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Padme Cut Senate Scene - Full by Verdaera Padme Cut Senate Scene - Full by Verdaera
**Please Note!!! My work is not 'cosplay', this is costuming! Thank you for understanding!!**

Here's my (nearly) finished Padme Cut Senate Scene Costume! This costume was in Star Wars: Episode II, but in the "deleted scenes" section. Please see my gallery for details on the different pieces of the gown.

I'm not entirely satisfied with it. I ran out of time to finish it properly, and was even still sewing beads on the morning before. I cheated on the drape part in the back and I had never even tried on the entire outfit before the morning I wore it at con. There are definite things I'd like to fix, especcially closure issues, but all in all it was very well received. I started it the day after Dragon*Con last year, so it took me a year to complete.

Photo taken by the wonderful :iconbryanhumphrey: Bryan Humphrey at Dragon*Con 2011

*Sorry for the watermark, I've had too many friends have pictures of their costumes stolen :p

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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so awesome!!! just beautifull :D
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FenigDurak Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You've done a marvelous job! I've always been impressed with your work. The only piece of advice I can give (that hasn't already been touched on) would be to hair net the hair pieces. Whip stitching on some blonde hairnets would go a long way to rein in future fly aways and hairpiece issues.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :)

Actually I do have hairnets on them! I made this with real human hair but I'm tempted to re-make it in artificial hair so it will all be one length, therefore cutting down on the 'fuzziness' of the whole thing. That's the plan, anyway, I haven't worked much at all with hairpieces!
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Mirax-chan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, you and the costume look absolutely amazing :clap:
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PhoenixCostumes Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!!!! :worship: Really great job! :D Great fabric and awsome work at the details!! :D I hope I will be as good as you some day!! :D:D:D
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enteringmymind Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Completely Amazing!!! For the time you had you did a Fantastic job and wish I could wear it!!!!:)
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mianakenobi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing I can see is to tighten up the collar a bit. I'd also love to see the back! Other than that, it looks AMAZING Vera!
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celticruins Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous work! That fabric is so yummy. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this Padme gown before! Lovely work! I'm hoping to finally do the Packing Gown this coming year. It's been on my list of "Want" for so long :P!
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brucethelesser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very well done. I hope overall your happy with the work because you should be.

Since you requested a critique here is a quick one. After reading this if you don't want this public feel free to hide or delete my comments

Overall the costume is a close rendition to the original. I'm assuming your primary goal was to replicate the original. If not, please disregard the following comments. Most of the differences I see are due to the material used for the undergarments or perhaps the undergarments were washed out due to lighting during photography. If the problem lies not in the photography , I would assume that either the material choice was a personal one to achieve a cleaner look, in which case you were successful. Or an inability to obtain a closer match to those used in the original, that happens. The beading is excellent, but to mimic the original needs to be fuller.

Every project I've seen you tackle, your quality has improved. I don't see that trend changing anytime in the near future and am looking forward to seeing next years project. Personally, I wouldn't sweat the little things on this costume since if you decide to improve them i know you can and will.

I really love your wig work. Hopefully, we will get a chance in the near future to sit down where you can tell me how you did it.

Great job, and thanks for making the costume. I am looking forward to seeing it up close in person a couple of weeks from now.
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
WHAT?! I can't believe you're not satisfied with it! But I guess that artists are the ones who are always most critical of their own work :P

With the skirt laying so smoothly over the underthings, and the bodice fitting so nicely, this outfit doesn't look like the average cosplay. Instead, it looks like an entirely professional, regal costume that had lots of time and attention to detail put into it.

If I were to critique anything, it would be either the collar (lapel?) on the velvet-looking overcoat, or the intricate, beaded collar around your neck. The lapel, because maybe it could be a bit stiffer (I don't know if you already put wire or stiffened buckram inside, or if it can even be stiffened any further without looking bad); and the intricate collar, because it looks just a bit messy with all the different colors in it. I'm not referencing any picture of the costume in the actual movie, but I'm betting you followed it fairly strictly? Maybe you could take some artistic license and get rid of the pink and blue beaded (?) accents, and just make the whole piece the same color.

Congratulations on making such a wonderful costume! This is the first time I've really bothered critiquing anything on DevArt this extensively, but I think your crafts(wo)manship deserves it!
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