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Cranberry Gown


Cranberry Dress

This dress had a very brief appearance in “The Two Towers”; also, there are very few pictures of it.  Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous dress that I just had to make once I got the burgundy crushed panne velvet. 🙂

The velvet is stretchy, so the dress pulls over the doll’s head.  The sleeves, though they look like they are 2-part, are really 1 piece for a smoother fit.  At the bottom, the sleeve seam is left unsewn to allow the doll’s hands to come through.  Gold glitter paint decorates the neckline and sleeves.

Chase Dress


Chase Dress

This is also known as the Riding outfit.  Arwen wears this pretty and practical “Lord of the Rings” dress when she saves Frodo from the Ringwraiths and brings him to Rivendell.

In lieu of swede, I used a grey T-shirt fabric, and finished the edges with Fray-Check: I think it gives a pretty good look.  I had a good pattern, but it was still a rather complicated project.  It’s the first dress I’ve made that has princess seams.  The skirt was pretty easy and looks really cool.  The bodice and sleeves were…harder.  Lots of little pieces to keep track of, fitting, modifications….   But I think it came out well 🙂

The princess seams are modified so the seam is at the shoulder.  A seam runs down the front of the bodice and the dress pulls over the doll’s head.  Embroidery floss was used for the laced ties in front, and there’s a ribbon sash in the back.  The coat sleeves are 2-piece, the lower part being petal wrapped.  The skirts (my favorite part) are actually 2 petal shapes, slightly overlapping in front and back.  Attached to the main dress/coat are flared, white lower sleeves, and a white underskirt, that’s also split in front and back, (made from a pair of tights with a crinkle texture).  Brown leggings are worn underneath.

Green dress


Green dress

This dress is actually a composite of 2 movie costumes. Both Eowyn in “The Two Towers” and Susan Pevensie in the first “Narnia” movie wear a gorgeous green dress. I decided to combine them…and here’s what I came up with. 🙂

I started off of a pattern on which I made adjustments. There is an underdress of tan leaves on a dark green background. The overdress is a lightweight dark green.

As for the design, I incorporated the elements I like best from each dress. The overdress skirt, rather than having a gap in the front which a panel covers (as in Eowyn’s dress), is a full circle only split toward the side. This is so it can be worn like either Susan’s or Eowyn’s skirt.The sleeves are smaller, more like Susan’s than Eowyn’s. I added ties on the upper arms because they were an element of Eowyn’s dresses that I liked but hadn’t used much. I left off Eowyn’s gold yoke and collar, and Susan’s white upper arm decorations.

The belt is 2 Indian gold-plated necklaces.  The doll’s hairstyle is the Narnian style–2 braids pulled back into a half-ponytail.

Sailor Dress


Sailor Dress

Another original design 🙂

The dress is actually made out of that blue silky material as Arwen’s “Blue Traveling Dress” overdress–only this time, I used the other side of the fabric.  It looks totally different on that side–rough and sturdy, perfect for something like this.  The white piping around the hem and sleeves is white bias tape.  A neat fish bracelet is what I used for the belt.

You can see the trim better here:            Here I added a neckerchief:



Greek Chiton


Greek chiton

This dress is Greek-inspired.  I looked at doric chitons, ionic chitons, peplums and more…and just came up with something I thought looked neat.  Studying the Dream Gown Arwen wears in “The Two Towers” and Molendrix’s pattern for a Guinevere dress helped, too.

This basic pattern started as 2 rectangles, 1 in front and 1 in back, attached at the shoulders–like Arwen’s Dream Gown.  But then I wanted to put in those drape-y sleeve things–I think they add more to the look.  So I went with something similar to the Guinevere dress, only with shorter sleeves.  The whole thing came out looking like a “T” with the top and bottom left open, and the sides closed. Then the top is gathered at 2 or 3 points along each shoulder.  I also sewed down the drapes on the sides so they’d look better. The golden chenille stems are for decoration.

Resources


First off, any and all creative ideas I get come from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Everything I do is for His glory.

For me, making doll clothes has been an exercise in resourcefulness.  I get an idea, then I go hunting for supplies.  Mostly, I just use whatever we have around the house 🙂

However, I had a lot of help in actually making the outfits–in the form of some great websites that contain movie pictures, instructions, tips, and a lot more.  The following websites have been especially helpful.  I an extremely grateful to them for having these sites up and putting so many useful things on there.

LOTR Costumes (very thorough)

Molendrix (great doll dress patterns)

Costumer’s Guide (lots of screencaps)

Very Faery (on Arwen’s dresses)

Padawan’s Guide (Star Wars characters)

Fit for a Queen (good info on Star Wars females)

Wardrobe Door (Narnia Web’s comprehensive site)

I hope you are inspired to creativity, thriftiness, and resourcefulness, as I have been!

~ Soli Deo Gloria

Coronation dress


Coronation dress

This is a really pretty Arwen dress from the movie “Return of the King.”  I couldn’t get the right material for so long, then all of a sudden I found this Indian petticoat with a real nice drape, which I then used for the overdress.

The overdress is really long, giving that nice “pooling” at the bottom.  Both parts of the 2-part Elven sleeves (on the underdress) have 2 layers.  The top part has lace over light green cloth, and the 1/2 circle lower part has a sheer under layer.

Grey with stars


Grey dress

In the “Lord of the Rings” books, J.R.R. Tolkien only describes 1 dress that Arwen wears–in Rivendell, she wears “soft grey raiment.”  When I read that, I was kinda surprised the movies hadn’t featured 1 similar to that description–I would’ve loved to see it.  Or does the Chase dress count?  Hmmmm….  But I had fun making up this one on my own 🙂

It’s made of the same fabric as the cloak on the Ranger doll is.  It’s edged with this neat decorative stitch on our sewing machine…it’s like flower petals–pretty Elvish looking. I really like the way it makes the hem ripple.  The belt is made of various crystal-looking beads and stars.

Rose dress


Rose dress

This dress was cut from the theatrical version of “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, but I found a pattern for it and also had the material, so I made it.  The pretty underdress has roses on a light pink background.

This is second time I made this dress–I’ve sold the original.  I added the gold paint, then decided I liked it better plain 😀

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