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Medieval Inspiration

I love to collect costume photos on Pinterest from many different eras.  Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite gowns from my “bucket list” Medieval Wardrobe.

Historic clothes inspire me, so I tend to browse my Pinterest boards when I need to get my mind off a current project (which currently is hemming and ruffling 2,600 yards of Cinderella frills.).  It always refuels me to move forward and get the project done!  With that in mind, this post is for your inspiration, hopefully, the kind of inspiration that will lead you to your sewing corner!

Stay tuned, because I’m planning to inspire you with monthly historical posts!

Let’s get started!

If I were a peasant in the 1200’s, this is what I’d wear…for real!  I love the lacing in the front, the underdress, and the cloak! It’s so simple, yet so feminine.

Peasant Esemble
Peasant Costume


Ever After is a favorite movie of mine, and considering I love all the costumes from it, it’s not hard to see why it’s a favorite.  Check out this blue dress with its many unique details.

Ever After - Blue Dress
– Drew Barrymore in Ever After –


One Night With the King is a wonderful film.  It’s a story of bravery, courage, and faith but it also has amazingly beautiful costumes. The time period (Old Testament times) isn’t really medieval, but I include it here anyways.  The designer did a superb job portraying the feel of royalty through the costumes.  This one’s my favorite!

One Night with the King
Tiffany Dupont in One Night with the King


Wouldn’t this dress make a lovely wedding dress, with its gold striping adding the perfect touch?!

I love this fabric
– Caitlin Stasey in Reign –


This entire dress is beautiful, but the sleeves are my favorite part!

Cate Blanchette as Queen Elizabeth
– Cate Blanchette as Queen Elizabeth I –


If you’ve read my “about” page, you already know that the Narnia movies have always been my favorites.  As you may have guessed, I love all the costumes in them!  It was hard to pick, but the costumes in this photo are probably my favorites!

-- Narnian Costumes --
– Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Georgie Henley, and Skandar Keynes in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe –


I’ve never seen this movie, but this photo popped up on Pinterest, and I just had to pin it. What caught my attention was the skirt design; I would never have thought to add an angled flare to a Medieval dress!

– Jessica Brown Findley in Labyrinth –


These colors are so eye-catching, the drape of the fabric is perfect, and the sleeves add a distinctive touch!



I just found this photo and I had to add it to my collection!  The cloak – it’s perfect!

– Elle Fanning in Maleficent –


Can you believe this wedding dress?!  I love how they used the soft fabric for the bottom of the skirt, train and sleeves. Even though it’s from 1933, it just oozes Medieval, don’t you think?

Silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell
Designed by Norman Hartnell in 1933


Now you’ve seen my top ten medieval dresses.  I’d love to see yours!   (Just link up in the comments section.)

Follow my Pinterest Board to get more medieval costume inspiration.


Thanks for looking and learning with me! ~ Bella Mae

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