Padme Amidala Episode 1 Kimono Pre-Senate Dress

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by SenatorChristina, Oct 14, 2002.

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  1. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Thanks. :)
    This is the first costume I've ever tried and the headpiece looks quite difficult to make but I like challenges. :D
  2. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
    star 1
    it's not that bad, i promise.
    just tackle one piece at a time...mainly, do the beading first.
    i did all the bead strands first, and then beaded a grosgrain ribbon base.
    then, the skullcap, the hairfan, the binders, and so on and so forth.
  3. QueenAmidalaEP1 Jedi Knight

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    Sep 15, 2005
    star 2
    I was searching for my photos of the back view of my costume, and realized that I forgot to post some photos that I took when I was spiffing up my head dress (so it would look good at FIDM).

    So, better late then never, the photos are now posted in this album http://www.dotphoto.com/go.asp?l=queenamidala&AID=2556334
  4. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
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    Ooh! Thank you for reminding me, too...

    I got a shot of the rear of my costume a couple of weeks ago. It may help some people working on the costume..maybe, maybe not.
    I failed to get the obi and beaded ponytail clip on correctly that day thanks to being in a super hurry.
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/Prequel%20Star%20Wars%20Gowns/Rear_View.jpg]
    and, a slightly better front shot.
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/Prequel%20Star%20Wars%20Gowns/AnotherFront_View.jpg]
    This costume does not photograph well on me at all.

    Has anyone seen any possible fabric out there that would work for the obi? any updates? I am still looking around. I'm at a loss.

    If anyone is wondering about the hair extension, I used a 32-inch extension that I got from the eBay vendor, "wigdepot".

    I don't know how much longer he will sell them, but they are fantastic! (and he has them cheaper than anywhere else I found ($18.95)...they're relatively lightweight, easy to style, very long, and a sturdy jaw clip that stays in the hair easily.)

    also i finished my 'tutorial' page, which may prove to be helpful, as well.
  5. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    a-tastic, Your costume is beautiful!
    Those two pics don't show up for some reason. Do you have a close-up picture from your scullcap? If you do, could you send it to my e-mail? I'm still trying to make the headpiece. Now I have finished the beaded part. Yay! [face_dancing]
  6. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
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    Thank you so much!!

    And sorry about the links. Apparently they got broken when I started re-organizing my photobucket account. Oops!
    This should work better.

    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/Rear_View.jpg]

    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/AnotherFront_View.jpg]

    and, since I can't find anywhere to store the silly headdress, it just sits out, on my dresser drawer, I took some photos that might help you.
    This is the interior, forehead flipped up:
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/Headdress_Interior.gif]

    This is the same, but flipped in reverse (the elastic's there to keep the back beading secured, and is hidden under the hairpiece that I clip on):
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/Headdress_Interior1.gif]

    And, this is a sort of back, tilted view (sorry about the skullcap's hair. it sort of falls out of the dual braids some times. I don't have the heart to glue it to secure it.):
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/Headdress_Interior2.gif]

    And these are the only pictures I took while in the headpiece-making process. The skullcap (+ attached headband for securing) in the first one's the brown, hair-covered thing at the top photo's upper left. The skullcap's wire base that I molded to my head is on the upper left of the second picture.
    It's a bit more obvious in the second picture that the front of the skullcap has a blunted widow's peak in the front. I did that to not only provide extra support, but to also give the beaded piece a place to be more secure, and not rub off my makeup mercilessly.

    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/AugustAmidala-Progress.jpg]
    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/SW%20costumes/headgearprogress.jpg]

    It's definitely not pretty inside, or made correctly by any standard...but, hey, it's durable.
    Hope that helps!!
    And, I can't wait to see yours-- post pictures! I love, love, love seeing what other people are working on...
    This costuming stuff-- it's the greatest hobby in the world!
  7. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Those pics are really helpfull!! Thanks. They gave me some new ideas how to make my headdress. :) I'll try to post some pics from my beaded part tomorrow (if only my camera will cooperate).
  8. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Hi! I finally managed to get a picture from that beaded part (It still needs few details).
    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/helmi.jpg]
  9. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
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    Wow, Yeesha! That is fantastic!!
    Great Job!!!

    How long did that take you?
    Wow!!
  10. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Thanks! :)
    This was the very first time I did something with the pearls (exept few simple bracelets). The designing and making took about 2 months (but I did it very unregularly, after school and so on). It was quite a job to do but I'm very happy with how it came up. :)
  11. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Hi again and a Happy New Year to everyone!!
    Here's few pics from my headdress (still not ready...)
    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/hius.jpg]
    This is the braided part. It's black, I know but that was only color I could have at that moment in reasonable price. I have quite tight budget...:(

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/helmi2.jpg]
    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/helmilhi2.jpg]
    A close up...
    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/IMG_0010.jpg]
    Another close-up. (A little unclear) This shows drop beads I used. They are not very accurate and I might change them when I find better ones.

    I made a muslin version of the gray kimono and now I finished the second version of it. I had a little problems with sleeves, but it is now (hopefully [face_praying]) solved.
  12. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    I did a sleeve decoration test.

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/testi.jpg]

    Sorry about the bad pic... my camera doesn't like me. :p
  13. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
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    You are doing a fantastic job!!!
    Everytime I see your beaded piece, it just blows me away!!!

    I look forward to more updates! :D
  14. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    [face_blush] Thank you a-tastic!!!
  15. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    I'm making progress...

    Here's a nearly finished sleeve
    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/IMG_0001.jpg]
  16. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Hi again!
    I finished the outer kimono today and here's some photos of it:

    http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/puku.jpg

    http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/puku2.jpg

    Here's the other sleeve. I started to sew the pearls to it:

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/helmi3.jpg]

    (sorry, bad pics. My camera really don't like me)

    I'm quite happy how this part came out. It just bugs me that I didn't have enough money to buy better fabric. :(


    EDIT: Yes! I finally know how those darn links work! :)
  17. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Nov 19, 2002
    star 4
    Great job! That's a lot of work!
  18. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    Oct 7, 2005
    star 1
    I agree!!
    I have really enjoyed seeing your progress, Yeesha!!
    You are going to look SPECTACULAR!! :D

    The fabric looks great to me-- and, besides, it's the care and detailing that makes the difference in this costume, and you're definitely super-excelling in that!!

    I can't wait to see more updates!
  19. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Thanks Sister_Sola and A-Tastic!
    Now I have all the main parts to the headdress. I just need to put all together.
  20. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Picture of the dress. Nearly finished!! [face_dancing]

    http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/Kuva012.jpg

    Again, blurry pic...
    I quickly took a photo of it lying on the floor. The belt is still waiting to be done and the headdress is also nearly finished!
    This is surely been quite an experience :)
  21. Amiry Jedi Knight

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    Feb 29, 2004
    star 2
    I have just recently begun plotting to make this costume within the year. I have always been fond of it but never thought it possible for me to make. Then some friends of mine made an Apailana costume (it won "Most Obscure" in MegaCon's SW Costume contest this year) and I thought, if they were able to do it, then I should be able to make the original. This thread has really given me some great ideas. I plan on starting with the headdress, the hardest part in my opinion. Yeesha, I love what you've done for the beaded part of the headdress; do you have any tips on how you made it? I just don't know where to begin. :)
  22. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Hi Amiry! For my beaded part I just took a piece of thin fabric and traced the pattern to it. (I designed my own pattern.) Then I embroided the whole thing with quite a thick thread . And when I finished that, I just added all the beads and pearl strings. I know I would have done that a lot easier way. :) I hope you understand something of what I explained! :) (I'm not the best when it comes to explaining things in english)
    Good luck with your costume!!
  23. Yeesha Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 23, 2006
    Here's pictures of me in my costume

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/mie.jpg]

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/mie2.jpg]

    [image=http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/Jedi_Yeesha/sekalaista074.jpg]

    This was a fun costume to wear :)
  24. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Dec 14, 2000
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    Yeesha, you did a fantastic job!! The costume is SO beautiful!! So what if you didn't find "better" fabric - you worked with what you had, and coordinated it all VERY nicely. And the headdress is PERFECT!! Excellent work!!
  25. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Nov 19, 2002
    star 4
    How did I miss this - that looks great Yeesha! Awesome job!
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