(Sorry if this has another thread elsewhere. I've done several searches and came up with nothing.) So, as *ahem* family matters have derailed my plans for several costumes, I decided to start work on this one in earnest. After all, it's one I can wear during and after the coming events of this spring! Pic of gown (though I am going to use my bookmarks to PG and FFAQ quite a bit...) [image=http://gentlebant.com/images/costumes/padmefinalsenatemagazine.jpg] Swatches of what I have so far: [image=http://gentlebant.com/images/costumes/padmefinalsenateswatches1.jpg] I also have 10 yards of navy blue trim for the sleeves and the trim on the collar. I'm having a time of it trying to find a lace/burnout/devore that I think is close enough for the overlay of the skirt, and I'm also trying to decide how to do the pleated "scarf". Then of course, there are the hair piece and the brooches. I've looked into a few embroidery shops for the silver pattern on the tabbard and mini-shoulder-cloak. I think I have a plan in mind for how to layer the various pieces, though to save on my budget while still getting as close to the look as I can, I may not make each layer completely separate. Anyone have suggestions or tips on this one?