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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:34 pm    Post subject: Last Check: Leia senatorial gown Reply with quote

Hello everyone!

I've started working on Leia's senatorial gown! Not only is Leia's senatorial gown iconic but it also seemed like a good start for someone who doesn't have much sewing skills! (Well, I hope so at least Wink)

It's still in very early stages, but I've been working to create a fitting pattern for my senatorial Leia Gown.
So far, this is the best version I've come up with!


(Sorry for the blurry picture!)

This is just the testing fabric and not the fabric I'll be using for the actual dress, I just needed a testing fabric that I could cut up to my hearts content.

I'm going to a fabric market on Monday so I'm hoping to find some good fabric there.
As far as I can tell the closest thing to 'Interlock polyester jersey' that's sometimes is recommended for the gown that is readily available in the Netherlands is Tricot. Most Tricot is cotton-based but I'm hoping to find something with a high polyester percentage. Fingers crossed!

I think that the sleeves should be a little wider but that the bagginess is alright. I don't want to be swimming in the fabric, but it definitely needs to be loose-fitting. The neckhole should definitely be smaller to have the tight fitting collar. Any feedback and tips are more than welcome!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're off to a great start. And you already know what to do to improve the pattern. Can't wait to see the finished costume.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a long time since I posted anything, but there has been progress!

I've finished sewing my practice dress so I feel confident enough to try the real thing. The fabric has been cut, which for me is the most scary part, so now it's only a matter of putting the dress together. Hopefully that will be finished by the end of the week!

My lovely father 3D printed a DDC Defender long-barrel blaster for me and it turned out great! I'm really happy with it. Smile
The digital design file was made by aprilstorm: http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=53743



Sadly, I've had no luck with finding white leather boots in my size, despite (what feels like) visiting every shoe store the Netherlands has to offer. I even went on a shopping trip to Germany to hunt for boots, but to no avail. So, instead I've decided to go a different route! I bought a pair of inexpensive gray boots and have started painting them white with leather paint. So far, I'm pretty happy with the results. I think they'll be done with a few more layers.


(The boots in their original colour)


(The boots after three layers of paint)

I've gathered most of the materials for the belt and the buns and I'll start working on those as soon as I finished sewing the gown

Finally, I have a question about the hemming of Leia's hood and bottom of the dress. I can't quite tell if it has rolled hems or a blind hem. Either way, could anyone tell me which way the rolled/folded fabric of the hem is facing? I can't quite tell in the pictures.

Once again, any feedback or tips would be amazing Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting idea with the leather paint. It seems like it's working out for you. What brand are you using? I was thinking of using leather paint for another of my Leia projects.

Your dress pattern is off to a great start. I think slightly wider sleeves and a longer bottom would help. The amount of blousing you have now is great, so you will want a bit more length so that the dress ends just above your boots (and remember seam allowance).

Do you plan to self-line the dress? That gives it a lot better weight if you do.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the dress is self-lined aka double layered, so that is what I recommend if you want to be screen accurate. Otherwise make the hem as invisible as possible and hide it on the inside.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not one to know alot about standards, but I think you're doing a super job on those boots.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a quick suggestion on the boots:

Paint the soles black. You can do that with Kiwi paint.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies! They really help!

I'm using Angelus White Acrylic Leather Paint. I've heard a lot of good things about the Angelus brand, and so far I can only agree. Another plus is that it's widely available online, so it's easy to get a hold of.

The dress I'm making will be self-lined. Tomorrow the two dresses will be sewed together so that's gonna be some work Wink

Thanks for the tip about the Kiwi paint! I'll take a look at it!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again, it's been a while since I've posted anything. However at this point I'm actually getting somewhere. Smile

I've finished my belt and my boots.


Belt:



Boots:


I'm really pleased how the leather paint turned out! It took about 8 or 9 layers to get them this white, and some touch up after I took the masktape from the sole. (I just noticed that the lighting in this picture is a bit unfortunate so I'll post another picture that doesn't make half of the boots look grey later)

I now only need to sew the side splits and hem the gown, and then it should be done!

As for the buns, I have an idea how to make those work but I'll have to test that first.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done on the boots! I wouldn't have guessed that they weren't white in the first place. I wonder how durable that dye will be in the long-run.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justs WOW on that boot job!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your boots look great!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice boots. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello everyone!

This is a quick update to show what my costume looks like when it's all put together.



So what do you think?

I'll redo my collar this weekend since it currently closes with snap fasteners, which isn't accurate. But that should be fixable Smile
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