Just the Shirt
Legolas's shirt... V1.6 Aug, 2003
Rough draft... we know it's not correct, but it's just the starting point
for our discussion.
The shape show here is OK... but not the decoration or details. Note:
the shirt decorations here are basically from the art book.
(We now know the sleeves are raglan, not set in and the collar rolled.
Picture to be updated.)
This is hard. There are not a lot of pictures and they're all blue, slightly
The hero version of Legolas's shirt/tunic is only seen by itself during the fellowship's first evening
in Lothlorien. The scene which the elves sing Gandalf's lament has an
other worldly soft blue tone. Much detail is obscured.
The DVD and the ROM exhibit show that the shirt is not really light blue.
It is actually silver-grey. So, if you are going to reproduce the shirt
you must decide on movie colors or real life colors, baby blue or silver.
The mid-thigh length shirt is made out of mid-weight duponi silk. It has side pleats/gores inserted from the waist down. It is
close fitted to the point that the body pulls a bit and the sleeves wrinkle.
(In real life, not the type of stuff an archer would like.) The shirt
opens down the front and has 4 silver fastenings that start at the top of the
chest bone and end at the waist (though he wears his belt lower).
It has a rolled color so the shirt and collar have been cut out of a single piece to give it a sweep upward. This sweep is accentuated by the low top
The sleeves are a raglan cut. The sleeves bell as they go toward the
wrist, but not too much.
There is lacing on the underarm seam from about 4 inches above the cuff to
mid-upper arm. Depending on the shirt seen, there are either grommets (or
for the "hero" version) thread eyelets. Though even this definition gets
complicated. The picture from the poster shows the bottom half thread
eyelets and the top metal. However, the version in the "Traveling Exhibit"
has metal eyelets from the wrist up to to beyond the vambrace and then all the
upper ones are thread eyelets. (So, make your choice. Everything
Special note: the main shirt used during most of the filming does not have a back,
at least not of the real material. It is just full sleeves
and a collar, w/ only the front being real. Underneath is what looks like a black t-shirt. The
assumption on why the shirt had no back was to keep the
silk shirt smooth in front while all the gear is strapped under it.
Also, the non hero version does not an opening in the front. Again this is
probably so it lays right.
|Photo of the poster, You're looking
at the underside of the sleeve. Sleeve at the bottom, vambrace at
There is a belt made from 5 flat braided strips. (Same technique and
Gandalf the Grey's belt.) There is a small leaf buckle on this. Only
worn with the "hero" version of the shirt. It comes to a bit of
a point in front.
|We see Legolas bending over a monitor
with PJ in a shot in the LOTR fan magazine (vol3)
Drawing by Naomi
|Here is the design flattened. Note
it is not symmetrical. (Though we're still debating how much of
this is caused by fabric stress.) Soon we will also present a
(Artwork by CDR)
The sleeve hem is turned under to stiffen the bell slightly.
Over the sleeve and shoulder is a decorated appliqué that has been top stitched
down. The exact boundaries of the appliqué are not yet know. BUT, it is
flat... so it must narrow going toward the neck
art by Nicole
Here's our best sketch of the clasps on Legolas's shirt. The swish
on the left is slightly edged and is flat. The rest seems to be
wires with ball ends.
As far as we can tell there is only one sewing hole. The other
stitching is just tacked across the bar. We think there are just 3
stitches but this part is open for discussion.
|Can see just a bit of the clasps here. We know the
toy's can't tell all the detailing but there's a bit of a loop of some
(note, some pics will have two sources and some groups together are close
but not exact because the sources here appear to be screen caps.)
- Just in shirt - continuity shot
- Back of the shirt - black open version - continuity shot
- full shot, fuzzy
- Note how the back is open. We can't quite tell if there are
two full layers, w/ the black being long sleeve to protect the silk
shirt from the skin or not. Note there does seem to be a gap on
the sides where the black is tighter. Seems to be same fabric we
see on Gandalf's sweater.
- Continuity shot of shirt center, belt, buckle and sleeves
http://www.legolas.ipm.cgm.pl/detail9.jpg (slow load)
- cu of center of shirt w/ belt featured.
- Color of shirt here is the original silver dupioni.
- Good shot of claps.
- Looks to be about a 1 1//2 inch facing on the inside of the shirt.
- Walking right, basin in the foreground - set of shots
- Looking up, listening to lament (slightly different) -set of shots
- Looking up, hobbits behind (soft focus) Almost same shot as
- Lookup up to right, listening to the lament, holding pitcher
- Twist to right, looking straight at camera
- CU - high rez... large
- Can just see a bit of the sleeve cap. Can see a wrinkle where
it shapes over the shoulder.... but doesn't look like we've got a
seam there either at the shoulder or up the center of the
- Holding pitcher, looking down, with PJ and Sam
- Set of pics with the blue shirt - Gandalf's Lament
- BtS, Legolas and PJ looking at a monitor
- A break during shooting, Eomer, Gandalf, Legolas and Gimli mini-me
About the undersleeve lacing
This seems to vary depending on what shirt he is wearing.
- The "shirt only" hero shirt has bell sleeves and does not seem to have
- There are three version with lacing, one seems to have little silver
grommets, the other has button holes for lacing. Then the hero
version doesn't have any lacings.
- Legolas stabing orc with arrow in eye
- Reaching for his knives
Extra places to look
- Many screen caps of Legolas from the movie
- Volume 3 for the Fan magazine. There is the clears photo of the
Those elf collars
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