I have loved Leia since I first saw the original trilogy as a kid...she was my idol. Short, pretty, smart-alecky, handy with a blaster AND with gorgeous super-long hair? (incidentally I found it a bit startling to realize a few years ago that my hair is now a good deal longer than hers was)
This was my favourite costume from the trilogy, so of course I have to make it. But I'm anal, so when I found out that the overgown is covered in embroidery I had to do it properly. It took about 6 months to finish; I stuffed the fabric in a backpack and took it everywhere so I could get in a few stitches whenever I had a moment free.
Best Master Workmanship
Best Master Presentation