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Jutta - Germany

Eowyn's Green Gown

  Back lacing details

This is my favorite LOTR-costume and it took a long time to make it. The pattern is my own construction.  I used more than 7 yards of dark green cotton velvet. I had had the velvet for more than one year sitting in my cupboard at home, but I had no time or any idea how to make this costume.  Also it was too difficult to find a nice brocade for the sleeves, the front and the collar.  So, I searched for another fabric.  I found a red-yellow patterned stretch velvet and dyed it in a beautiful green. Then I was ready to create the gown.

Fabric before and after dying Quilting for the sleeves

The gown has a bodice with a long skirt. I lined the bodice with a cotton material to make it stronger because I wanted to tie it together with a cord on the backside. I don’t like zippers for LOTR and medieval costumes.

I embroidered the collar, the sleeves and the front with gold.  It took WEEKS to complete all that handwork. For the trim around the collar I used green Dupioni silk and embroidered it too. I had to do this all by hand... and my fingers are still aching.

Collar Trim Embroidery Quilted Bodice Collar
Bodice front, trim almost completed Back of bodice trim

I made a Cloak too. It is rounded at the shoulders and is made of honey-brown velvet and some of the same velvet as my gown. The lining is wool fabric. I added the same embroidery that I had used on my gown.

Cloak Cloak embroidery detail


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