iron on high heat (no steam) and sprayed the pile of the velvet
with water. When placed pile side down on top of a rubber
stamp and ironed, the design comes out onto the fabric.
I used Butterick B4571 and modified it so the sleeve had
one piece instead of three (it was the bell and topsleeve
put together, no inner sleeve) As well, I changed the collar
to be rounded. I sewed a band of satin to the topsleeve but
not the bottom, so it has a prettier flow and is not bunched.
There is flat gold braid type trim on the sleeves. I will
be doing similar for the collar (which is not yet put on)
but with rick rack instead. Both collar and sleeve bands will
My Dad first read the Chronicles to my younger
siblings and I when I was about 8 or 9, and we instantly fell
in love with them. I've always loved Susan, could easily relate
to her personality, and I would always play that I was her.
So when I heard that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
was being made into a movie, what was more logical than for
me to make a "Susan" dress?
When the first images were released, I instantly
fell in love with her archery dress. I loved its elegance
and simplicity. It was beautiful enough to be worn to a medieval
festival, and yet simple enough to put on and run around in
the woods without worrying about ruining it. So I decided
to make it, and wear it when I went to see the movie.
I did tons of research while making this gown.
I studied every picture I could get my hands on, followed
two forum threads on the dress, listened to tons of other
girls' suggestions, and experimented galore.
I made a mock up out of muslin first, which took
a while to get everything right. On December 9th, to celebrate
the opening of the movie, I cut out my entire dress. As you
can guess, I didn't finish it in time to see the movie in,
but that's okay - I'm still happy!
The dress went together well and I am very happy
with the way everything turned out! I was so afraid that there
would be something "not-quite-right" with the dress,
but it's absolutely perfect! It was a lot of work, but so
For lots more pictures, an extensive write-up of
the original dress and my entire experience re-creating it,
visit my Archery
Lucy's Blue Narnian Dress
The dress was made in two parts, the underdress to the same
pattern as the main blue dress. I used a basic bodice pattern
and adapted it from that. The underdress is white cotton,
fully lined in the same cotton, and the overdress is a slate
blue thick cotton, with the bodice only lined.
The underdress is separate from the blue dress, except at
the front buttons.
There is embroidery round the front opening, stretching over
the shoulders, and round the sleeve hems. It's pretty much
the same colour as the dress and quite hard to see.
The sleeves were probably the hardest part, particularly
lining them. I settled for the lining it twice, the inner
lining is identical to the blue sleeve, and then there is
a partial lining with the seam at the top of the sleeve, finishing
just above the flared part of the sleeve.
I used the 9 piece seaming mentioned on this site, with the
3 piece sides.
The back of the dress is laced up with fabric loops, in the
photo I had used cord, but have since found a better substitute.
The cloak is made of a soft curtain fabric, and is nearly
a full circle.
All of Susan's Play Clothes outfit was obtained
from already owned clothing from different sources. The only
purchased article were her socks which came from Foley's.
Lucy's Lampost Dress was hand sewn from the Butterick
6419 pattern. The fabric was obtained from our Hancock Fabrics
store. Her shoes came from a second hand shop and her green
sweater from Goodwill. She brought her own socks and the bow
was handmade from ribbon purchased at Michael's.
Susan's Green Archery Dress
Susan's Green Archery Dress was hand sewn from the McCall's
M4490 pattern. The dark green fabric was obtained from our
Hancock Fabrics store, as well as the purple fabric for her
cape, which we actually used upside down, using the dull side
of the fabric because it had the better look. The cape's lacing
was fancy ribbon also from Hancock. Her shoes were borrowed
and she owned the belt.
The archery props came as a full set from 3Rivers Archery
online. We order the #2377 Lil' Indian Bow and Arrow set.
To give it the right look, bronze metalic paint was used on
the bow and arrows. Red tempra paint sponged onto the arrow
feathers gave that the right look and red maroon spray paint
was used on the bow's handle and string. Gold string was wrapped
around the arrows and bow handled just like it looks in the
official movie guide's picture on page 59. A red belt was
added to the quiver so Susan could carry it over her shoulder.
Lucy's Blue Narnian Dress
Lucy's Blue Narnian Dress was hand sewn from the McCall's
M4490 pattern. I purchased the wrong size, however, and so
we had to alter the pattern greatly to fit Lucy. The great
embroidered turquoise fabric was obtained from our Hancock
Fabrics store, as well as the red fabric for her cape. Her
shoes and red belt came from a second hand shop. The weapon
props came from Toys R Us.
Lucy's Blue Narnian Dress
Greetings! Liv here, known as Alatariel on the forums. Here's
what I did to make Lucy's Blue Narnian Dress for my younger
sister when we went to the midnight showing of The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe
Materials: 3 yds of blue polyester cloth that looked and
felt a little like suede-cloth ($3 per yd at JoAnn Fabrics),
2 yds pale blue cotton from Goodwill, blue satin ribbon, and
three silver Celtic knot buttons.
Pattern: My dress pattern was very loosely based on Butterick
4099, an easy children's pattern. I redrew the sleeves, altered
the neckline heavily to allow for the slit with buttons, and
lengthened the skirt. I started this dress in August, before
there were many reference pictures, so I made it with bodice
and skirt seams, rather than side seams like the original.
Making of: I didn't really use the directions on the pattern,
mainly fitting them together and altering them to fit the
concept I had from the pictures I had seen. The bodice and
sleeves were fully lined with the light blue fabric. For the
neckline buttoning, I sewed small loops of blue ribbon on
one side of the slit, and my three buttons on the other side.
I set a short zipper in the back for ease getting in and out
of the dress. I left off the embroidery as I was running out
Extras: My little sister and I are both Scottish Highland
dancers, and our shoes, called ghillies, are almost exactly
what Lucy wore, so she wore those for her shoes. Here's a
We found a red tooled leather belt at Goodwill, so we went
with that and dispensed with the cordial bottle, as I was
running out of time with three other costumes to make!
Here are the pictures of my completed dress. Sorry the quality
is not high!
up of neckline
Well, that's how I did it! I had a wonderful time researching
and making this costume, and I hope you enjoyed reading about
it! Many thanks to NarniaWeb and the other Narnian costumers
for your help and encouragement!
The cloak was a lovely lightweight green fabric I found at
goodwill, and there was just enough to make a cloak. It's
a basic semi-circle with a pointed hood. It's cut to just
hang off the shoulders, but stay back, out of the way. The
clasp is a gold clasp from JoAnn's, w/ a pretty design.
For the quiver, I didn't want to paint it white since it
was my grandpa's hunting quiver, so I painted on some simple
swirly designs. The arrows were also hunting arrows, but the
colors were perfect! So I sawed off the arrowheads to make
them safe for public. I don't hunt anyway.
The sword-belt (I know, I know,.. but I thought the outfit
looked better w/ a sword!) was a modified luggage strap, and
can hold the sword horizontal or at a 90 degree angle. (It
hangs a lot better when I'm wearing it, that dressform is
The shooting glove was originally a lighter color, I just
glued a darker leather on top of it (main part only). The
bow is not safe strung, but I painted it brown & white
so it would look cool, originally for an elf costume. The
wristguard has no modifications.
Didn't have time to make a new dress, so I used this one,
(storebought) 'cause it had a good look, including bell (?)
sleeves that you can't really see well in the pictures. Not
shown are: brown & black leather riding boots, and an
optional crown (who fights w/ crowns? but it looks cool.)
that I made w/ silver floral wire. I guess I'll include a
link to crown pics too. I know it's not canon from the movie,
but I made what I could w/ the time & resources I had,
and wore it that night (midnight show), and can't wait for
the next time!
Susan's Archery Dress
We used McCall's pattern M4491, view C. For the sleeves,
we drew an extension pattern, including the slits above the
elbow and the flared cuff. We extended the lining and gathered
it where it shows through the slits. At the neckline, we cut
and sewed a slit. Then on either side of the slit we put in
two eyelets and laced them up. From the lining pattern we
made an insert with a higher neckline, and when worn it looks
like a seperate underdress at the neck. After visiting several
fabric stores and looking online, we were finally able to
get a nice medium-weight cotton blend fabric in a good green.
It's been very nice for this outfit since it has a slight
stretch to it.
I am on the left, as Lucy Pevensie, and my friend, Aidan-Lalaith,
is on the right as the White Witch. Since neither of us could
afford anything fancy, we raided the goodwill and came out
with my costume (a plaid skirt, green sweater and cotton shirt),
Although the green sweater isn't too accurate, it was fun!
(For the WW, we went more with generalizations rather than
the specific movie WW, and went snow queen style, with the
white coat, white layered skirt, and icy blue make-up. To
top it off, she's wearing a starry coronet, and we dusted
snow on each other!
Although our costumes aren't very movie accurate, we still
had a blast making and wearing them, and we even got a few
comments on them!
Susan's Coronation Gown
Using the McCall's pattern [link]
recommended by the Narnia site, and an afternoon hunting for
fabric in Los Angeles Fashion district, I constructed the
dress. The body of the dress is the powder blue patterned
silk jacquard fabric. the sleeves are a silky crepe. The gold
detail is just trim and buttons I found at the local fabric
store. I free handed the cape, and it wasn't as perfect as
I wanted it to be, but it was close. The crown is made out
of silk flowers that I fashioned then spray-painted gold.
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Lucy (Blue Dress)
This Lucy costume was made as fulfilment of a wish for a
9 year-old birthday present. The soft grey/blue fabric is
100% poly -- easy to care for with a heavier weight.
The under-dress is a lighter shade of blue/grey made of lightweight
cotton. It is only a top -- there is no skirt attached.
The embroidery is dimensional fabric paint.
The cloak is made of faux suede -- a heavy-weight, yet soft
fabric that drapes nicely.
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