The Lord of the Rings
Last Updated: 07-29-2003
Oh my god, is that really me in that costume? I really still can't believe we actually finished it. For this dress I owe a HUGE thank you to my mother, who sat with me for many many hours and helped me paint all those little silver designs on by hand. Thank you, Mom.
I really wanted to do this dress because it's one of my favorites of the dresses Arwen wears. I really like her collared outfits, and this is slightly more formal and slightly less done than the chase dress. After about a week of hunting for the right fabric, I finally decided there was no way I was going to find anything like it. I did, however, find an brocade that was a very good color, with designs reasonably like the ones in the movie - the designs just needed to be silver, instead of monotone. And so, I crazily sat down with a paint brush and a silver pen, and went to work coloring over the designs in silver.
I drafted the pattern for the dress myself, so it's a fairly simple cut. The scrollwork on the sash on on the front of the dress were done with silver cording, and the underdress is a very simple and plain square shift. I found buttons which were nearly perfect for what I was doing only in gold, so I colored over them with silver marker. They attatch to loops made of the same silver cording that I used on the sash. The movie dress seems to zip up the front - mine simply closes via hooks and eyes, with the underdress providing a modesty panel up the front.
I'm sure that she theoretically wears a pair of nice formal boots under here, but since you can't actually see her footwear, I decided that it would suffice to use a pair of white satin shoes I had laying around. I was feeling silly one night, so I ended up decorating the shoes with silver scrollies and and appliqued purple leaves. I get a kick out of them.
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