BlusterSquall
 


Costume :Padme Amidala
Variant :Lake Dress
Source :Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None


Costume Photos

Padme

Padme

Padme Amidala

Padme Amidala

Padme Amidala

Lady of Naboo

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £100

Comments

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You're going to look lovely in this ... look forward to seeing it (and you) at the ball =^_^=

by Lunar_Kitten on Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 - 16:45
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Stunning choice. I think you'll look lovely.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 - 19:45
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This is so beautiful and I cant wait to see it x3

by stripey_dani on Sunday, 1 November, 2009 - 11:25
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Oh awesome ^__^

by Zelda on Monday, 2 November, 2009 - 12:45
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OOOH *O* I love her Lake Dress!!
I was waiting for someone to do this. Great progress so far, it's looking really purdy! You are going to look gorgeous~ <3

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 3 November, 2009 - 22:59
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This will be so pretty. Good call on the Georgette, go go safety base layer!

Another good fabric like that is anything made of viscose, that stuff is so floaty (but not see through), it also comes in an elastane mix which is super floaty light!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 4 November, 2009 - 14:01
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Oh wow! You'll look so gorgeous~

by Shenny on Wednesday, 4 November, 2009 - 21:29
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This is going to be so GORGEOUS! <3 Plus that fabric dyeing looks like so much fun : D Good luck and can't wait to see it in person!

by Uni on Wednesday, 4 November, 2009 - 22:03
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Beautiful progress so far!

by stripey_dani on Wednesday, 4 November, 2009 - 22:20
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Heh me again, but woooow it looks gorgeous x3

by stripey_dani on Thursday, 5 November, 2009 - 21:45
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Those colours look so delicious!

by Uni on Thursday, 5 November, 2009 - 21:58
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You are going to look stunning and fabulous in that dress, can't wait to see it at the ball when it's finished.

by RichardYami on Friday, 6 November, 2009 - 12:25
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Gradient colours looks amazing. I would be too scarred to try it myself.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 6 November, 2009 - 14:45
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It just keeps getting better and better! :D

by Telly on Saturday, 7 November, 2009 - 14:00
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Simply gorgeous <3

by stripey_dani on Sunday, 8 November, 2009 - 22:26
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Eighteen metres? Wow! But all the hard work is paying off, the dress is so pretty :)

by Luminescence on Sunday, 8 November, 2009 - 22:34
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This is looking amazing! I only wish I could attend the ball to see it! Unfortuently majority of my friends arent 18 till after the ball >_< Still look forward to seeing it finished! I'm sure your look stunning!

by MissColzyChan on Monday, 9 November, 2009 - 21:10
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Ah so pretty I love the colours in the gradient! There so colourful ^_^

by letmelive on Monday, 9 November, 2009 - 21:26
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the gown is looking beautiful hun, you should be really proud of it it looks so cool and i love how youve gradient died it, when it comes to gradient dying a costume im coming to you!

by ryaoki on Monday, 9 November, 2009 - 22:41
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Beautiful! I'm so excited to see this in person! <3

by Uni on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 19:43

This is incredible, so very beautiful.

The general construction looks so well done
And the dying!

I love it =D

by Hannah-Kiwii on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 19:44
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wow this is looking fantastic!!!

I'm glad my dying tips were of some help. You've done this amazingly! really beautiful colours =]
cant wait to see this at the ball, your going to look gob-smacking!

by Sands on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 19:57
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This is soooo pretty! Those gradient colours are beautiful - and I like the sound of the technique you used, seems like a friendly option! I also love the drape of all that chiffon (omg how did you live through hemming all of it?), and I bet it looks wonderful when you move as well.

by Angelphie on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 21:16
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: O can i just marry you now please?

by angel aiko on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 21:41
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BEAUTIFUL!

by stripey_dani on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 21:49
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Damn girl you work fast!
Really beautiful job on the gradient dyeing, it's so tricky to get even but yours looks lovely. Can't wait to see it in person :)

by Mighty Odango on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 - 22:29
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Great work with the dress... looking good ^^ going to look stunning on the ball dancefloor ...

by Combustible Lime on Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 - 13:21
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looks lovely >.<

by Ikkaku-kun on Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 - 21:11
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Stunning darling!
Can't wait to see this in person :3

by Chibi on Thursday, 12 November, 2009 - 20:00
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Fantastic work with the gradient dying. A lovely dress, and you will look so pretty in it the ball. Looking forward to seeing you there =^_^=

by Lunar_Kitten on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 13:49
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Great job on the fabric dying. Can't wait to see the completed dress.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 19:56
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Wow! Love the new pic in the snow. So lovely.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 19:41
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love the snow picture very lovely ^^

by Combustible Lime on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 21:29
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Pretty in the snow =D

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 00:47
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Snow pics - Oh my gosh you look absolutely beautifull! The photo's are really nice too, the blue tones in the dress match the blue tones in the snow. It was worth getting cold for these pics. ^__^

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 01:54
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Bah! You got to the snow before me! XD *is desperate to take some snow shots* hehe. The dress looks gooooorgeous though! The dye work really came out lovely! :)

by Monkey on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 11:47
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nyawwww wonderful 8D *humms the starwars music* 8D

by Ikkaku-kun on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 15:26
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you look stunning <3

by angel aiko on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 19:41
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hell yeah XD, you look great, and the cosplay is amazing ^^

by nanahara on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 22:55
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Snow pics are so pretty and I love love love the colours!

Now get inside and keep warm! ^_^

by perfectly_purple on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 13:29
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Absolutely beautiful! The snow photo is a great composition too, very serene.

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 13:42
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You look so cold!
The gradient dying looks great against the snow though.

by Ilpala on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 19:40
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Lovely photos - the snow complements the soft colours of your dress really well :-)

by Lunar_Kitten on Thursday, 7 January, 2010 - 16:01
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Taking full advantage of the snow I see :p Good girl
You look beautiful xxx

by Bambi. on Monday, 11 January, 2010 - 11:04
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Gosh you're pretty Miss Silver <3

by Nocturnal Blossom on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 17:17
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This cosplay looks pretty awesome to be honest (Y)

by Stubbled Grapes on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 23:52
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You look amazing in this :)

by Mungojerrie on Thursday, 18 February, 2010 - 00:08
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Absolutely stunning! I love how you dyed the fabric! :3

by Member-XI on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 02:09
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Thanks a lot. :] It was actually quite easy dying the fabric after thinking it through and getting some advice from my friend, Sands.

by BlusterSquall on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 02:19
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This is just so beautiful ^^ i adore this outfit!

by Zelda on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 02:43
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Just so adore the new photos. Looking so lovely.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 07:06
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@Tif: Thank you. ^__^ I'm really glad people like it, it was quite a challenge to make. x3
@Seph: Thanks~~ I love the photos too, it was bloody cold though! XD Hopefully I'll get some more taken in the summer when its warmer and ... sunny! x3

by BlusterSquall on Saturday, 20 March, 2010 - 13:37
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I love the gradient! Never heard of the diluted fabric paint sprayed on technique before, I'll have to try it out! :D

by Freyarule on Thursday, 8 April, 2010 - 19:09
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the dress is so gorgeous! ^_^ you've done an amazing job~

by Wildeth on Monday, 12 April, 2010 - 10:39
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Looks really amazing! Meant to ask is there still a star wars group at oct expo?!

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 - 11:55
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That dye job is gorgeous~ <333

by Illulyn on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 15:53
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So pretty <3

by Alyx on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 16:44
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Wow the dress is lovely!
And you look really pretty <33

by My__RoadOfBlood on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 20:37
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This is such a gorgeous costume :D

by WhiteWraith on Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 - 11:54
 

To-Do List

Dress - base layerHighComplete
Neck PieceHighComplete
Gradient dye top dress layerHighComplete
Dress - top layerHighComplete
Dress - middle layerHighComplete
SleevesMediumComplete
Attach sleeves to the back of the dressMediumComplete
Gradient dye sleevesMediumComplete
Figure out how to do the hairMediumIn Progress
Buy shoesLowComplete

Journal

Hair (again) (Posted 21st November 2009)

I think I've figured out my hair dilemma. Trying to mimic the original hair style is nearly impossible with hair the same length as mine. BUT I've looked at other versions of the costumes by people and may have found an alternative.
Its going to involve a collapsable hair band and craploads of small flowers!

Hair (Posted 18th November 2009)

I've had a trial run with the hair. Unfortunately I don't have enough hair to do it accurately, so unless I find a hair piece in the next week that I can use, I'll have a similar style to Padme - it just won't be exactly the same.

I had some advice from Kelldar from cos.com, who was really, really helpful with the hair (even did me a small diagram on paint!). I will need to have wet hair, and then moose (yes, I know. I don't know how to spell the actual product!) the crap out of it to get it slick. I then have to twist my hair to get it tight and bobby pin it to hell to keep it twisted and up in the mini conch shape.

I am going to look for a hair band that I can cover or manipulate for the purple hair band. Failing that - foam curlers and ribbon.

Finished (Posted 18th November 2009)

Well, this costume is now totally complete aside from one tiny detail which will take about 5 minutes.
The sleeves have been hemmed had now have elastic inside them to hold them up comfortably. So I won't be cutting off the blood supply to my arms.
The necklace/neck piece is done too. I haven't varnished it, its shiny enough not to need it. And I used the chord of an old necklace I had to keep it together.
I need to get myself some body tape to keep the dress on my front (I really don't feel like flashing everyone). I'm going to get a stick on bra, also.

Shoes (Posted 12th November 2009)

Bought my shoes.
They're a silver pair of ballet pumps from New Look. They have a diamente bow on the front, but I'm going to cut it off.

Necklace (Posted 11th November 2009)

After staring at referance pictures today at work I came home and made myself five stencils for the different layers of the necklace. It should sit at the base of my neck, as in the images.
Each piece is buckram re-inforcing craft foam glued to each other and then glued in a staggered style.
I'm painting them with acrylic paint.
I'll be getting a chain (or chord) to attach to it to keep it around my neck. :]

Having a break this evening (Posted 10th November 2009)

I'm having a short break tonight from sewing to chill out and get an early night. I've been working on this costume flat out for the last 2 weeks; so I think a break is deserved.

I need to add some elastic into the top of the sleeves so they stay up. And I need to hem the sleeves and attach them to the back of the dress. But its all right! I have time. I'm doing pretty well with this. :D

More material (Posted 9th November 2009)

More material for my sleeves and also bought some buckram for the necklace. I have plenty of craft foam at home, but the buckram will re-inforce it to keep it nice and safe when its on and in transit.

I showed the progress pictures to a couple of the girls in Fabricland, Scarlett and Jess - they were very impressed.
I hope to have my sleeves done tonight.

Dress Finished (Posted 8th November 2009)

Well - all eighteen metres of the three skirts have been hemmed! That took a lot of time. >__<
But the dress is done. So I have an outfit for the ball at least!!! Gonna get some more material tomorrow to make the sleeves. Hopefully will have them done tomorrow after work. And then I have to paint/dye them!

Going to get some buckram for the neck piece too.

Dress (almost) complete! (Posted 7th November 2009)

Well, the top layer (the layuer with the gradient) is dry and finished. I had to make a new top to it, because the original got a little bit of blue dye on it that wouldn't come out with Vanish. Wasn't hard though. I have a template for the shirt part of it which only takes about ten minutes to cut out and sew on.

The top layer needs sewing to the actual dress now, so I'll be doing that today as well as shortening the dress somewhat. At the moment its so long I have to really hoik it up to walk. So I'll shorten it a bit so it just covers my feet. I'll still have to pick up the dress to walk - but it will be easier that it is now.

I love how my gradient dying came out. The method was fantastic (thank you Laura~ <3) and i will be doing it on the sleeves too. I'm going to buy some more yellow chiffon (there's currently 12 metres in the dress. It'll probably go up to 16 metres over all with the sleeves included).

Gradient dying and 3rd dress. (Posted 5th November 2009)

I made the third dress today~ Its the final dress, my top dress. :D Made out of the lemon yellow chiffon and its pretty~
I'm started on the gradient dying too. I'm using a technique Laura (Sandss) suggested which is watered down fabric paint.

So far it works like a treat. It dylon fabric paint and water in a spray bottle that you'd get for like, spraying water on plants. I'm just doing a scrap piece right now; so I'm going to wait and see how that looks when its dry before doing the actual dress.

But its looking promising!

Why I sometime try to work early shifts (Posted 4th November 2009)

Early shifts mean I'm up at the arsecrack of dawn, but they mean I have the afternoon to work on things.
That's why this dress is coming together fairly simply.
I did another dress layer today using my ivory colour georgette. Originally I was planning on using white jersey, but the georgette was a much better choice. Its a similar consistancy to the chiffon, so it covers me up, so I'm not naked totally naked under the chiffon, without loosing any flow and drape.
Slight downside is that the georgette is fairly heavy. Bit its okay.

I will be doing another layer of lemon yellow chiffon to go over the current layer. Provided this is enough, that top layer will then start being painted.

Will (HOPEFULLY) have enough material left over to do the sleeves.

Where my wallet cries at me (Posted 4th November 2009)

I just spent £50 on material for this dress.
I had to buy another 6 metres of lemon chiffon as the original 6 metres weren't enough to do more that 1 layer. In the time of waiting for my fabric to be cut I found a new material I've never used but has a similar feel to chiffon called Georgette.
Its got a similar look and feel, but its thicker without weighing me down, so I biought 6 metres to do a middle layer of Georgette in the dress so I'm not quite so naked. I will hopefully get that layer done tonight!

First Layer of Chiffon (Posted 3rd November 2009)

Soo... I've done the first layer of chiffon for the dress. Its fairly naked at the moment, so I'm going to get some more material tomorrow.
I'll be getting about 12 metres to do another 2 layers on the dress (yeah. there are 6 metres of material in the top and skirt.
The skirt segment is about... oh... 4 metres itself. I think this'll be quite heavy by the end of the making process, but the chiffon is gorgeous. Its flows beautifully. <3

Gets (Posted 28th October 2009)

I have a pattern, McCalls M5136 which is going to need some serious editting dueing the making process to get it marginally like the actual dress and I have 6 metres of yellow chiffon which will be use to make the draping effect.
I'm going to see if I have any white jersey or cotton/elastine mix at home that I can use to make an under dress (so I'm not totally naked underneath it). Failing that I'll by some more.