Saturday, January 14, 2012

Padme's Family Gown

Character: Padme Amidala
Costume: Family Gown
From: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Made: 2004

This lovely (and quite revealing!) dress was cut from the theatrical version of Episode II, but it can be seen on the DVD, in the scene where Padme returns to Naboo and visits her family. I hadn't planned on making this dress quite so soon, but then the fabric I'd bought for the underskirt of my Arwen chase dress magically accordioned up in the wash and turned into the perfect fabric for the family gown!

Unfortunately, that fabric absolutely refused to dye the correct color, but the dress was already stuck in my head and I still just *had* to make it. Luckily, the marvelous Ferd came to my rescue with an even better fabric! I didn't have great dyeing karma with this fabric, so it didn't turn out quite as dark as I wanted, but I still really like it.

I debuted this dress at San Diego Comic-Con 2004 after staying up all night to finish it! You can actually see me wearing this dress in the DVD version of Star Wars Trivial Pursuit-- they held auditions at SDCC that year and I was chosen to read one of the questions! Sadly, the fabric suffered some damage around the neckline a couple years ago, and I had to retire the dress.

I didn't document my construction of this dress, but Kay Dee has a stunning recreation that you can see on her website, complete with construction details.

San Diego Comic-Con 2004
(thanks to Eurobeat King for the first pic!)

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