The Sansa Gown



Saskia Cowan

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Other Credits

Margaret Cowan, model

Outline the story …

“[...] clad in a maiden's cloak of white and grey with a direwolf emblazoned on the back...” - "A Feast for Crows", chapter 42, by George R. R. Martin. This was said by the character Petyr Baelish to Sansa Stark.

Outline the construction…

As the books are placed in a medieval/fantasy setting, I decided that while I wanted an overall medieval look, but I would take some liberties with the cut and structure of the garment. I used the bodice pattern from a dress that I belonged to my sister, then added basic skirt panels. For the fabric I used a medium weight linen, and I used a cotton fabric as a lining. The most challenging part of this project was the embroidery. Originally I had thought to embroider a wolf on the back of the gown, but decided I didn’t like the idea of it. Instead I decided to embroider a wolf on the collar and the cuffs of the dress. I also decided to add small maple-style leaves to the collar, as a reference to the Weirwood trees that are such an important symbol of the Stark family. Aside from the fact that this was my first time embroidering anything, one of the main difficulties was texture. I wanted the wolves to be rugged and coarse, and the leaves to be smooth. I ended up experimenting with stitches, threads and colors to achieve the results that I wanted. Finally, I added branches to the collar, to connect the leaves and the wolf in a way I thought looked pleasing to the eye. Most of this was experimental, but I was inspired by Michelle Carragher (GoT embroiderer) and her work.




  1. Avatar Rachel Z on March 11, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    This is a gorgeous dress, and the embroidery is simply exquisite!

  2. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful! I love the embroidery, and the work you clearly put into the function of each kind of thread. The overall style is immediately recognisable as Sansa Stark’s.
    Good luck x

    • Avatar Sarah Helgeson on March 13, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      So gorgeous, that embroidery!

  3. Avatar Liudmila Mainzer on March 12, 2021 at 1:41 am

    wow, this is very thematically appropriate for GoT, very North Maiden; the embroidery is stunning

  4. Avatar Lindsey on March 12, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Look at all the details that went into this!

  5. Avatar Divya RV on March 12, 2021 at 6:43 am

    WoW! Love the dress and especially the embroidery. Also love the attention to detail.

    • Avatar Lili on March 12, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      It’s stunning! I love the soft colors and textures with the embroidery. The little red maple leaves are so charming. It’s dreamy.

  6. Avatar Floriane Descloquemant on March 12, 2021 at 10:42 am

    The embroidery work is beautiful !!

  7. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 12, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Elegantly rustic. So lovely!

  8. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Love the details, especially on the sleeves. Very lovely! Well done 🙂

  9. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 13, 2021 at 12:56 am

    The embroidery is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you used the different textures for the wolf and the leaves, and the colours compliment each other so nicely, beautiful work!

  10. Avatar Natalia V. on March 13, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing!! The colors, the textures, the embroidered details, everything looks beautiful. Also, the scenery is breathtaking and magical. Congratulations!

  11. Avatar Marie on March 16, 2021 at 9:35 am

    The texture of the embroidery blends so well with the linen. It’s beautiful!

  12. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Oooooooooh! Just a lovely, well-constructed linen gown, and then that embroidery! *jawdrop* It has that dimensional quality that’s such a hallmark of Michelle Carragher’s work on the show, but delicate too. It’s like an innocent girlhood preview of her sumptuous and powerful coronation gown.

  13. Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 18, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I love the embroidery! The embroidery was what I loved about the GoT costumes (I was lucky to see them up close at an exhibition) and I love yours too!

  14. Avatar KC (Keowyndrial) on March 19, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    What an amazing dress! Your embroidery is inspiring and such a rich use of texture and color, beautiful job!

  15. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 3:57 am

    The simplicity of the dress and the intricate embroidery compliment each other wonderfully. I love this dress, thank you!

  16. Avatar Giorgio Ronchi on March 24, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Wondeful and stunning work!

  17. Avatar Vanessa Isobel on March 26, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    This is stunning. Love the inspiration and the beautiful embroidery. Also love your thought process around how you wanted to show the dire wolf in the collar, it’s so subtle but still so powerful.

  18. Avatar Mary on March 29, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Your decision to put the embroidery on the sleeves and neckline are spot on! It should be placed where it will be seen the most. You did a lovely job on the embroidery, the texture really stands out even though the color palette is soft and muted, and that hint of color with the red is a perfect balance. Very well done! I would love to see your sampler of stitches and threads if you made one, those are the things that make wonderful teaching tools and help inspire others. Wear this with pride!

  19. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I love your embroidery! Amazing job 🙂

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