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Here is my Galadriel White Council mock-up to date. The only thing remaining is the hem (and some finishing touches which I will skip). This is per the pattern instructions, except I’ve made the skirt about 6 inches narrower. I started tapering it in at the hip. I think the movie version is very full, but since I will have no train, I don’t think the fullness will achieve the look I want. This dress emphasizes the hourglass figure more than the LOTR versions.
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I need to hem it to see how well the dress form works to get a good hem on me. I’m guessing because I can’t get her tall enough to match me with my platform shoes on. How do tall people do it?

I plan to do a second partial mock-up – the bodice, collar and top of the sleeves. I want to cut it so that the princess seams fall where they should; they are too wide. I also want to tweak it so it’s more movie accurate. Here are some of the differences:

This is designed as an off-shoulder dress. The movie version is not, and I don’t want to have to wear a strapless bra with it.
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The collar is sewn into the shoulder seam at the top, but the movie version has the back collar coming around to the front.
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The top of the sleeve is double-thickness in front and attaches lower and further in than the pattern. This gives it a slightly cape-like appearance, which I like. It will also be more flattering on me, I think.
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The pattern is designed so that there is only chiffon at the collar and sleeves, but the movie version clearly has at least one, maybe two layers of chiffon over the whole dress. It will be challenging to achieve this with princess seams, which I do not want running down the skirt. I have some ideas on that. We’ll see how it goes…
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Also, I can't figure out what the diagonal line running through the skirt is about. I see it in several pictures. I can't figure out what's happening here, either.
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Any insights would be appreciated. Sewing again tomorrow!

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