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Firnrothiel - California, USA

Arwen book inspired grey gown

Description from FotR, Many Meetings:

"Above her brow her head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering white; but her soft grey raiment had no ornament save a girdle of leaves wrought in silver."

Armed only with that sentence, I set forth....

Dress Pattern:

For the dress, I used view B from McCalls 3663.

Pattern Modifications:

I didn't modify the pattern at all, except for shortening it, of course. :) This was an exciting project for me, because I did practically all of the pinning, cutting, and sewing myself. My mom only stepped in to set in the sleeves, since I was getting frustrated and dangerous. :) (I went to work on the cap instead.)


I got a nice soft grey material for the dress (unfortunately, I don't remember what kind -- some sort of polyester -- my receipt says "platinum casa crepe") and some yummy deep purple flannel-backed satin for the yoke and sleeve accents.


For the cap, I did some circular bead netting. I followed the pattern on this page

for a while, and then doubled the number of loops to 16 and did a few more rows like that. I used translucent grey seed beads (lined in black) and some small crystal beads scattered throughout. It was lots of fun, fairly quick, and not very difficult either.


For the girdle, I happened by chance on some silver craft leaves in my local art store:

I glued the leaves to a thin silver ribbon, and then my mom kindly sewed the whole thing onto a metal belt I got on sale at Macy's. :) It worked well, although the leaves pretty much disintegrated over the course of line waiting and movie watching. As my cousin pointed out, I was just leaving little bits of glistening elvish leaf dust everywhere I went.

Side Note:

When I went to opening night, I also wore my fellowship cloak over the whole thing, figuring that Arwen could've gotten something like that during her last visit to grandma's house. :)

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