Added Jul 8, 2011
Besides my Leia Skywalker Barbie outfits, I have also made several Padme Amidala costumes too. I remember watching Episode I: Phantom Menace when I was 8, and obsessing over the cool costumes. I didn’t see Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith until about a year ago when I rediscovered my childhood love of Star Wars: but I totally love Padme’s beautiful clothes in them. I had probably more fun making these doll costumes for my little sister than she has playing with them.
I’ll go through each one individually.
1. Blue/Teal Tatooine Dress from Epi II: Attack of the Clones. This was the most labor-intensive of all the costumes. I hand embroidered all of the designs on the overdress. It took three days, but it was worth it because I love how closely it resembles the original. I used blue wool for the overdress, and lined it with periwinkle blue crushed polyester. I made the underdress out of teal crinkle gauze.
2. Naboo Black Corset, Arm Warmers, Scarf, & Fishtail Skirt from Epi II: Attack of the Clones. The corset is made of stiff poly-silk (which I thought looked like a scale version of leather). The arm-warmers are made of double-stretch velvet scraps. The scarf is a strip of mesh silver/black fabric. The skirt is black and silver sari-brocade, and hem with dark brown single fold bias tape.
3. Mustafar Sleeveless Suede Top, & Arm Warmers from Epi III: Revenge of the Sith. This was complicated to make, but so fun. I made the top out of taupe microsuede. I used real metal filigrees for the “clasps” on the top, and black 1/8" ribbon for the “leather straps” (mostly because I didn’t have brown on hand). For the arm warmers, I used taupe stretch knit, and I hand-drew the Naboo symbol on the left one with a black fabric marker.
4. Cream Geonosis Top & Pants from Epi II: Attack of the Clones. This could have been made better, but I didn’t have the right type of knit for the top and I had to just make do. I machine stitched the rectangles-design on the bodice and sewed two rows of 1/4" silver trim on the sleeves for the metal armbands. The pants are made of cream stretch microsuede with an elastic waist.
5. Purple Coruscant Robe from Epi III: Revenge of the Sith. I used panne velour for this one. The trim on the sleeves was a real find because it is really close to a scale version of the original. I hand-beaded the tassels with seadbeads. The robe closes in the front with a hook & eye.
6. Steel Blue Silk Nightgown from Epi III: Revenge of the Sith. I used a blue silk-blend for this nightgown. The front has white ribbons straps and a triangle ornament (a shell jewelry spacer) on it. The back has a serged drape, fastened together with bead-tassles. I used fishing line to string the pearl bead arm-drapes on to the bodice, so they wouldn’t break. Overall, I like how it turned out.
7. Burgundy Battle Coat from Epi I: Phantom Menace. I made this coat out of burgundy poly-suede. I sewed a 1/4" gold metallic trim to the armholes. The skirt is lined with gold silky fabric (even though it’s supposed to be a crimson color). I could have made it a little better, but I still am pretty happy with it.
Various scraps of fabric, snaps, hook & eyes, sead beads, embroidery floss, 1/8 – 1/4" satin ribbon, metal filigrees, trims, elastic, velcro, fabric marker, 1 shell jewelry dangle, fishing line, single fold bias tape.
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