mia's costume diaries

eowyn: white lady of rohan, page 2

june - october 2006

Sunday, August 6th, 2006, evening


I've been taking a break from this dress.  I have to finish that darn belt and I have no motivation to do so.  I also have to do the embroidery on the collar.  I think I need to find a better trim for the sleeves and collar and I've been looking for it for so long.  That's kind of discouraged me, I guess.  Maybe when I have some time off later this week, I'll feel more gumption to continue.  While I haven't been doing much sewing, I have been working on my small costume research page.  Just for fun.

Friday, August 18th, 2006, afternoon


I'm diligently working on my belt.  I have a 3rd of the waist part done.  So, once I get all that gold on there, I can really start messing with my medallion ideas.  I've been thinking about the trim on the dress, and I might just try the cording I have and see if it's small enough.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to handsew that too.  It's a lot of fun, but it can get tedious.  Oh, and about the embroidery on the neckline, I am starting to get scared about it...

Monday, August 21st, 2006, afternoon


I had to take a break from the belt for awhile.  I started applying the trim I do have to the sleeve seams (that attach to the shoulders).  I was thinking it would be too big, but it looks ok on those seams.  Now, I have to try it on the hem of the sleeves.  We'll see if it still looks ok.  The belt is slowly coming along...

Monday, August 28th, 2006, afternoon


I've been working diligently on the trim for the sleeves.  It's gone very easy and I'm done with both the sleeves and the shoulder seams.  I'm very happy with how they look, even though I wish the trim were a tad smaller.  I added some photos.  I now have to decide whether I'm going to embroider the neckline or not.  I need to decide soon.  That will take me awhile.  Back to the belt...

My Eowyn with trim
I added the white/gold cording around the sleeves.

My Eowyn with trim
Here's a closer look at the sleeves

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, evening


I finally lugged out my sewing machine for another project, so I decided I would back my front hanging tab for the belt to see how it would look as a final product.  I sewed it all up and put my poor first finger (index finger of left hand for all you non-violinists) through hell to get the stupid thing turned right side out.  Then, I hated it.  It was all tube-like even after I trimmed up the seams and ironed it.  So, I thought about it awhile and then today, I re-turned it inside out to trim even more out of it.  I took off one side of interfacing and decided to trim up the seams even more (closer than I wanted).  But, to make it more flat, I have some no-sew stuff that can glue two fabrics together and I put that on the backside, turned it inside out, and glued the front to the back with my iron.  That did wonders.  It looks tons better and I think it's just as stable as it was.


So, getting that done, and the imminent divorce from my husband if I don't put the sewing machine away soon, has spurred me on to finish the trim on the belt.  I got the two sides done today and will get the scallops done within the next few days so I can get that all sewed up and done.


This past weekend, I went to the fabric store to pick up an embroidery pen.  I tried it out when I got home and was pretty satisfied with the result.  I just winged it to see if I could do something that looked halfway decent.  After doing part of it, I looked up some embroidery stitches online and was surprised that I was actually doing a correct stitch.  It's amazing the things you pick up by osmosis...


While I was at the store, I saw out of the corner of my eye a brass ring that was about 2 1/4 inches in diameter.  I was very excited and tried to find one that was just 2 inches, but it wasn't there.  But, that didn't stop me.  I decided to go to another craft store and see what they had.  After looking in every aisle, I asked someone.  Even though they were quite nice, I didn't find what I was looking for.  So, I'll keep my 2 1/4 inch ring and see if I can't find something else that might work.  This darn belt has been giving me the most trouble.  It doesn't help that I'm completely crazy about being as close to the stupid screen belt as I can get.  I've seen way too many terrible belts that people have done online.  I'm a snob.


Woo!, this has turned into a nice long entry.  Good for me.

Friday, September 15th, 2006, morning


I haven't updated in awhile...but since my last entry, I've completed the sewing on the belt.  I got all the trim on and the backing, so it is more or less complete.  I have to now decide how to keep the belt on me and do the silverwork on it.  Still haven't decided what to do with that.  My sewing machine is still in the living room, though.  I found some fabric to cover the chair we have in the living room, so I'm doing that.


List of things yet to do with Eowyn:

1.  Silverwork for belt

2.  Hem dress

3.  Embroidery on neckline

4.  Finish off belt

5.  Figure out jewelry (necklace)

Sunday, September 24th, 2006, 10:30pm


Well, I started the embroidery.  I just decided to go and do it, instead of sitting there and thinking about it.  We'll see if it actually turns out halfway decent.  It probably won't, but I'm trying anyway.  I'll have pics up when I get more of it done.

Saturday, October 21st, 2006, 9:45pm


I've been working on the embroidery.  I don't have any pictures yet, because it's not done and I don't want to show you until it's done.  I've been searching for good belt possibilities and I think I've thrown the beads out the window.  But, I found some good curtain rings at Linens and Things that I figured would work just fine for the outline of the medallions.  I bought some silver spray paint at Home Depot today and will be painting them tomorrow (if the weather holds out).  Then, I will use the wire I got to form them into a chain with the outline of the main pattern on them.  I hope it works.  So, my list is as follows:


1.  Embroidery

2.  Attach trim under embroidery and around neckline

3.  Re-sew lining to neckline

4.  Hem dress and sleeves

5.  Finish underbelt (make tie-back)

6.  Spray paint rings

7.  Apply wire to rings

8.  Attach rings to underbelt

9.  Figure out necklace

10. Get proper undergarments (I just don't have anything that will do...)


I've got a lot to do in one week.  But, I can do it! 

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006, 1:30pm


I just updated my costs below today.  I wanted to keep the costume under $100, but I broke that, unfortunately.  Right now, I'm spray painting the curtain rings I found.  It's a little chilly outside so we'll see how the paint holds.  I'm going to check it in 15 minutes.  The embroidery is coming along.  I have another whole section done.  Four more to go.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006, 2:30pm


Yay, I just went to get my rings and they look good.  They are twisted, so they'll give what little I have some texture.  Not perfect, but close enough to give the idea.  I might have to spray-paint the whole finished product when I get the wires attached to make them all look the same.


Oh, great...now my apartment smells like spray paint.

Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 1:00pm


Last night, I stayed up to try and finish my embroidery.  I was up until 2, but I didn't finish.  All I have left is the little part on the V and all the gold (which won't take long.  I have pictures of it, finally.  I also posted pictures of my spray painted rings I found.  You'll notice the texture of them.  The skinny one is for the center medallion.  Oh, and I also posted pictures of my studio mascot just for fun.

My Eowyn: embroidery
A start to the embroidery

My Eowyn: embroidery
A closer look at one side

My Eowyn: belt medallions
The basic rings for the medallions, spray painted silver.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, evening


I stayed up last night to finish the embroidery.  I got it all done, then started on the trim.  I got that done, so I started on the re-sewing of the lining to the neckline.  I didn't get that done...I went to bed around 2 again.  When I got home from work tonight, I finished up the lining, finished off the ends of the two ties I have for the belt and lacing up the back, tried to figure out my necklace situation, and cleaned up the neckline embroidery a bit.  So, here's my updated list...


1.  Embroidery -- complete

2.  Attach trim under embroidery and around neckline -- complete

3.  Re-sew lining to neckline -- complete

4.  Hem dress and sleeves

5.  Finish underbelt (make tie-back) -- complete

6.  Spray paint rings -- complete

7.  Apply wire to rings -- working on this

8.  Attach rings to underbelt

9.  Figure out necklace -- working on this

10. Get proper undergarments -- complete


So, I'm really close to done!  Yay!  I'll have pictures of the neckline as soon as they get off my camera.

Thursday, October 26th, 2006, 2:45pm


ok, ok, I'm at work...but not working...(well, obviously)....


Anyway, I finally took some pictures of my dress this morning and I tried it on to make sure everything was fine.  I have a few adjustments to make to make it fit better, but it's going well.  It shouldn't take me too long to do that.  I also put up progress pictures of my medallions.  They're not perfect, but I think they'll work just fine.  Now I'm worried about how heavy they'll be.

My Eowyn: finished embroidery

My Eowyn: medallions
A start to the belt medallions.

Saturday, October 28th, 2006, 1:00am


I got my dress hemmed up tonight.  I finished up the adjustments last night.  I have to learn how to hem correctly.  I just don't get how to hem so it doesn't all bunch up.  Ah well, it looks just fine.  I tried using super glue to attach some beads to the back of my charm I have for my necklace.  I don't know if it'll work or not.  We'll see in the morning.  I need to make one adjustment to the belt.  It needs one more row of grommets in the back (I guess I'm skinnier than I thought).  I also need to finish my necklace.  I've got most of that done.  So, not much left.  And only (technically) 16 hours left until the start of the concert.

Sunday, October 29th, 2006, 10:00pm


Well, the concert was today and I did alright.  The kids played great and I got a lot of good comments on my dress.  I know not everyone got what I was, but I told everyone I was a "princess" and hoped that maybe some of them would know.  And, some did.  This morning, I had to add a few grommets to my belt, do the necklace, and various other tiny things.  I figured out how to get in and out of the dress by myself alright, which is a feat in and of itself...  But, I'm really happy how it turned out.  I hope to get to wear this again.

Mia as Eowyn
Here I am!

Mia as Eowyn: back
I braided my hair to make it wavy...but no dyeing it blonde!

Mia as Eowyn: neckline
My necklace was done quickly, but got the essence.

My Eowyn: charm
This is a close up of the charm on the necklace.

Mia as Eowyn: belt
Here's a good view on the belt and the too short dress (It's hard to measure the hem by yourself!)

Mia as Eowyn: inner sleeve
My favorite part about this dress is the inner sleeve.

the figures

draped pattern,
renaissance inspired
butterick 4827
with modifications
dress fabric:
cream-colored wool
dress fabric:
cream-colored linen-like
dress lining:
cotton lining
dress lining:
cotton/poly blend
sleeve lining:
cream-colored textured fabric
inner sleeve:
cream/gold fabric with ties
sleeve lining:
cream-colored (tea-dyed) silky polyester
inner sleeve:
same with cording from back
seam and collar trim:
silver (or white) and gold trim
seam and collar trim:
white and gold cording
sleeve ties:
braided tan-colored cording
sleeve ties:
chinese ecru cording
back closure:
back closure:
lacing (with cord) through gold grommets
3 yds
20 grommets
embroidery accents:
gold and silver thread
embroidery accents:
gold and silver trim
gold beads
2 spools
a whole bunch
leather cream-colored lace up boots
cream flats
1 pair
fabric with gold embroidery
silver metal chain and medallion belt
fabric and gold embroidery thread
gold trim, silver rings, wire
14 rings
2 spools of wire
gold necklace with blue stones
charm with beads
gold beads, 1 charm
dark blonde wavy wig, loose to waist
my own
total cost
-as of Oct. 29th

Project started: June 5th, 2006
Project completed: October 29th, 2006

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