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.

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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.

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

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