Before Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, there was Xena: Warrior Princess. The Hercules spinoff starring Lucy Lawless as a Thracian warrior became a cult hit, thanks partly to that iconic leather armour by Ngila Dickson.
Best known today for her work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dickson won a New Zealand Film and TV Award for Xena in 1998. The same year saw both an animated Hercules and Xena and official licensed costume patterns from Butterick. (Simplicity had done unofficial Xena patterns in 1997.)
The Butterick costumes call for synthetic leather for the dress and accessories, metallic cord and marker, and cotton Lycra to make your own undershorts. Chakram not included.
4 thoughts on “Battle On, Xena!”
Xena is the best! I hand sewed a Xena costume about 12 years ago. It was faux leather and the armor/ chakram was spray painted cardboard. making it was certainly a labor of love!
I love licensed hero costumes beyond reason, and the Xena is a great one. Don’t forget Simplicity 7851! Oh no, that’s not Xena, that’s Zena, she has a sword!