For the last Hobbit premiere I knew I needed something special. I had planned on wearing my Tauriel again...but I have now worn that costume 6 times and it wasn't as exciting any more.
Ever since I saw Lord of the Rings and fell in love with it I have been wanting Arwen's blue and red dress.
So I decided this was the perfect excuse to make it. Because when am I going to make it otherwise?
I decided to use a pattern rather than drape one because I wanted to conserve my stores of draping fabric. TERRIBLE IDEA. This is why I drape and always, ALWAYS make a mock up. Or two.
But I had used this pattern before, a long time ago, and was pretty confident in its fit. So I set about cutting out. For reference it is a Mccall's pattern. And it is a good pattern...if you use your brain while making it...
I cut everything out, having to make some huge adjustments in the hem circumference because I didn't buy enough fabric. I was pretty pleased with the way everything was going. My fabrics were coming together nicely on the sleeves, and the trim was perfect.
For those of you unfamiliar with gores. THEY ARE AWFUL. I usually adjust my sleeve patterns so I don't have to add gores. But I had forgotten that this pattern had a gore. Forgetting the gore made the sleeves about 3 inches too low down on my arm. I cobbled something together, because I was all out of the blue fabric, and made things work...ish.
Hopefully one day I will rip this dress apart, get some more blue velvet and add a gore to really solve the problem. But for the Hobbit premiere I had an ill fitting...while pretty...dress.
I did convince my friend to wear my Tauriel costume. I think I may have turned her off of ever wearing a lace front again. The adhesive and latex was kind of mean to her face when we pulled it off her that night.
Here are the finished pictures!