Daenerys Targaryen: Qarth dress

photo by Martin Wong

Katsucon was a dream and I have never been this happy with a cosplay before. I started planning this dress in November; I actually dreamed about it and the next day, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I had been watching Game of Thrones but I hadn’t seen The Ghost of Harrenhal yet (I watch series VERY slowly…) so I started looking at reference pictures… I simply couldn’t get this damn dress out of my head!

Later that month, Mao-chan and I visited Vickybunnyangel in Toronto and went fabric shopping. I found the perfect light blue silk Georgette and from there, it was decided! I was going to cosplay Daenerys!

I started putting the whole costume together during my Christmas vacation and completed it in 5 days. I first started by cutting my fabric, using Sonia’s pattern from I Do Things I Love, and then painted the gold pattern using sea sponges. I have to say, this was my favourite part, it was so relaxing and fun to do! I then tied my beautiful Silk Georgette in knots and rolled it balls, wet them and threw them in my drying machine so the fabric would crinkle! Also a lot of fun!

Once crinkled, I focused on assembling the dress together. It was particularly easy since the dress is made out of 4 large rectangles but having a new dress form sure made the whole process even easier!

Once the dress was mostly assembled, I focused on the filigrees and the belt. I had started with the filigrees first since they were required for me to assemble the dress. Of course, my focus was the Qarth belt and I chose my favourite thermoplastic: worbla! Using Kudrel’s pattern, the whole belt took about 16 hours to make πŸ™‚

Finally, I attached the shoulder filigree to the dress simply by hand sewing them (I know, revolutionary!) and shopped for semi-precious stones with Deltaree and GiH5 to complete the belt.

I would have the say that my choice of pearl/stones and the belt would have to be my favourite part of this costume. All so shiny <3 In the future, I am considering getting a lace front wig; not that I wasn’t happy with how my hair turned out but I don’t know how long I can keep this white/blonde hair… and I don’t want it to dictate my ability to be the mother of dragons! As for my circle lenses, I was very satisfied with my choice of a light purple lens (Dueba Puffy 3 Tone Violet for the curious) since they looked natural but striking~

Not a very Khaleesi pose but – Barney Stinson! πŸ˜€ and you can somewhat see the nice semi precious stones~ Photo by Patrick Sun

And finally, here’s a lovely video by OTL Productions and MLZ Studios! I can’t believe we filmed in the snow O.O

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  • Anni H

    Was your fabric real silk or synthetic? If it was synthetic, did it crinkle easily?

    • synthetic and yes! I’ve had to redo the crinkles after washes but that is to be expected πŸ™‚

  • Randi

    Hi, the belt you made is by far the best, but I am having some measurement issues. When you click the link to the pattern it says to downoad the picture to get the pattern to scale, but there is no way to download it. I’m trying to order the worbla, but I don’t know how much to buy. Its a little expensive and I don’t want to buy too much. What was the final length measurement on your belt?

  • Mariel

    Would you consider selling the dress or the belt? Im in love with your creation

    • hi! sorry for the late reply!

      sure! message me on FB, we can discuss this :3

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  • Ashley

    hi, i’m just learning about all this stuff and really want to make this but i’m wondering why you have to apply gesso and then wood glue before painting the belt? also what kind of paint did you use for the finish? thanks πŸ™‚

    • just a personal preference πŸ™‚

  • Sacha

    I really love this dress!
    I was wondering, how did you make it? I have a photoshoot with my friends next year in the spring, and I have searched for a long time on how to make this dress with no results.. I think it would be perfect for the shoot!

    • Hi Sacha, in my post there is a link to how to make the dress πŸ˜‰ It was patterned by Sonia’s from I Do Things I Love

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  • Mimi

    Hey, your dress looks great! πŸ™‚
    I have some questions, if you don’t mind.
    First of all, did you have any trouble of it being see through and flashing unfortunate strangers? xD
    Also, I saw you mention that the elastic prevents your butt from showing, how exactly? is it because you gather the fabric in the back?
    Also, where exactly does the elastic go, is it just along the top of the back piece?
    And how did you attach the shoulder pieces, wouldn’t worbla be difficult to sew through?

    • thanks!
      – yes my fabric is a bit too see through! I would love to make another version of this dress and chose another fabric if I have the time πŸ™‚ however, I did not flash anyone πŸ˜‰ I had dance tights and beige underwear so everything was invisible haha
      – I recommend you check out the site http://www.idothingsilove.com/2013/03/how-to-make-daenerys-qarth-gown.html, where the pattern came from. The elastic is inside a channel on top of the back piece, gathering the back thus making it snug on your back and making you modest πŸ™‚
      – The shoulder pieces are handsewn to the worbla. There are holes for me to sew them :3

  • Sandy

    I am in the process of ordering some worbla to make Daenerys corset belt. I would like to know what other materials you used after you traced the pattern on the worbla (gesso?, etc.). Your final product is awesome. Also, does it matter which side of the worbla is the outside?

    • thanks! I first applied a layer of gesso than I applied wood glue!

      as for the side you use, it doesn’t matter πŸ™‚

  • Sam

    Hi! I’m in love with your outfit, it’s so georgeous!

    I’m really new to cosplay so looking at how you made yours is really helpful, thank you so much for writing this.

    I have a quick (stupid) question if you don’t mind. For the belt, after you cut out the worbla what was the white stuff you put on it, was it just paint?

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hi! sorry for the late reply~ the first layer is gesso, than I applied wood glue!

  • Victoria

    Hey, you did a beautiful job in this!
    I just have one question about how you made it, as I am in the middle of making mine.
    So when you made the back of the dress, not the cape, but the lower back, did you use an elastic band or no? I saw how one person did it with the elastic, and I thought I could do without, but now I don’t think so.
    Thank you!

    • yes I did! I had to refit a few times to make sure it wasn’t too tight. Without an elastic, your butt will show.

  • Amber

    Apparently I’m not the only one who adores Dany and her wonderful style. πŸ˜‰ Your dress is lovely! This one seems fairly simple and so I’ve decided to make it on my own (I’m new at this) but I just had a question about the type of paint you used to sponge the gold flecks on the fabric. I’m assuming it’s a fabric paint that won’t wash off or bleed too much so do you have any recommendations?

    Thanks!

    • This dress is SUPER easy to make – I recommend making this especially if you are a beginner at sewing! πŸ˜€ I used fabric paint, yes~

  • Hi there!
    Amazing work! I was wondering if you would be able to help me out in working with worbla? I have it ready to go to make the belt but have no idea how to use it!!! I’m doing a Qarth dress for a charity auction. πŸ™‚

    Thanks heaps

    Neda

    • sure~ ask away!

      I also commission the belt if you are interested

  • Khush

    Are you selling or renting the belt out at all? I need one for my university ball πŸ™

  • Monika

    Hi! Thank you for sharing the tips for making Daenerys dress.
    I have one question though. You used silk – how did you manage the transparency of it? I plan on using chiffon which is transparent as well and I’m kind of worried about the transparency issue. Or maybe the material if folded enough in certain places that is covers what should be covered? πŸ˜€ Thanks!

    • Exactly, Georgette is rather transparent, more transparent than I had expected… but since you gather the dress, it does cover you up. I still wore dance tights and beige underwear under to protect my modesty πŸ˜‰

  • Rebecca

    Hi! I am new to cosplay/costume making and I am trying to make this dress via your tutorial/links for an event this fall. Could you give me some ideas of where to get worbla?

    Thanks so much for posting this process!! The final product turned out positively LOVELY!!!
    Becca

    • If you are located in North America, cosplaysupplies.com is your source for worbla! they ship really quickly too!

      If you are in Europe, you can order from mycostumes.de πŸ™‚

      I would love to see your Dany, send pictures my way when you are done!! πŸ˜€

  • Berrie

    Your dress is amazing! How did you attach the filigrees/shoulder pad things to the fabric?

  • S

    This is beautiful. I was wondering, how much Worbla did you need to purchase to make all three pieces?

    • I don’t buy a specific amount for a project… I had 2 XL sheets around so I used a small bit of one sheet for this project ^^”

  • Arielle

    I’m in love with this costume <3

    • DAWWW thank you ;___; I’m so happy with it!