Arwen's Chase Outfit
Chase Outfit (v3)
In a chase scene far superior to any recent car chases, Arwen outraces the Ring Wraith’s while carrying the wounded Frodo. Her dove gray outfit is mostly seen from far away or as extreme close ups. Descriptions are based on display photos, behind-the-scene shots as well as looking at the 6” toy – so we then check out the pictures again.
Updates from DVD - read these for the latest:
(We're still in the process of studying this outfit. Feel free to contribute)
Grey suede(?), princesses seamed bodice. The outer skirt is split into 4 pieces. Skirt pieces are slightly petal shaped (rounded on the ends) like many other elf skirts. (Princes seam, fitted from shoulder, not bust line.) Grey ribbon forms three rows of lacing in front but looks like there is an invisible zipper hidden in center front. This lacing decoration only, does not shape the dress. The bodice point expends about 2 inches below the final lacing at waist level. The skirt is attached directly to the waist seam of the bodice. The back of the skirt has an overlap to keep it closed. Stand up collar curls back to frame her neck. The inside is a textured tapestry fabric.
She wears a big silver buckle where the lacing stops at the center of the waist. It is not seen in the Casa Loma pics, but is seen on the toy clearly. In the movie you only catch a glimpse.
Outer sleeve is two part. Top is tight and narrow. There is a white decoration etched into the shoulder. (See 6" toy for detail.) The edge of the piece appears to extend over her elbow on the outside but is cut on the diagonal to end above the bend in her arm on the underside. (Look at the display pic) Construction of the bottom half of sleeve is not as easy to define. Sleeve is either split right from the inner elbow or overlaps. Appears to be petal shaped. Under-sleeve insert is made of broomstick pleated shimmery, stiff fabric. This is a false sleeve is attached at the elbow seam. She wears dove gray gloves, at least ¾ length.
Underskirt is softer gray fabric, also petal shaped in front may be longer. 2 pieces, silk.
Only catch a quick glimpse of the ridding breaches, light plum, heavy knit, tight fitting. These are confirmed by the toy. The toy shows breaches, but pictures show knit leggings. She wears customer knee high soft brown boots. These are very detailed lace ups.
Arwen has three fish hook (herring bone, fish tail) braids in the chase scene.
Note: the method for drafting a continuous roll collar can be a little trickier when you have to copy such a stiff collar, as you need to visualise what it would do if laid flat on the pattern. Sometimes a little good old fashioned guesswork helps! Plus, you have to know the rules in order to break them!
-The bottom of the bodice tapers to a point, front and C.B., about three inches below natural waist.
-The collar is high at the back and does not cross over at the front. The degree of curve in the collar is fairly small, it has pretty straight edges, except just where it joins the C.F.
-In addition, I have extended the C.F. only enough for seam allowances, because there is no buttonstand on this garment, it being a C.F. closure. The garment would definitely be fully lined in the bodice, both for comfort and to minimize topstitching. It allows fastening to be invisible, also.
Use a heavy weight interfacing.
Note: for full detailing check out Naomi's tips on Rolled Collar Construction.
Extra pattern notes:
Want to remake her gloves? Check out this site for glove making help: www.glove.org .
Focus on the skirts
A few shots in the skirt section and we have pics from the 6" toy.
Focus on Hair
Make the braid!!!
This page was last updated 04/22/08