In "Star Wars Episode One The Phantom Menace," Queen Amidala wears several ornate costumes. Create your own Amidala costume. Arguably the prettiest costume she wears, the parade outfit, uses a floral design and light colours to symbolise the peace earned at the end of the movie. The costume requires sewing experience and will take quite a bit of time. The costume uses ivory as its predominate colour. The costume weighs quite a bit, though isn't one of the heaviest.
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Things you need
- Ivory taffeta or organza fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Two buckets
- Yellow and pink fabric dye
- Clothes line
- Safety pins
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- White satin long-sleeved scoop-neck dress
- White satin fabric
- Gold fabric glitter pen
- Tan fabric paint
- Bolt cutters
- 20-spoke ivory gauze umbrella (the spokes shouldn't have hinges)
- Silver fabric paint pen
Cut 300 flower petal shapes from fabric, according to the Padawan's Guide. The petals should be no smaller than your hand and no larger than 12 inches. Cut petals of various sizes. Divide the petals into three piles of small, medium and large shapes. Insert a safety pin into the top of each petal.
Prepare two buckets of fabric dye, one yellow and one pink. Use a light shade of the dyes, almost a pastel. Dye the petals. Leave some plain ivory, between 55 and 65. The Padawan's Guide recommends dying some all of one colour and some a combination. Hang the petals on a clothes line inside with the safety pins to dry.
Drape the remaining fabric around the person wearing the costume. Pin the fabric with straight pins to a cape shape. The bottom of the cape should hang around the ankles and wrap around the arms. Remove the cape. Sew along the pins and trim off any extra fabric.
Sew the petals onto the dress. The Padawan's Guide recommends starting at the bottom of the cape with the largest petals. Complete one row of petals, and them move up to the next largest size until the entire back of the cape is covered in the dyed petals. The bottom of each petal should touch the middle of the one underneath it.
Pin the top of the cape to the back of the neck and the shoulders of the dress. Sew it in place.
Measure a piece of satin cloth that matches the dress from the lowest point of the front of the scoop-neck to the bottom of the dress. Add an extra 2 inches of fabric to each end. It should be 4 inches wide. Cut it out.
Three inches from the top of the strip of satin fabric, draw a rounded, upside down triangle, 1 inch wide. Do not connect the lines at the bottom point. Instead, extend them downward 2 inches. From the end of each line, draw a vertical line at a 45 degree angle. Turn the line toward the outside of the fabric and draw an oblong oval. Draw a line back down to the bottom of the first line. Do this on both sides. Use the ends of the two lines to draw an arrow. Visit the "Naboo Symbol" link for a clear picture of the image. Let it dry.
Pin the strip of cloth onto the front of the dress. Fold the top inch of fabric over the top of the lowest point of the scoop-neck. Sew the strip in place. Fold the bottom fabric under the dress and sew it into place.
Remove the handle portion of the umbrella with the bolt cutters.
Paint small, claw-like shapes along either side of the spokes.
Sew the umbrella to the back of the cape with heavy duty thread.
Put on the costume. Wear a store-bought diadem that drapes over the forehead. Dust your face with white powder. Paint the upper lip red, and then paint a stripe in the middle of the lower lip, as it is seen in "Star Wars Episode One The Phantom Menace."
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