Jul 2, 2011, 9:53 PM - Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Hello all, my name is Rylie and I am creating/looking for help suggestions for creating my costume. Here is the picture of the costume I am looking to recreate.
Here is me:
Hair: my hair will look identical to this as I will be getting blonde extensions to my already blonde hair.
Theres really four pieces of this costume I'm needing help/suggestions with. The shirt, the skirt, the gloves, and the boots.
I'm really novice to all this costume making but i am 100% dedicated to making this as authentic as possible. I'll even be getting the violet contact lenses. Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Jul 2, 2011, 10:20 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Too bad you're not making her silver wedding dress...I have detailed photos of the real costume from when it was on display at the HBO store in NYC.
I would suggest looking for a woven throw/blanket that you might be able to cut up and use for the top. You might find something like it in a shop that sells free trade crafts from South America or Africa. I doubt you're going to find that sort of thing at your average fabric store.
What are your plans for making the belts and the brooch?
Jul 3, 2011, 10:06 AM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
The belts are going to be a little bit more tricky. I have just been looking around online for something similar that I could tarnish if need be. As far as the brooch goes I was thinking I could use a circular pendent, stained as well, with a point through it to hold it together. Are there better place to search for these things?
I have picked up some fabric that might pass for the parts against my skin, just some regular burlap but I'm not satisfied with the texture. It just isn't quite right.
I'll post more pics as I get started but tips you all can provide to help me get this going would be great.
Jul 3, 2011, 12:44 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
What if you weaved some 1/4" or 3/8" cotton rope and dye it. By looking at the screen shots you got there it looks like it has a pretty heavy weight to it.
Jul 3, 2011, 5:12 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
I second icys' recommendation to look at shops that carry hand loomed materials. I'd suggest something from Nepal. Barring that, I would look monk's cloth and sack cloth. Burlap is going to itch against your skin. I wouldn't be surprised if the skirt is a heavy weight linen....so it flows better.
Jul 3, 2011, 6:05 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
You should include a little dragon to ride on your shoulder.
Jul 3, 2011, 6:07 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Do a google search for mudcloth. I punched it in and already pulled up some nice finds similar to what you have pictured. As far as burlap or itchy fabrics go. Remember that you can line it with something so that the fabric never actually touches your skin.
Looks like you'll be looking at alot of beading, rough linens, and leathers.
Also. On your extensions. It may be easier and less messy to just get a lace front wig. Your hair seems pretty short already, so it would be quite easy to get into a wig cap and cover up.
Jul 3, 2011, 6:50 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
You might be able to find a brooch if you search "great kilt brooch". They're a similar style to the one she's wearing.
I'm not too sure about the belts unfortunately.
Jul 4, 2011, 4:27 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
You're very welcome.
I actually work at a garden center and I know the jute mesh you're talking about. However, I feel that it is too rough for what you need. The fiber her's is made of appears to be loosely woven, but made using a softer fiber than jute. I recommend you continue your search...but that's just me.
Jul 4, 2011, 5:22 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
I had another thought...raw silks like they used in the Star Wars movies....more expensive, but softer. I'd put money the fabrics used for the actress are soft to the touch.
For her belt...THIS is close, not 100% accurate and probably not available any more, but I'd say good to aid in your search
Jul 9, 2011, 9:44 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
I found something very helpful for you. If you have an HBO subscription, you can go to hbogo.com and they have 360 degree HD views of various costumes on there. You can also zoom in on them. Your costume is in there and you can see tons of detail on it.
Jul 11, 2011, 4:13 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Good to see someone else starting work on a Game of Thrones costume. I am hoping to start work on Jon Snow's costume after DragonCon this year. I am hoping we get some good special features with the disc release later this year to go with the HBOGO materials we have now. I already have learned to hate the filters they use on the show changing the colors on some of the materials from what they actually are.
You mean what I showed you while looking at the details on my costume
Jul 11, 2011, 4:17 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Good to see progress on this one she is a pretty cool character. Now we just need to get you some dragon eggs Khalessi.
Jul 12, 2011, 3:39 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
So happy to find this thread! I'm working on this one too (well different scene, same basic outfit), hopefully finishing in time for DragonCon. Good suggestions here on the difficult to find bodice material, now to see what my Googlefu can turn up...
Jul 13, 2011, 7:29 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
I am also making this costume. I have found wonderful fabric from Joann fabric. If you use upholstery fabric you can find something similar and it's softer than mud cloth or burlap. plus I got almost 2 yards on clearance for 5 bucks. I'm using a kilt pin from ebay for the pin. I fabric glued the material to a bra, cut the straps and sewed on a braided rope for the halter/straps. Support with out showing support...
also used a stitch ripper to frey up the edges
here is mine so far:
Last edited by KellyG; Jul 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM.
Reason: add pic
Jul 14, 2011, 4:59 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Does anyone know what type of fabric the skirt would be made out of?
Jul 23, 2011, 9:47 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
It looks like leather/suede to me. I ended up going with an upholstery weight faux suede, but it hasn't arrived yet so I can't say for sure how well it matches.
After taking a bunch of screen shots from different episodes, it looks like she's wearing matching leather leggings and an underskirt as well as the visible overskirt. The underskirt looks like white/light tan leather (like the folded-over waist band, under her belts), probably with open side seams. The over skirt is split front and back with closed sides. All which makes sense for a culture that lives on horses -- she can comfortably ride in a regular saddle without exposing any unclothed leg.
Jul 24, 2011, 12:57 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Wow the resemblance is pretty nutty. If you get this right you're gonna be a doppelganger.
The skirt looks like weathered micro-suede to me.
Jul 24, 2011, 7:39 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
The jute cloth will have a distinct smell. Growing up on a farm, it's not a bad smell to me, but just be warned that it will have a smell in addition to being itchy and not very washer friendly. It will also break down pretty quickly, so there's that.
I'd go with the raw silk suggestions. Not only would it seemingly be softer and smell nicer, but probably a good bit more durable in the bargain.
Perhaps Madame could be enticed to use something like this?
Jul 24, 2011, 9:18 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Awesome costume idea! I can't wait to see how things progress with this costume.
Jul 25, 2011, 6:18 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
I realize its not the costume being discussed here, but it is one of Daenerys other costumes so I'll post up the pics in case anyone wants some references. There's photos in the link that I took of her screen used wedding dress, as well as Jaime Lannister's costume and Ned Stark's costume.
Game of Thrones Reference - a set on Flickr
Jul 26, 2011, 1:19 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Thanks for the reference images, especially Daenerys' Dragon Brooch.
Aug 6, 2011, 2:11 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
Everyone I've talked to who is working on this costume has had trouble finding good fabric for her top. I looked everywhere, searched multiple terms online including several mentioned here, and couldn't find anything that looked hand-woven enough.
So I ended up just making my own fabric from scratch. I've never woven fabric before, but I figured that, along with my lack of tools, would add to the hand-woven appearance. What I did was knit a base in the basic shape of the top on large needles, using a basic garter stitch and a drop stitch pattern (like this) at random intervals. For my first attempt, I used a thick tweed-like yarn, hoping it would knit up faster, but the end result was too puffy and sweater-like, even with the drop-stitch pattern. So I started over with a much finer, sock-weight tweed yarn, using what I'd learned from the first attempt. Once I had finished that and tried it on (then added to one edge where it was a bit too short -- with knitting it's usually easier to add to than to take away), I started weaving different yarns into the base I had knit, just using a really basic under-over-under-over pattern. I'm not quite finished yet, but so far I'm liking the result:
Overall not terribly difficult, if you know basic knitting stitches, just time-consuming. Less than 4 weeks until I debut this costume at DragonCon, so I'm hoping it ends up being worth it. :P
Aug 7, 2011, 2:41 PM - Re: Game of Thrones- Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen
OMG, that is AMAZING! You ROCK
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