Padme Amidala Dress
The dress is a simple A line
Empire gown in front with a v neck and
a seam running down the middle.
The back is similar, only it
is gathered at the high waistline to give
extra fabric bulk for the train.
|The fabric I selected was a very light faux suede. To achieve the heaviness of the original fabric, I built stiffness into the fabric.||Using an iron on fabric glue paper called Heat n' Bond, I covered the entire bottom part of the skirt and ironed it on.||Then I cut a heavier fabric using the same pattern and placed the two fabrics wrong side to wrong side.|
|I ironed the two together, leaving enough edge without the glue for easier sewing. The fabric weight was much closer to heavy velvet after this process.||In order to help the under skirt with the fullness, I sewed in a series of boning and heavy anchoring.||And folded it over at the edge. This is a bad example photo, but all I have. Really, you should do the boning at the hem after you sew the dress together!|
|The top of the dress I didn't reinforce with the Heat n' Bond, but merely doubled the fabric and sewed it together||Here are the pleets I put in to the back of the dress.||This is the two sides of the pattern for one of the sleeves.|
|.This is the sleeve on the dress. It is the best photo I have, unfortunately.||Here is a close up of how I sewed the lining to the edge on the sleeve and the first rendition of the hood. In the updated version I altered the pattern to give more of a turned over edge (pictured below)||This is how the hood started, a bit more oval than a semi-circle in this rendition. In the final version it was even more oval.|
|In order to keep the fullness of the hood but not have a thick fabric gathering, in bothe versions I cut notches.||Here is how I sewed the notches together||They ended up looking like gathering.|
|And here is a vew of the hood after the notches in both the fabric and the lining were sewn.||This is a view of the movie version. It is sewn tucked under the collar.||Here is a very sloppy picture, but the best one I have of my second version. You can see the larger turned hem, but the fabric has bunched, obscuring the attachment.|
|This is how long the updated version back looked.||This is the hood from the movie.|