Padme Amidala The Black Corset Piece

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Amidala_wannabe, Mar 14, 2002.

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  1. luminousbeing78 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 9, 2005
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    Hey! I entered my corset dress in my first costume competition ever and got 5th place!! It was a Star Wars website (I'm not sure I can give the site name, so I'll play it safe). It was over the Halloween season, but I'm still excited that it actually placed! There were so many cool costumes it really psyched me up to pick up where I left off with some of my own (like extending the train on this skirt!). I'll try to get the picture here (I confess I'm still not computer savvy enough to post pics). Thanks again for all the great info! Did I mention that I'm still excited...ok, I'm such a geek.[face_dancing]
    ----Ashlee:)
  2. Sotis Jedi Knight

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    Aug 21, 2005
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    Hello again! Well, it took a month for me to make a corset, I now, it's too long, but...I've finally done it!!!! Not the hole dress, just the corset and the gauntlets, but I'm SO happy with them!!!
    Here are the pics
    http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/599/dsc01058a1fa.jpg
    http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/883/dsc01063a2dq.jpg
  3. Tenyon Jedi Knight

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    Sep 12, 2003
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    Wow, that looks so good on you!, well done:)
  4. Sotis Jedi Knight

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    Aug 21, 2005
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    Thanks Tenyon!
    Oh, I'm still so so exited! This is my first attempt to sew something without ANY help! That's why I'm so happy. My basic knowledge of sewing from school serves me well! :)
    And once again, I'll ask for help. My guestion is about the necklace. Is it made of one fabric stripe or several? I can't figure it out by myself.
    Thanks in advance.
  5. Vadersmistress66 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 3, 2005
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    There's a shop, here in Canada anyway called Smart Set, and they have a beaded belt that looks just like her necklace, you can loop it, it's almost identical
  6. Queen_Apailana Jedi Knight

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    Jun 12, 2005
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    Sotis what type of fabric did you use for the corset and it looks great
  7. kreleia Jedi Grand Master

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    Sotis, your corset is beautiful!! VERY nice work!
  8. Sotis Jedi Knight

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    Thanks everyone!
    Vadersmistress66, thanks for the advice, I hope I'll find something like that here in Russia!:)
    Queen_Apailana, I used the genuine leather. It is rather expensive, but I was lucky to have a pair of my mum's leather trousers, she never worn which were too small for her!
  9. Sotis Jedi Knight

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    Aug 21, 2005
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    Well, I have an update again! I've solved the problem with the skirt! I decided not to cover the white fabric with black lace, but to use the black velveteen and to embroider it with silver sewing by my sewing-machine. Oh... I hope, it'll turn out well.
    And here is a pic of my skirt.It doesn't have the embroidery yet. I lighted it up because it was too dark and the skirt was hardly seen.
    http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9905/dsc01069a1of.jpg
  10. liannb Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 30, 2002
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    love your corset Sotis :) i've been thinking of making this costume. Just checked smart set for the belt but didn't see it, i'll have to check a couple other locations to see if any of them have it.
  11. Sotis Jedi Knight

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    Aug 21, 2005
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    Here am I again!
    I've finished my necklace! Here is the pic:
    http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/6060/dsc013690ad.jpg
    and the hole costume
    http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/8782/dsc01366aa1qw.jpg
    now the skirt embroidery is waiting...
  12. Tenyon Jedi Knight

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    Sep 12, 2003
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    That looks so lovely Sotis, well done!
  13. luminousbeing78 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 9, 2005
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    Sotis--great job! Your dress is beautiful!!:)
  14. Nidrail Moderator Emeritus

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    VERY NICE SOTIS!!!!! You all impress me with the fullsize costumes... so many of you make them so perfect!! I'm a miniturized dress person... My dolls like it though, lol. :)
  15. Last_Chael Jedi Master

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    Feb 25, 2006
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    Hi, my name is Abigael. I'm planning on doing this outfit for SupaNova here in Brissie. I'll update more as I progress. At the moment, I'm drafting a pattern out of calico for the skirt and corset
  16. marte Jedi Master

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    Jul 4, 2005
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    hey guys,
    I had finished my under-corset a few weeks ago; it turned out really well, even with using plastic bones. I have made a pattern after 19th century corstets, and at least for me it works great. I cannot post pics yet, though.
    For the main corset I will use beamless (?) pleather, for those in Germany its quite cheap at kaufhof, especially now after the carnival. but... I got seperated from my sewing machine :_|! so I have to continue with the skirt for now. and here's the problem: I cannot find the matching lace! if anyone has seen something like this in the UK, please tell me where. All I see is round patterns, while the amidala one is triangle-pattern.

    regards, marté
  17. Vadersmistress66 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 3, 2005
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    I'm looking to buy this dress, and I can have it commisioned, but she asked me some questions that i really don't know what would be better. If someone could give me some advice, that would be great, i've been reading this thread and if anyone would know, it would be you ladies. Is plastic boned light top good, or would the steel boned be better? And for the skirt is random poly lace overlay ok?
  18. Ame_V Jedi Knight

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    Apr 15, 2004
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    Ok, so in case I do end up going to C4 *crosses fingers* I've started fixing little things that have bothered me on my costumes. I'm going to add some gores to the skirt to make it flare more at the bottom, and I might re-make the entire corset. But for now I'm just taking the necklace apart and re-stringing the beads on narrow black ribbon. This holds them a lot better than thread, which is what I had used before. I was nervous the whole time at C3 that they would break and scatter all over the floor. So the ribbon is going to greatly help my peace of mind. I'm using mostly 1/8" wide ribbon, but for some of the really small beads I had to get 1/16" wide, which is kind of hard to find. Oh, and I'm also going to redo the headpiece as well. In fact, the only thing I'm not touching is the feather wrap, which I am completely happy with.

    Just for reference, here are two pics with me in them from C3:
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/Ame_V/C3%20Sunday/CabaretGroup.jpg]
    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/Ame_V/C3%20Sunday/Steve6.jpg]

    Not the best pictures, and I'm not even wearing the headpiece. I think it had broken by that point, which is why I'm remaking it. Hmmm, I think I should take some good pictures of me in all my costumes this summer...
  19. ecila Jedi Knight

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    Jul 9, 2002
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    Hi Ame!

    Hopefully, I will see you at C4! Keep us posted with pictures as you fix up the costume. I will be fixing a few of the trims on the blue robe and improving a few of my other older SW costumes too.

    :)
    ecila
  20. Ame_V Jedi Knight

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    Apr 15, 2004
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    Thanks ecila! Your blue robe is so amazing. I hope to see you again at C4, too!

    Anyway, I did get around to taking some good full-length shots of me in my costumes, so here are the corset ones:

    [image=http://blue-eyedpadme.com/images/100_33802.JPG] [image=http://blue-eyedpadme.com/images/100_33812.JPG]

    I haven't done anything major to it other than the beads since C3. And they're not reattached correctly yet. I just did a quick photo shoot the other night, not really spending a lot of time on hair and makeup, but you get the idea.

    [image=http://blue-eyedpadme.com/images/100_33832.JPG] [image=http://blue-eyedpadme.com/images/100_3382.JPG]

    My sister laced up the corset for me, and she didn't pull it all the way shut since I was just in a hurry to get the pictures taken. I'm going to remake the corset anyway since I learned that it doesn't lace up in the back. I'm toying with the idea of invisible zippers...

    Pics of my other two costumes can be found in their respective threads (family and light blue Tatooine) or on my website.
  21. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

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    Its not completed yet, as my mother is working on the beading and my daughter and I will be doing the feather cape and head bands ourselves....but here is my version of this gown for my 10 year old, and she loves it.

    I had to draft the corset pattern down from a womans size 6 to a very small size (she has a 67cm chest! :eek: ) So it was very fiddly, and I have made it so it laces up tight so she can grow and maybe get another year out of it. I have enough lace left to make a second skirt if she grows out of this one. I also have a long dark wig that she will wear with it for Supanova in Sydney in Oct. Sadly it does make my 10 year old look alot older than she is, but then its just a costume and to be honest I've seen her wear less on stage during her regular ballet concerts....

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/Adalia-Durron/DSC03924.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/Adalia-Durron/DSC03921.jpg]


    And yes, its winter here in Australia and thats my back yard....
  22. Bloodofthereaper Jedi Padawan

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    Sep 22, 2004
    Hello everyone. I'm making this costume (finally) and since I haven't been able to find any laces or burnout velvets i like i think i'm going to go for the same burnout velvet that is used on her purple senate overcoat. Hopefully it won't look too bad. I didn't want to go with something too soft like a floral design (even though that's reallly pretty w/this style). I've been looking around for pleather or soft vinyl but the prices are outrageous. Anyone know of any sites out there w/descent prices? I've already checked all the usual suspects (e-bay, fabric.com, syfabrics, denver fabrics, etc.). Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks! Oh and since i've never worked w/such a thick fabric like that before, can you pick up the needles for a sewing machine at any store, and do they break easier since it's that much thicker? Will regular thread work ok? Thanks again.

    Cillista
  23. Ame_V Jedi Knight

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    Apr 15, 2004
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    I made my corset and gloves out of heavy black satin, because I got it for free and I didn't want to work with leather even if I could afford it. So it's not completely accurate, but it is an affordable option.
  24. CrimsonVision Jedi Knight

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    Sep 4, 2002
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    Synfabrics does have the fabric I used for my corset: http://www.syfabrics.com/mojocart/dispproduct.cfm?prod_id=135

    I actually recently bought some more of it and it is really nice and they have fast shipping. I also used the same fabric for my mara costume and it's really not as hard to sew as you might thing. It's not thick enough to give my sewing machine much trouble but I do reccomend getting a leather needle for your machine just in case. I also always keep some 'sew ease' on hand for projects like this; its kind of like an oil for your needle and thread. You can get that at a fabric store as well. Also yes, regular thread works just fine.

    Hope that helps!
  25. Natalie1988 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 27, 2005
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    nice ! me too i will make the corset gown after the Padme's Battle outfit ... for make this beautiful costume ... i will use this pattern

    [image=http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2853/corsetgrownpatternsm9.jpg]
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