Once upon a time I was an elf.
Laurelas Goldleaf, close kin to Legolas of Mirkwood, ca. 2002, age 18 (plus or minus a few thousand years in Shire Reckoning)
The Lord of the Rings films came out when I was in high school. The Return of the King opened when I was a senior. Having been to the midnight showing of The Two Towers the previous year, I knew I wanted to dress up for the final movie. That fall, I found some glorious bolts of Indian home dec fabric on clearance, and I bought it all. Simplicity supplied the pattern.
The fabric I chose for the bulk of the dress was printed with gold leaves on one side. Deciding that look was too harsh, I constructed the dress wrong side out, and the effect was more subtly elvish.
Photo taken with flash
Photo taken without flash, midmorning light shining through
I also created my own under sleeve pattern, anticipating a December midnight wait in front of the theater and thinking the gold too flimsy.
Now I'm revisiting my old friend! I loved the way the bodice was constructed, so I'm recreating it in batik.
This time, I'm playing with a more tailored fit, adding hand-dyed ruffles, omitting the sleeves, exchanging the skirt... in short, aiming for something in line with this silhouette. Several more steps here to go. If my sunburn allows, I could finish it today!