Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lucy's Coronation Dress and Cape... finished! :)

I finished the doll-sized version of Lucy's Coronation Dress and Cape! Thanks be to God for His help as I worked on this project-- He gave me the strength and ability to get it done in good time, and He also helped me to not get stressed at all yesterday while I worked on it. Thank You, Lord! <3>
I drafted most of the pattern, but used Josefina's Christmas Dress as a base for the sleeves (I didn't alter the puff part, but I widened the sleeves to make them more bell-like).
The main part of the dress is made from crepe-back satin and the sleeves are a satiny fabric.

The main body of the dress consists of the front, the side front panel (seen in the picture below), and the back, like the original.

I didn't know how to make the pearls throughout the fabric, but I did sew on a pearl trim to the neckline.
The back fastens with velcro, but I added the pearl trim there also to give the look of the back button pearls on Lucy's. I had the hardest time figuring out the Velcro... how to attach it without sewing over the pearls. I broke a needle, but not any of the pearls, and eventually got it figured out. Yay! :-)

Now for the cape. I still wasn't able to get it shaped just like the original, but I did my best. It is basically a rectangle with a scooped area for the neckline. It's lined with white satiny fabric.
It closes with snaps but has a gold button for looks. The original has a lion head embossed on it, but I couldn't find any with a lion head...so I got one that I felt at least had the same "feel" to it. :-)

It has a cord trim around the neckline and front edges...
Look at the hem on the back... isn't it marvelous? I used sari fabric for this, and have enough left over to make another cape AND a sari! But it'll have to wait until after I'm done with all my other Christmas orders.
Thanks to "The Wardrobe Door" for the pictures of the movie costume and construction details! I referred to it often and it was a great help.

Well, I better get to work on my Regency dress. I forgot to post about how terrible it was going and how I bought new fabric for it... that'll come later, I guess. :-)

Have a wonderful day! Keep your eyes on Jesus!


nzkiwigirl said...

Love it so much! That is so gorgeous. Well done.

Dreamer Girl said...

Very beautiful Elinor! You are a wonderful seemstress!!!!! Keep up the good work!

~ Kelly ~

Miss Laurie said...

SO lovely! I love the sleeves and trim on the dress. The cape is so beautiful!! It turned out very nice, the fabric is lovely! The button is perfect, looks very "Narnian"!

You're work is exquisite as always!
Take care,
-Miss Laurie :)

Gabrielle Renee said...

Very pretty!!

~lily said...

Oh, that dress is lovely! Reminds me so much of Lucy's dress!

beast'sbelle said...

Great job, Elinor! Lucy's dress turned out beautifully. :) Good job meeting the challenge...with the Lord's strength. :)

Colleen said...

Beautiful, it turned out just lovely, and matches the original very nicely.
I've been in a slump lately, hopefully I can get going again and get my ideas finished for Christmas gifts. :)

Ana said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!! Wahoo for finished projects!!!!!

Lady Helen Mar said...

You did a lovely job! Some day I will be able to make stuff like that! Looking forward to the Regency dress pictures.
Through Christ,

Celine said...

beautiful! It looks very crisp and professional :)

Anonymous said...

That looks great, Melanie! I like the pearls on it. :)

Did something happen to your dress? :(

Anonymous said...

I love it! It is beautiful!

Hanne-col said...


Anonymous said...

This dress and cape are just lovely, very nice work.
The details are just perfect.

I was wondering, I told a lady about your etsy store, who was looking for this outfit for an American girl doll...so I was just wondering if this might have been her. :) If so, you are going to make that little girl SOOO happy.

Lovely work, I enjoy looking at your blog as always.

Elinor Dashwood said...

Hi Brielle,

Thank you for your comment!

Yes, the lady did say you had told her about my shop. I was so thrilled when she said that, because you are one of the people that I really look up to in the costuming world (your creations never cease to amaze and inspire me!) and I didn't know you read my blog. :-)

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Greetings Elinor,
Oh you are most welcome for the comment...I always like to see what you girls are up to on here.

How fun. I am glad it was for the same lady. I simply didn't have time and I knew you did such a lovely job. :) So if you don't mind, if I have anyone asking about custom made doll stuff I shall send them your way.

Oh really? You are so sweet. That makes me feel special that you like to look at my costumes. :)
I shall soon be starting a blog also that will be connected to my costume site. I would really like to add you to my links section, if you don't mind.

Have a lovely day!

Elinor Dashwood said...

About sending custom doll clothes orders my way, I don't mind at all! :-D

I'll be looking forward to your new blog! Sure, you can can add us to the links if you'd like! :-)


Avonlea_dreamer said...

That looks absolutely amazing!! I can't believe how well you did! Looks just like the original. :D