Padme Amidala Padme's Picnic Dress v2.0

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  1. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Jan 27, 2000
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    This is a continuation of the original Padme's gold flower outfit thread.

    My purpose for making this thread is to consolidate all of the knowledge and suggestions spread throughout the lengthy original one. There are new people interesed and/or intending on making this beautiful costume joining us all the time, and I want to make the information already gathered easier for everyone to access.
    Our on-going conversations can also continue here. :)
    (Forgive me if I overlooked anything or missed crediting anyone with their suggestions. There was a lot of stuff to sort through! :D )


    RESOURCE PHOTOS

    Promotional shots
    full length
    full length #2
    back
    hi res head shot
    hi res photo (big)
    Vanity Fair cover

    Sites
    Padawan's Guide
    TheNextAmidala.com
    StarWars.com P-19 making of video
    NataliePortman.com


    THE COMPONENTS

    This section is divided into the different parts of the costume. Each section contains the patterns, fabrics, and construction tips suggested by our various members.

    THE CORSET
    pic#1
    P-19 screencaps

    Suggested patterns:

    Laughing Moon Patterns
    corsets suggested by Judy & Koshka-the-Cat.

    Simplicity Patterns
    9180 suggested by Jedi Girl of Corellia
    9769 suggested by kay_dee
    8715 suggested by liannb
    7009 suggested by Obi-Dawn View B. It requires some modification and the overlap deleted.
    5843 view A has recently been released for Halloween of 2002. It consists of an underdress with a corset over it. This is a simplified version of the actual costume and would require modifying to be accurate. It is a great pattern for anyone wanting to make a costume that *looks* like the dress but it is not exact.

    McCall's Patterns
    3315 suggested by kay_dee & liannb
    2799 suggested by MiraxTHorn

    Suggested Fabrics:

    -satin/crinkle satin (silk or poly)
    -siam
    -metallic crunch gold home deco fabric from JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby
    -coutil for inner construction

    Embroidery:

    The corset is embellished with a lot of embroidery. The front panel is heavily done in an intricate design of yellow and gold 'flames', 45 light and dark pink roses, green leaf motifs, and light yellow daisies. Here are two interpretations of the corset embroidery design:
    afaeryschild's:http://www.geocities.com/ittybittykittty/picnicbodicesketch.jpg
    [link=http://www.geocities.com/flo/>/>/>
  2. Mrs_MayimNaar Jedi Master

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    Feb 14, 2002
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    Great job, Dawn! Thanks for all the effort you put into this! I know it took you quite some time to complete!

    Also thanks to everyone who contributed to the first 25 pages in the old thread! It has been an invaluable resource for me, with my dress!
  3. Julia_aka_JJ Jedi Knight

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    Jun 28, 2002
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    Wow! Obi-Dawn you truely are a perfectionist! How long do putting that all together take!!??!! [face_shocked] Well, let the posting begin... hehe
  4. Woofer Jedi Master

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    Aug 27, 2001
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    Indeed a huge Wow!!

    Now if you feel like doing a similar all purpose thread for all the various Jedi costume bits that would also be a huge help!

    Oh and someone needs to update the FAQ right away to point to this message for sure.
  5. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Knight

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    Apr 10, 2002
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    Quite impressive. But then, we wouldn't expect anything less from someone who's redoing the entire corset, hand embroidery and all. ;)
  6. Jenny-LaFleur Jedi Padawan

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    May 30, 2002
    Wow, Obi-Dawn!
    You did a wonderful job!! Give yourself a huge pat on the back! It is great to have it all laid out like that, so clear and logical.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work!
  7. FERDALUMP Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 12, 2002
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    OBI-DAWN,
    When (and if) I grow up I want to be just like you!!! :) :)

    What a great job! So Organized and thorough!!
    YOU ROCK!!
    :) Ferd
  8. JediPadawanAmarie Jedi Padawan

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    Jul 11, 2002
    Awesome new thread :D, you are so much more organized than me! I havent gotten anywhere on my dress, I am at band camp all this week and next week (BLAH!!!), and then school will be starting soon, will I ever get anywhere on this? *sighs* Well, anyways, the new thread rocks! See you all!
    -Amarie
  9. kay_dee Force Ghost

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    Jun 15, 2002
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    Obi-Dawn - this version 2.0 is fantastic! I have a feeling this will help many people as Halloween is just around the corner :)

    Great Work!

    -Kay Dee
  10. JediPadawanAmarie Jedi Padawan

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    Jul 11, 2002
    Yeah! Halloween (my favorite holiday)! I am (of course) wearing my dress, if I finish it, on halloween. Can't wait!
  11. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Jan 27, 2000
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    Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. :)
    Halloween was also a consideration when making this because I hope it does help new costumers who may find their way here.
  12. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Dec 14, 2000
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    WOOHOO!! Go Obi-Dawn - excellent thread reorganization!! :) :)
  13. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 30, 2002
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    Great job Obi-Dawn. Its great to have all the info and pics in one place. liannb

    I'm so excited. I just edged the top part of my cape and it looks so good.
  14. Koshka-the-Cat Jedi Knight

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    May 27, 2002
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    Just joining everyone in saying the new thread looks great! You certainly are dedicated to this dress. Nothing wrong with that. Out of everything I've sewn, I think I've enjoyed this dress the most!

    Also, has anyone had any luck finding a ready made brooch for the dress? I do want something to finish that top edge and don't trust my skills to make any jewellry type thing...

    Katherine
  15. kay_dee Force Ghost

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    Jun 15, 2002
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    Katherine,

    I really think that the pin on the cape is a silver bar brooch. I've been searching for some online and I may check out antique jewelry stores too.

    I've also started searching for shoes again. I wish the DVD for episode II would come out in October instead of November! Here is one lace-up shoe I'm considering - You can order it with a low heel in white:

    http://www.tootsies.aweserv.com/c5lucy.htm

    I'm not sure I want to spend $100.00 though.

    -kay dee
  16. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 30, 2002
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    I've done some looking for the broach and there are tons of butterfly and dragonfly broaches out there right now except they are all really big and colourful. Michaels has butterfly charms. The best thing I've seen so far is a pewter one, but its still to big and none are just the right shape. ebay also has a lot. I'm going to check out some antique stores today.
    liannb
  17. afaeryschild Force Ghost

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    Apr 2, 2002
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    Obi-Dawn this is fabulous!!
    So much better then I have ever
    imagined!! Thank you a million times
    over!!

    I have updated my messy corset
    sketch (not in colour..sorry) and I
    am thinking of attempting to make
    the gold swirl embroidery pattern
    too! I think I might have enough
    pictures to make it... and I know
    I am going to attempt it.

    There are tiny filigree silver
    pieces at the Bead Shop
    but they are filigree.. and not solid
    like I think the original piece was.
    Still I am considering using one
    since they are soo cute.
  18. Creena Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Thank you very much Obi-Dawn for all this hard labour.
    You'll find everything and more for making this lovely dress, which will be my next project.
    I just finished (well, almost) the Rainbow Dress, and got already the fabric for the corset.
    It's now so much easier to go on with this dress, so again, thank you very much!
  19. Catatonic-Van Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Still no pictures from otakon of my new shawl yet. I'm still looking.

    In the mean while, I'm taking a trip to San Francisco on the 18th to visit my beloved Nando and do touristy things. He told me he was going to take me to Britex fabrics to wow me, and look through the remnant section (because we are but poor costumers) I thought while I was there I could look for that ribbon on the head band. Any tips on where to find it in the store?

    -Van
  20. rvqavalon Jedi Knight

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    Jul 24, 2002
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    I'm making a mini-mockup of this for an 11.5 inch before I do a full-size. I really should go get one of those Padme dolls on clearance but alas, I have no time. I'll be disappearing for the next week--canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. Maybe when I get back, eh?

    Kate
  21. MiraxTHorn Force Ghost

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    Aug 22, 2000
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    Yet another grateful admirer chiming in. Thank you so much, Dawn! This really is amazingly helpful! I know you're really busy with real life, too, so that makes this extra special!

    afaeryschild - would you be willing to share your new embroidery sketch and the gold stabilizing lines, too? I used yours the first time around and it was incredibly helpful. I think I'd like to combine it with Dawn's for Version #2, if you don't mind. :)

    I'm planning to build my dressform next week, so I can actually get started with the Corset #2 Mockup. This time I'm not touching my corset fabric until I've got the pattern exactly how I want it. Made that mistake the first time around and had to run back to the fabric store for more. :)

    Happy sewing, Everyone!
    Regards,
    M.
  22. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 30, 2002
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    I've been to the antique mall. They have tons of broaches. None quite right but its a great place to look for one, I only had time to get about half way through. I saw some broaches that had a ribbon on top holding other things underneith ie:a locket, and was thinking that might work if you get rid of the locket its about the right size and shape. any thoughts. liannb
  23. kay_dee Force Ghost

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    Jun 15, 2002
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    Van - When you go to Britex you'll find all the ribbon on the 4th floor. If you can print up a photo of the headband ribbon one of the sales people will be able to get it down for you (that's if they got more of it in stock) When I last purchased mine it was on the shelves to the left of the cash register as you face it. It was on one of the upper shelves there.

    liannb- I visited a few antique stores today too. I'm glad it sounds like you found something that will work. I think I'm going to order something I saw online in a simple silver bar brooch. I know it's not the exact pin used on the costume, but I think a small bar brooch is the right idea anyway :)

    -Kay Dee
  24. afaeryschild Force Ghost

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    Apr 2, 2002
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    MiraxTHorn,

    The new embroidery sketch is
    at this thread's corset section
    or here

    Yes, the old one was okay but
    it had mistakes.. I'm sorry!!
    The new one has less (or
    hopefully none) and it is the
    one I will be using for my
    corset..

    The gold swirl pattern is
    under construction. I'll let
    you know when it's complete. :)
  25. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 30, 2002
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    afaeryschild
    Are you going to cut out the gold sqaures on your corset. If so are you just going to embroider the edges down or how do you plan on doing it. Is anyone else making their cape from scratch or is everyone using the tablecloth? I'm not sure what to do for a pattern to embroider the roses and vines on.
    liannb
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