When I first saw The Two Towers in the theater in 2002, I knew I had to someday make Eowyn’s white gown. At the time, I had not even started officially “cosplaying” yet. Eowyn is one of my all time favorite characters and I made my first Eowyn outfit, her Coronation gown from Return of the King, in 2009. In 2010, I made the “Shieldmaiden” outfit. While I love both of these costumes, I still so badly wanted to make the white wool gown!
There was one detail which made the white gown so elusive. I had no idea how to make the metal medallion belt. I tried everything but I was never happy with the results. I talked to an artist about having it cast in metal even, but it was going to cost far too much money! So for several years, I collected materials and supplies, I made patterns, I studied all the details, but I had no way to make the belt.
Fast forward to just a few months ago. I was hanging out with some of my friends and it came up that my friend Mike just got a 3D printer! We got to talking about costume stuff and he suggested we try 3D printing the medallions for the belt! I basically just provided him with photos and sketches and he did all the real work. He and his business partner did some lovely work and all I had to do in the end was the painting and sewing the belt medallions to the dress! Basically this made this costume finally possible! Shoot me a message if you are interested in having some 3D printing done or if you would like to order an Eowyn belt yourself, because Mike and his business partner are happy to take on more projects!
Once I knew the belt was finally possible, I immediately got to work sewing up the dress and working on the embroidery! I did all the embroidery by hand with gold and silver metallic threads. I used the embroidery design diagram from Alley Cat Scratch’s website. Her website has a ton of amazing reference images for this costume. I also used the costume breakdown on Costumer’s Guide for a lot of my research. My dress was made from a high quality fine gauge wool knit that I got at Mood Designer Fabrics in NYC.
I am excited to share the first photos from the photo shoot with Dustin Leitzel at Dragon*Con! Hope you all like them! It is such a dream come true to finally have made this costume!