Long time lurker here. I finally made something. Far far from perfect, but I had fun with it so I thought I'd share.
I'm a huge fan of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" series by George R. R. Martin, so when HBO started "Game of Thrones" I was hooked on episode one. Plus, the clothes! They're gorgeous. I love the way they've clothed and styled Daenerys Targaryen from the beginning of Season 1, but once Season 2 started I was smitten with the armor element of her outfits. The photo of her and Jorah below is what I was going for.
So, two weeks before Halloween I still didn't have anything, so I figured, I might as well try my hand at it. I am not a seamstress. The last item of clothing I remember sewing was a simple skirt when I saw in the 7th or 8th grade. I knew I would be a little lost with trying to find a pattern and buying fabric, so I hopped on ebay and ordered the first purple dress I thought could look similar and a brown suede skirt for underneath the purple dress.
Seeing as how I don't sew much, making up a pattern for the armor/vest was a whole new adventure. I sketched it. Measured. Cut it out of paper. Grabbed some fabric scraps and sewed a mock up version. Altered the paper pattern, then cut it out of pleather and just went for it. This was definitely the most fun part of the costume making process.
I thought a lot of people wouldn't know who I was, so I wanted to make a prop that people might know a little better. I tried my hand at making a dragon out of clay. Complete and utter failure. It looked like a malformed ostrich. Scrapped that and decided to make a dragon egg.
The dragon egg lasted all of a couple hours at a party before it was destroyed. Drunk shenanigans, so I have one really crappy photo of me in costume holding it.
A better photo of the completed outfit.
Turns out I didn't need the dragon egg for any of my friends to know who I was. Every time some of them saw me they would yell across the room, "Where are my dragons?!"
And, because it was just awesome, I ran into another very pretty Daenerys at the party