Henry V – Ladies-in-Waiting

Here are two of the Ladies-in-Waiting dresses I built for two sweet little girls.

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This little beauty was made with a Value Village farbic find and some scrap ribbon and satin.

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The scalloped neckline provided a nice relief detail on stage against the other five Lady-in-Waiting costumes.

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Originally I use only a swathe of pink ribbon hand-stitched around the waist, but the front chest peice still looked empty. I added in a second row of white ribbon on top of the pink, and then a cross T down the front centreline.

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The flare of the sleeve made adding the deep satin trim a pain in the patoot, but with careful hand sewing and pressing, they turned out lovely.

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Rear zipper closures, while not 14th century appropriate, made these easier to get on off, since the girls had several costume changes.

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My little actor loved the pink material she found in my stash but I knew there wouldn’t be enough to make a long dress. I cut the sleeves and front panel from crisp cotton fabric to match the weight of the pink fabric.

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The antique ribbon scrap I had was just enough to garnish the neckline!

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And here they are with a third Lady-in-Waiting, designed by one of my co-designers, Hannah Beynon.