Padme Amidala The Black Corset Piece

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  1. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Does anybody have any hi-res pics of the skirt? I might make this dress, and I want the perfect fabric for it...lol
  2. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    All right, I bought fabric for the skirt for this, and have an idea about what i'm going to buy for the corset piece. But now we need a discussion about the beaded necklace/scarf piece.

    In this picture, it looks like a strictly beaded piece:

    [image=http://www.padawansguide.com/padme/black/padme_black_officialsite1.jpg]

    However, my mom (a beading and knitting specialist, seriously, she's obsessed) believes some of the strands in this piece are actually pieces of yarn with beads tied into place along them. I can see that now in this picture:

    [image=http://www.padawansguide.com/padme/black/padme_black_hires.jpg]

    So what do you guys think?


    (P.S. I hope I'm not getting too annoying around here. Am I? lol)
  3. DarthJurist Admin Emeritus

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    I think it is about a dozen or so strands of beads, that are probably loosly threaded together to keep them in line, at least until about her waist (I don't remember them swinging that much in the movie).

    If you look closely (toward the bottom of the pic), it looks like the strands are cominations of long tube beads and round beads. (Don't know the technical terms for the beads, sorry). The reflections on the strands are a little to uniform and even for it to be yarn or even some kind of cording with round beads attached.

    That said, it all depends on how you want to make it. I'm sure it could be done with some creative knitting.

    I know Ferd made this as well, so I'm sure she will be able to give some tips on the necklace.

    ~H~
  4. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Yes, I agree some of the strands are done like that. But if you look very closely at that second picture, you can see some of the strands inbetween the all-beaded strands, and it looks like they're done on yarn or thin rope of some sort.

    EDIT: Spelling ;)
  5. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Okay, I already said I picked out the fabric for my costume. Well I finished the skirt part. I don't have pictures of it yet, but here's a scan of the fabric I used for the skirt. It's not exact, but I think it'll add a unique touch to my costume. :)


    [image=http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/42c2c75/bc/Costumes/__hr_Black+Corset+Costume+Fabric.jpg?bcpwc09ASv7Jtli5]
  6. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Does anybody have any ideas about what beads to use for the neck piece? Obviously I'll need a lot of them, but I don't want really expensive beads because I don't have that much money to spend on the piece.
  7. marmakecam Jedi Padawan

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    There is a pretty decent picture of that dress in the Episode 2 Scrapbook. My girlfriend made the dress using that pic and it turned out amazing. If you don't have the scrapbook let me know and I'll scan the pic when I have a chance. Also, if you need tips on making the costume I'll try to get my girlfriend to post that info as well... no promises on that though. She's not actually a hardcore Star Wars fan and doesn't frequent the boards.
  8. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Aww, come get her to spill her info! Anything she can post will be helpful. And could you send that picture to me please, if it's not too much trouble to scan it? Thanks! :)
  9. Princess1 Jedi Padawan

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    Hi! I've been wanting to make this dress, I hung around the costumeing boards before celebration 2 when I was making my rainbrow dress but (blush) I didn't do any costumeing in the summer, and I've FINNALY made it back!

    Ok, lol, done with my interoduction, I have a question for you all, to me it looks like the skirt is covered with black lace and silver fabric underneath, and some sort of leather like fabric for the corset, please tell if I'm wrong.....

  10. marmakecam Jedi Padawan

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    As it turns out my girlfriend still has my scrapbook but I'll try to get it back from her tomorrow if I remember; then I'll scan it for you. I'll also get all the info on the costume she made and hopefully a pic of that too... if we have any.
  11. Aliabes Jedi Master

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    Here is a link to the best picute of this dress I've seen so far, very useful for the fabric choices I'd say.

    http://tolkasworld.com/images/myth_09.jpg
  12. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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  13. BellaSabrina Jedi Padawan

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    This is my next costuming project, actually. I was wondering what type of fabric anyone used for the bottom piece and which pattern was used for it as well. I'm probably going to go to one of those places that makes things out of beads for the necklace, because from the looks of it, that part may be the hardest to get done.

    For the black corset itself, Frederick's can be pricy, so I would either make it myself or go to a independent lingerie store.

    Any help and suggestions would be great! Feel free to PM me!
  14. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    If you read the rest of this thread, it talks about the fabric that people used/are using for the skirt part of this dress.
  15. Nikita Jedi Youngling

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    Okay forgive me... but you all seem like such good seamstresses... I was wondering if you could help me. I've never even thought about making my own dress... but i'm willing to try. This dress is not from Star Wars... but it's from a movie that Ewan is in... if that makes it any better? hehe

    anyways... The dress is Satine's red dress from Moulin Rouge... and I desperately want to make it and wear it for my senior prom this year. But the only things I've found on it is a page where a woman offers to make them... but it would cost me $1250! Not something my budget can afford right now.

    Getting to my questions~ Can anyone help me go along with hints on making this sucker? Or finding someplace where I can aquire a pattern. If not... how would i sketch out something of this magnitude?

    I'm sorry it's not about Padme's beautiful black corset,.. I would make it if I could wear it, but it wouldn't look right on me.

    If someone can help I'd be greatly happy... if not no big worries... thanks for letting me take up some space!


    ~*Nikita*~
  16. StormtrooperPrincess Jedi Youngling

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  17. Azeem TFN Staff, Manager Emeritus

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    Does anyone know the woman at the Universal IMAX event in Los Angeles that wore this dress?

    If you do, let her know I'm trying to contact her. I'd like to get images of her costume for the site.

  18. kreleia Jedi Knight

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    WOW!! Aliabes, thanks for the fantastic picture link!! :) :) That makes the necklace SO much easier!! I was honestly convinced that the entire thing was beaded. Now I know differently (and better).

    As for the bead pattern - the one I've been using so far is like this...

    ?????????????????

    The beads are just black tube (bugle) beads, and seed beads. Not hard at all. (oh, and I only use one bugle bead between the seed beads, but I had to use two dash-marks to show what I was doing better)

    It also looks as though I've already done enough strands to work for this necklace. YAY!! I just need that nice matte-black fabric to work the design onto. It kinda looks like knit, but I seriously doubt that's what it is. hee hee. fabric experiment time...

    Oh, and due to both time restrictions, weight loss and an upcoming Christmas gift (DRESSFORM!!!), this costume has been on hold for me for a while. I work on it when I can. :)
  19. marmakecam Jedi Padawan

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    Hey Azeem the woman who wore that dress at the IMAX in LA was my girlfriend! We didn't get to be in the group picture because we went off wondering citywalk and didn't know about it until we came back to the theater! I'll let her know you'd like pics of the costume but I don't think we have any developed yet and the ones that were taken on my digital camera turned out really crappy. I'll talk to her and get back to you.
  20. Azeem TFN Staff, Manager Emeritus

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    Cool..

    I saw you both right before the film. I had meant to talk to you after but Hard Rock was calling :)

  21. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Kreleia, I don't think you mean seed beads. Seed beads are the really tiny beads, and the ones on this costume are definitely not that small.
  22. marmakecam Jedi Padawan

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    Hello, I am Matt's girlfriend. I was the one at the Universal City IMAX with the black Padme costume that I made for halloween this year, and I was really happy with the way it turned out! I'd be happy to help with suggestions for making it. I used the picture in the Ep. II Scrapbook as my main model, and then used a bunch of supplemental photos I found on this site (Thanks, I couldn't have made it without them!). Matt is going to scan the Scrapbook photo, and I will try to find the links to helpful pics on this site, they were a little difficult to locate. For the top, I bought a black leather miniskirt from the thrift store, and used a corset that I already had as a pattern. (It takes a really heavy-duty needle to sew through layers of real leather!) For the gauntlets, I bought a pair of leather pants that matched the texture of the corset, and used the pant legs since they were already about the right shape. The fabric for the skirt was the closest to the real thing I could find at a fabric store, without spending like $40 a yard. It looks like the actual fabric is a heavy brocade with a raised black/white print. It took a few weeks of looking, but I finally found one pretty similar to the real one for $2/yd. It is black with a dark silver paisley/geometric print. I used another skirt I already had with a train as a pattern, and just made a simple elastic waistband and a vent in the back. For the headpiece, I got a metal headband and modified it. For the necklace, I bought a bunch of black and gunmetal seed beads online, and strung them all (alternate an inch or so of seed beads and then some bugle beads). It took longer than I expected so the necklace isn't quite as thick as it should be (the only part I'm not totally satisfied with). If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them, and I'll look for those good pictures I used. Good luck!
  23. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    check it out guys! i was flipping through a catalog for a mall near us, and i found this ad. and when i saw her top, the first thing i thought was that it looked similar to Padme's black corset dress:
    [image=http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/42c2c75/bc/Costumes/__hr_Similar+Padme+Dress.jpg?bc8zC39AAFaneGYC]

    If that doesn't work, here's the URL:

    http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/42c2c75/bc/Costumes/__hr_Similar+Padme+Dress.jpg?bc8zC39AAFaneGYC
  24. kreleia Jedi Knight

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    Actually, I *do* mean seed beads. They come in lots of different sizes. I believe the size I'm using is 10 - the most popular size. The higher the number, the smaller the bead. So, if you're using size 12 or 14 beads, better pull out the magnifying glass. [face_laugh] I think the largest *common* seed bead is a size 6, but I could be wrong.

    Hope that helps! :)
  25. QueenLaniAmidala Jedi Youngling

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    Really? That's weird, my mom (who's so obsessed with beading it's funny) never mentioned that. I guess I stand corrected. How much more is it for the bigger ones than the tiny ones?
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