Planning Melisandre

Halloween is coming up! (yes, it’s a month away. Yes, it takes me that long for even relatively simple costumes).

I was deciding between Rey (of Star Wars Episode 7) and Melisandre (of Game of Thrones) and ended up deciding on Melisandre mostly because I already have some red figured silk taffeta in my stash to use. (Of course, I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough of it given that I need giant drapey sleeves. This was bought over 3 years ago so I hope it’s the same color…).

I don’t plan on making any specific Melisandre dress, just something recognizable. So, I went studying Game of Thrones dresses. Annoying, since Melisandre is all spooky and witchy, I swear most of the screenshots of her are in dim lighting.

Wrap-front dresses with dangly sleeves are by far the most common:

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Note the tie at the waist

Melisandre's dress from a Game of Thrones exhibit in the Netherlands. This dress has princess seams going to the shoulder, which is a bit unusual. Most of the dresses have princess seams going to the armscye.

Melisandre’s dress from a Game of Thrones exhibit in the Netherlands. This dress has princess seams going to the shoulder, which is a bit unusual. Most of the dresses have princess seams going to the armscye.

Cersei in a standard King's Landing dress. Game of Thrones long sleeves tend to be open/squared on the bottom like this.

Cersei in a standard King’s Landing dress. Game of Thrones dangle sleeves tend to be open/squared on the bottom like this.

I’ve noticed that Melisandre has at least two dresses where it looks like the sleeve is tacked up around her wrist. Hooray, this makes it easy for me to not care too much about the length of the sleeve, and take up any extra length here!

That is definitely a line of stitching to hold the sleeve at the wrist like this. Folding it would not stay. It also shows the seamline starting at the shoulder and going all the way down the outside of the arm!

That is definitely a line of stitching to hold the sleeve at the wrist like this. Folding it would not stay. It also shows the seamline starting at the shoulder and going all the way down the outside of the arm!

Similar to the previous sleeve, the cuff/wrist is tacked up, and the seamline is down the outside of the arm.

Similar to the previous sleeve, the cuff/wrist is tacked up, and the seamline is down the outside of the arm.

WARNING WARNING THE NEXT VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. AHEAD THERE IS NUDITY.

So Melisandre gets undressed in this scene. Forget any prurient implications or plot implications shown here. The most important part is you can see how the closures on this dress work! First she unties the wrap dress at the waist, then clearly does a move to unhook the dress at the top, showing there is some kind of hook-and-eye or hook-and-thread-loop holding it together. Woo!

I’m not entirely sure what to do about undergarments. Other characters are shown wearing chemises and stays which look a lot like 18th century examples. Melisandre, as has been demonstrated above, gets naked a lot in this show. It’s pretty clear she isn’t wearing anything under her (extremely low cut) dresses. That is probably some combination of artistic license, plus her being prepared for *ahem* encounters? Or as a Red Priestess who doesn’t get cold, she doesn’t need the extra layers for warmth? (Although historically, layers aren’t just for warmth. They also keep your body oils off the outer dress which is hard to clean, and make it so you only have to clean an easy-to-wash linen or cotton chemise). I’m probably just going to wear some kind of slip and super low cut bra, and attempt to convince my brain that historical accuracy doesn’t matter when you are making a fantasy costume sheesh.

I’ve already spent 2 weeks-ish working on a pattern on and off and I’m still not done, because I am slowwww. Hopefully it will be fast to put together once I decide on one (although I kinda want to hand sew the thing, which isn’t really how fast goes…)

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One Response to Planning Melisandre

  1. Carol says:

    She is also clearly blue with cold so I think a slip is an excellent idea.

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