ladies and gentlemen, my arwen dress is finally done. i started it last year, then had neither the time nor dinero for the rest of the materials i needed. now, at last, i took a deep breath, forked over the money for the velvet, and finished this sucker.
it's actually two dresses. the underdress is made of paisley silk-ish kind of material, with silk velvet sleeves lined with silk charmeuse (lots of silk, i know). then there's the shiny trim stuff around the arms and neck. the overdress is navy blue silk velvet (looks black in the picture but oh well) sewn like a tank top, with the paisley material trimming the neckline and actually making the straps. the real dress has way bigger sleeves but i had neither the money nor the inclination to buy 8 yards of fabric just for stupid sleeves. it also is much longer; i think the original is about a foot too long so that it pools around the feet. seems pretty inconvenient so i just made mine floor length.
i'm pretty proud of this dress. i drafted the pattern entirely from scratch based on a few pictures. and no, i'm not into LARP or any such nonsense, and i don't intend to prance around pretending to be an elven princess from a movie. i just thought the dress was pretty and wondered if i could recreate it. the answer is yes, i can. and i did. ha!