Princess Leia Leia Endor-Ewok Dress

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  1. Monterra Force Ghost

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    Hey :)

    I've been lurking here for some while, its interesting to read about other people's projects... Maybe some day I'll make a pwetty Padmé dress too ;)

    But for now, I have my eyes on the Endor-ewok-village costume... I looked through the last 30 pages or something, but didn't find a topic about this one. ;)

    This is the only pic I have of this dress... wondering if someone had more? :/

    [image=http://koti.mbnet.fi/~monterra/stuff/roj42.jpg]

    Tips and tricks welcomed :)

    S_S edit: just unlocking
  2. ObI-WaN-JeDi-GuRl Force Ghost

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    Its like making a peter pan costume only a dress. Pretty much, its really the same.

    But I can help look...

    BBS
  3. JediToren Jedi Master

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    Brandi Messee, who has made every single Leia costume except for the Bespin gowns. She had her Ewok village Leia at SWC2. You could try talking to her. She can be reached through the Hothlanta Rebels or through the Rebel Legion.
  4. Monterra Force Ghost

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    Thanks for the tip JediToren :)

    Argh, I've searched thru Alderaanonline, Leiatribute, BlueHarvest, Google and whatnot but there just ain't any good pics around...
    Hardly any pics at all. :/
  5. Amidala-Leia Jedi Master

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  6. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    I've got a scan of a sketch from The Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy that looks remarkably like this dress, although the person wearing it is an Alderaan poet who was off-planet when it was blown up. I'll post it tomorrow.

    The Ewok Celebration action figure, and the figure from the Leia/Wickett set of the Princess Collection are both decent resources, as far as action figures go. And I think I have a link or two bookmarked on my work computer that have decent pictures of the outfit. I'll post those tomorrow as well.
  7. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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  8. Monterra Force Ghost

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    *slaps forehead for not thinking about theforce.net before ;) *

    Thanks STPrincess for the great pics! :D The sketch is awesome ^_^

    I guess I should try to make/find myself a pattern. :)

    (well, something close to it and few changes ;) )
  9. Mirax H TFN Costumes Staff

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    Also, just take out the video and scan it several times. You can make just some rough sketches to use when trying to find or modify a pattern.
  10. Monterra Force Ghost

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    Yeah, I did that earlier yesterday :)

    It didn't turn out very good though, because I just can't draw ;)
  11. Calixte Jedi Youngling

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    so, any progress on the search for a pattern to modify? it looks like the skirt part is a three point skirt that is cut unevenly..similar to the handkerchief skirts popular a few years ago. the bodice part looks fairly simple..

    anyone have any suggestions?

    i'm thinking of doing this one too. had to scrap my twi-lek for now..just running out of time before d-con.

  12. Calixte Jedi Youngling

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    On further observation (playing and rewinding my ROTJ tape several dozen times) I have come to the following conclusions about this dress:
    - The point on the skirt in the back is longer than in the front.
    - The neck is a deep v and they added lacing to the bottom part of the v - no grommets, just holes in the 'fabric'.
    - Nothing on the dress is hemmed except for the white sleeves which also have leather cording at the wrists.
    - It is not a three or four pointed skirt like i once thought - it is two points - one in front and one in back. The front is confusing b/c the slit up the right thigh offsets the way you look at the 'lines' of the dress.
    - The belt is 3-4 inches wide but curved off on either end and also unhemmed or finished.
    - There may be a seam up the back of the dress and it doesn't look like htere is waist seam unless the belt is covering it.
    - The bodice seams could be darts rather than seams.
    Simplicity 9162 looks really close to the bodice seaming - do a design search, click on the picture and then look at the 'front and back view' and you'll see what I mean.

    Anyone else see the same details as me?

    Also, has anyone figured out what Leia has on her feet? I can see a tie going around an ankle and that's it.

    I'm planning on starting this dress this week...

  13. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I might do this dress, I have to wait until next year though, and until then I might have changed to do the picnic dress instead.

    If I'm doing it I wont do it in leather, I would like to work with that.
  14. Zam-the-Assasin Jedi Knight

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    I would think maybe some dance shoes like Oola's ( i think they are called Herme's dance shoes?) would be appropriate....if im not mistaken, that is pretty close to what she is wearing in the film.. hope that helps :)
  15. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    I dug out both of me Ewok Celebration Leia's last night, and they have sandals painted on their feet. Straps across the top of the foot, and a tie around the ankle.
  16. Admiral_Daala Jedi Knight

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    i spent forever researching those sandals for mine!!!! the action figure is actually really VERY close to what she wears.
  17. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    Okay. This is possibly my next sewing project for myself, in between working on some Mandalorian armor, and I have just one question: what about the white sleeves? There's no hint of a shirt or anything like that underneath the dress. Just attached to it at the shoulder seams?
  18. Mara_Jade_AZ Jedi Knight

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    Stormtrooperprincess that's exactly what we did in the Endor Ewok gown for our Imax premier.

    MJA
  19. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    Has anyone determined whether or not there's a waist seam?

    I've been studying the action figure (I feel so horrible for taking it out of the package!), and the shorter front piece of skirt material comes half way around to the back, overlaping the other skirt piece, which folds around underneath to about her left hip. (The point in back is made by the shorter, wrap-around part of the skirt.)

    To me, it could be done one of two ways:
    1.)The shorter piece of material could be cut as one with the main bodice section, with a side flap which folds around to the back; the rest of the skirt is cut as one with the princess seams and the back of the bodice (princess seams shown there, too, on the action figure). When put together, the extra flap from the front piece folds around and is tacked/sewn/snapped/whatever in place, which is hidden by the sash.
    2.) The skirt is created seperately from the bodice, and the waist seam is simply hidden underneath the sash.

    The first way of doing it would be much more painstaking to do, but it would provide a fairly seamless waist. Any thoughts?
  20. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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  21. LeiaYT1300 Jedi Knight

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    I think it's looking fabulous thus far! And hey, it almost never goes the way we brainstorm it (at least in my experience).

    Can't wait to see the finished costume! :)

  22. Lelila Jedi Master

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    A friend of mine who claimed she looks "too old" for this costume actually gave me hers, but since I didn't make it myself I don't have much advice! It looks great though!
  23. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    Well, what material did she use, and how was it constructed (where are the seams)? Even that's a help. :)
  24. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    STP, it's looking marvelous! Super job! :)
  25. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    Yay last minute sewing. Finished the sleeves today, wearing it at Adventure Con tomorrow, should have pictures up next week.
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