Fire and Blood: A House of the Dragon pattern

Targaryen view of McCall’s 8335. Image: Issuu.

The Saturnalia begins today. Since ancient Rome was one of George R.R. Martin’s inspirations for Old Valyria, the Targaryen homeland, here’s a costume pattern inspired by House of the Dragon.

Costumes for HBO’s big-budget Game of Thrones spinoff were designed by French costume designer Jany Temime. An early collaborator of Alfonso Cuarón’s, Temime is best known for her work on the Harry Potter and James Bond films.

McCall’s dragon appliqué is a hint that its 2022 cape costume pattern is inspired by Rhaenyra Targaryen (ancestor of Daenerys).

“Capes of Thrones” in the McCall lookbook, Fall 2022. Image: Issuu.
Fantasy costume cape pattern McCall's 8335 (2022)
McCall’s 8335 (2022). Image: McCall’s.
Back view of red Targaryen cape pattern with dragon appliqué - McCall's 8335 (2022)
Back view of McCall’s 8335 (2022). Image: McCall’s.

Temime’s Targaryen costumes include several stunning dragon-embellished pieces:

Rhaenyra detail. Costume designer: Jany Temime. Image: Harper’s Bazaar / HBO.
Targaryen armour detail. Costume designer: Jany Temime. Image: Harper’s Bazaar / HBO.

Embellishment bonus: Did you know that Game of Thrones embroiderer Michele Carragher has a book out? Read more at her website.

Read all my posts on GRRM-inspired sewing:

Gary Gianni cover illustration for Fire and Blood (2019) Image: Subterranean Press / George R.R. Martin.

Disney Hercules Patterns

Hercules, the Nemean Lion, and chorus in the Disney Hercules (1997)
Still from the Disney Hercules (1997) Image: IMDb.

The Saturnalia begins today. To mark the ancient Roman festival, here’s a look at patterns inspired by Saturn’s grandson, Hercules.

Poster for Disney's Hercules (1997)
Poster for Disney’s Hercules (1997) Image: IMDb.

Rumours are swirling about a live-action Disney Hercules. The studio’s animated Hercules came out over two decades ago in summer, 1997. By the fall, the pattern companies were ready with Hercules-inspired costumes for children and adults.

Hercules and Megara is still a popular couple’s costume. Here is Butterick’s unofficial costume pattern:

Butterick 5108 (1997)
Butterick 5108 (1997) Image: Pinterest.

The easier-to-find children’s version:

Butterick 5109 (1997)
Butterick 5109 (1997) Image: Etsy.

Before Simplicity held the Disney license, the company combined unofficial Hercules costumes with its take on Xena, Warrior Princess.

Simplicity 7851 (1997)
Simplicity 7851 (1997) Image: New Vintage Studio.
Simplicity 7834 (1997)
Simplicity 7834 (1997) Image: eBay.

Meanwhile, McCall’s had this design — “Princess, Gladiator, and Female Warrior.”

McCall’s 9000 (1997) Image: eBay.
McCall’s 9001 (1997) Image: Etsy.

Happy Saturnalia!

Hercules ©1997 Walt Disney Pictures
Disney’s Hercules (1997) Image: IMDb.