Padme Amidala (Lake Dress) - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones





Lunar_Kitten posted on 20 October, 2009 - 16:45
You're going to look lovely in this ... look forward to seeing it (and you) at the ball =^_^=

Sephirayne posted on 20 October, 2009 - 19:45
Stunning choice. I think you'll look lovely.

stripey_dani posted on 1 November, 2009 - 11:25
This is so beautiful and I cant wait to see it x3

Zelda posted on 2 November, 2009 - 12:45
Oh awesome ^__^

Charlie-Bear posted on 3 November, 2009 - 22:59
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

Amy-Lou posted on 4 November, 2009 - 14:01
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!

Shenny posted on 4 November, 2009 - 21:29
Oh wow! You'll look so gorgeous~

Uni posted on 4 November, 2009 - 22:03
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!

stripey_dani posted on 4 November, 2009 - 22:20
Beautiful progress so far!

stripey_dani posted on 5 November, 2009 - 21:45
Heh me again, but woooow it looks gorgeous x3

Uni posted on 5 November, 2009 - 21:58
Those colours look so delicious!

RichardYami posted on 6 November, 2009 - 12:25
You are going to look stunning and fabulous in that dress, can't wait to see it at the ball when it's finished.

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 November, 2009 - 14:45
Gradient colours looks amazing. I would be too scarred to try it myself.

Telly posted on 7 November, 2009 - 14:00
It just keeps getting better and better! :D

stripey_dani posted on 8 November, 2009 - 22:26
Simply gorgeous <3

Luminescence posted on 8 November, 2009 - 22:34
Eighteen metres? Wow! But all the hard work is paying off, the dress is so pretty :)

Moonchild posted on 9 November, 2009 - 21:10
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!

letmelive posted on 9 November, 2009 - 21:26
Ah so pretty I love the colours in the gradient! There so colourful ^_^

ryaoki posted on 9 November, 2009 - 22:41
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!

Uni posted on 10 November, 2009 - 19:43
Beautiful! I'm so excited to see this in person! <3

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 10 November, 2009 - 19:44
This is incredible, so very beautiful. The general construction looks so well done And the dying! I love it =D

Sands posted on 10 November, 2009 - 19:57
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!

Angelphie posted on 10 November, 2009 - 21:16
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.

angel aiko posted on 10 November, 2009 - 21:41
: O can i just marry you now please?

stripey_dani posted on 10 November, 2009 - 21:49

Mighty Odango posted on 10 November, 2009 - 22:29
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 :)

Limegreenjelly posted on 11 November, 2009 - 13:21
Great work with the dress... looking good ^^ going to look stunning on the ball dancefloor ...

Ikkaku-kun posted on 11 November, 2009 - 21:11
looks lovely >.<

Chibi posted on 12 November, 2009 - 20:00
Stunning darling! Can't wait to see this in person :3

Lunar_Kitten posted on 19 November, 2009 - 13:49
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 =^_^=

Sephirayne posted on 17 December, 2009 - 19:56
Great job on the fabric dying. Can't wait to see the completed dress.

Sephirayne posted on 18 December, 2009 - 19:41
Wow! Love the new pic in the snow. So lovely.

Limegreenjelly posted on 18 December, 2009 - 21:29
love the snow picture very lovely ^^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 19 December, 2009 - 00:47
Pretty in the snow =D

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 December, 2009 - 01:54
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. ^__^

Monkey posted on 19 December, 2009 - 11:47
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! :)

Ikkaku-kun posted on 19 December, 2009 - 15:26
nyawwww wonderful 8D *humms the starwars music* 8D

angel aiko posted on 19 December, 2009 - 19:41
you look stunning <3

nanahara posted on 19 December, 2009 - 22:55
hell yeah XD, you look great, and the cosplay is amazing ^^

perfectly_purple posted on 6 January, 2010 - 13:29
Snow pics are so pretty and I love love love the colours! Now get inside and keep warm! ^_^

Amy-Lou posted on 6 January, 2010 - 13:42
Absolutely beautiful! The snow photo is a great composition too, very serene.

Ilpala posted on 6 January, 2010 - 19:40
You look so cold! The gradient dying looks great against the snow though.

Lunar_Kitten posted on 7 January, 2010 - 16:01
Lovely photos - the snow complements the soft colours of your dress really well :-)

Bambi. posted on 11 January, 2010 - 11:04
Taking full advantage of the snow I see :p Good girl You look beautiful xxx

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 15 February, 2010 - 17:17
Gosh you're pretty Miss Silver <3

Stubbled Grapes posted on 15 February, 2010 - 23:52
This cosplay looks pretty awesome to be honest (Y)

Mungojerrie posted on 18 February, 2010 - 00:08
You look amazing in this :)

Member-XI posted on 20 March, 2010 - 02:09
Absolutely stunning! I love how you dyed the fabric! :3

BlusterSquall posted on 20 March, 2010 - 02:19
Thanks a lot. :] It was actually quite easy dying the fabric after thinking it through and getting some advice from my friend, Sands.

Zelda posted on 20 March, 2010 - 02:43
This is just so beautiful ^^ i adore this outfit!

Sephirayne posted on 20 March, 2010 - 07:06
Just so adore the new photos. Looking so lovely.

BlusterSquall posted on 20 March, 2010 - 13:37
@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

Freyarule posted on 8 April, 2010 - 19:09
I love the gradient! Never heard of the diluted fabric paint sprayed on technique before, I'll have to try it out! :D

Wildeth posted on 12 April, 2010 - 10:39
the dress is so gorgeous! ^_^ you've done an amazing job~

Captain_Marvelous posted on 10 August, 2010 - 11:55
Looks really amazing! Meant to ask is there still a star wars group at oct expo?!

Illulyn posted on 13 November, 2010 - 15:53
That dye job is gorgeous~ <333

Alyx posted on 13 November, 2010 - 16:44
So pretty <3

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 13 November, 2010 - 20:37
Wow the dress is lovely! And you look really pretty <33

WhiteWraith posted on 25 March, 2014 - 11:54
This is such a gorgeous costume :D

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Progress Journal

21st November 2009

Hair (again)

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!

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, 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.

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.

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.

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. :]

10th November 2009

Having a break this evening

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

9th November 2009

More material

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.

8th November 2009

Dress Finished

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.

7th November 2009

Dress (almost) complete!

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).

5th November 2009

Gradient dying and 3rd dress.

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!

4th November 2009

Why I sometime try to work early shifts

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.

4th November 2009

Where my wallet cries at me

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!

3rd November 2009

First Layer of Chiffon

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

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.