Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Lord Of The Rings

Tolkien is by far my favourite author. So I guess it kinda makes sense, my love for his work was what first got me to sew.
The dresses I finally made for my friends and myself are based on the things Ngila Dickson made for the movies, some more, others less.

This one is the oldest one I own: It's Éowyns Green Gown, also called Edoras Stable Gown.
I wore it first at Ring*Con 2005 in Fulda and it was actually one of my first projects. It went through a few changes since it's making and today I would totally use different, more expensive materials, but I'm still pretty pleased with the result.
The wonderful belt was made by my friend Kathy, who's a jeweller, which was incredibly kind of her!
Oh and that picture with Andy Serkis was taken 2007, at Ring*Con. Good old times :-)

Me in the green dress again and my lovely friends Beccy and Leonie in Elvish dresses we designed for them (unfortunately that's the only picture of the blue one I could find right now).
It's very funny to look at these "old" things now, because I have gotten a lot better at sewing since then. Still pretty, though. :-)

Another, more recent, picture of the red dress.

I think this dress is the one I'm the most proud of.
We designed it for her completely from scratch, only using a pattern for the basic dress. We had a hard time finding the right fabrics in the perfect shades of blueish grey and it got finished really last minute, but in the end it turned out so beautiful! The decorative border on the "corset" part we even brought with us from a holiday in Spain... so you see, we were really looking everywhere for the perfect stuff.

Éowyn's Shieldmaiden Gown was the last Middle-Earth dress I made for myself.
You'd think, a simple white gown with a vest and corset would be easy to make... well yes, it is, actually, but I decided I had to hand embroider the vest and corset. All the embroidery is on leather and that's not an easy thing to do. It was lots and lots of work, but it was totally worth it and I would do it again... I think.
I also love the flowy, wide skirt of the dress and the fact that I can actually use my hands, because the sleeves are split! :-)

This tunic is the newest project of the bunch, it was made for Beccy's birthday as a present from Leonie and myself.
Her dresses are both blue, so we decided that at least her tunic had to be proper feanorian red :-P
What you unfortunately can't see in the picture is the silver star of Feanor she also got, which serves as a brooch to close the tunic, but can also be worn as a necklace.


And here just two more pictures we took in the fall, because they're so pretty...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Prologue...

... so to say.
My very first post on the new blog after working for hours on the design and at last I'm pretty pleased with it.
An overlook of the stuff I've been sewing over the years up till now will follow soon and I'll hopefully get this thing running :-)