Padme Amidala Padmé's "Sleepless Knights" gown

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Sister_Sola, Apr 12, 2005.

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  1. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    That is a great idea for the heirloom stitching. I know it is a bit cold out there to be wearing it around. I also had thought about the hook and eye thing. I hate doing the zipper thing too.
  2. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    I started this gown this week and things are going okay. I will put pictures up, if I can figure out how, when I finish. I am a big girl, I admit it, and I added a couple of gathers in the back just to give it a different look. Plus I added a bit more of a sweep in the back. I kinda wanted to personalize the whole thing. I just didn't want to look like a big girl in a potato sack and all.
    I hope to finish next week and have pictures up very soon.
  3. leelee Jedi Knight

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    Jan 4, 2003
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    Here's a pic of my fabric and brooch my wonderful sister made

    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/memilyd/dress.jpg

    The brooch turned out a litte darker then we expected, I might leave it or I might spray paint it lighter. Does anyone have any feedback on that?
  4. across0the0stars Jedi Knight

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    Jul 29, 2003
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    hm, the brooch looks pretty good to me, maybe spraying some sort of base coat on it then spraying/painting a lighter color over top of that?

    here's my brooch, not sure if I posted it yet:

    http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a36/peorth559/brooch2.jpg
    http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a36/peorth559/brooch.jpg

    I tried painting some stuff over top the silverish parts but it ended up rubbing off because I didn't seal it or use a good base or something.
    I'm not sure what kind/color paint would be good for you to use though, as long as it sticks to the brooch I think it will be fine though.
  5. leelee Jedi Knight

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    Jan 4, 2003
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    Thanks for the tips, I think I'm leaning toward leaving it as is though.
  6. widow_skywalker Jedi Knight

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    Jul 5, 2005
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    I am crafting this brooch out of wire, then gluing the pearls on it. My hands hurt alot from the time from the bending and prodding. Now if I can find a low-cost(ie college student cheap digital camera), I will put up some pictures.
  7. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    I opted to do mine out of wire too. The bending is a killer. Hope to see it soon.
  8. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    panicing...sewing machine screwed and I have to get this done for a costume contest we are having at work, well my work is sponsoring it. AHHHH!!! Just needed to vent a bit.

  9. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    Okay I'm going to try to put a link here to the picture of me in my costume. Be good to me because this is my first ever attempt at a costume .

    I hope it works
  10. Benae_Quee Jedi Master

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    Takianna, it looks good :) I love the little ones too, they looks so cute.
  11. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    Thank you for the complement. Those kids were cute. They all belonged to one family. The mother made the yoda costume herself.
  12. Benae_Quee Jedi Master

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    Bumped for recent interest...
  13. Alishu06 Jedi Master

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    Mar 29, 2005
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    HI I was directed over to this topic. A friend and I are doing this gown and we've already started on the broach and the pins on the back of the dress. We have everything bought. We're using the McCalls pattern. Anyway if you guys have any pointers I would love to have them. Thanks
  14. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    I am also making the Sleepless Knight costume from the Mccalls pattern I am not making this to be a replica costume rather for it to be a very star wars theamed long dress for dances and such occasions but I have a question, What color are the pearls om the dress and where is a good place to get them?
  15. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    I used white ones, but that was just my preference. I got them at Joanne's. They came so many yards for so much. So that is my story.
  16. Alishu06 Jedi Master

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    I'm using loose beads(pearls) that are white and I'm making the stands how tight I want them. I'm also having this dress made for my prom but I'm cutting out the pearls and using lil' beads.
  17. PadawansGuide Jedi Knight

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    The pearls are kind of a silvery color - you can see them in this exhibit pic:

    http://www.padawansguide.com/fidm/maggie/lav11.jpg
    (cut and paste if clicking doesn't work)

    Also, I meant to post this a while ago and have just been busy. Biba-Fett was kind enough to
    describe the back of the gown to me. It's all hidden under the cloak, and I had no idea what was going on with it. So she described, and I sketched, and she corrected and we ended up with a good description and sketch of what the back looks like.

    And boy is it wacky!

    http://www.padawansguide.compadme3/lavender/nightgown_sketch.jpg

    (again, cut and paste if clicking doesn't work)

    In this case, a picture is not worth a thousand words - so here are some words to go with it!

    On the front of the nightgown, we can easily see that there are three thin straps on each side of center front (CF).

    At the neck, the two inside straps on each side are sewn to a strap that goes around the back of the neck like a halter. It starts thin, maybe the width of the two straps sewn side by side - and ends up about 1" in thickness. It closes at the back of the neck with 3 hook and eyes.

    The 3rd strap continues up and around to criss-cross at center back and attach with hooks to the back of the built-in bra under the dress, at around the princess line of the dress.

    The cape attaches by hook and eyes near where the two thin straps attach. And at the center back (CB) of the cape, there are 2 clear snaps that attach to the CB of the neck halter strap, on either side of the opening.

    But wait, there's more!

    There are 2 straps that go from either side of the opening of the neck halter strap that go over the cross cross straps to either side of the CB zipper of the gown. At the middle section of these 2 straps there's a larger strap, maybe 1 1/2 inches long, made of 1/2 elastic, dyed to match the gown. It hooks onto the left strap. The elastic strap at CB has only 1 hook and it connects to 1 loop on the strap (the hook is as wide as the elastic and is used for bras). The 3 strings of pearls are individually attached to this elastic strap by rings sewn down. The rings go to ~2" lengths of silver chain, and then to the pearls.

    Is that crazy or what? I guess it makes sense in some way, because those pearls and cape have to be supported by something.

    Additionally, seam-wise, we can see the 5 seams on the front of the gown, all radiating out from where the brooch is. There are "side" seams as well, but they are not truly at the sides of the gown, they are placed further back than that, as you can see at left. There are no other seams on the back between that "side" seam and the center back zipper.

    Hope this is helpful!!
  18. Takianna Force Ghost

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    Apr 22, 2005
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    Great ! Now I have to start over. Just kidding. I'm really glad for the insight into the back. I might take the pearls off of mine and try something like that back to make the pearls a bit more stable.

  19. Jade-Walker Jedi Master

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    Nov 21, 2002
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    I'm excited. I finally started work on the muslin for this (for my bridesmaid dresses). And I have a foggoting stitch on my sewing machine that I tried out on my muslin that makes a pretty fair approximation of the heirloom stitch on the gown. Yay!
  20. Natalie1988 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 27, 2005
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    for my prom .. i choose the lavendre dress but i don't know how make the brooch and the Japor .... [face_worried] i hope you can help me

    Thanks
  21. Darth_Eagle Fanforce CR Singapore

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    Has anyone used the McCall's pattern (M4995) for this dress? Any feedbacks and what modifications you did? Thanks! :)

    [image=http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M4995.jpg]
  22. Natalie1988 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 27, 2005
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    i used this pattern for my dress



    the pics with this dress but i think i lost my Japor



    http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/2148/img0038sx7.jpg

    http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/6205/img0040lg5.jpg

    http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/1839/img0042ed1.jpg

    http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/253/img0052vj8.jpg
  23. Benae_Quee Jedi Master

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    It looks very pretty and I love the color :) I have yet to try the pattern to see how it differs or if I can modify it in anyway.
  24. Natalie1988 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 27, 2005
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    sure you can ... i modify it
  25. Nidrail Moderator Emeritus

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    Dec 2, 2005
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    Hey Everyone!! I just finished one of these for my 16" Doll...

    there's a link to it on the front page of my website:

    http://theroyaltailor.com/main.php

    ~N
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