Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

This whole costume turned out much better than I anticipated so be ready for an abundance of photos in this post. If you want to see more pics, check out my Flickr album.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

I also promise to keep this post as spoiler free as possible.

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So, why Game of Thrones? Why Margaery? Well, the costumes on that show are fantastic. And GoT has no shortage of fabulous lady characters of all types but I like Margaery’s character for several reasons. As a young queen she’s clever and ambitious. Tenacious, self-serving but at times truly kind. She’s loyal to her family but is always looking out for #1. She knows how to play the game and she does it with flair.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

And she is played superbly by the lovely Natalie Dormer whom I first watched on The Tudors many years ago (her signature smirk is difficult to mimic, I tried my best).

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

But in the end, I thought I could figure out how to design one of her iconic costumes without needing to use a pattern.

Let’s talk about the dress. After assessing pictures of the real costume, I used the highly accurate method of “Let’s See if This Works” to design my version.  I did a combo of flat pattern manipulation, draping, and excessive pinning until I got a bodice shape that worked.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

From the production stills, it looks like a wrap front gown with skirt gores. So I designed a cross-over front with hooks and eyes for closure.

As for the skirt, I measured my waist, divided it by six, added seam allowances and cut 7 gores (one for overlapping in the front) that widened at the hem. I lined the skirt and the bodice with white muslin.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

The shoulder bits wrap over from front and attach at the back sides. There’s actually a trapezoidal shaped piece under the neck connecting the two shoulder pieces in the real version but for mine, I decided to simply make the shoulder parts wider to meet in the middle.

The main bodice fabric is some poly brocade from Joann, a lucky find as I struggled for months to find a suitable design with the correct colors. The only problem – it frays and snags easily.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

The shoulders are a stretch velvet, also from Joann, stiffened with some deco-bond-like Pellon interfacing for handbags, and are attached by hand tack stitches in a few spots along the bodice.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

The skirt used voile from Fabric Wholesale Direct. It was cheap, wide, and the perfect color.

I lined the skirt and the bodice with white muslin.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

What to do with my hair kept me from taking photos for so long. I hate wigs, usually, but I had to admit, my natural hair wasn’t going to cut it. So I bought Arda Wigs’ Grace Classic in Light Brown. I still don’t enjoy having an itchy, sweaty scalp but for less than $40 it was the perfect hair for this costume and I’m glad used it.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

Finally, the belt. Margaery hails from Highgarden so flowers play a major part in her costume motif. Her house motto is “Growing Strong.” I purchased my resin rose belt from this Etsy seller (highly recommended, but it looks like she’s no longer making it. You could always send her a message and ask). The belt is attached with skinny ties on either side sewn into the waist seam.

Margaery Tyrell Cosplay

I’ll try wearing this cosplay to the local Comic Con in the fall. I had better wear it while I can, the final season of the show comes out next year!

  • Helene

    You nailed it! That’s a really great costume. Congrats on the drafting and all the work you put into it, a good cosplay is hard.

    • Thank you Helene!

  • You look fantastic. Such an instantly recognizable costume. It turned out really beautiful. I read that the actresses smirk is a crease near her mouth (like a dimple) that is a trait passed down in her family. Hard to mimic. I did a Sansa copay one year but the hair was so heavy. Hard to get away from wigs sometimes.

    • Thank you! That’s interesting about the smirk. It gives her such a unique look. I’d love to do a Sansa costume, but yes, she has very long hair. It would be quite the wig!

  • Caitlyn Myers

    When I opened the post, I thought the first photo was an inspiration image from the show – your resemblance to Margaery is uncanny. I want to say something meaningful about your outfit, but every time I start typing I’m just babbling in admiration instead. Suffice to say that your cosplay projects give me the irrational urge to start a costume even though I have no occasion (and no money, ha!) for one. :-)

    • Wow, thank you so much!! You could always try to incorporate some covert cosplay in your everyday life ;)

  • Meigan

    Fabulous dress and overall costume. You are instantly recognizable as Margaery. Love the wig too!

    • Thank you! I’m surprised how well the wig turned out, I’m glad I made that choice now.

  • lisa g

    This looks so good!! I love the photo shoot you did.

  • Wow, this look is spot on! I love Margaery. Excellent choice.

    • Thank you, Carmen!

  • katherine.peter

    This style really suits you. If you eve need a long evening dress, you could make this style again. Great costume.

    • Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind for next time ;)

  • Roseana Auten

    Aw man! This is really good. I hope you go somewhere you can wear it!

  • yesssssssss! I love Margaery and you look great!!

  • OMG amazing!!!!!!!!! The whole look is just perfect!

  • Thanks so much susan!!

  • This is awesome, Dixie! You’ve done an epic job without a pattern – so spot on :D

  • Let’s be honest, I am not the biggest fan of Margaery, but I am of this costume! If I were you, I would live in this dress. Seriously!

  • Peggy

    So great!!!!

  • Lia Marcoux

    Look at you and your bad self!! That’s beautiful! Wonderful shoot too.

  • I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but I must say this dress looks great! Also, from the screen shots you included it looks like you did a spot on job. I just love it.

  • Bettye Ames

    Your “take” on Marjorie’s gown is AWESOME!!! The wig and belt simply put it over the top! Enjoy the Con and thanks for sharing…doesn’t look like Marjorie will be wearing anything new next season…