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Human Pattern Suggestions
Simplicity 5925 - For Noble Men (like the representatives at Elrond's Council, or the (Kings of Numenor) try the men's noble (houppelande) pattern.
Burda 2460 - For Noble Men (like the representatives at Elrond's Council, or the (Kings of Numenor) try the men's noble (houppelande) pattern.
Simplicity 4219 - (poet shirt) CF open: slit or lace, use the narrow band collar, baggy, drop-shouldered sleeves - don't use a cuff. This could work for Strider's shirt if you're not fussy about the odd yoke detail.
Simplicity 4795 (nativity costumes) simple tunic/robe shapes. could be used for the Council Velvet layer. Use vest for Strider Jerkin (remember to vent the back). Use longer robe for Strider coat: cut back on edge and remember to vent the back. Use long robe without sleeves for Black Gate Surcoat and with sleeves and add mandarin collar for Red Robe.
Simplicity 8913 (man's Celtic costume) - use the shirt from this pattern for Strider's shirts, maybe sew a simple row of cross-stitch Xs along neckline for grey shirt; sleeve cap should be smocked, but at least this is baggy enough! Make sure to taper in the sleeve. for the burgundy shirt, it is still a keyhole neckline, but the sleeves don't look as baggy and the cuff come down to a point on the back of his hand.
Butterick 3830 - (men's duster coat) simplify the pattern! If you skip the collar, capelet, pockets and back gore/godet, you are left with a basic long loose fitting coat like Strider's leather duster, that you can leave the side seams partly open and already has the back seam open (maybe don't leave it open so much!)
Butterick 4294 - (women's mandarin jacket, - shoulder darts) shoulder darts shouldn't be too hard to remove for a man's tunic/robe. This pattern has both a standard CF button opening, as well as a off-center opening. Unlike the off-center tunics, this one is slightly rounded to the side and angles down, reverse the side that overlaps and lengthen for the Rivendell Brocade shirt -slightly shape the CF of the collar, and maybe keep the overlap straight instead of angled..
Butterick 4486 - (man's lace front 'pirate' shirt) although it has no shoulder yoke which would make it a better match, this could work for the grey or red shirts.
Butterick 4574 - (men's loose-fitting pullover costume shirt, CF slit, fold over collar, no yoke. Straight legged, pull-on trousers w/elastic waist) although it has no shoulder yoke which would make it a better match, this could work for the red shirt, leave off the collar. Pull on trousers could work for either of his trousers (leather or wool)
Butterick 5286 - (drawstring men's trousers) for men & boys, simple drawstring trousers
Butterick 5656 - Aragorn's Rivendell Outfit. Use the tunic and shirt patterns, make them longer and adapt the necklines appropriately. The brocade shirt actually has a Left side (off center) closure using frogs, so you might want to adapt the left side to extend past the CF. Remember that Aragorn's sleeves do not end in a cuff, but are straight the entire length and end in a slight petal shape. You'll need to get a pants pattern from somewhere else. Also consider this for his Gondorian Red Velvet Surcoat - edge it around in gold piping, put the swirly design on the collar and add the 3 buttons. Ok, make it longer too.
McCall's 2664 - (men's medievaloid costume) Lengthen the shirt a bit and lose the sleeves for the leather Jerkin.
McCall's 3253 (medical Scrubs) for his leather trousers, try making some from a "scrubs" pattern, or even pajama bottoms
McCall's 3826 - (Women's Mandarin Tunics, bust darts) Use view G in mirror image for the Rivendell Brocade shirt. Make the tunic at least below the knee in length, possibly mid-calf. Remember to adapt the sleeves.
McCall's 4546 - (men's & boys long Matrix coat) May be useful for Strider's leather coat. 4-piece construction already has back vent.
Burda 8461 - (lace front shirt) use without the collar for either the grey or red shirt.
Burda 8462 - (unisex drawstring trousers) use these for Strider's trousers.
Folkwear 204 - Boatman shirt (similar to the French Cheesemaker's Smock) It's not a dead ringer for Aragorn's grey or red shirts, but it's in the arena. Mostly what it does is give you the baggy shirt with drop sleeves. While Aragorn's shirts have a yoke that extends across the entire shoulder back, this has shoulder supports that go part way on each side. And he doesn't have that gathering in the center back, but taking it out would be involved - it does give the fullness we see when he goes into Theoden's tent at night, though. Collar isn't right either, but you might be able to remove the collar piece and adapt it to the rounded shape in the two shirts. Not for the faint of heart!
Randwulf's Pirate Shirt - (full-sleeved, yoke-topped shirt) this pattern has a yoke across the whole shoulder back that also comes over to the front! Shorten it a little so that it hits about 1.5" from the round of the neckline and slit through the yoke for a few inches to make a keyhole neck, it and it would be very close to Aragorn's grey shirt (oh, leave off the collar). the sleeves need to loose the cuff and possibly narrow a little
Out of Print:
Simplicity 8275 - (nativity costumes) simple tunic shapes, could be used
for the Council Velvet layer.
Butterick 5944 -(Women's Mandarin tunics) Make View A without the collar and slit the Center Back to the waist, and this could work for Strider's leather jerkin. While this pattern has no darts or other "feminine shaping" and so should work also for men. Elastic waist pants might or might not be suitable for men.
Butterick 5848 - (medical scrubs) for his leather trousers, try making some from a "scrubs" pattern, or even pajama bottoms
McCall's 2156 - (Women's shirt in 3 lengths) Use the long shirt (view A) without collar for Strider's Duster. Also remember if you do this in the leather look, there is a seam across the waist because of hide lengths.
Vogue 7412 - (Women's Mandarin Tunics) Use view A for Strider's duster or jerkin; adapt the collars and the length; and remember to slit the center back up to the waist (sides are already slit). Be careful with this as the pattern uses no CB seam, you may have to create one if you are using leather. While this pattern has no darts or other "feminine shaping" and so should work also for men.
Simplicity 4795 (nativity costumes) Cut robe with a CB seam to vent the back, add buttons partway down the front and add a mandarin collar to make red silk surcoat.
Simplicity 4942 - (LotR costumes) If you take View , tape the neck inset to the front pattern so it's all one piece, split it all the way down the front and shorten it to shin length, this could work for red silk surcoat.
Butterick 4574 - (men's straight legged, pull-on trousers w/elastic
waist) simple trousers
Butterick 6844 - (clergy robes) This priest's cassock has the CF opening and mandarin collar great for Boromir's silk surcoat. Just shorten the length, adapt the back (for one thing, he doesn't have those pleats!) and shorten the sleeves.
McCall's 2060 - (straight sleeved long "robe", round neck- back opening) This is your basic "Passion Play" pattern. There are times when all we can see is the edge of a sleeve and we know that an under shirt is implied. Boromir wears grey shirt sleeves (not actually attached to a full garment, though!) beneath his chainmail - all we have seen is the cuff of his sleeve. Something like View A or C would work fine for this if you want to make an undershirt.
McCall's 3253 (medical Scrubs) for his leather trousers, try making some from a "scrubs" pattern, or even pajama bottoms
McCall's 4002 - (ethnic caftan & tunic) Use view C for the leather under tunic that the grey cloth sleeves and the maille sleeves.
McCall's 4546 - (boy's & men's long coat) this coat is closer than the Butterick Priest cassock as it doesn't have the pleated back vent. However the other fitting details aren't 'accurate' either. But the 4 piece patterning is very good for the leather jerkin or the red silk surcoat.
Burda 2710 - (unisex flat jacket, jewel neck, CF button) lengthen to below knee-length and slit the back to the waist, shorten the sleeves to a cap sleeve and use for his Leather Jerkin.
Burda 8462 - (unisex drawstring trousers) use these for Boromir's trousers
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Simplicity 7187 - (men's shirt w/band collar) turn this into a pullover with a lower CF/CB split, shorten the sleeves, you could use this for the silk surcoat.
Simplicity 8275 - (Nativity patterns) simple round neck tunic patterns, good for the black leather/chain sleeve layer.
Butterick 3896 - (18th cent men's shirt, coat & stock) - use View A shirt without a collar (and maybe narrower sleeves with no cuffs) for Boromir's under shirt: made of dark leather with maille sleeves starting just above the elbow attached to the leather, and a tight grey fabric sleeve underneath that reaches to the wrist.
Butterick 5848 - (medical Scrubs) for his leather trousers, try making some from a "scrubs" pattern, or even pajama bottoms
Vogue 7667 - (women's tunic w/standup collar). This could be adapted for Boromir's red silk surcoat if you made it knee length and split the CF and CB to the waist and cut the sleeves off at the elbow.
McCall's 4383 - (women's flat jacket) This flat jacket with mandarin collar could work for the red silk surcoat if you lengthen it.
McCall's 4695 - (renaissance-ish doublet, CF open) use without sleeves (or cap sleeves) for leather Ranger jerkin
Butterick 3927 - (women's mandarin collar tunic, CF, bust darts) could work for Coronation Robe
Butterick 4486 - (man's 'pirate' shirt) use the collar-less version for the Gambeson, change out the full sleeves for a tighter sleeve.
Butterick 4574 - (men's straight legged, pull-on trousers w/elastic waist) simple trousers
Butterick 6885 - (nightshirt - inset sleeves) use this pattern (without the pocket) for the gambeson/shirt but instead of buttoning the front put in grommets and lace it together. Comes with trousers pattern.
- (unisex drawstring trousers) use these for Faramir's
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Simplicity 5211 - use view D for gambeson, just lengthen the front slit and add grommets & lacing. Already has inset sleeves & mock crew neck.
McCalls 2248 - Use view B (Woodsman) for the green vest.
McCall's 4384 (women's jacket, flat) Mandarin collar jacket, CF button, no darts can make it unisex (just watch which side you button). shape the collar a bit, lengthen and split open the front and probably sides for Coronation Robe
- (LotR costumes) This can work very well for
either Under-Robe, it already is set
for a V-inset, so just make it the right size and inset the quilted silk.
Main difference is the sleeves, whether you want the tight Armor/Osgiliath
sleeves, or the fuller State sleeves
Simplicity 5931 - (shawl collar bathrobe) Use this pattern for Outer Osgiliath Robe or Outer Robe w/ Maille. Adapt sleeves.
Simplicity 8088 - (unisex scrubs) narrow the pattern at the shoulders to lose the drop-sleeve, and enlarge the v-neck for the Velvet Robe - and lengthen.
Butterick 3927 - (women's mandarin collar tunic, CF, bust darts) use for either Under-Robe, remember to quilt the neck insert
Butterick 4354 - (shawl collared women's jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for Denethor's Osgiliath Outer Robe. For his final over the Maille Robe, widen the back of the collar a bit more and gather it with horizontal pleats into a hood.
Butterick 4574 - (men's straight legged, pull-on trousers w/elastic waist) simple trousers.
McCall's 2149 - (Men's shirts) For a shirt pattern for the Under Robe, use View D for the mandarin collar, but cut front on fold to avoid CF seam instead of buttons. Cut out a large V-neck area and create an insert with the mandarin collar for the quilted inset. Use the long sleeve for the Osgiliath/Maille version, use a blousier sleeve for Robe of State version
McCall's 2802 - (men's renaissance costume) Use the sleeveless vest pattern for the Velvet Robe, but cut the front on a fold to avoid a CF seam, widen the V-neck more to show the quilted underrobe.
McCall's 4002 - (unisex pullover kaftan ) Already full length, change the neckline to a V-neck and loose the sleeves for the Velvet Robe.
McCall's 3800 - (shawl collared women's jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for Denethor's Osgiliath Outer Robe. For his final over the Maille Robe, widen the back of the collar a bit more and gather it with horizontal pleats into a hood.
- (shawl collar bathrobe) Lengthen this and use if for Denethor's
Osgiliath Outer Robe. For his final
over the Maille Robe, widen the back
of the collar a bit more and gather it with horizontal pleats into a hood.
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Simplicity 8357 - (unisex scrubs) narrow the pattern at the shoulders to lose the drop-sleeve, and enlarge the v-neck for the Velvet Robe - and lengthen.
Simplicity 8895 - (unisex caftan robe) Change the Keyhole neck into a large V-neck and loose the sleeve for the Velvet Robe.
Butterick 3840 - (tunic, caftan pullover, no darts) This A-line tunic already has a full length version, just loose the sleeves and change the keyhole neck into a large V-neck for the Velvet Robe.
McCall's 4383 - (women's flat jacket) mandarin collar, CF button, can be used for for either Under-Robe - make neck area a quilted insert
Simplicity 4795 (Nativity costumes) Use long robe as part of Theoden's bespelled rags. Use with adapted sleeves and cut a V-neck for the top half of Brown Velvet tunic.
Simplicity 4942 - (LotR costumes) View C makes a passable single layer fake-out for his brown & burgundy outfit, or take the front & back panels, add the shoulder flanges but leave it V-neck for the Brown velvet tunic.
Butterick 4574 - (men's straight legged, pull-on trousers w/elastic waist) simple trousers.
Butterick 5286 - (drawstring men's trousers) for men & boys, simple
Burda 8462 - (unisex drawstring trousers) use these for Theoden's trousers.
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Simplicity 7031 - (basic nativity patterns) Use pattern 2, the short
tunic, for the Burgundy Velvet undertunic.
This has a high round neck, and long sleeves, set it to a little
above the knees and split it to the waist at the side seams. For the
Burgundy Wool Tunic, add a mandarin
collar with wide trim.
Simplicity 4356 - (shawl collared jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for Grima's fur collared over robe.
Butterick 4354 - (shawl collared women's jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for Grima's fur collared over robe.
McCall's 3800 - (shawl collared women's jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for Grima's fur collared over robe.
Simplicity 4675 - (p-seams front, darts back, drop waist, neck variations, back zip) use the top of this for White Dress, Beacon Dress, Coronation Dress just round down the drop waist and lengthen/create the proper sleeves. Could work on Green Gown, or Funeral Garb but you'd have to add in the upper collar variations as well. Use with a tapered/flared 6-panel skirt
Simplicity 4706 - (flared 6 panel skirt, elastic waist, plus size) could work nicely for Camp Skirt
Simplicity 4795 - (Nativity costumes) Use long robe and adapt neckline and sleeves for White Dress, Refugee Underdress, Beacon Dress, possibly Victory Underdress.
Simplicity 4940 - (back zip, round collar with various inserts, 2-piece sleeves) This is a single layer pattern with tricks to look like a double layered dress. View A has the rolled collar inset for the Green Gown, but you need to add the inner sleeves and cut the front panel (and add an under skirt). View B if made with cream fabric is intended for the Shield Maiden dress - with a key-hole neckline inset to imitate an underdress; comes with a separate vest pattern in 3 pieces (bust, stomach & back w/ wrist darts). Adapt the sleeves and a high rounded neckline for the KO dress.
Simplicity 4946 - (high waist, scooped V neck, back darts, back zip) use for Shield Maiden underdress, just adapt the neckline to the keyhole neck with pin tucks and change the sleeves
Simplicity 4968 - (plus size tunic w assorted necks and bust darts) Use View C for Beacon Dress or White Dress, adapt the sleeves. Use View D for Shield Maiden underdress
Simplicity 5069 - (pullover tunic w/ keyhole neck, bust darts) with pin tucks around neckline, this can work for the Shield Maiden underdress.
Simplicity 5099 - (high waisted, pullover top with gathered bust) One view uses top stitching similar to the pin tucks of the Shield Maiden underdress. Or use it as an Underdress for the Victory Dress.
Simplicity 5189 - (pullover dress with neck variations, sleeveless, short & 3/4 sleeves) With appropriate neckline and sleeve changes, this could start a White Dress, or Beacon Dress, raise up and split the neckline for a blue Refugee underdress, or Victory underdress, split the front skirting for a Coronation Dress. In all cases you may want to increase the flare over the hips.
Simplicity 5197 - (pullover top, bust darts, keyhole neck) with the detailing around the keyhole neck variation of this pattern, it could be very interesting for the top part of a Shield Maiden underdress. Lengthen, of course, and change the sleeves. Also consider for Victory Underdress with a simple keyhole neck (no pin tucks or edging).
Simplicity 5684 - (bust darts) This tunic-blouse has a key-hole neck and a couple of sleeves that could be adapted for the Shield Maiden Dress - obviously needs to be lengthened and shaped. Could also be used as the blouse combined with a brown skirt for the Camp Dress version.
Simplicity 5767 - (plus-sized dress w/ princess seams, back zip) Scooped neck dress with no sleeves seams (sleeves are T-tunic cut with side pieces) have 3/4 sleeves which is good for adding lower flares to for Beacon Dress, White Dress, possibly for Victory underdress if you split the neck
Simplicity 5794 The cape in this collection (gathered to a band collar), seems similar to the cape in the Concept artwork for the Funeral Garb. without the hood or shoulder drapes.
Simplicity 5914 - (flared 6 panel skirt, side zip) could work for Camp Skirt, although it should be a little fuller. Move the zip and combine with a top pattern for White Dress, Beacon Dress, Coronation Dress, possibly Victory Underdress skirting
Simplicity 7964 - (flat, pullover dress) could provide patterns for both layers of Eowyn's Refugee Dress (Brown Jumper and Blue/Gray Dress). Adjust the sleeveless version to a scooped neck instead of the V-neck for the top layer (and make the neck a little larger so that it sits lower than the bottom layer). For the Blue-Grey under layer, adjust the neck for a rounded neck (make sure it's higher than the top neckline), and make it have long, tight sleeves instead of short ones from the pattern. And of course make it floor length. This pattern has only side seams - no princess lines or center front/back seams; very simple pattern.
Simplicity 8192 - (loose, unfitted dress with scoop front neck and belled sleeves) could be used for the White Dress if you don't want a very fitted look. Square off the bottom part of the sleeve pattern.
Simplicity 8913 (man's Celtic costume) - use the shirt from this pattern for the chemise of the Shield Maiden Dress, it's already a keyhole neck, very full sleeves, though the body is not that full (might work since it's designed for a man). Might work for the Victory Underdress - adapt the sleeves.
Simplicity 9891 - for those who do want some princess line shaping. For the White Dress, use the plain front of view A (or work out view B without the lacing and trim) and adapt it for a V-neck, and the tight sleeves of views B/C but adapt them or either the square "tippets" that she seems so fond of (lose the bow on the butt and the sash!). For the Green Gown use View C; which already has a pointed collar insert (at this time we can't tell if the dress has a double collar like this pattern, or whether that is an illusion due to the heavy gold trim creating a yoke effect). Cut the dress for a waist seam, create two skirts - or a skirt and a false front - and attach them together at the waist which should hide behind a gold belt. The top skirt should be split along the CF, possibly even angled open (we can't tell) to show the brocade skirt/front beneath. Use the sleeves from View A, but adapt them to a looser upper arm before they bell out. This could also work for the Funeral Garb, but we can't see much to tell other than it has a neckline similar to View C except with a mandarin collar insert instead of the rolled collar and it has large sleeves (don't forget to add the tight undersleeves). Warning: many many people have had trouble with the sleeves and arm ease.
Butterick 3383 - (loose fitting pullover top, flat, round neck, straight sleeves) Adapt the sleeves and use this as a top section of the White Dress, or possibly the Victory Dress. Extend and flare some skirting, and scoop the sides and use the sleeveless view for the Refugee Overdress.
Butterick 3552 - (Princess seamed the full length, Long wide train) Looks really nice for Eowyn's White dress. Sleeves almost look right. Would need to change the neck line to a V-neckline if trying for really accurate. Also good for the Funeral Garb dress, use the sleeves from View B (since all we know is that they are full), round the neck instead of the square and add a mandarin collar dickie - this pattern already has a back zip which the Blue Velvet must also have since there is no opening in the front view of that neckline!
Butterick 3657 - (flat, loose fitting top, round or keyhole neck) This top can be extended and side shaped for the Blue Refugee Underdress, the Shield maiden cream chemise, lower the neckline and shape the sides better for the Coronation Dress, or maybe the White or Beacon dresses. In other words, it's a basic flat pattern you can adapt the sleeves and length with.
Butterick 3843 - (skirt, back w/ train, back zip) this might work as a lower portion of a trained dress, such as the Coronation or possibly the Victory Dress skirting - just watch the two front waist darts)
Butterick 4025 - (loose fitting very flared skirt w/side zip). This could work as a lower skirt portion for any dress you want to have a lot of fullness.
Butterick 4064 - (top with bust darts and back button. 2 panel skirt with side zip) Put in a CB seam on both of these for an invisible zip and you can probably tape these two patterns together for a dress. Adapt the neck to a V- for White Dress, Beacon Dress, Coronation Dress, and Healing Dress. Flare the skirt a lot more. May work with an adapted neck and sleeves for the Victory underdress. Might work for the Riding Dress once you figure out how to make the square neckline/collar.
Butterick 4131 - (panel skirt w/very full train, side zip). If you are using a princess top for any of the dresses, this full skirt with a very full train could work as a nice lower part for Coronation or White dress
Butterick 4136 - (6 panel, princess alignment skirt, side zip) this is just a nice flared skirt that you could tape to extend a princess seam top half. remember to adjust the closures since the zip here is on the side.
Butterick 4181 - (bust darts, high waist seam, semi-fitted pullover dress, round or keyhole neck) You'll need to take in the back a bit since this is supposed to fit with ties in the back. You could use this under the Victory Dress, or the Shield Maiden, or the Refugee if you just want an underdress with a good neckline.
Butterick 4341 - (Semi-fitted dress w/ slightly flared skirt, back zip, bust darts) This dress has a nice V-neck and could be a good base for the White dress or the Beacon dress. sleeves need to be lengthened and adapted, neck needs maybe a little widening., also add fullness to skirting.
Butterick 4354 - (shawl collared women's jacket - no darts!) Lengthen this and use if for the Ice Blue Robe.
Butterick 4377 - (close-fitting dress, princess seams, waist w/flared, gored skirt, scooped V-neck, back laced). This interesting pattern is trying to be the White dress. The bodice has a waist seam to different flared skirting. Could also use it for Beacon dresses (since you can hide the waist seam behind the belt). For the Coronation dress, don't use the front gore/godet and let the front split to show an under panel/skirt. Might also work for the Blue Refugee underdress. I think it would be too annoying to work the front panel for the GG or Mourning, so I wouldn't suggest it for that. If you want movie accuracy, change the back lacing to an invisible zipper, if you want Renaissance Faire clothing, keep the lacing.
Butterick 4597 - (darts, CF seam, back zip) STRETCH FABRIC ONLY . If you're using a stretch velvet, this pattern might work for the Riding Dress. You'll have to bring the neckline in a bit closer and add that square thing. But the CF line gives you something to add the buttons to. Check your mockup (always make a mockup) to see if you need to flare out the skirt a bit, this pattern gets ease of movement by a front split to the knee, you may need to add flare in order to avoid that and not trip. You could use it for the White Dress if you chopped it at the waist to use a wider skirt and then cut the front panel on a fold instead of having a CF seam. You still need to widen the V- ofthe neckline a bit.
Butterick 6593 - (empire waist, flared skirt princess seams, neck & sleeve variations - back zip) The silhouette on View C dress is fairly similar to the White Dress, this just has more seams in it. Raise the neckline up a little and change to a simple V-neck, View B sleeves are already designed to be bound to the upper arm, just need to adapt the shape.
Butterick 6831 - (A-line pullover, bust & back darts, semi-fitted neck variations) If the Victory Dress top layer is a pullover, this could be a good start for it. Could also start the Coronation Dress.
Butterick 6888 - (plus size, close fitting princess seam w/back zip, boat neck, sleeveless) lower the neck a little and scoop the sides for the Refugee Overdress.
McCall's 2248 - (men's renaissance costumes: gathered shirt to narrow band, gathered sleeves) Use the shirt from View B for the Shield Maiden Dress, don't bother with a button but maybe extend the slit a little more. this might work out full enough for the dress when lengthened. Adapt the sleeves.
McCall's 2818 - (princess seam top, back button, neck variations) there is a very nice V-neck version you could extend/attach for the White Dress, Beacon Dress or the Healing Dress. Reshape the rounded neck for the Coronation Dress. the keyhole variation could be worked into a Victory Underdress. Lengthen and lengthen/shape the sleeves of course.
McCall's 3315 - (top and skirt) If you want to have a corset style body for the Shield Maiden - separate from the top - the bodice/corset from this could make a nice cincher.
McCall's 3436 - (princess seam top) use view B for the vest of the Shield maiden Dress; if you want to use view D for the top layer, cut it a bit narrow in the back to lace it closed, and a bit lower in the front to hit just below the bust.
McCalls 3514 - use View A for a possible White Dress. Would want to borrow the sleeves from another pattern (possibly Simplicity 9891) for the tight sleeves to the elbow - in Eowyn's case the sleeves seem to morph into long rectangular "tippets" instead of the Elvish trumpet shape. This pattern is a little full for the White Dress, you might want to lessen the flare a bit.
McCall's 3636 - (close-fitting corset type tops, back zip, optional boning) View A could be adapted into the Shield Maiden Vest - don't forget to widen the shoulder straps.
McCall's 4016 - (princess lined dress, V-neck, back zip) May work for White, Beacon, Coronation Dresses, lengthen and create sleeves from flutter sleevecap
McCall's 4091 - (chemises) drawstring neck would have to be banded to shape and a center front slit cut to make a key hole for the Cream chemise of the Shield maiden dress. strange square armscye sets in an overlong gathered sleeve that looks based on the erroneous SCA Celtic leine sleeve. If you change the sleeve shape, the drawstring idea might work for the shield maiden concept.
4378 - (v-neck princess seamed, back zip angel sleeves) could work for
Coronation Dress, or Beacon Dress.
For the WW and the Beacon Dresses, change the neckline to a more 90degree
V-neck, for the Coronation, make it rounder - in all cases consider raising
up it a tad. Change the sleeves. Skip the underbust trim. Don't' forget the
Coronation Dress has a split front. If you leave off the sleeves and scoop
out the sides, you could use it for the top layer of the
Refugee Dress. If you aren't
concerned with the actual pattern of the
Refugee Blue underdress, you
could use the higher necked version.
McCall's 4491 - (back laced princess seams) with the sleeve caps on this, if you cut it short the top could be part of a nice Shield Maiden/KO Vest - maybe paired with McCall's 3315. Or possibly as the top layer of the Victory Dress.
McCall's 4492 - (flat, CF seam, V-neck, back laced, train, angel wing sleeves) this semi-fitted dress could be used for a Shield Maiden underdress although you would have trouble correcting the neckline - would give the look. Fitting is done with a princess seam, back lacing, V-neck vest. Might also work for a White Dress. The princess seamed vest (back lace) can be adapted (possibly with the accompanying waist cinch belt) to look like the Shield Maiden Vest.
McCall's 8107 - (basic princess line, pullover dress, back zip) Basic princess dress can be adapted for the Refugee over dress by using the sleeveless variation, lowering the neckline a touch and creating the side scoops. Because this is described as a 'pullover' in spite of the back zip, be sure to make a mock-up as it could have quite a bit more ease than you want.
SCA T-Tunic ( http://home1.gte.net/kmvogt/ktunic1.html ) - instruction for making a basic T-tunic/gown. very simple flat pattern - no princess lines, no darts. Can be done by beginners who have tape measures, yardsticks and chalk. Can be used for the Shield Maiden underdress, or even the White Dress, just shape the neckline and the sleeves.
Vogue 2788 - (princess seam, high waist, trained, V-neck back button) This bridal dress could make a good start for the Coronation Dress. I would change those fussy buttons to a invisible zip, and of course add sleeves. consider taping the bodice pieces to the skirt for longer panels with no horizontal seam. And raise up the back neckline. Might be too full for the Victory or White.
Vogue 8696 - (princess seams, scoop neck, flutter sleeves, flared skirt) Adapt the neck to a V-neck, and change the sleeves, this could work for a Beacon dress.
Burda 3274 - (princess seams, scoop neck, back zip) could start the White, Beacon, or Coronation dresses if you adapt the neck and change the sleeves; and of course make it full length
Burda 8351 - (princess seams, scoop neck, side zip) could start the White, Beacon, or Coronation dresses if you adapt the neck and change the sleeves; and of course make it full length.
Burda 8354 - (loose fit tunic, bust darts, back zip, scoop neck) tailor the sides, adapt the neck as necessary and extend for White, Beacon or Coronation Dresses.
Burda 8427 - (full skirt, back zip) 4 panel skirt, very full. use for a lower half pattern.
Burda 8974 - (flared skirt, side zip) use as a lower half for a fuller dress.
MacPhee Workshop (Swing Coat ) - this could work for the Brown Coat. Make the neck into a lower round neckline, bell the sleeves, use little Chinese ball buttons instead of frogs, and with the long version of the coat remember to make the scoop up at the bottom hem.
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Simplicity 4853 - (keyhole or V-neck, loose fit, pullover tunic) if you
cut this for a back zip, tailor in the sides a little, this could start a
Victory Under Dress and possibly the
Beacon Dress or White Dress. Extend
to full length and adapt sleeves of course.
- (pullover dress- high waist, bust darts, no zip) This round neck dress
could be used for the Beacon
Dress, or the
blue underdress for the Refugee/KO
Simplicity 5553 - (keyhole neck, raglan sleeve, no darts) This pullover top could be lengthened and adapted for the Shield Maiden/ Camp Dress, or the Victory underdress.
Simplicity 5589 - (fitted button front dress, bust darts, back darts) If you want a functional button front, Scoop the neck and adapt the sleeves for the Traveling Coat
Simplicity 5680 - (pullover tunic/dress with keyhole neck, bust darts) Use the tunic for the top half of the Shield Maiden Dress. Adapt sleeves and add full skirt
Simplicity 5746 - (NO DARTS, flat pullover vest) Stretch Knits only!
View B could be used for the vest of the
Shield Maiden/KO Outfits.
Simplicity 7007 (jacket, trousers, vest & top) the vest from this ensemble would be very nice for a Shield Maiden/KO vest. May require stretchy fabric, not sure.
Simplicity 7031 - (nativity patterns) - The cape in this collection
(gathered to a band collar), seems similar to the cape in the Concept
artwork for the Funeral Garb.
Simplicity 9466 - (full skirt w/back zip, sleeveless top w/princess seams) The skirt could work well for the lower part of White Dress, Beacon Dress, Coronation Dress. The sleeveless top could be a start for the Shield Maiden/KO vest. Possibly add a top piece to the skirt for the cream chemise of the Shield Maiden Dress.
Simplicity 9888 - (shirt pattern comes with pullover vest) - use the vest
pattern with a lower scoop on the neckline and a bit of a round scoop at
the front hem; for the brown vest in both the
KO Outfit and the Shield maiden
outfit. You might also add two shorter pieces in the side seams that
fold toward the back to lace up the back (not necessary with the knit of
this pattern, but good for the looks). Note: this requires a stretchy
fabric, NOT suitable for suede! Also good for the
Traveling Coat: need to tweak the
sleeves a little and lengthen, round out the neck more and put in either a
SF opening with buttons, or a false Button row and a zip up the back
(awkward, though, for a coat).
Butterick 4017 - (Princess seamed, loose fitting flared dress, back zip) Both Scoop neck and V-neck variations would allow this to be used for White Dress, Beacon Dress, Coronation Dress, possibly over layer of Victory Dress.
Butterick 4067 - (semi-fitted scoop neck jacket, princess seams, front
button), This could work for the Victory
overdress if you hide the buttonholes (and thus the buttons) behind a
trim placket. Possibly also the Riding dress
if you want to make the buttons down the front functional.
Butterick 5627 - (basic A-line dress with princess seams and back zip) This basic pattern has a variety of necklines that can be adapted for the Blue Refugee/KO underdress or the White Dress It's a basic princess dress that you can play with the sleeves and necklines on.
Butterick 6930 - (flat, A-line pullover, no zip! neckline & sleeve variations) Flare this out a lot at the hips for the Coronation Dress, flare it and square the neckline (and change the sleeves) for the White Dress and the Beacon Dress, use the sleeves version with more flare and scoop the sides for the brown jumper of the Refugee Dress, make the sleeves a tad bigger and split the front for the blue under dress of the Refugee/KO,
McCall's 2604 - (long, semi-fitted dress with front & back princess seams and back zip) View A has a wide V-neck and short sleeves - lengthen the sleeves and shape them appropriately (don't forget the tight inner sleeve), but at least you've got something that fits the armhole. Could be a good start for the White Dress. View E with it's round neckline could work for the brown jumper of the Refugee dress - cut in for the open sides.
- (flared dress with princess seams, back zip) The View A shown looks like
it would work for the White Dress, if you lowered the banding on the
sleeve to the elbow and didn't make the undersleeves. View B is a great
start for the Brown Jumper: widen the
shoulder straps a little, make the body piece wide enough to almost meet
under the arm (i.e.: narrower side lacing area), and slit the remainder of
the side seams; oh and of course change the high square neck into a low
McCall's 3770 - (round and square necked, long sleeve dresses with front
tucks, back darts, low empire waist, back zip and flared skirt) Could work
for the Blue-grey Refugee Dress that goes with the brown jumper and
with the brown vest (Yellow Rock ensemble), might need to tighten the
sleeves, and of course lengthen the dress. if you used this for the
Shield Maiden Dress you could change
it at the waist line to a much fuller skirt and get the folds shown in the
pics - of course slitting the collar and adapting the sleeves.
McCall's 4154 - (close-fitting button front top, full skirt w/ back zip) consider using the princess line top for the Travel Coat. Make it longer, use view B sleeves to start with. Be careful adapting the neckline as the princess seams go to the shoulder ridge instead of the armscye.
McCall's 4305 - (loose fitting flat pullover top with neck and sleeve variations) Lengthen the V-neck top and shape a little at the sides for the Healing Dress. Fit tightly at the sides for the White, Beacon or Coronation Dresses. You'll need to widen the V a bit though.
McCall's 4340 - (back lacing "corset") while this vest is not accurate to the actual piecing of the Shield Maiden/KO vest, if you make it up looking like the picture, it can give the appearance of it - all depends on how accurate you are trying for. Round the lower edge to follow your hip line and even do some cross-hatch quilting on the lower half. Trim it out to match (and don't forget that under bust trim they are showing on the envelope) and it could be a reasonable fake.
McCall's 4382 - (loose fitting flat pullover top with neck and sleeve variations) Lengthen the V-neck top and shape a little at the sides for the Healing Dress. Fit tightly at the sides for the White, Beacon or Coronation Dresses. V-neck might be ok as is.
McCall's 4442 - (drop waist, bust & back darts, back zip) Use pattern to waist (don't get involved in angled skirt details) for top of Coronation, White, Beacon dresses. Widen V-neck for right angle, adapt short sleeves.
McCall's 6052 - (princess lines with back zipper) This pattern could work for the blue Refugee under dress and the White dress. For the White Dress, Use view A (made full length) and shape the sleeves from the elbow, and adapt the neckline to a V-neck. The Blue under dress is mostly visible as a rounded neck dress with long sleeves, so this fits the bill. Might even be usable for the Brown Coat if you split it down the Center Front, and shape the sleeves - and drape the hem.
McCall's 8836 - (high waisted, princess top, A-line skirt, round neck) This might be adaptable for the White Dress if you raise up the back neckline a lot and adapt the sleeves (and lose the flower detail).
McCall's 9313 - (bust darts) May be adapted for the White Dress, some people have taken out the darts (depends if you look better with them or not), adapt the sleeve or borrow from another pattern (like McCall's 3372) and changed the collar.
7961 - (princess seams, V-neck, back zip, long sleeve) This could make a
good base for White, or Beacon
Burda 8967 - (princess seams) This wedding dress may be adaptable for the White Dress if you raise the V-neck up a bit and take the sleeves from the overlayer and adapt them for the right shape..
Always make a mockup to check for fitting before you cut your good fabric!!!
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