Eowyn's Funeral Garb
Additional Names - Blue Gown or Brown Velvet
Version 2.0 - April 2005
Eowyn's Funeral Gown is seen in only bits and pieces. While in TTT, the dress appears brown, it is dark navy velvet while the mantle and hood are a dark blue-grey. It is almost the same pattern as Eowyn's Green Gown.
Note: the Rohan TTT scenes are very darkened and have a brown overtone to them.
This gown is the most formal of all her gowns, with the exception of her Coronation gown that was added at the last moment. She wears all her jewelry and crown. She dons mantle and hood for the funeral.
This blue velvet gown with gold accents is shaped very much like her green gown. It is a one piece dress with a series of "cheats" to form the look of layers. It has a high necked golden yoke, wide bell shaped sleeves, and a split skirt that reveals a gold skirt underneath.
For the funeral, she also wears a long blue-grey mantel fastened at the shoulders and a separate triangular "hood".
Bodice Shape & Sleeves
Eowyn's Funeral gown has the standard side fitted bodice with back invisible zipper and set in sleeves. We know there is a center seam under the belt, but don't have an exact picture. However, it's a good chance that it's the same as her White Wool gown with slight drop waist in front with a soft curve.
The sleeves fit tight on the upper arm but widen into a bell that falls to knee level. Sleeves are approximately fingertip length. These outer sleeves are bag lined in a navy cotton.
There is a gold brocade false undersleeve. This extends only to just below the elbow. A lighter fabric goes up into the sleeve from there. It is assumed that the same lacing as used on the Coronation gown undersleeve keeps the sleeve tight.
Yoke Details / Necklace
The yoke is wide cut from a stiff golden taupe brocade fabric. It appears to be It has a very tall mandarin collar with a rounded, cord-piped edge. The gown's zipper goes all the way up though the collar in back.
A gold rope piping or core edges the collar and the bottom of the yoke. A thick pointy gold lace edges the yoke also, point inward. Either the gold rope or another thin trim runs down the center of the yoke. (Guess - this is covering a center seam.)
With this seam, there will not be one of the shoulders, instead, the pattern will look a bit like 1/3 a circle, but stretched towards the shoulders.
When making the dress....
The blue velvet may go all the way up to the small neck hole... in fact, making it this way and just laying the yoke on top, will strengthen the dress. This will also help make sure that the mantle pins don't rip though the dress if someone steps on it.
Before putting in the zipper... make up the yoke body separately. Use the piping to turn under the edge of the gold fabric. Sew on the lace to the yoke. Put on the gown and have someone lay the yoke on top of the velvet and pin the two necklines together at the center and side points. then working from center front pin the bottom of the yoke to the blue. Make sure to get it smooth and pin often all the way over the shoulders to the center back.
Attach the collar to all layers of fabric. Install the zipper.
There are no gathers in these skirts. They are fitted perfectly into the waist seam (which drops into a soft curve in front).
The front panel of the skirt hangs straight down like a tabard, so there are two slits on either side of the skirt to reveal and underskirt made of a heavy golden/taupe brocade fabric made with metallic fibers.
It is guessed that the back side piece is all one with a center back seam that the zipper extends into. There probably is a short train... like the green gown.
It's hard to tell how far around the gold underskirt extends. It may just be a false front like Elizabethan upper-class gowns. (Make the whole skirt from the lining and then lay the gold on top of it... about twice as wide as the front panel opening.
All pieces appear to be bag lined. Everything meets at the waist. Since we see nothing, assuming it's that navy lining again.
We do not see a tie to hold the front panel up. However, there are belt loops on the sides and back to hold the belt in place over the seam area.
Please do not copy any pictures out from this area. We are working on correcting them... and if these get out in the wild... we're never get the corrections out there properly
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This page was last updated 04/22/08