Eowyn’s White Wool Gown

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!

A Year’s Worth of Updates!

Yes, its been almost a year since I last post on this website. I have had quite a few other things on my mind, and have mainly been updating my Facebook Page. I have returned to school to study Nutrition Science and have been working on a complete overhaul of my career. That doesn’t mean I have not been cosplaying though! I actually feel like this past year, I have created some of my best costumes!

I became OBSESSED with cosplaying from the artwork of Japanese artist, Sakizou. I made two costumes for myself and made the corset and some accessories for one for my friend Brittany, a.k.a. Dandelionswish. I am planning a photo shoot of Dolce later this fall with my good friend Beth (Ryoko-dono) as Macaron! I am also trying to pick another Sakizou design to cosplay next year!

I did a few new photo shoots of “Shieldmaiden” Eowyn at Katsucon 2013 and FINALLY made Eowyn’s White Wool Gown which I wore to Dragon*Con last weekend! The White Wool gown is a costume I have been planning for years! It felt so good to finally be able to make it! I have to thank Dustin Leitzel, Joseph Chi Lin, and Alex Reynolds for getting such lovely photos of these two costumes!

About a month ago, we celebrated the 10th annual Upstate New York Cosplay picnic! In honor of its 10th year, I chose to wear my Goddess Umi costume since I wore Celestial Umi to the very first picnic! It is Throwback Thursday after all, so here is a photo from 2004 of Celestial Umi alongside a photo of Goddess Umi from this year’s picnic!

My next convention will most likely be New York Comic Con. I will not be there all weekend as I have work and school, but I will most likely show up and cosplay SOMETHING on Sunday! After that I will be attending Long Island Doctor Who, a brand new convention dedicated, obviously, to Doctor Who. I will be wearing my Femme Eleventh Doctor and a Clara costume! By the way, check out the aforementioned Femme Eleven and the rest of the Doctor Who ladies at Dragon*Con!

Thanks for reading! I hope I am much better about updating this website this year than I was last year!