Padme Amidala Queen Amidala's dress she wore to Qui-Gon's funeral?

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Marilyn, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Marilyn Jedi Padawan

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    Hello this is my first time posting on here. I have been wanting to make Queen Amidala's funeral dress but I have no idea on how to get started. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to make the dress? Like pattern suggestions, and what type of fabric to use.Okay well thank you :)
  2. Commander-DWH Shiny Costuming & Props Manager

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    Hello Marilyn!

    I've not personally seen anyone in this particular gown, but my go-to resource for Amidala costumes is Padawan's guide, and they have some good resources for this dress. Here is the specific page, and they have info on pretty much all of Amidala's costumes from all three movies, as well as resources for handmaidens, Jedi, and original trilogy costumes.

    General rule of thumb on fabric with any of Amidala's costumes, though: velvets and silks, almost entirely in natural fibers if you can afford it. Sometimes cost is prohibitive, but if it's at all in the budget, it really is the way to go.
  3. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Hi, I've started working on this dress. I'm posting my progress in this thread

    I haven't done much more than scouting fabric, and I'm working on the underwear right now.

  4. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I have the basic shape of the stays I want to use under the gown, I'm just waiting for the boning to arrive. I've also started on the petticoat. I have a hoopskirt, with quite a triangular silhouette, and now the next step will be to add ruffles to the petticoat to hide the hoops.

    My advice for the gown would be to start looking for a fitted bodice with a mandarin collar. You would also need to decide how you want to close it, in the front or in the back. If you want back closure I would look for a pattern with a centre back seam for example. The sleeves and skirt parts are probably easier to add later on. Something like this would probably be a good start. Personally I'm going to start fumble with Butterick 4051 (discontinued) as a starting point. I'm choosing that simply because I have it, and I don't feel like ordering patterns that I will need to alter anyway. My pattern will need a lot of modiciations though, the shoulder seams is to far back, it's too open at the front and things like that. Well, that's what you have weekends for.
  5. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Scrap my previous post on what pattern I'm going to use. I was home at my sister yesterday and went through her patternbox. I found a pattern of a dreadful 80's ensemble, but one of the parts was a long velvet coat with a fitted bodice and flared skirt! I have to get rid of the shoulder pads and wide collar, but it's a lot better as a starting point than my other choice.
  6. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Today I could try all the underwear on for the first time. Unfortunately I've screwed up the sizing of the stays so they are too big. They are OK now if I close them in the back, but no cinching, and I actually look bigger then I am. They do their job with flattening my silhouette so that I look more like a prepubescent girl.

    [image=http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d103/bandykullan/creations/travel%20gown/IMG_1763.jpg]
  7. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Very slow work going on here.

    I have started the mockup of the coat. I've used this pattern as a base.
    [image=http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d103/bandykullan/creations/travel%20gown/IMG_1890.jpg]

    What I'm after is a flared skirt, a high neckline and a straight back seam. I'm planning on putting a zipper in the back. The pattern is quite simple, two back pieces, two side backs, two front sides and two front pieces. The shape comes from the connecting seams for the front and side pieces, and the back and side pieces and one dart on each main and back piece. I needed to cut away a lot of fabric from the lapels and of course the original is calling for shoulder pads, something I'm not interested in, so the shoulder seam needed to go from straight to curved.

    This is a pic of me, the mockup isn't fitting, since I'm not wearing the stays under, I just wanted to make a quick snapshot of my progress.

    [image=http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d103/bandykullan/creations/travel%20gown/IMG_1931.jpg]
  8. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    I dug through a few pages of the Amidala's gowns thread and I don['t know if they have any info in there. I know Cassandra made this dress, but I don't know if/where she posted all the progress.
  9. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Cassandra has her info on her website, it's not a step by step guide though.
  10. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    And I'm finished with the first of my mockups. The next step will be a "clean" mockup, without all the extra seams where I've patched different patterns together.

    [image=http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d103/bandykullan/creations/travel%20gown/IMG_1934.jpg]
  11. Sister_Sola Manager Emeritus

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    Hi Marilyn,

    I have some progress information and patterns I used on my site here: http://www.sistersola.com/starwars2.html

    It's not step by step, just the information I saved when I did this costume 7-8 years ago.

    Finished pics of it are on this page: http://www.sistersola.com/starwars-naboo.html

    How are you doing on your costume? We'd love to see pics! :)
  12. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I'm waiting for the rest of the fabric, that I'll need, to arrive. While waiting I've started to make the beaded ribbons for the front veil drapings.

    [image=http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d103/bandykullan/creations/travel%20gown/IMG_1937.jpg]