When I saw this dress in early trailers and promotional material for the LOTR trilogy, I knew I was in love. I waited patiently as more pictures of it trickled out, and then expected to see it in Fellowship. It wasn't in Fellowship. Then I thought maybe it had been cut from the movie, and waited for the extended DVD. It wasn't on the DVD. It was then used on promotional material for The Two Towers....and wasn't in that movie or DVD either. *sigh*
Luckily the dress was indeed in Return of the King, and I was able to finish it just in time for the Masquerade at the Gathering and then wear it to the premiere of ROTK. Unfortunately some jerk stole my digicam, so I didn't have any pictures until I rewore the costume at TT18.
The overdress and lower sleeves are silk/rayon velvet, the trim is Indian zardosi work, and I hand-painted the paisley patterns since I couldn't find fabric that looked right. I hand-sewed the lining to the sleeves (there's a lot of sleeve!) as I discovered that sewing velvet to satin on a machine is impossible.
The longer-than-floor-length hem looks lovely when I'm standing still but is a pain in the ass to walk around in. The heavy velvet sleeves are also very unwieldy for doing, well, anything (and that's at only just over a half circle for each sleeve...can't imagine having a full circle). This dress is designed for standing still in and looking pretty. *lol*
Workmanship Award (for fabric painting and construction) and 3rd Place Presentation (Journeyman division), Gathering of the Fellowship 2003