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Medieval Princess Costume for Halloween

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Whoo Hoo!  I’m done with my Missy’s Halloween costume this year, and I can’t wait to show it off.  After a bit of back an forth on costume ideas, my Missy finally settled on a Medieval Princess Costume.  (I’m fairly certain I influenced the decision-making process when I also suggested this idea would make the perfect Renaissance Dress Costume too, and how much fun she would have wearing it at the renaissance fair!)

Medieval Princess Halloween Costume (DIY Renaissance Dress)

Medieval Princess Halloween Costume (DIY Renaissance Dress)

Medieval Princess Halloween Costume (DIY Renaissance Dress)

I encouraged her to go the route of a Medieval Princess /Renaissance Dress route for a couple of reasons.

Number one, JOANN provided me with the fabric and supplies needed to make this dress.  So, shout out to JOANN for being the destination for a handmade Halloween!

Number 2, I knew my peasant dress pattern would be perfect for a costume like this.  Love that pattern – it’s the absolute best for costumes.  There are just so many ways to change it up!

BTW, here are the links to the fabrics I used. (make sure to download the JOANN app to your phone for extra discounts at the register.)


How to make a Renaisance Costume

When we first tried on the mostly finished dress, the wide belt was making the dress look more like a silky kimono with an obi belt instead of a renaissance period dress, so I went back and added the ribbon trim (to look like lacing) to the front of the bodice.  I ended up having to glue it on – it was impossible to sew it in place once the dress had been assembled.  I’d actually planned on adding this detail from the first, but had forgotten the trim before assembling the dress.  So if you do something like this, be sure to add the trim before adding the elastic and skirt.

Another detail I forgot until too late was to add elastic to the top of the sleeve.  To fix the missing elastic, I tied a length of gold ribbon a bit above her elbow.  It ended up looking just right, so crisis averted.  (I guess I was too excited by how pretty the dress was looking and forgot everything important.  So let my mistakes be your lesson on what not to do!)

(and yes, it’s true – I cannot spell or draw, lol.)

Someone was flying a drone around the park while we were trying to take these pictures…  Half of the photos either had the drone in the shot or she was looking up at it!

Medieval Princess Halloween Costume (DIY Renaissance Dress)

Renaissance Dress

Medieval Princess Halloween Costume (DIY Renaissance Dress)

How to make a Renaissance Dress (or medieval princess costume)

To make girl’s renaissance costume, print out the peasant dress pattern (found here) and follow the Modern Peasant Dress Tutorial with the following changes.

1.  Extend the bottom of the sleeve to the amount equal the 3 times the width of the bottom of the original sleeve.  (So after you are done extending it, it is the width of four sleeves.)  Draw a straight line from the armscye curve to the sleeve end.  (don’t try to angle the line any – I did that on the 1st practice top and it didn’t work that well.)

2. Extend the top of the sleeve and bodice pattern an extra 3 inches.

After attaching sleeves to the bodice (finish the top edge if needed, this was my practice piece, so I skipped it) Fold the top edge over by 3 inches and add the elastic casing to the bottom as shown.  I also recommend upping the elastic width to 3/4 or 1 inch.  (I ended up using on inch elastic.)

Came out amazing, don’t you think?

make a renaissance fair costume

As an fyi on a few future patterns: I’ll be adding a size 12 to my peasant dress pattern soon.  Also, the muslin of this bodice looked so amazing in white cotton.  I need to work on the sleeve ends a bit (as is, the sleeves are a little too angled and wide) but I think I will try to have a new top pattern, based on this idea, done in time for the holidays.  So, if you’re not already on my newsletter list, be sure to sign up here so you can be notified about pattern updates and changes.

Happy costume making!

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    beautiful 🙂

  2. I love how it glistens. My daughter would want this costume.

  3. Beautiful! She truly does look like a princess! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Omg this is beautiful. I love the way u use simple patterns and transform it to something way more beautiful and yes thank u soon much for sharing the amazing free patterns.

    1. Thanks, I do love that peasant dress pattern!

  5. Turned out beautifully! Your daughter is certainly growing up. She looks great in her costume. Thank you for the great patterns.

    1. Thank you! She is definitely is, although some days she still acts like my sweet little baby.