Padme Amidala Padme's ROTS Black "The Kiss" Gown

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  1. MartyBrandt Jedi Knight

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    Hello there,

    Im looking into making this dress for a very dear friend of mine. Were going to try and get it done for Haloween/DVD release night.

    There doesnt seem to be any good pictures of the dress, unless Im just not seeing them.

    Any tips on making this dress?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    -Marty
  2. Benae_Quee Jedi Master

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    Try www.padawansguide.com for info on that one. Maggie has a great site with TONS of pictures and details :)
  3. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Hi MartyBrandt - I just made this dress last month.

    I'll try and get a picture of the pattern envelope - it's an old dress pattern that I modified a fair bit. I bought the pattern about 9 years ago though, so it could be out of print.

    padawansguide has lots of good reference photos - but I got my best idea of where the seams are from seeing the movie on the big screen (then used the photos to refresh my memory).
  4. Darth_Eagle Fanforce CR Singapore

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    Sister_Sola, you version looked beautiful! [face_love]
  5. MiraxTHorn Force Ghost

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    Wow! S_S - your dress is lovely! I really love that costume!

    Regards,
    M.
  6. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Thanks folks! :)

    I scanned the pattern envelope in - it's McCall's 7297

    I used view 'A'.

    Modifications:

    - Created an empire seam in the side front and side back pieces, to match up with the seam in the centre front and back. Widened the new side back pieces in order to create enough fabric to make the rather large pleats (I think I widened each side back piece by at least 4 inches, so 8 total added to the back).
    - Instead of gathering the lower centre front and back, made that into pleats - just one single, 'hidden' pleat in the centre front. Pleated the entire back skirt section, from side seam to side seam, about 2 inch deep pleats.
    - created a 5 inch long dart in the upper centre front/bodice section, starting at the bottom, tapering it off at about the bustline
    - raised the neckline about an inch and 1/2, and added a 2 inch rounded collar.
    - added invisible zipper to centre back (the orig. pattern is a pull-on, no closures needed. But by raising and adding the collar it needs a closure).
    - lengthened hem.

    I did this as 2 layers - the cotton lace overlay, and a satin underlayer (not really a lining, more like a full layer, with seams still on the inside).

    I created a pregnancy pad with the leftover satin fabric, stuffed with polyfill. Just wore a bodysuit underneath the dress to hold the pad in place.

    The shawl was cut out of "macramé lace", edged with lace trim, and sequin trim on the front.

    Hope this helps!
  7. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Oh Sola, I had no idea you made this dress. Sneaky sneak! :p
    I think it looks just stunning on you and that you did a fantastic job on accuracy and with the details. Wonderful!
  8. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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  9. across0the0stars Jedi Knight

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    wow! uber-prettyful dress =) very nice job
  10. DARTH_VAD Jedi Knight

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    Thank you Sister Sola so much for posting your modifications(sp) I've been trying to modify Butterick 4017 view B for this gown. Now I know my next muslin will work out 100%.
  11. MartyBrandt Jedi Knight

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    I know its been a while since Ive posted on this. But look what I found!!

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/MikeBrandt/KissDressFabric.jpg]

    Its almost an exact match! I cant wait to get started on this dress!!

    -Marty
  12. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Wow, that looks like a great fabric Marty! Where did you find it? What's it made up of (i.e. wool lace, or ?)
  13. MartyBrandt Jedi Knight

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    Im actually not sure what type of fabric is it. I bought it at JoAnnes here in Vegas. I was so excited to find it that I didnt bother to see what is was lol. Its got a bit of a stretch to it. Once I get it going, Ill take more pictures.

    -Marty
  14. FenigDurak Jedi Master

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    -=grins=- I've been eying that fabric for weeks. I finally bought some when it went on sale.
  15. MartyBrandt Jedi Knight

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    It went on sale???!?!?!? Dang it. Its a good thing I love my Padme this much...

    -Marty
  16. FenigDurak Jedi Master

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    Ok, I cranked out my dress and was pleased with the result for the ROTS DVD Midnight Release here in town. Well, one of them anyway.

    Yahoo Photo Album link

    I really REALLY hope the link works. Not a great pic, but it'll suffice until I get my own uploaded and taken care of.
  17. HeatherD Force Ghost

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    It looks lovely [face_clown] The fabric looks kind of shiny, what is it?
  18. FenigDurak Jedi Master

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    It was the flash mostly. I used a blue-grey matte satin for the underlay, but once I pressed it, it seemed to gain a little sheen to it, but only under flourescent lights. Very strange stuff. I bought it at the Denver Fabrics annex, so fiber content was not something I had available to me. :p
  19. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    Okay I am plannig this dress for this spring and I am looking for the Pattern Sister Sola used I have not found it on ebay yet but has anyone one found a pettern that could work or a purple lace with the square pattern on it or any lace for the matter all I can find is big and floral.
  20. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    I finaly got the pattern off ebay.

    I found some lace for the overlay. Iyt only comes it white and it comes in 4 yd increments, you would have to dye it (and it's polyester).

    [image=http://www.fabricclub.com/store/stores_app/images/images_181/L4395.jpg]

    This could work for the big black thins on the belt.

    [image=http://www.firemountaingems.com/images/P1426CBB.jpg]

    Does anyone one know the color of the satin underneath in the mane body shots it looks black but the close up of the neck looks like a light purple.

    Edit: I was looking at the dress and I noticed the big blakc thigs are not smool they are cut well now I have to go back to looking :_| But the smooth ones are so pretty.
  21. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    Okay I just got the pattern today :)

    And I have some questions on how to wided the side back peice how do we wided it do we take the side closet to the back and just add 4 inches to the entire length of it or something else.

    And for the front hidden pleat I feel dumb to ask it but how do you make it.

    Also again another pleat question to make the pleats on the back do you just fold it to center 2 inches deep.

    I just am wondering before I start a mock up of it.
  22. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Wow, congrats on finding it!


    I added 2 inches to each side of the top of the side back pattern piece. So instead of it starting slimmer and flaring out, it's now a long rectangle.


    I thought visual might be best:

    [image=http://sistersola.com/hidden-pleat.jpg]

    You make a fold where the dotted lines are on the pattern, then bring those two folds to meet each other in the centre. This creates a 'loop' behind them, which you then iron flat.

    I started from the centre and made 2 inch pleats going out to the sides, on each side.

    Good luck with your mockup!
  23. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    thanks I will hopefully create one as good looking as yours.
  24. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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