Arwen's Dream Gown
Version 2.1 - September 2004
(was Periwinkle Lingerie)
Aragorn flashes back to his last sunrise at Rivendell. Arwen is like a dream in the sunrise in a simple looking gown that is reminiscent of the Greek chiton.
Light purple gown. Less a dress and more lingerie. The gown is fitted but by no visible method. At first glance it appear to be very similar to a Greek chiton since it appears to be held on just by one point on each shoulder and drapes loosely in front and extra fabric hangs off the sides.
Exact color guesses range from periwinkle to lavender. It is hard to tell with the color grading. The fabric is very shear because even with two layers her figure silhouette can be seen. The fabric drapes like silk. There is a very small print on the fabric, but in can only be seen at the neck and sides because it is worn inside out... like many other LOTR fabrics.
There are no seams in the dress. The salvage edge is at the neck line. The two layers are separate at the top. The back underlayer fits closer. The straps of the dress fit very snuggly to her providing the bust support. The underlayer is probably a regular dress under the bust line. The outer layer is pinched in fairly tightly from bust to waist, leaving the rest of the width of fabric to flow free..
In this case the zipper in probably on the side in the underlayer only. Or it could be hooks.
To make - short cuts
We know the gown is fitted, but you can make a beautiful version using a simple but ancient pattern.
There is an ancient Greek version called the Ionic chiton. It is not fitted and may need a belt.
Making the top layer of Arwen's Dream Gown
The top layer of the dream gown consists of two large rectangles of fabric. The rectangles should reach from the shoulder to the ground. The width is a matter of taste, but more about that later.
1. Take one of the rectangles and hold it against your back, so that itís center is right between your shoulders. This piece will be the back panel. Make two marks at the top where you want your Ďstrapsí to go.
2. Hold the other rectangle in front of you, again so that itís centered. This will be your front panel. Find the places where you want your Ďstrapsí to go, but this time place your marks about 4" further away from the center of the rectangle.
3. Connect the marks on your front and back panel; right to right, left to left. And there you have the drapey neckline. Now all thatís left is the side seams. There is no way to describe where exactly to put the side seams; just play around with them until you get the drape right.
4. The rest of the fabric is left to drape freely. The drapery on the sides is basically just huge seam allowance. This is why itís a matter of taste how wide you make your panels. The wider, the more drapery. The width of the fabric used on the original dress is probably about 60".
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