Traditional aversion notwithstanding, I simply could not resist watching Merlin when it first began to air, intrigued by the show's unique approach to the legends, its charming young cast, its warm humor, and it's classic Good vs. Evil storytelling. I quickly became a fan.
My disgruntlement with the show has mostly been an excessive use of ex deus machina and the sacrifice of characterization to serve the plot. One character in particular makes the jump from Good to Evil with such abruptness that.... well, it sets my writer's teeth on edge.
In any case, that particular character is not Gwen, who is my favorite of the show, and the subject of today's post.
Merlin's Guinevere begins not as a queen, nor a princess, but a humble blacksmith's daughter and palace maid. Her costumes through the first four series reflect her rising influence in Prince (and then King) Arthur's heart, and as Arthur, his knights, and his people grow to love her and make her their queen.
Season 1 "Gwen"
Queen Guinevere, End of Season 4
Isn't she radiant?
Gwen has many, many costumes to choose from, gowns, tunics, cloaks, and even "fighting" outfits. I won't show them all here, except the one I would probably choose to make. It's her signatures Season 4 gown, shown off below gorgeously in a series of Season 4 promotional photos.
I know, like I needed another purple gown with embroidery, right?
This photo shows the bottom of the dress. (Source archaeologist_d)
Pattern: McCall's M4490 The same pattern can be used for the over and under gowns, with adjustments for length and sleeves, obviously. I'm curious how difficult a fabric hunt the eyelet would be.
Fabric: Lavender suiting or Duponi silk (overgown), cream-colored eyelet for the undergown.
We already know I'm not daunted by embroidery, but this might be a good potential project for helping my friend learn how to program her custom embroidery machine.
In honor of Merlin (and Arthur and Gwen) I'm posting a bonus below. Two "fanvids" that I made last year, one as an trailer or introduction to the series, featuring only Season 1 footage, and a "shippy" vid for the royal couple up through Mid Season 2.