This costume was made for my cousin who needed a dress for her 6th grade Medieval Banquet, held by her school every year. There weren't any requirements for the costume, so we threw around ideas and came up with an Eowyn inspired dress.
Burgandy brocade cotton fabric
Cream silk imitation from Joanns
Simplicity 9103 for base, lengthened and completely altered
Since this dress involved a front panel like Eowyn's Green Gown and the sleeves like the Shieldmaiden Gown, both which I had made before, this dress was actually fairly easy to put together.
The base of the dress is 3 pieces. The sides were left open from the hips down and the panel was inserted there. The panel is a length of fabric folded over so it acts as a lining to the red on top, and the actual skirt on the bottom. The cream fabric used for the sleeves and the panel was pretty thin, so I lined the panel with white muslin to give it some weight and make it less sheer.
I attached the panel the same way I did when I made my Eowyn Green Gown.
I made the sleeves the same way I made them for Eowyn's Shieldmaiden Dress. I used a 1 inch strip of muslin as interfacing along the seam where the sleeve met the body of the dress for reinforcement. I made a narrow hem along the edges of the sleeves instead of zigzagging the edges to give it more of a finished look. 2 white elastic bands hold the sleeves in place on the arm.
To finish the dress I sewed a length of black cord around the neckline for decoration and made a matching drawstring handbag.