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Elanor Gamgee - full shot by Verdaera Elanor Gamgee - full shot by Verdaera
Here is my finished Hobbit Bodice!

I hope one day to get a decent wig since curling my own hair is a pain, plus I'd like shorter hair around the front and perhaps a bit blonder than my natural color. I had my heart set on a cream chemise, moss skirt and rust-colored bodice. I chose the fabric because it wasn't too rich of a brocade, but resembled the fabric used in Merry's waistcoat, so I thought it appropriate. It's trimmed with velvet ribbon and the buttons have dragons on them. I hand-bound the button holes. The ears I ordered from WETA. The skirt is a cotton fabric I dyed, but I'd like to find a fabric that hangs better and re-do it.

This is now wearable, but I will probably add a cloak for the December Hobbit premiere, and when I learn the skills, I plan to hand-tie a wig and hand-make proper hobbit feet.

Fun fact: The casting call for Hobbit extras for women was 5'... which is exactly my height :) If only I lived in New Zealand!

Please note, this is NOT COSPLAY. This is a COSTUME, so please don't call it a 'cosplay'. Thank you for understanding.
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M65P3 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the clothing the female Hobbit's wear. So pretty.
Trustie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I'm so happy I found your blog and dA.  This has to be the best and most beautiful hobbit costume I've seen. I'm planning to make a hobbit costume for cons/fairs as my height is 5'2! You have truly inspired me with your costume. As a beginner's sewer, the dress (and cloak) won't be a problem, the chemise and bodice however will be (I have no clue how smocking works for example) :c and I might just have to buy something. Anyway, amazing costume :D
Verdaera Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi, thank you so much!
Well, you don't have to do smocking, most of the hobbit women have simple, gathered chemises. When I designed mine, I looked at all the Hobbits that were on film to see what types of fabrics they used, the shapes of the clothes, the colors, etc, and designed within those guidelines. There are patterns out there for medieval/renaissance outfits that are very similar in shape that you could tweak to suit your needs. Here's my image gallery of all the screen caps I took, which will hopefully help you!…
Chemises aren't hard to make, the bodice has more seams with curves but I'm sure you can do it if you follow the pattern and make a mock-up!

I hope that helps!
Trustie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, may I perhaps know which smocking pattern you used on the chemise?
SeerMoon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
My gosh, I want this costume SO BAD. Especially the chemise. I can't find one anywhere like it. 
GaiaMarfurt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
so cute! :D
Verdaera Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!!
Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Lovely work! :)
Verdaera Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
Odme1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Lilinaceleste Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!
StarSparks1993 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
amazing hobbit costume :D
Verdaera Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks so much! :D
steamey Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Real hobbit-girl!)But what about feets?..
Verdaera Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Working my way up to those ;) I'm going to start learning casting and prosthetics this next year, but until I can make something movie-quality realistic I'd rather just go barefoot
steamey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I see.Well,you look great in a photo anyway.Better than any one I've seen before.Good luck in studies,then you may be able to get to the film studio
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Fantastic costume, you're really talented. I think you would have made a wonderful halfling in the movies.
GoldenAgeGirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Hello, I am looking to make a hobbit costume for myself. I was hoping you might have some advice for me on patterns and such as your costume is so beautiful!
I am planning to make a six piece outfit consisting of a short sleeved chemise, petticoat, skirt, overskirt for fancy occasions, bodice, and an apron. I am planning to use cotton for just about everything except for the bodice which I will use a brocade for. All of my fabric is coming from JoAnns.
I have decided on green for the skirt and creme for the apron, but beyond that my color scheme is still up in the air. I know I want to sew buttons into the skirt and button holes into the petticoat so I can gather the skirt. I may make the chemise in a dress form to eleminate the need for the petticoat. I am planning for the petticoat to come about three inches above my ankle, the skirt to come two inches above the petticoat and the overskirt to come one-two inches above the skirt. I am leaving the overskirt long in case I ever feel like using it as a skirt. I have already made a reversable cloak from dark green cotton velour and grey velvet.
I am an intermediate sewer who has never worked with bodices before, but am competent enough to make everything else.
Any advice?
Verdaera Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!

I do have some advice for you :) The best thing to do is to take your design and compare it with all known hobbit clothes to see if all the design elements will fit. There is a difference between LOTR era and Hobbit era Hobbits. Here's a link to my gallery of screen caps for both. [link]

For colors, LOTR era stuck pretty much to any color you can make with natural, plant-based dyes, so they were somewhat subdued, but things like saffron yellow were seen in Merry's vest. They had lots of texture and used natural fibers. The Hobbit era ones did break the initial rules, and there were a few more things like purple colors and a couple fancier brocades. I tried to stick to tone-on-tone, and I used a matelasse fabric (like Merry's vest) from the JoAnn's home dec department. You can find lots of great bodice fabric in the home dec section. I would just advise against having many visible, layered skirts as I haven't seen any evidence of that. You can use petticoats for volume, certainly, but I haven't seen any skirts that have been gathered over other skirts. I have seen lots of decorative aprons, some that go almost all the way around.

As for bodices, there's plenty of patterns in the historical costume sections of the pattern books at the fabric store that will work. In LOTR, they had back-laced bodices, some also had buttons on the front as well as back lace (which I just find easier to get into), and the hemline on the bodices were straight. The Hobbit hobbits differed from this, with more 18th century styled bodices that had pointy fronts and peplum skirts attached. I prefer them straight because it gives the illusion of being shorter whereas pointy bodice hems elongate the body. They put some boning in the bodices, and you do want it a bit of a heavier weight (so if you use a thin fabric, back it with something heavier). The Hobbit hobbit women also had the option of tie-on sleeves.

I hope this helps!
Farothiel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
This is one of the best hobbit costumes I've ever seen! You are amazingly talented! Keep up the good work
Verdaera Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you! I can't wait for the premiere so I can wear it out!
OrangeMoose Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Holy look like you just stepped off the set! Such professionalism! People will go crazy seeing you at the theater for the premiere.
Verdaera Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! I hope so!
aelthwyn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
adorable! :D
nolwen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is so cute! It inspires me to make my own now. Great job, as usual :)
Boby-Boby Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I's very beautiful ! ^^
Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your deviation has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:
Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks so much! :)
Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome.:hug:
Pirkleations Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's the thing...

You have such an ethereal, Elfin look to you as it stands that you could pull off just about any Middle Earth woman.

Excepting, of course, Dwarf women and Orc females.

The costume looks great!!

Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, you made my day! :)

Actually I was looking at Orc females but it turns out there are none!
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks really good, you did a nice job on your costume.
Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome.
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