Attack of the Clones: Padmé Meadow Picnic Dress Underskirt Fabric Colors

Padmé’s Meadow Picnic Dress from [Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones,] has a complicated underskirt to figure out. Photo’s from The Padawan’s Guide suggests that the underskirt is a multi colored pastel skirt of sheer fabric.

 

(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Image from Padawan’s Guide, Exhibit Photos, Breakdown Photos) (Left Image adjusted to show the colors brighter, Right Image original)

The three distinct colors that can for sure be seen in the above photo are pale pink, pale yellow, and pale green. These are similar to the colors that appear in the ribbons on the sleeves of the dress, so it’s possible that the same colors that appear in the ribbons also appear in the underskirt.

A close examination of photos from the movie and promo stills from The Padawan’s Guide, shows that there are visible colors underneath the gold/yellow over-skirt. The photo below shows a distinctive pink color to the underskirt.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink Is Clearly Visible In This Photo)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink Is Clearly Visible In This Photo)

The photo below shows the underskirt as having both pink and yellow in it distinctively.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink And Yellow Are Clearly Visible In This Photo)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink And Yellow Are Clearly Visible In This Photo)

The ribbons appear to be light green, pale green, pale pink, pale yellow and pale cream-yellow all in pastel colors.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Dress: Sleeve Ribbon Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Dress: Sleeve Ribbon Colors) (Note: That There Are Two Colors of Yellow and Two Colors of Green)

One fan made costume took what appears to be the approach of making the underskirt with pastel colors fading into one another stripped diagonally across the skirt. (Note: that in the second photo below, with the over-skirt down, the fan made costume looks very slimier to the photos of the actual meadow picnic dress. With fain colors showing through the gold/yellow over-skirt.)

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(AOTC: Padmé: Fan Made Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Fan Made Costume And Real Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Fan Made Costume And Real Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)

It appears that the direction of the pastel colors of the underskirts run more or less vertically.

(Note: The Padawan’s Guide says that “the skirt is only two layers of fabric. However, there is so much fabric that it may look like there are more layers then there actually are.)

The Dressing the Galaxy book, says that something like 50 yards of fabric where used in the making of the over-skirt. There is some debate on whether 50 yards could actually have been used. However, as it is a very tightly pleated skirt made out of very thin sheer fabric, 50 yards is not unrealistic, for this skirt. whether using 50 or 10 yards of fabric the underskirt should have the same volume as the over-skirt, a lot of fabric will be needed, in either case.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Padmé’s Purple Evening Gown

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(StarWars.com)

Breakdown:

Padmé wears this Purple evening gown in Star Wars The Clone Wars, Season 2 Episode 4, Senate Spy. If looking for a very sexual costume from Star Wars without the problematic issues of Slave Leia, then this might be a good choice.

(In summery: Slave Leia is problematic when taken out of it’s story context as a position that Leia is forced into by Jabba. The difference between Padmé and Leia wearing sex-ulized outfits is consent. Padmé elects to wear her revealing clothing Leia does not.)

Because this dress only appears in cartoon form there will have to be some adjusting to translate into the real world. It can be easy to translate cartoons into the real world exactly, however, this often times can looks very cartoonish and if that is not the aim isn’t important to pay attention to the details. Being careful of watching proportions so that translating it into the real world looks good. Also consider that all of these proportions will have to be adjusted for each individual Padmé.

Fabric:

Because it is a cartoon that is specifically designed to look like painted wooded puppet, the fabric Padmé’s dress is made out of is difficult to figure out. The dress seems to be made out of a fairly heavy fabric the way it moves, the dress appears to be made out of a semi shiny fabric, such as a heavy satin. The gown color is a dark dusky purple, there is a light purple color on the front of her dress that makes up the symbols on her gown. (Because its used so widely in Star Wars, silk would be a good fabric to use for this dress, silk often times has a semi shiny look while not being overly lustrous.)

Dress Skirt:

Padmé’s purple Clone Wars evening gown has a fishtail skirt, also known as a mermaid skirt. Padmé’s dress also appears to has a narrow ‘A’ line skirt, meaning that the skirt of the dress does not fit tightly around her legs, instead it it snug around the hips and follows an ‘A’ shape down to the hem. (Note: That the ‘A’ line dress, is a more narrow ‘A’ line so it resembles a closer fitting fishtail dress.)

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Fishtail Skirt)

Padmé’s evening gown also has a clear train, the train is noticeable, however, it is not very long. a good estimate would be a little over a foot so many 14″ for the train. this of course depending on each individual Padmé.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Train)

Padmé’s skirt is very full, there is a lot of fabric moving when she comes down the stairs, the fishtail part of the skirt which is the widest part of the dress is very full.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Lots Of Fabric, Very Full Skirt)

Padmé’s dress also goes all the way down to the floor and her shoes cannot be seen when she is standing. The floor length of the dress seems to be just touching the floor in front and a small but significant train in the back.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Floor Length Gown)

Bodice:

The bodice of Padmé’s dress has a slight sweetheart neckline, the bodice also does not come up very high on her chest.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown:)

The bodice appears to come up to roughly top of the triceps below Padmé’s shoulder,

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown:)

Padmé’s bodice is open on the side, there is no back to her dress, the bodice comes completely around her breast and onto the side of her ribs (see green line for edge of breast and pink line for edge of dress in picture below).

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown:)

The bodice of Padmé’s dress is also very structured, from the top down to the bottom of her rib-cage. The bodice hugs closely to her body, until the bottom of her ribs, then the fabrics of her dress becomes somewhat less structured and is looser and has a very slight drape around her lower back and side (see blue arrows for drape of fabric in picture below).

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Structure of Bodice and Back Gaping)

Back:

The gaping between Padmé’s dress and her back is more obvious in the picture below, however, note: that the gaping in not very much just enough to tell that the dress is not structured in its lower half.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Gaping On Back Of Dress)

There is no back too Padmé’s gown, Padmé’s dress comes down very low into a soft round shape. The dress back is lower then Padmé’s natural waist, and appears to show her upper lower back, much like her lake dress from Attack of the Clones. (See blue line for bottom edge of dress, green for waist and red for shape of back of Padmé’s dress.)

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Back Of Dress)

Gloves/Sleeves:

The gloves that Padmé wears with her evening gown also double as sleeves, these gloves have a cut out that is the shape of an rectangle with rounded ends. The top of the cut outs on the sleeves falls in line the middle of Padmé’s chest. The bottom of the  cut outs on Padmé’s gloves falls roughly in line between the bottom of Padmé’s rib cage, and her natural waist, the cut outs also end several inches above the elbow.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Glove Sleeve Cut Out Shape and Position)

Padmé’s gloves are cut very high, the fabric goes up to her underarm but does not attack to the dress in any way and also does not have a lot of extra fabric there.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Glove Sleeve Not Attached To Dress & But Up To Under Arm)

The top of Padmé’s glove is a rounded shape that comes up over her shoulders, the sleeves also seem to be structured. Note: that the rounded top of the sleeve that covers Padmé’s shoulder is flush to her body. This indicates a form of structure that also allows glove to stay in place on her arm, (see blue arrow). The lower half that comes around the under Padmé’s arm is not flush with her arm, (see green arrow).

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Glove Sleeve Structure On Top)

Padmé’s gloves also have a detail on the top rounded part that covers her shoulders, it appears to be cut wide enough to allow for several small folds to occur through the structured part of the glove. almost reminiscent of a very, very slightly puffed sleeve (see link for reference image of puffed sleeve).

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Glove Sleeve Slightly Puffed Detail)

Hair:

Padmé’s hair is styles in a simple three strand braid down from the base of her back and down her back, the braid falls down to middle of Padmé’s back. Her braid is fastened at the end if a apparently metal semi cone shaped decorative fastener.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Hair Braided With Decorative Fastener)

Shoes:

The Shoes that Padmé wears with her evening gown are the same color of purple as her gown. though it is hard to see it appears that she has a squared/rounded toe to her shoe, in the lower second picture vaguely appears to be middle average in height high heals, or more accurately pumps they appear to have some kind of back to them.

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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Shoes)
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(SWTCW: S2: Ep4) (Padmé Purple Evening Gown: Shoes)

Details:

Padmé’s dress has seven symbols on the front of it in descending size and order from her lower abdomen.

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(StarWars.com)

Padmé carries a bag with her evening gown, one of the few times she is ever seen with a bag. Her clutch bag is the matched to her dress and is the same purple color with silver accents like her hair fastener.

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(StarWars.com)

 

 

 

Star Wars: Puttees

Throughout both Lucas trilogies and the New EU movies, Puttee’s have been used in Star Wars costuming. (Puttee’s are leg wrappings that cover from the ankle up to the knee.) Luke Skywalker is the most recognizable character in Star Wars that wears Puttees, Luke in A New Hope wears putties with his boots throughout the movie as part of his Tatooine moisture farmer outfit. However, many other characters also wear puttees in Star Wars, Anakin as a slave in The Phantom Menace, as well as Shmi Skywalker, Padmé (Amidala) Naberrie, in her peasant disguise. And in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Galen Erso wears puttee’s with his farmer outfit. Own Lars also wears puttees in the end of Revenge of the Sith.

According to Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, Luke’s puttees or leg wrappings are made out of soft suede. and unlike WWI puttees, Luke’s leg wraps do not appear to be held in place by a ribbon tape, instead double sided adhesive tape may have been used.

Original Trilogy:

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(ANH: Luke Tatooine Farmer: Luke’s Putees) (Images From The Padawans Guide)
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(ANH: Luke Puttees) (Images From: Stat Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(ANH: Luke Tatooine Farmer: Luke’s Putees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

Prequel Trilogy:

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(TPM: Padmé Peasant Disguise Puttees/Leg Wrappings) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
Anakin Puttees
(TPM: Anakin Puttees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)
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(ROTS: Own Lars Moisture Farmer: Puttees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

New EU:

Luke in the New Expanded Universe movies, The Force Awakens, wears what appear to be short puttees. Short puttees typically go around the ankle, Luke’s appear to go a little higher then short puttees usually go, but they are not full length or long puttees.

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(TFA: Luke Skywalker Short Puttees) (Images From: Google Images)
Galen Erso Puttees RO
(RO:ASWS: Galen Erso: Farmer Outfit: Puttees) (Image From: Google Images)

What Are Puttees:

Puttees are a wrapping around the lower legs that became very common for militaries to wear at the turn of the nineteenth century. There are two kinds of puttees, long (that wrapped all the way up from the ankle to the knee) and short puttees (that only wrapped around the ankle and a little up the calf.) The long Puttees that were worn during the turn of the nineteenth century were roughly 3 ½” to 4” in width and around 9 ft. long. Puttees help keep the elements out of boots while also protecting and supporting legs.

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The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest

The Heir To The Empire or Thrawn Trilogy was turned into a comic adaptation in the 1990’s. In the The Last Command, the 3rd part of that comic adaptation, Leia appears in a vest outfit very similar to her Bespin outfit from The Empire Strikes Back. I’m naming this outfit from the comics Leia’s Flame Vest outfit, because it has similarities to both Leia’s Bespin vest outfit and that coloration of Padme’s Flame handmaiden outfit from The Phantom Menace.

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(The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest)

Translating Cartoon To Reality:

When translating an outfit from drawn image to reality it is important to look at it as not a direct translation. A direct copy will end up looking cartnoonish, and if that is not the intention for the outfit then it will not have the desired effect. Keeping an eye towards proportion will help avoid a cartoonish look, however, this also requires interpretation about proportions comic characters are not proportional to real humans. That said the comic still provides good guide lines for how the end product should turn out.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

When translating an outfit decisions about where seems go, and specific details have to be made without much help from the source images as often they are not a detail that is shown. However, with this particular outfit, since it is so close in design to Leia’s Bespin Vest outfit using the details from that outfit for Leia’s Flame Vest would work well.

Fabric:

The Bespin outfit the Leia wears in TESB is made out of Crepe de Chine silk, it seems likely that this outfit too would be made out of a similar fabric. Avoiding shiny fabrics is a good idea, shiny fabrics are rarely used in Star Wars.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

Vest:

Vest Collar & Yoke:

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar Is Red)

Similarity to Leia’s Bespin vest, the collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a semi Mandarin collar, it seems to be fairly blunt in some of the pictures, however, the more detailed pictures suggest that the collar has a slight curing at the very ends. Leia’s vest collar dose not come up past her jaw, instead stopped half way up her neck, similar in proportion to Leia’s Bespin vest collar. The collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a deep red color.

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar)

Leia Vest Inspired

(TESB: Bespin Leia Vest Collar & Yoke)

The Yoke of Leia’s Flame Vest is burnt sunset yellow, the the yoke is similar is proportion and construction to Leia’s Bespin Vest. The soft diamond shape appears in the front and back of  the yoke on Leia’s vest is the same in both Leia’s Flame and Bespin Vests.

TLC1 Vest Level With Belt

Vest Body:

The body of the Flame Vest is deep red, and the construction appears like the Bespin vest. The red fabric is pleated or gathered which allows for a fuller skirt to the vest, see the pink arrows for the gathering. It’s likely pleated like the Bespin vest.

TLC1 Vest Pleets

The arm howl for the vest ends roughly around the top of the elbow, the arm opening appears to be oval or circular. Like with Leia’s Bespin Vest, the vest likely falls to around Leia’s ankles.

TLC1 Vest Arm Level With BeltTLC3 Sleeve Arm Vest

Dress:

The Color of the dress Leia wears under the Flame Vest seems to be char coal grey

Neck:

TLC2 Boat Neck Black DressThe neckline for the dress that Leia wears with the Flame Vest has a boat neckline,  

Sleeves:

TLC3 Sleeve LengthThe sleeves of the dress are strait sleeves, with a cropped length, they are longer then 3/4, however, they are not full length sleeves.

Dress Body:

TLC3 Pleeted SkirtThe skirt of Leia’s dress is sleeted or gathered, the dress falls most likely to her ankles, the dress also appears to have an A line or slightly wide skirt. It appears that Leia is wearing a fabric covered leather diamond shaped belt similar to her Bespin belt. However, it also appears that the waistline for this dress is a V shape where the gathered skirt it attacked, the bodice appearing to be fitted similarly to the Bespin tunic.

TLC5 Belt or Bodice

Hair:

Leia’s hairstyle that she wears with her flame vest is simple, and almost a combination between Hoth Leia hair and Bespin Leia hair. her hair has no part and instead is pulled back, a crown braid runs over the top of her head and the rest of her hair is left to hand down in a soft looping bubble that just touches her shoulders.

TLC2 No Part HairTLC3 Hair Shoulder LengthTLC2 Side Coyals Hair

Inspirations & Similarities:

Clearly Leia’s Flame Vest is inspired by Leia’s Bespin outfit, however, there are also some similarities to some of Padmé’s costumes that are featured in the prequels. These comics came out before the Prequel Trilogy so the similarities to this outfit from the Prequel’s outfits is more coincidental. However, it also attests to the fact that the artist had an eye for what would be appropriate for Star Wars fashion.

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(ROTS: Padmé’s Purple Senate Hairstyle) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

 The Hairstyles that Leia wears with her Flame Vest Outfit, has a similar back to the lower half of Padmé’s Purple Senate Outfit from ROTS. The looped over bottom part of the hairstyle has a similar shape and volume.

Flame Vets Inpiration
(TPM: Padmé Flame Handmaiden)

The similarity in color patterns between the flame handmaiden outfit from TPM and Leia’s Vest is why I’ve named it Leia’s Flame Vest. The deep red color of the body of the vest is similar to that of the under-sleeves sleeves and hip sash on the flame handmaiden outfit. the yellow skirt of the flame handmaiden outfit also is similare in color to Leia’s flame vest, through in this picture the yellow is a darker shade on Leia’s vest then the skirt of the TPM dress.

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest Collar & Yoke Similar to Leia’s Bespin Vest)

Leia’s Flame Vest, is very similar to the Bespin Vest she wears in The Empire Strikes Back. The collar and yoke are similar in construction, as well as shape and proportion.

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Return of the Jedi: Leia Ewok Village Dress: Fabric

The dress that Leia wears in the Return of the Jedi while at the Ewok village is her simplest outfit, (follow link to see an image of the dress). The majority of the dress is made out of chamois leather with a blouse underneath made out of crepe, (I’d venture to say silk crepe). Chamois leather is soft leather made from goat or sheep; it is a very soft leather and comfortable leather.

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(Leia Ewok Village Dress Fabric) (Image By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Star Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy)

Crepe is a kind of fabric, more a texture than anything else, it can be made out of many different kinds’ fibers, but for Leia, I’d say a crepe silk would be the best bet. Much of the fabric used in Leia’s wardrobe is silk so it goes to reason that the blouse used in Return of the Jedi would not be an exception.

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(Stitching and Decorative Lacing on Leia’s Ewok Village Dress) (Image By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Star Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy)

The stitching that was done to put Leia’s Ewok village dress together can be see under the decorative chamois leather lacing done over the top on many, but not all, of the seems of the dress.

Attack of the Clones: Padmé Varykino – Lake Retreat Robe: Lattice/Canadian Smocking

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(AOTC: Padmé Varykino Robe) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

Lattice or Canadian smoking is the type of smocking used on the robe Padmé wears with her nightgown in Attack of the Clones at the Lake Retreat (follow link to see picture). Like with a lot of smocking the pattern is laid off of a square grid and sown by hand. The material used is likely velvet, because smoking fabric eats up length and width you will need more fabric then will take to make the robe without smocking.

Note: for making this project it will be easier to smock the fabric before cutting out your pattern.

 

 

 

 

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Mara Jade: General Info

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(Image From: Wookieepedia)

Mara Jade is a great character first introduced in the Star Wars trilogy, Heir to the Empire, written by Timothy Zhan. One of the few woman to populate the galaxy before the Prequels came out, Mara Jade becomes the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother of Ben Skywalker in the now Legends EU. Originally an agent for the Empire, Mara Jade later becomes one of the first new Jedi.

Mara Jade’s Black Jumpsuit Outfit that is her most recognizable look appear in the Dark Horse Comic adaptation of the Heir To The Empire, Thrown Trilogy. (Images From: Dark Force Rising Comics: Mara Jade: Black Jumpsuit)

Mara Jade Has Three Recognizable Outfits:

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A New Hope: Leia’s Political Gown

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(Images From: Star Wars Fit For A Queen)

Concept:

(Images From: Star Wars Fit For A Queen)

 

 

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(Leia’s Political Dress Concept Art) (Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)

Materials:

Leia’s political dress is made out of crepe de chine (follow link to info), her belt is made out of white leather and the medallions on her belt are aluminum.

(Note: Leia’s political dress is also known as, classic Leia, princess of Alderaan Leia dress, Senate Leia and Leia’s ambassador dress).

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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)

Silk Crepe De Chine Fabric Information

“Silk crepe de chine, from the French “crepe of China”, is a famously versatile silk, possessing a very glossy luster and a subtle texture, as well as a surprisingly light weight and truly excellent drape. The fabric, slightly more textured than silk 4-ply woven crepe, is made with tightly twisted weft yarns, or filling, running in reverse directions from left to right. These twisted yarns produce both the crepe texture of the material and its flexible drape. Silk crepe de chine is probably the most durable of cultivated silks – those woven of single, reeled strands – and is found to be exceedingly even and uniform in texture. Silk crepe de chine is popular for bridal and formal evening wear, and also works well in blouses and men’s shirts. Also used in home décor, the fabric lends a light and luxurious feel to any project. Silk crepe de chine is also an exceptionally forgivable silk when it comes to sewing, as it takes thread well and will typically not fray overly when cut. Dry cleaning is the recommended method of care for this fabric”.

Dress Body:

The body of Leia’s political dress is very simple; the dress seems to be cut out on a ‘T’ pattern, the fabric being folded in half fully length ways and then again width ways.

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(Image By: DIY THE GALAXY OF STAR WARS: Leia Dress Pattern: Based Off Of Pam’s Leia Pattern: Go Check It Out.)

Because of the way the fabric is folded before cutting there are only 2 seems one on ether sides. There is no front or back seems, there are also no shoulder seems and no seem on the top of the sleeves. There are really only 4 seems on Leia’s dress, the 2 side seems which are continuous up through the underside of the sleeves, 1 seem for the collar and the seem for the keyhole back opening.

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(Leia’s Political Dress Side Seems & Seem On The Bottom Of The Sleeves) (Images from The Padawans Guide)

The side seems are left open from about the knee down, to allow for ease of movement, this split in the dress does no go any high then Leia’s knee, (roughly just below the knee cap).

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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Leia’s Political Dress Split Is Knee High) (Images from The Padawans Guide)
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(Leia’s Political Dress Split Is Knee High) (Images from The Padawans Guide)

Leia’s political dress is self lined, meaning that the same fabric that was used to make the dress is used to line it. Leia’s dress has the raw seams enclosed between the lining and the body of the dress.

The bottom hem of the dress comes down to break at the top of Leia’s foot and is a folded hem that is secured down with invisible stitching, possibly sewn by hand.

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(Leia’s Political Dress Breaks At the Top Of Her Foot) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
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(Leia’s Political Dress: Folded Hem) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

The top of Leia’s dress is blouses and appears to have elastic ruching used to gather in the waist. (Sadly there are no pockets).

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(Leia’s Political Dress Waist Gathering) (Image From: Cap-That.com)

Neck:

Though different necklines where plaid around with in the concept art faze for Leia’s political dress, the approved design has a turtleneck collar (possibly more of a mock-turtleneck since it does not fold over). This turtleneck collar closed in the back with what appear to be hooks and eyes that are sewn on the inside of the collar so they are not visible from the outside.

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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Leia’s Political Dress Turtleneck Collar) (Image From: Cap-That.com)
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(Leia’s Political Dress Neck Closer) (Image From: Cap-That.com)

Back Opening:

Princess Leia’s political dress closes with a series of hooks and eyes closer at the neck, and a keyhole back opening. This opening is more or less a strait cut opening down the center back that goes no lower than mid shoulder blade.

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(Leia’s Political Dress: Keyhole Back) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

Hood:

Leia’s hood is made out of a single layer of crepe de chine (so it’s not lined), the hood comes down to roughly just below the top of Leia’s hips. The hood seems to be likely cut out on a trapezoid shape and gathered on the edges before being sewn under the collar.

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(Leia’s Political Dress: Hood Length) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
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(Trapezoid)

The hood is attached under the turtleneck collar and the hoods hem is a rolled hem which is stitched down by hand with an invisible stitch. The hood is also left open in the back and is not a closed hood, the fabric for the most part lays over the top of the head.

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(Leia’s Political Dress: Hood Is Attached Under Collar) (Image From: Cap-That.com)
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(Leia’s Political Dress: Hood Rolled Hem & Hand Sewn) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
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(Leia’s Political Dress: Hood Open In Back) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

Sleeves:

Leia’s political dress has open wide cut sleeves, Leia’s sleeves at the widest point, the wrist, appear to be more than 14” long (Pam’s Costumes: suggests 14″ inches in length for the sleeves). The image below shows Leia’s hand at shoulder level and the sleeves drops down to roughly Leia’s waist. (Perspective in the image has to be taken into account when figuring out the proper length of the sleeve.)

Note: that for movies there are lots of the same costume made, and often times those used during action sequences will have shorter hems and less full skirts and sleeves. It is likely then that Leia’s dress will appear slightly different throughout the movie and promo stills.

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(Leia’s Political Dress Sleeve Length) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
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(Leia’s Political Dress Sleeve Length) (Image From: Cap-That.com)

There are no shoulder seems or seems on the top of the sleeves, [some of the patterns that were released had raglan sleeves; however, this is not how the screen dress is constructed]. Since the dress is cut out on a ‘T’ pattern, the only seems that exists are on the underside of the sleeves where it’s the continuation of the single body seem on the side of the dress.

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(Liea’s Political Dress: No Seem On Shoulder) (Image From: Cap-That.com)

Belt:

Leia’s political dress belt was made to have a medieval look, the belt itself is made out of leather with aluminum medallions. Leia’s belt also has a clear line of stitching around the entire border.

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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Leia’s Political Dress: Belt Edge Stitching) (Image From: Cap-That.com)

There are 7 to 8 medallions depending on the belt (the belt worn in ANH has more medallions then the belt worn in ESB). There are 6 to 7 rectangular medallions and 1 center diamond medallion (though more rectangular medallions can be added as needed as long as there evenly spaced). The medallions are made out of aluminum and snaps are used to close the belt in the back. In some versions of the belt, such as the one worn in ANH, a medallion covers up the snap closure, however, the belt worn in ESB appears to only have 7 medallions, leaving the snaps uncovered. (This picture pattern below for the medallions is a rough pattern and may have to be adjusted for each individual Leia, figuring out proportions helps.)

(Follow Link To See: DIY The Galaxy of Star Wars’s Post On Materials For Making The Medallions.)

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(Leia’s Political Dress: Rough Belt Medallions Pattern) (Image From: Unknown)

  Boots:

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(Leia’s Political Dress: Boots White Leather) (Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(Luke Tatooine Farm Boots: Leather) (Images From: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)

Leia’s boots have flat bottoms without any heal, they also have what appear to be elastic panels sewn between slits in the leather. Her boots also come up to her knee and are what with brown soles. 

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Classic Leia Dress Fabric: A New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back

Princess Leia’s classic white dress (follow link to image), which she wears in A New Hope and the end of The Empire Strikes Back, is a hard fabric to figure out, there has been a lot of speculation about what kind of fabric it is. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy says that it is made of crepe de chine silk, which is a light weight woven fabric.

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(Stat Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy: Picture From DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)

 

(Note: crepe de chine is most likely the fabric used for the dress, as the other construction details in Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy seems to check out with what is known about the dress from other sources.)

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Devorè Velvet In Star Wars

Devorè velvet, also known as burnout velvet, is used a lot in Padmé’s clothing, and also in many other costumes throughout the prequel trilogy. Devorè velvet us usually made by using a blended fabric such as, silk/rayon. A blended fabric of portion based fibers like silk, and cellulose based fibers like rayon have a mild acid is used to eat away the cellulose threads leaving a shire cut out panel.

DIY: Video Tutorial

Some Costumes That Feature Devorè Velvet