Stir-Up Shakespeare, by Brownsea Open Air Theatre

Juliet Dress


  • Fabric: net curtain, voile, muslin or lightweight cotton
    Length 220cm
    Width 150cm


  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • 2 safety pins


The dress is based on the following measurements, to fit age group 7 – 11 yrs.

Back of neck to above ankle - 103cm
Neck to shoulder - 13cm
Shoulder to wrist - 46cm
Neck - 27cm
Neck to waist - 31cm

The drawstring method used for this costume is adaptable for 7-11 year olds.
A simple running stitch is all that is needed for the drawstrings and seams.


Fold the fabric width in half, then fold the length in half.
The folded fabric will measure
Length 110cm
Width 75cm

Lay the fabric on your cutting table with the raw edges to the left and folds to the right.
See patterns 1, 2 and 3 for instructions.

Turn the dress right side out.
Wear the Juliet dress plain, or decorate it – some suggestions for decoration are below.

To decorate the Juliet dress

A simple thin, floaty cloak attached to your dress at the shoulders with a couple of safety pins.

Some fabric flowers. Make petal shapes from fabric, or if the fabric has a flower print on it, cut round the shapes, gather them up at the centre, to form petals. Two or three of these can be safety-pinned onto the shoulders of your cape.

A ribbon belt, tied, leaving long ends to attach some rosebuds. Tissue or crepe paper can be used to make rosebuds if you don’t want to use fabric.

Tiny buttons, beads, pearl necklaces . . . let your imagination fly and have fun.

For the gathers on the sleeves: ribbon or fabric strips can be applied round the gathers.

Other Costume activities:

Elizabethan Mask

Elizabethan Mask

Make your own Elizabethan Mask.

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Elizabethan Ruff

Elizabethan Ruff

Make a ruff from A4 paper

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Hand Mask

Handprint Mask

Make a simple mask using basic materials.

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These activities will be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. The activities are rated according to difficulty and level of parental involvement: these descriptions are intended as a rough guide only. We have rated them to help parents of children aged 8-13, on the assumption that above this age supervision is rarely required, and that below it, supervision is generally required.

Easy : Set it up and off they go.
Intermediate : Some help needed.
Hard : Challenge yourself.