Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Cosplayer: Angelphie

Variant: White Wool Gown

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

22nd May 2010: Complete! Costume complete!

Since I kept track of it for once, I know it cost me £137.48 - the breakdown is attached as an image.

22nd May 2010: Finished belt! Linking the medallions together turned out to be not that easy. The links have to be so small, and trying to bend the ends of the wire together to close the loop is near impossible, especially trying to do it without damaging the medallions.

Instead, I sewed all of them to the belt first with clear thread. They actually looked fine like that, which was comforting - if I didn’t find a way to join them, it wouldn’t matter.

I still ended up using some silver embroidery floss, which is looped around to give the appearance of links, and also is sewn through the fabric belt to help secure the medallions. I tried to leave a bit of slack in the join so that the belt can still fold up for transportation. Not too sure how to best transport it, I think it’ll involve bubblewrap, and probably a box.

18th May 2010: Finished Medallions Medallions doooooone! Now to link them up, and sew them to the belt. I think they look like Christmas tree decorations

17th May 2010: Central Medallion The central medallion uses the same sorts of materials and techniques as the others, but it was a bit more difficult.

Step 1
The backing was cut out from silver card. Not easy because of the stupid circles, my dad hit on using sandpaper to get them neat. The card takes impressions very well, so there are random engravings done lightly with a pencil.

Step 2
Thinner 22 gauge wire was shaped using same nail board as before in a slightly different way, and the beads are glued in place on it. The smallest beads go on the outer points, and 4 of the medium ones are in the centre. The wire forming the outer circle was bent around a tin; it‘s the same 16 gauge wire as used on the other medallions. Thicker 14 gauge wire was used for the uppermost designs.

Step 3
Everything is glued together, and the card backing is also coated in some Araldite to reinforce it - especially those little points on the circumference.

16th May 2010: Medallions Step 6 Complete! Rinse and repeat to make 14 of the damn things in total.

When they’re all done, I think I’ll be linking them together with more bits of wire, then using clear thread to attach them in place on the girdle belt. I also have to make the middle medallion, which has a different design. Thankfully there’s only one of it.

15th May 2010: Medallions Step 5 I cut out triangles of card, which is a little tricky even with a template, and glue them on, then stick the last 20mm ring on the back. Showing this upside down makes it clearer what’s going on, or it would if it didn’t mean white card on a white background…

14th May 2010: Medallions Step 4 The wire is glued on along with the medium size beads

13th May 2010: Medallions Step 3 Using the nail board, the wire is bent into these shapes. During the bending, one bit of wire gets the largest kind of bead threaded on in the centre, the other wire is done the same way, but without the bead, then is cut in half and glued on to form the cross pieces

We later realised that instead of cutting the cross piece wire, it was easier to put a u-shaped dip in the middle of the piece to fit around the underside of the centre bead

12th May 2010: Medallions Step 2 A 40mm curtain ring is glued on top.

11th May 2010: Medallions Step 1 I split the thin 20mm rings, and threaded 4mm beads on to them covering the joins. This was surprisingly fiddly, and sometimes the beads needed glue to hold them in place. All of these groups of 4 rings are now done.

10th May 2010: Medallions The medallion belt was the part I was dreading, so obviously I’ve left that to last! I’d studied the breakdown of the medallions, and collected together all the components I thought I’d need, but wasn’t sure how I’d actually assemble them, so just had all these beads, rings and wire sitting around for ages. Then I got my dad involved, and he did a wonderful job figuring it out for me yesterday (the solution is don’t bother with any sensible jewellery techniques, just use Araldite) and together we’ve set up a production line. Currently there are 2 and a bit medallions assembled.

The materials shown (from left) are as follows:

- silver card
- 40mm silver curtain rings
- 20mm silver rings
- beads which claim to be 6mm, but are somehow larger than the other 6mm ones I bought
- 6mm beads which are smaller than the other ones 0_o
- 4mm beads
- 16 gauge jewellery wire and a nail board made up of a chunk of spare wood and a couple of nails driven through in the right places.

You can also see a completed medallion and an idea of the stages in making it.

Not pictured: lots of Araldite, pliers, clear thread and frustration.

9th May 2010: Medallions reference Time for the medallions! As her belts are identical on other dresses, just gold instead of silver, so they make useful, clearer references.

8th May 2010: Necklace The blue gems are fimo painted with nail polish, the pieces are linked with jump rings and a chain which I took apart. It was a bad choice since it had tiny tiny links, so it was a lot of trouble to thread them on to the jump rings.

7th May 2010: Necklace The necklace consists of brass wire and fimo. I had a shot at covering it in gold leaf, but I learnt in the process that it requires insanely smooth surfaces and less intricate shapes to end up truly shiny. It’s still nice, but gold paint would have been indistinguishable (so I’m telling you all now that it’s real gold and posting the progress photo of messiness :P)

6th May 2010: Necklace reference There's a replica of the necklace for sale which costs a small fortune, so I had no choice but to attempt my own...

13th January 2010: Wig finished I spent some time finger combing through loads of conditioner to weigh it all down and help comb it. I then used the hot water straightening method, but not to do anything dramatic, just reduce the curls a little, and even out any frizziness. I left in some conditioner after the straightening too to keep it neat.

After it dried, I went on to straighten it further with a hairdryer. Mostly, I just straightened out the layers underneath, so remove more volume. The curls on the uppermost layers remain. The result is this! Definitely flatter, less curly, neater and more like what I need.

If I’d known about the layering in the wig in advance, I’d probably have bought a different wig, even if I couldn‘t get the exact colour I was after. Getting a long, straight wig to curl would probably have been the best option of all for true accuracy.

Still, this wig has turned out ok, although it’s taken more work than I’d like, I’m happy enough with the style now. I love its colour and the quality of the fibre. Maybe if I feel ambitious later I could try curling it into more accurate waves, but I’m leaving as it is for now.

12th January 2010: Wig With the length evened out, my next task was taming it. Here’s it all fluffy ready to be straightened (this pic also gives a better idea of the colour). Definitely too curly, too much volume, and you can see in the previous photo that it was springing out from the scalp, so in need of flattening down. I felt bad straightening it though, since it’s kind of awesome like this…

11th January 2010: Wig In this photo, the wefts had been added to the left side. On the right, I hadn’t yet done anything to the wig, so the shorter layers can be seen more clearly.

10th January 2010: Wig I’ve finished styling my wig! I was concerned when ordering it that it might be a bit short and too curly, and indeed it was. That was easily remedied by straightening out the curls a little, which reduced it to being nice and wavy, and also lengthened it a little.

More problematic was that it turned out to have shorter layers at the front. Luckily, the wig is incredibly thick, so I removed some of the wefts from the back, and these were repositioned at the front to even out the shorter layers there.

Here’s the wefts I removed, and what the wig looks like with a new gap at the back! I found the gap isn’t a problem, so I’ll probably just leave it like that. If it starts to be a nuisance, I can sew in some lengths of elastic.

23rd November 2009: Embroidery finished! Embroidery is doooooone! Took about 9 hours in total, I think. And it wasn’t really an onerous task, I sometimes like hand sewing since I can do it whilst watching tv, or at least I can sit wherever I want to sew, and more easily carry on a conversation at the same time…so it wasn’t like 9 hours devoted to embroidery, it was 9 hours of films/tv/conversation I’d have being doing anyway.

With all the embroidery complete, I could understitch the neck opening into place, then could finally close up the lining completely - I’d left it open where the zip is to make embroidering and other detail tasks easier. So the dress is now absolutely finished!

18th November 2009: Embroidery Last night I started on the gold sections, getting one design done. This is taking a bit longer with getting the satin stitching neat…especially with the tight circle for the flowers.

17th November 2009: Embroidery Embroidery progress! I did all the silver parts today, it took about 6 hours, which were spent in front of the tv watching a couple of films. I found the stem stitch quite friendly so long as I paid attention to which way everything was facing.

16th November 2009: Embroidery To transfer it to the fabric, I cut out my neat design, and carefully pinned it to the inside of the dress. With a bright lamp behind it, it was easy to trace the design using my water soluble pen. So I’m ready to start embroidering whenever suits me!

First though, I chose to add the last of the cream/gold cord, now that I knew where it had to go in relation to the embroidery. The photo shows that and the designs I’ve drawn out for an idea of how the finished thing will look. I think the cord looks a bit wobbly there, but it stretches out a bit when I wear it and ends up even. Also, the lining hasn’t been all sewn up and understitched so is all rubbish and pinned for the purposes of the photo. I’ll probably undo the stitching along the v-neck as well to make it easier to embroider.

15th November 2009: Embroidery I’ve been preparing for the hand embroidery around the neckline (preparation is always the boring part) I printed off the design from the lotr costume site, experimenting to get it the right size, then printed it again mirrored for the opposite side of the neckline. I had to figure out and draw the middle section myself. That gave me the design spread over three separate bits of paper, so to make it easier to trace the design onto the dress, I photocopied it to get a more convenient single piece. I then went over the design with a pen to make it very clear for showing through the dress fabric.

The photo shows that neat design I used for the tracing. The second design above it is the messier one I initially taped together. I’m going to use it as my colour reference when I’m embroidering - the bits that need done in gold have been marked on it.

15th November 2009: Embroidery reference Gold and silver embroidery around the neckline, outlined in the cream/gold cord.

14th November 2009: Cord I got round to buying the cord for the upper sleeves (6m for £3). At the moment I’ve only attached it at one point to the sleeve, and otherwise just left it wrapped round and tied. It only takes a little arranging to get the lacing positioned correctly when I put on the dress, but I might consider tacking it into place more thoroughly if it’s not too problematic.

With that cord out of the way, I’ve now bought everything I need for the dress. The only remaining things to buy for the costume will be for the accessories - the necklace and medallion belt - which hopefully won’t be much. My total spent on the costume at the moment is £107.30. That’s £31.67 on the wig, and £75.63 on the dress.

13th November 2009: Cord reference Here's a good view of the cord wrapped around the upper arm, as well as the cream/gold cord which runs around the sleeve openings, armscyes and neckline, as well as lacing up the under-sleeves.

9th November 2009: Cord I’ve also been applying the cream/gold cord. It goes around the sleeve openings, the armscyes, and around the neckline. It’s the same stuff I used to lace up the under-sleeves.

The sleeve parts are all done, but I won’t do the neckline until I’ve marked out the embroidery designs.

And the embroidery is what I’ll be starting on next, I bought a water-soluble pen to mark out the designs today (it cost me £2.99, so it had better be a damn good pen)

Apart from the embroidery, I still need to get cord for the upper sleeve lacing, and once all that’s sewn down, I’ll be able to close up the lining, and that’ll be the last of the sewing.

9th November 2009: Belt I’ve finished the last bit of machine sewing - the belt thing. I used the same gabardine as the dress, with added interfacing. It looks a little off in the photo since I'm not wearing it, and ironing would probably help, but you get the idea.

Planning out all the designs first took a while. I’ve had it sitting around for a couple of weeks now, as I’d occasionally get round to doing some more measuring, marking and pinning, then get fed up!

The vertical skirt part was easy, I counted the number of designs on the actual dress, and found the size they’d need to be to fit on to the length of my skirt. That was the simple bit, but whether the proportions would actually work out was another matter - what if I had to make curves too small in order to fit enough in? But amazingly, using the right number of designs produced curves which looked about the right size as well, so maybe Miranda Otto is about my height? I'm just delighted that it worked out perfectly first time!

The horizontal hip section was a bit more problematic, since it’s hard to count exactly how many designs there are. I was assuming it was identical to the skirt section, but wanted to check. Eowyn wears a medallion belt over the fabric part, and the medallions correspond to the gold trim designs. The usually amazing lotr costume site was amazingly wrong this time, suggesting that there are 24 medallions… which is not possible. To fit in 24 medallions, and allow for gaps between them, they’d need to be about the size of a 10p coin! Also, elsewhere on the site, it’s suggested that the medallions are about 2.5” in diameter, which is quite the contradiction.

So I chose to ignore whatever the actual number of medallions may be, and just go with a size that looked correct. My medallions are going to have a 4-5cm diameter, and there’ll be 16 of them. I think on the real belt, there can’t be more than 18 medallions, so I should be about right. In applying the medallion size to the fabric belt, the hip section ended up having identical measurements to the skirt part, which is what I was planning to do anyway.

After all that effort with maths, I had to mark out where all the trim needed to go, using a circular tin as a template for the curved lines. I drew on the interfacing on the reverse of the fabric, then with a bright light behind it, I could pin the trim in place on the correct side. I liked this method since it let me doodle away on the interfacing and experiment without having to worry about anything showing.

Actually sewing down the trim went very quickly, even though I used almost exactly all of the 10m I bought! With the curved trim sewn in place, I lined the pieces, then sewed the long straight strips of trim down, which acted to topstitch the lining in place as well.

There are hooks and eyes at the back as a closure, and belt loops, made from a thin cream cord inserted into the side seams of the dress. As well as those, I decided to put a snap in the centre front to ensure it stays in position.

8th November 2009: Belt reference Girdle belt with gold trim, and silver medallions around the waist. In some images it seems to be cream, or just parts in cream, but I decided to keep mine all white.

4th November 2009: Shoes reference These are the boots I don't like and decided not to bother with!

3rd November 2009: Dress With my under-sleeves done, I could sew them and the main sleeve lining into the rest of the lining, and that was it complete. With all my lining assembled, I went ahead and sewed it into the outer dress. I’ve left the back open just now, and I also might need to open up the neckline again to let me more easily apply the cord by hand and do the embroidery later.

So here’s the completed basic dress! One sleeve’s folded back to show its lining and under-sleeve.

The dress had also been hemmed; I did it by hand for a blind hem finish. The film dress is so apparently seamless that I wanted to continue the effect by avoiding any topstitching…not that anyone will notice, but I do like invisible hems.

I decided I would wear white sandals I already owned with the dress, since the shoes were never really going to show, and if they did, the white sandals would match the outfit reasonably well (and most importantly, I don’t like the boots Eowyn wears). So I hemmed the dress allowing for the heels on those shoes. It’s just above floor length at the front, with a small train at the back

I think I’m going to sew a hook and eye, or a wee loop of cord and button higher up, which will let me to bustle the train. White dress dragging on floor = recipe for grime. The idea is I can have the dress all super-long if I want to, with the train down, and if I also wear flat shoes, that’ll make the dress even longer for the accurate more-than-floor-length look…which I doubt I’ll want to do too often, but at least I have the option. Then if I want it to be more practical, I can wear the heeled shoes, and bustle the train up out of the way.

2nd November 2009: Undersleeves And here’s the undersleeves laced up on my arm. The cream/gold cord used to lace them up will be handsewn elsewhere on the dress - around the sleeve openings, the armscyes and neckline.

1st November 2009: Undersleeves The gold mesh fabric I ordered arrived at the start of the week, letting me complete my under-sleeves. They were the only thing preventing me from finishing off the whole dress lining, so I was stuck waiting on that fabric before I could do much more!

To make them, I used the same cream patterned lining fabric as elsewhere, but with an overlay of gold mesh. These sleeves have to lace up, and it looks as though the lacing loops are inserted into seams or darts. That seemed a convenient way to go about it, so courtesy of the Sunday Times (which helpfully is still printed in broadsheet!) I altered a sleeve pattern to have two pieces, which gives me two seams on the underside of the sleeve.

1st November 2009: Undersleeves Using my newspaper pattern, I cut the pieces out of both fabrics, and basted them together in the seam allowances. I then assembled them with French seams, which encase the lacing loops I made out of cream cord. The cord is actually a shoelace!

29th October 2009: Undersleeves reference The dress has it’s spiffy big sleeves, but also what I’m calling the under-sleeves, which are closely fitted to the arm.

19th October 2009: Lining Since my last update, the dress has been finished up, raw edges overlocked and seams pressed. With those final touches, that was the dress done, sans lining.

As for the lining, my sleeve lining fabric arrived on Wednesday. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be like - it’s a thin cream fabric, with a raised velvet pattern on it, which gives it a nice texture. The photo shows it (with and without flash) sewn into the sleeve openings. Although it’s perfect for the sleeves, where it will be visible, I wasn’t sure how suitable it would be as a lining for the rest of the dress, but gave it a shot anyway. The fabric wasn’t expensive, and I could squeeze all the lining pieces out of 3m, because the skirt didn’t have to be very full.

After assembling the lining and trying it on underneath the outer dress, it turned out the raised patterns on the lining fabric show through on the bodice, since it’s closely fitted. Luckily on the sleeves and skirt it’s fine since it’s loose enough there. So I only had to find some alternative fabric for lining the bodice. To save me having to buy more fabric, I decided just to use some of my spare gabardine for that section. Why didn’t I just do that in the first place? I didn’t want to line the whole dress in more gabardine because I don’t have enough left for that, and it’s an awkwardly thick and heavy option for a lining. Using a mixture of lining fabrics has worked out as a good compromise, saving me money, and having something to suit each section of the dress. The cream fabric shows at the sleeve openings, and will be used for the under- sleeves too. Using it for the underskirt as well means if that ends up showing at all there, it’ll seem as though I have an entire matching dress underneath, just as the under-sleeves imply on the real dress. As for the bodice, the neckline required a gabardine facing anyway, so it wasn’t much of a jump to line the rest of the bodice in white too.

To cut the lining, I used the same patterns as for the main dress (obviously), cutting the bodice identically, but reducing the size of the skirt quite a bit in order to squeeze it out of a smaller amount of fabric. It’s taken a bit of time to sew the bodice because of needing to make the same alterations I made when I made the outer dress. I didn’t anticipate requiring a lining, so just altered the dress to fit and shaped the neckline as I went along, rather than spending more time altering the pattern. That meant I now had replicate all the changes I’d previously made.

The lining is now assembled apart from sewing in the sleeves - I can‘t do that until I make the under-sleeves, which will be sewn into the armscye at the same time. I also won’t be able to completely sew the lining into the dress anyway, because I’ll probably want to keep the neckline open to make it easier to do all the embroidery and other detail work first, so the lining is going to have to sit around for quite a while!

18th October 2009: Lining reference The sleeves are lined in some kind of textured, patterned cream fabric. The fitted undersleeves are made from the same fabric.

9th October 2009: Dress It’s been about a week since I really started thinking about this costume, and that’s all the boring preparation finally over with!

Got the pieces cut out this morning, and it was finally time to start sewing. I assembled the dress very quickly. I’m amazed it worked out so well with all my mucking about with the pattern! Only one of the sleeves is in for now, because I need one to use as a pattern for the lining. Lots of minor tweaking still to do, and of course, all the detailing, but that’s essentially the basic dress done for now.

However, as usual, not everything goes smoothly. The fabric is more see-through than I anticipated, so I’m going to have to line the whole thing (hence why I’m wearing a t-shirt underneath in the photo, and you can see the black trousers I have on too!) I was originally planning to have the sleeve lining stop at the shoulder, and just finish the neckline with a facing. I’ll still be doing that, but I’ll need to line the bodice and have an underskirt too.

I ordered a jacquard sleeve lining fabric today actually (£8.42 from ebay). I may use it to line the bodice too, but it depends if I have enough and how suitable it is. I also have plenty spare gabardine from the dress, but a double layer of that would be a pretty thick, heavy lining! Most likely I’ll buy some cheap satin for lining the body of the dress. I also ordered a gold mesh fabric (£2.99 on ebay) which I’m going to use as an overlay on the under-sleeve fabric.

Total spent so far: £100.31

Gah, just broken 3 figures. But it’s mainly down to the wig, without that, the supplies are costing about what I expected. All I have left to buy is some lining fabric, cream cord for the upper sleeves, and probably a few things towards making the necklace and belt medallions, so the worst of the spending should be over...

8th October 2009: Pattern Not much time today, so just sorted out the pattern pieces. The pattern is probably more effort than it’s worth, considering all the effort I’ve put into rearranging the seams! But once I knew what the seams on the real dress were like, I couldn’t not copy them. The film dress has side seams and a seam down the centre back. There’s also a seam at the waist, and a seam at the centre front of the skirt.

The pattern is princess seamed. I wouldn’t have minded additional seams in the skirt, which wouldn’t be obvious in the folds, but I dislike the idea of having extra seams on the bodice, when the film dress has minimal seams, and none visible at the front at all since the belt conceals them.

I used masking tape to stick a few of the pattern pieces together to eliminate the princess seams, fudging the shape a bit, and I also cut the pieces to give me a waist seam. The shape can be smoothed out when I actually cut my fabric. Then I had to reshape the neckline, since the pattern is a knock-off of Eowyn’s green gown, which has a different collar. I’ve just designed the pattern so I can cut the neckline to shape once the dress is assembled. Finally, I taped the sleeve pieces together to remove an unnecessary seam there too. I intend to extend the sleeves a little when I cut them out too.

It was all easier to do than I expected. I cut out the initial pieces a size larger, because I was concerned that all the overlapping involved in removing the princess seams would make the pieces too small, but turned out I had nothing to worry about, because the pieces I ended up with were enormous! So I had to trim the pieces down to the correct size for me anyway. I don’t have the curves that make princess seams useful, so taking them out and losing some of the volume in the bust is no issue.

I didn’t have time to cut out the pieces today, but I tested out a pattern layout to make sure my new, larger pieces would still work out. I had nothing to worry about here, since I have 60” wide fabric, and the pattern is intended for 45”, so the new pieces till fitted no problem.

7th October 2009: Cord Went shopping this morning, bought the zip (£3.25), got some embroidery thread (not metallic, because that stuff’s evil, £3.90) and managed to find gold trim for the belt (10m for £4.50)

While browsing the shops, I had a look at my options for the cords I need, and sleeve lining fabric. Options were limited, so looks like I need to get everything else online from now on. I bought the cream/gold cord from eBay in the evening (£5.05). It’s pretty good as it is, but I’m wondering about maybe unravelling it and stitching it on in a more accurate manner. I’ll have to see what it looks like when it arrives, and see how much effort mucking about with it will be.

Total spent so far: £88.90

6th October 2009: Pattern Fabric and pattern arrived, sparing me from further thought about the medallions! Didn’t have time to do much today except study the pattern and figure out how the pieces will need altered…unfortunately they need more work than I’d anticipated, due to the princess seams I'd previously failed to notice. Oops.

5th October 2009: Medallion belt reference Waiting on my fabric and pattern to arrive, so worked on the belt medallions instead, and established my ideas were not working. I would like to find a way to cast them, because making that many intricate pieces individually would be insanity, and I dislike making accessories and props at the best of times!

Her belts are identical on other dresses, just gold instead of silver, so they make useful, clearer references.

4th October 2009: Wig After spending much of the weekend hunting down wigs, I concluded that there are very few nice curly wigs out there, and even fewer in the right sort of waviness I wanted, and the shades of blonde I liked. Factoring in other elements, like getting the right length, not too many layers, no fringe… I didn’t have many choices at all. I did consider curling a wig myself, which wouldn’t be difficult since braiding it should create the waves I needed, but I eventually decided on the Alisa wig from Amphigory (http://www.amphigory.com/wigs_alisa.html £31.67 when ordered through Katie Bair, http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wiginternational.html cos Amphigory don’t ship internationally). I had a few reasons for picking it:

1. I know Amphigory’s classic wigs are lovely quality, which is important which it’s a long wig, and also a curly one which could frizz easily

2. It comes in the 24B colour which I’d fallen in love with. I got very fixated on getting the right shade of blonde for this wig, which really narrowed my options down

3. It seems to be around the right kind of style and length. I’m worried it might be a little short, but since I also expect it to be a bit too curly, relaxing the curls out a little will solve both those problems, and at worst, I can always re-curl it myself to get the correct style and length.

Total spent so far: £72.20

3rd October 2009: Dress fabric and pattern Researched references, and ordered fabric and pattern online.

- 7m white gaberdine from http://www.efabrics.co.uk, costing £34.14
I love gaberdine and use it a lot. It’s cheap, but still thick enough to easily use for all sorts of things, easy to work with, drapes nicely and doesn’t wrinkle, but will take a crease if you need it to. I think it’ll have a suitable thickness for this dress, and will hang very nicely.

- Pattern is Simplicity 4940 (pictured), £6.39 from http://www.habithat.co.uk
I love these we’re-totally-not-infringing-any-intelletual-property-rights-patterns :P

Total spent so far: £40.53

2nd October 2009: Introduction I decided I might actually use this journal thing while I have a costume still in progress, for a change. This is partially because for the first time I’m going to more accurately pay attention to the money I spend on a costume (usually I don’t like to be to certain about the amount, because I’d rather not know!), and also I’d like to try and pay more attention to the time I spend on it, just for interest. I still can’t be bothered actually adding up the precise hours I devote to this, but I’ll be keeping track of what gets done each day.

Some references are attached. These two sites are basically all I needed to research the dress:

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Sephirayne - 8th October 2009
Oooooo! Your going to to make such a fab Eowyn. I think you'll do an excellent job.

Are you doing this for the massive LOTR group for Oct Expo next year? If you are then Wheeee! I'm bringing out my Legolas for that.

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MoonLily - 8th October 2009
Oh wow I think you'll really suit Eowyn! Can't wait to see this completed!

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Angelphie - 8th October 2009
Thanks! I didn't know there was a group in the making, but it sounds great since I think I might just manage to finish this in a year :P

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Ranma1-2 - 9th October 2009
Simply gorgeous. I love the drape of that material. This is gonna look magical when it is finished.

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KhaosKreator - 9th October 2009
Beautiful drape on the dress!


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Sephirayne - 2nd November 2009
Loving the dress already. The shape is so spot on. Great work hun XX

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Purplefluffychainsaw - 2nd November 2009
This is looking perfect. Keep up the fantastic work, I can't wait to see it finished!

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Mighty Odango - 2nd November 2009
Really enjoying the detailed journal entries, it's very interesting to see how you're going about everything! Dress is also looking very beautiful, I look forward to seeing it.

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Alias Cosplay - 15th November 2009
Great match on the trimming and the choice of fabric is lovely. If the original and this dress was side by side I would struggle to tell the difference, great job!

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sjbonnar - 15th November 2009
Looking gorgeous!

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BlusterSquall - 15th November 2009
Ooo~ Looks beautiful! <3 I can't want to see this! ^^

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KhaosKreator - 16th November 2009
Awesome work!


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kiichan - 16th November 2009
This is looking stunning!

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FairyPorchQueen - 23rd November 2009
wowy! still looking so amazing!

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KhaosKreator - 23rd November 2009
Beautiful embriodery work there. I really like seeing all the steps you took for it!


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Sephirayne - 26th November 2009
Wow! The embroidery work is stunning. So can't wait to see this. XX

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Anonymous - 21st April 2010
Gosh this will look so pretty T_T

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MoonLily - 1st May 2010
It looks gorgeous! :O I love that wig! *_*

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perfectly_purple - 1st May 2010
You look stunning! Love the detailing on the dress! ^_^

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Ranma1-2 - 1st May 2010
Stunning cosplay. And beautiful pics too. Hillarie takes excellent photo's. :)

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KhaosKreator - 1st May 2010
So pretty!


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Leonie Heartilly - 1st May 2010
Lovely! ^^

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Mtani - 2nd May 2010
Lovely dress and wig! :)

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Wyrdsister - 2nd May 2010
Very nice!

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Sephirayne - 4th May 2010
OMG! Love the new photos. You look so lovely.

Would you be up for wearing this again in Oct for the massive LOTR group at Expo?

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Mighty Odango - 8th May 2010
Bloody hell, those medallions. I can see where frustration would come in but they're utterly lovely. Seeing the photo I half-assumed you'd just managed to find some similar jewellery - should have known better!

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KhaosKreator - 8th May 2010
Awesome medallions!


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KhaosKreator - 22nd May 2010
Awesome medallion belt!


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Amy-Lou - 2nd June 2010
You got some great photos. The dress is so beautiful and the detail you put into it is crazy! The fabrics you used are so lush.

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Uni - 3rd June 2010
The shear amount of attention to detail and professional quality of this cosplay makes it stand out from the rest! Well done, you look amazing <: D

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Valentine_x - 3rd June 2010
Gorgeous dress.
The hand embroidery is incredible.
Glad I got to see this up close at Expo ^__^

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Anonymous - 4th June 2010
Oh wow, beautiful photos! What a shame I didn't see you in it on Saturday 3:

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Kacela - 4th June 2010
Beautiful! It looks fantastic! Wonderful work =]

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RebaSephiroth2 - 22nd June 2010
I thought you looked amazing and thanks for your help with the safety pins for my Sakura bow. ^_^

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Toshi-chan - 14th September 2010
This is gorgeous! I can't believe I didn't see you at expo!

*in awe*

The sleeves look amazing....such pretty photos :)

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Mtani - 16th October 2010
Angelphie, you're a life-saver! I've not got much time to make my Eowyn cosplay (green dress version), so your step-by-step journals on how you made the belt really helped me! Thanks a bunch! :D

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BabemRoze - 23rd August 2011
You look absolutely stunning!

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Debbie Ella - 5th September 2011
Oh how gorrrrrgeous!

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Anonymous - 13th November 2011
This is one of my favourite LOTR characters.You did an amazing job!

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Nomes - 29th September 2012
Perfection. Your attention to detail is inspiring. I hope to try your belt method myself

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FuriePhoenix - 30th September 2012
this is gorgeous!

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Leadmill - 3rd November 2013
Fantastic work.