Featured Project – Medieval Elven Dress

It’s been a spooky and costume filled week here at Urban Threads, with our Halloween in July celebrations going on, and it seemed a great time to share this amazing embroidered costume from Urban Threadster Kaino. Kaino really wanted an excuse to whip a classic “princess dress” like many a little girl dreams of. When the Elven Court series appeared, it seemed like the time to do it!

Kaino joins us today to explain the work that went into this amazing dress from someone who has only recently learned how to sew!


What started this project? What was the dress for?

I start this project because our association Celtic Hardt organized a Highland games contest and a medieval market, so it was a great excuse to wear a pretty dress while also advertising my work and my little home shop Kaino Art’Couture.

Plus it’s a little girl’s dream to wear a princess dress.


How did you go about designing your dress?

I used for this dress the McCall’s costumes pattern M6376, because I’d never sewn anything like this before, and it was a big big challenge for me. The only thing I changed on the pattern was the sleeve design because it looked too simple and I wanted to repeat the black and purple colors.



I chose for this project a purple and a black velvet, because there are my favorites colors and because it s a heavy fabrics, which have a luxurious look, but are hot, very hot in the summer! (Oh well,  it looked great)


I also used 12 meters of little black lace on the whole dress. A friend gave me the crinoline petticoat from her wedding dress, and it gave me a simple way to have a fuller dress bottom, like a princess!


Any challenges along the way?

Oh yes! Sewing something like this was tricky since I only started sewing in December of 2011. I made this dress in 10 days, working day and night. My husband and all my friends followed along through the steps of my work (which I posted on facebook for people to see), and that was a great support.


Talk us through the embroidery… which designs did you use? How long did it take to embroider it all?

I had planned this project before I had any designs for it, and I saw on facebook your post for the Elven Court embroidery pack…. I fell in love and immediately purchased the pack!


I used 3 differents designs from this pack. The Elven Court tree crest for the chest, which took about 80 mins to embroider.  The Elven Court knotwork corner I used twice in mirror at the bottom of the dress, and just the moon from the Elven Court crescent moon curve for the two handles and also, twice on the back. I used 3 different colors and even silver metallic thread for the moons, tree and knot.


I spent one entire day embroidering the dress, but before that I tested the designs many times on some test fabrics to make sure I had made good color choices.


How was the dress and the embroidery received?

Really really really great! Everywhere I went, both dress and embroidery designs people loved it. First on Facebook and then in real life at the medieval event. I even had some little girls saying “Mom, look a princess!”

It was amazing, and see stars in my two daughters eyes …. “Mom you look great! “

Love it 🙂


Any plans for other amazing embroidered creations?

I regularly use your designs for my creations! And yes, I’m already thinking about my next big project (an Elven or faery dress), and definitely on my own wedding dress (But I have plenty of time!)


You look so amazing and absolute thrilled in your new dress, Kaino!  You look like a real princess, and not only that, a princess who can make and embroider her own darn gown! That’s a DIY princess if I’ve ever heard of one.

I can’t wait to see what you whip up next, and what amazing stitchy creations come out of your sewing room come Halloween.

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12 Responses to “Featured Project – Medieval Elven Dress”

  1. 1
    debbie says:

    Love the dress and your good looking man too. Great job!

  2. 2
    Cheryl says:

    I am a costumer for a small theatre group… love this tutorial ,bookmarked it for future reference love the embroidery, wish I could do that too..
    Thanks for having some of the best projects.

  3. 3
    Shawna Eddy Kissell says:

    That is a beautiful dress. And I’m envious of your skill; I’ve been sewing for a number of years and still can’t get a dress to fit.

  4. 4
    Denise carpenter says:

    This looks awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  5. 5
    Sherri Gantt says:

    That is just lovely! I did my husband a tunic with a Celtic knot border on the hem, sleeves and neck line. Took me quite a bit of work since I only had a 4×4 field to work with. Placement was sometimes a nightmare but it was worth it when he opened it for Christmas.

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    Dana says:

    You did an amazing job, embroidery and sewing! I’m in awe of your talent and can’t wait to see what you do next. Your dress is so beautiful and you do look like a princess.

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    Jim Miller says:

    What a beautiful dress! And your work on it is perfect. It’s really beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos and story.

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    Judi McCallum says:

    What a gorgeous dress. And what a courageous sewer. Absolutely fantastic. The guy in the kilt is pretty handsome as well. You both look amazing. Thanx for sharing.

  9. 9
    Kat says:

    Absolutely stunning a true work of Art!!

  10. 10
    Adriana says:

    I’m new to embroidery and want to invest in a beginner friendly affordable machine. Are there any on the market you could recommend? Thanks!

    • Kaino says:

      I ve began with brother innovis 950 but now i have also a brother innovis 700E II it do only embroidery
      now you can find the next model brother innovis 750 for a good price


  11. 11
    Kaino says:

    thanks all for your lovely comments <3

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