Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Modern Thranduil Dress

In case you were not aware, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies comes out in exactly t-minus one week. Needless to say I am so excited and emotional.

(Carolyn can back me up on this one)

Now, if you've been reading this blog at all, you might have noticed that I'm just a tad attached to elves and other nerdery. Which is 105% okay with me because elves are so important. SO important.

In order to celebrate my love of Tolkien and to get even more psyched for BotFA, I couldn't think of a better time to share what I made for my Halloween costume this year. But Becca, wouldn't Halloween have been a good time to share your Halloween costume? Shhhh, no.


Modern Thranduil Dress


But not going to lie, this is quite possibly one of the best dresses that I have ever created. Not that I'm biased or anything...

Modern Thranduil Dress

I knew that for Halloween I wanted to dress as Thranduil because I have so many elven feelings, but I really didn't know how to go about making any of his outfits. I mean just look at this majestic being:

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So instead of trying to figure out how to create his robes with my limited sewing skills, I decided to go with something more cute and wearable.

Modern Thranduil Dress

And in the end, I'm actually really excited by it. Here is what I did to make it:

Modern Thranduil Dress

First things first, I made a simple circle skirt for the bottom of the dress (with the overseeing eye of Kitty, of course).

Modern Thranduil Dress

I then used my trusty New Look pattern that I use for everything to make the bodice of the dress. 

Modern Thranduil Dress

I knew that I wanted to do something that was a little more elaborate on the bodice rather than just leaving it plain grey, so I decided to do some stitching to mimic the look on his original robes. I did this by pinning down the middle fold of the bodice and started to pin some matching angles meeting at the middle.

Modern Thranduil Dress

Just so. many. pins. Which I then stitched in with tan and black thread. Then I just attached the bodice to the circle skirt, hemmed it up, and threw in a zipper. I decided to wear the dress over a grey chiffon shirt I had, as well as a red circle skirt that I had previously made. And now I have a Thranduil-inspired dress to frolic in whenever I please. Which is everyday. All the time.

Modern Thranduil Dress

Because who wouldn't want to pretend to be an Elven king? Especially one as precious as the party king himself. 
Also, as noted many times in the past, I am the most awkward picture-taker on the planet. Actually, I'm just an incredibly awkward person in general... but I did have fun screaming at walls and pretending to shout at dwarves while photographing this dress.

Now I'm going to see how many times I can wear this outside of Halloween before people start to notice/become concerned... Hello all future family functions (I'm already "the weird socially awkward art school graduate." This shouldn't phase anyone in my family). (Also, check out that alliteration).

So, anyone else as pumped as I am for the final Hobbit installment? Because I'm not sure I'm emotionally prepared...


Linkin' up:
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28 comments:

  1. Great dress :) thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop..

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  2. Love that dress! It's looks good as an everyday dress as well as a costume!

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  3. I cannot pretend to be as anxious as you are about the new movie, I can admire your elven style. I do hope you wear the headpiece when you wear the dress. Thank you for sharing at Make It Monday.

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  4. I really like the chevrons you added to this. Your dress turned out just lovely.

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  5. totally awesome! I would wear it every day too :) maybe 1 day off to wash it but really that only takes a couple hours so.....thanks for the tute and the attitude! So exciting that the next movie is out soon!

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    1. I like your idea! Once a week off sounds legit.

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  6. Very classy, very stylish. I think it would look great at work (minus the head gear of course!)

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    1. I totally plan on wearing it at work. Thanks!

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  7. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. I am so sad I have not seen this sooner. Omg. Becca.
    1. We need to see that movie.
    2. WE NEED TO SEE THAT MOVIE.
    3. You are so stinking adorable it hurts my heart.
    4. And my lungs.
    5. I can't breathe, why are you so great??
    6. I love this dress.

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    1. We need to marathon ALL the movies as soon as this comes out on DVD. Like for real. I'm glad you like the dress though <3

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  8. Gorgeous :) I love the head dress too! I'm your newest follower!
    Jennelise

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    1. Thanks so much!! I am def following you as well!

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  9. Such a great dress! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/01/make-it-pretty-monday-week-125.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  10. I noticed that the bodice neckline went up your neck a bit, did you have to modify the pattern to do that? If so, how did you modify it? This dress is amazing I am making my own version to wear to comicon and school :)

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    1. I actually did not modify the bodice at all. I think that the reason why it looks like it comes up higher is just because of the blouse that I was wearing underneath it. All I did was just button the blouse all the way up so that it had that high-collared-Thrandy-feel. I hope that helps!!

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  11. Where'd you get the crown at? I really like the dress and want to wear it to my costume party, but I can only find the crown for WAY too much MULLAH

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    1. I'm glad you like the dress, and I'm sure you'll look great at your costume party! I actually made the crown out of heavy gauge wire, which I then coated in hot glue and painted brown because yeah-- some of the crowns out there are crazy expensive.

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    2. Thanks :) Did you use floral wire? Sorry I'm interrogating you about the crown. Did you use spray paint? Last, where'd you get the leaves? I watched a few vids on how to make them and it doesn't seem to hard but I'm just trying to be frugal...

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    3. It's not problem! And yeah, I believe it was some heavy-gauge floral wire for the base and then some smaller wire for details. I then painted it with some acrylic paint from Blick (just their in-house brand), and I got the leaves from Hobby Lobby. It really wasn't that hard to make and didn't cost much, it was just a little time consuming.

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