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.

Ranger Outfit


The Ranger doll

This was the first doll costume I made.  It started as a skirt and top and I just kept adding to it 🙂  Its style is largely based on that of the members of the Fellowship in the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy.

It’s a dress, of course, because she’s a girl 🙂  The sleeves I patterned after the Elf-princess Arwen’s sleeves on her battle outfit.  (That outfit isn’t in the movie because the storyline in which she fights at Helm’s Deep fortunately got dropped–but there are pictures of the dress.)  The vambraces are like the ones Arwen uses in the fight. The doll also has leggings like Arwen does sometimes.

The jerkin is based on the Ranger Aragorn’s leather jerkin (mine is felt).  The doll has a dagger like he did.  Mine is handmade out of a wood skewer, foil and a paper clip.

You can’t see it too well, but she has on under the jerkin a sleeveless coat of “chainmail” made of an unrolled copper pot scrubber.  That came out really well and is reminiscent of Frodo’s hidden coat of mithril.

The bow and arrows I made a while ago.  The bow can actually fire the arrows.  I wrote up a how-to on how to make those–here it is.  I modified the quiver to fit like Legolas the Elf’s.  Her hairstyle is also based on Legolas’–1 braid down the middle, 2 small ones to the sides.

The cloak is a full circle and made of an old T-shirt, so it drapes really well.  It’s patterned after the cloaks the Fellowship gets in Lothlorien.

Accessories I didn’t make are the buckler ( a shield pendant I got for my birthday) and the cloak clasp (an angel pin).

This was made out of 2 small beads to resemble the phial of Galadriel given to Frodo the Hobbit.

Plastic boots complete the outfit.

I made this before we got our new nifty sewing machine, so it’s done entirely by hand. Accessorizing was the most fun. I think this is my favorite outfit that I’ve made so far 🙂

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