Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Padme AOTC Packing Gown

Padme's "Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones" Packing Gown:

(Click for larger view)

I have loved this costume since I first saw preview pictures of it before the movie even came out, so it was with delight that I accepted a commission to make the armbands and headpiece jewelry for a woman in Canada. I just finished and mailed them out to her, so I will share the finished pictures (I zipped through the construction of them so fast, I didn't take time to take pictures).

First, some comparison pictures from the real gown. As always, pictures of the actual gown are thanks to Padawan's Guide:
Headpiece jewelry.

Armbands (I noticed that in the museum display, some of the armbands got put on upside down...only a fanatic like me would notice something like that!).

On to my versions, all made using mostly Sculpey III clay:

Headpiece jewelry with flash.

Headpiece jewelry without flash.

Armbands with flash.

Armbands without flash.

Armbands, without flash, lying on table.

Update: The Phantom Menace Battle Padme

Since updates don't bounce up to the top of the list, I'll post about the update I have for the Phantom Menace Battle Padme commission I just finished. You can view the update here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Aqua Georgette Update

I wanted to wear my Padme aqua georgette gown under a tulle over dress to be a ghost for Halloween, but I spent so much time on my husband's costume (Ghostbuster) that I ran out of time for mine and was just making sewing mistakes, so I set it aside. Here are a couple update pictures of the yoke/bodice progress. I have a start to the body of the gown, but have no pictures of that yet.

Before cutting the scalloped neck-edge.

After the scalloped neck-edge was cut.

To see my previous update: Click HERE.

Overdue Ghostbusters Update

I haven't felt well since Halloween, so I've put off an update, but here are a few pictures of the pack build and some pictures of our Halloween party held at my sister's house. My husband went as Ray Stantz, I was a lady ghost, the kids were ghosts, my sister was Dana, her husband was Peter Venkman, their 3 kids were ghosts, my brother was Egon Spengler and his wife was Janine (their kids were various non-Ghostbusters related things).

My husband's pack wasn't 100% finished by the party, but I'd say it was 90% if not more. My brother, who was making the pack for my brother-in-law also, didn't get his packs finished in time. We all still had a lot of fun. The food even matched the theme. We had "proton stream" spaghetti, green Jell-O "slime", Twinkies, and Stay Puft Marshmallow man dessert (Mississippi mud pie cake), along with an awesome veggie pizza my sister Becky made to look like the no ghost symbol!

"Peter", "Egon", and "Ray"

Ready to believe you!

My brother-in-law Dan as Peter, my sister Becky as Dana, and their kids as ghosts.

My husband Jason as Ray, me as a lady ghost, and our kids as ghosts.

I had wanted to wear a Padme gown under the tulle ghost over gown, but I was rushing too fast and making mistakes, so I put it aside and wore a regular dress underneath. It wasn't as nice, but it worked.

My brother Dean as Egon (wearing Jason's pack) and my sister-in-law Lisa as Janine.

The "No-Ghost" logo veggie pizza that my sister made.

The bibs I made for the kids.

One of the key fobs I made.

Various boxes in the build process.

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Padme Packing Gown Measurement Chart

Here is a rough sketch of the measurements I'll need for the Padme "Packing Gown" headpiece/jewelry and armbands (click on image for larger view):

For the headpiece, I'll need a measurement from point A (just above the ear) to point B (center of forehead at hairline). I'll also need a measurement from point A to point C across the top of the head (lying flat against the hair).

For the armbands, you need to determine where each of the 4 bands will be positioned on your arm and take 4 measurements, D, E, F, & G, over the shirt preferably. If each of your arms is significantly different than the other, you should take each measurement for both arms.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I haven't felt very well lately, so I only have one picture downloaded, but I thought I better put at least it up. I hope to have more up later.

Here are the kids, my husband & I on Halloween at my sister Becky's house. We ran out of time and didn't get the Proton pack 100% complete, though it was nearly so. I had to give up on my under gown, since I was just making mistakes in the rush to finish it on time. I want it to be nice for when I wear it as a Padme gown, so I decided to wait on it and wear a regular dress under the ghost over gown instead. It wasn't as nice, but it worked ok. I opted to make the kids' ghost costumes colorful, because I figured their cousins would be in white ghost costumes. Most of the ghosts seen in the movies aren't white but colorful anyway.