Padme Amidala Ep. 3 "Peacock Dress"

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  1. luminousbeing78 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 9, 2005
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    Hey, I hear you, Nostradamus...if I ever get around to making this dress I'll be glad I picked up this stuff...It'll make the head/hairpiece construction a lot easier...:)
    ----Ashlee
  2. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

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    [image=http://www.guriscostumes.com/images/swcostumes/traceypic1.jpg]

    This is Guri's gown, its very good in my opinion, she even made the hair braids herself...

    [image=http://www.guriscostumes.com/images/swcostumes/Pic23.jpg]

    [image=http://www.guriscostumes.com/images/swcostumes/PeacockDressFront.jpg]

    [face_love]
  3. ewok78 Jedi Knight

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    Jun 20, 2005
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    In Paris wa have stores that sell this kind of hear.
    The prices are very cheap :!
  4. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    While out browsing after Halloween and before the Holidays, I saw two-tone (synthetic) taffeta fabric that would work for this dress. It was mostly blue and gold, instead of blue and copper, but I'm sure the blue/copper exists somewhere.

    Of course, now that I've posted this, it's probably nowhere to be found. :rolleyes:
  5. ewok78 Jedi Knight

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    Jun 20, 2005
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    It's always like thaht !!
    you see a fabric when you don't need it, and when finally you need it, you don't find it anymore !

    i have 2 different taffetas (blue for the plissed dress and brown with blue reflections for the top of the dress) for the underdress, and i take a brown velvet (one ton) for the coat !
  6. jedilucass Jedi Master

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    Dec 1, 2002
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    Not that I'm making this costume, but on Star Wars Fit for A Queen ( http://rebelshaven.com/SWFFAQ/ ) they have a scan of the continutiy sheet for this costume, that lists all the layers, including shoes, which I find neat. Hopefully it helps those brave enough to make this costume! It's one of my favs...

    ~Laura
  7. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    I looked at that and it rocks! I really want to get busy on this costume. I love it so much.
  8. ewok78 Jedi Knight

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    My peacock is at the same point ! but one day it will be finished !!!
  9. Takianna Force Ghost

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    I'm not sure about this question, but the headpiece...what do you do with your own hair? Do you just let it hang or what? I have a short hair cut, but you would be able to see it. It's like a sassoon (if anybody knows what that is). I just thought that I would ask. Thanks for any help that can be provided.
  10. ewok78 Jedi Knight

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    For this i have bought pieces of hair like lokcs !
  11. Naboo_Girl Jedi Knight

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    Well, I finally jump off the clift edge and started making this costume. LOL So I thought I would share what I've come up with so far.

    My hooped petticoat and pregnacy belly:
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/medievalcourt/images/amipeapetticoat.jpg]
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/medievalcourt/images/amipeafakebellyside.jpg]

    I was lucky enough and found a blue/copper shot silk at my local bridal fabric store for only $10.95 per yard! I bought 12 yards of it and after cutting out and putting together the underdress, I think I just have enough left to make piping out of it for my overcoat.

    Progress photos of my underdress:
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/medievalcourt/images/amipeaudsleeve2.jpg]
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/medievalcourt/images/amipeaudcollar.jpg]
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockunderdress.jpg]

    To do the pleating, I first ran gathering stitches every 1/2 inch on my fabric pieces by machine. I then accordian pleated it with a very hot iron, folding along the stitches. After I pleated the entire length of fabric I pulled out the stitches. Last I sprayed the whole thing with Heavy Duty Spray Starch. Of course the moisture caused the pleats to fall out a little, so I repleated all of the to give them a more crisp look. There's a couple of place I need to go back and repleat where I didn't get the Spray Starch on heavy enough. What I have left on the underdress to do is hem it, finish sewing on the beaded edge of the collar, and sew on hook and eyes to the back neck opening.

    Photo of my finished brooch:
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockbrooch.jpg]

    I took a jewelry making class this last semester and I was able to make the brooch in class using all their cool equipment. I used three layers of copper with the middle layer the cut out design. I used a liver of sulfur patina over all of it and an ammonia/salt patina down in the cutwork design.

    I just recently started working on my velvet overcoat. I bought 8 yards of silk velvet from Dharma Trading Co for it and used their Alter Ego dyes to dye it in the turquoise/copper tones. I used a mixure of Passion, Vermillon, Marron Glace, and Turquoise to dye it. I think it might have needed a little of the Ardoise color added to the turqoise, but it's out of sock at the moment.

    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockdyeing.jpg]
    Dyeing the velvet in my $75, 80 gallon pot.

    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockfabric.jpg]
    The velvet after dyeing it. The photo doesn't show the color too well.

    Today, I started painstackenly to Fiber Etch the velvet today with the peacock eye pattern. It's very nervewracking. LOL. I set up a makeshift light table to use, from a sheet of plexiglass with a light shining up from under it, so I'ld be able to see my pattern through the velvet.
    Here's a photo of my progress on my collar piece:
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockcollar.jpg]

    And also my Headpiece Progress:
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockheadpiece.jpg]
    [image=http://www.eastofthewoods.com/peacock/peacockheadpiecesides.jpg]
    So far I made most of it out of craft foam and spray paint. Ignore the aweful colors, my camera was acting up.

    Sorry that was such a long post! I'll hopefully update as I make progress on my costume. I have a couple of more photos here of my costume.
  12. PrincessOfTheed Jedi Knight

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    Nov 11, 2004
    THAT IS INCREIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OMG~! thank you for this write up! I hadn't a clue on how to do some of that stuff...but you have given me hope. omg you have no idea how WONDERFUL that is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    just stunning, I can't even begin to imagin how the end product will look if it looks this good only this far!

    WONDERFUL job! please keep us updated!!!
  13. JainaMSolo Jedi Knight

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    Beautiful, beautiful work, Naboo_Girl! But then your costumes are always stunning. ;)

    Wait, *how* big is that pot? Does that thing fit on your stove? My poor dyepot pales in comparison!
  14. ewok78 Jedi Knight

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    Jun 20, 2005
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    My peacock didn't progress at all :!
    How did you do the hair piece ?
  15. Tenyon Jedi Knight

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    *picks jaw up from floor *
    Naboo_Girl: that is just gorgeous! Can't say anything else about it, sjeez, great work!
  16. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    Great costume Naboo_Girl!!! Keep us posted on the progress.
  17. Benae_Quee Jedi Master

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  18. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    wow, looks fantastic
  19. Nidrail Moderator Emeritus

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    Ditto here!! Thats an awesome one!!
  20. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Jan 27, 2000
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    [face_dancing] WooHoo! You know I've been waiting to see more in progress pictures of your costume and it's looking glorious! I think this is going to be one the best you've ever done.

    I appreciate the painstaking attention to detail that you are giving each piece of this costume. I've actually come to expect it from your work and you are once again achieving a wonderful outcome. I'm also very excited and happy to see someone taking the time to dye velvet and fiber etch the peacock feather design onto it. :D

    Ingenious use of your jewelry making class too!
  21. Kasey8473 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 13, 2005
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    Wow, Naboo_Girl! It's beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished!
  22. MiraxTHorn Force Ghost

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    Aug 22, 2000
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    Add one more jaw on the floor, Naboo_Girl! Amazing work!!

    Regards,
    M.
  23. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
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    oh my goodness!
    that is magnificent!...just, wow. wow...

    and seriously, that has got to be the world's biggest cauldron!:D


    also, i know you all were talking about the hair:

    i made alot of synthetic dreadlocks for general fun wear, and that's precisely what Natalie's hair is in this costume. really, really tightly rolled and steam-sealed dreads with flat ends. it's also the same effect as if you make silky wrapped dreads (which i find more difficult).

    they're really easy to make yourself, and, in fact, you're better off to make them yourself to save money, and to make them more accurate. if you buy the pre-made dreads, be forewarned that they are spongy and will unravel if they're not frequently heat-sealed.

    there's a bunch of super tutorials online for making your own dreadlocks: here.

    basically, you need to order silky KK (kanekalon) hair in a #6-- a medium brown. silky'll give you the additional shine you need. also, if you have a Scunci steamer, they're super, although any ceramic-plated straightening iron will work.

    the best place to find silky KK is at doctored locks, or sometimes, your local ethnic hair shop.

    from the looks of it, you'd need about 50 single-ended dreads (single enders have loops at the top) and they can be easily glued on the inner rim of the headdress.

    good luck! :D
  24. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Nov 19, 2002
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    Holy cow Naboo_Girl, that looks stunning so far! The headpiece - I'm in total awe! Can't wait to see the rest of it! Wow. WOW.
  25. PrincessOfTheed Jedi Knight

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    Nov 11, 2004
    you know what i just noticed....well i sometimes forget that b/c of my dressing a galaxy book i have a swatch of the outside fabric from the Peacock dres. well I was looking at pics of it today, and as I was looking I noticed in all the photographs in dressing a galaxy, pictures taken of the actual dress at the FIDM exhibit, and at the fashion show that I have seen online; that in reguards to the velvet coat shows the back of the burned out part looking quite blue and sometimes very very light teal.
    but I was looking at my swatch today the back of the velvet is a very deep rich teal. not very blue at all my more green teal....I just thought I would mention this for those interested in making this for accuracy...here are some pictures I just took (in the sunlight) of what the color looks like in my swatch

    please excuse the fuzzines. for some reason I had a terrible time getting my camera to focus....

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/NightmareBiscuit/peacock1.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/NightmareBiscuit/peacock2.jpg]

    I just thought that is was very interesting that in photos the color looks more blue but in actuality it is a very nice dark teal.....
    just thought i would point this out....not sure it has been mentioned before....

    has anyone else noticed this?
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