This is probably my second favorite Padme dress from Episode II. I love the wrapped top, the cape, the skirt-- and of course, the fact that it's blue! (And it's such a relief now to know that it *is* blue! Or at least blue-ish. Oh, the arguments we had over whether this outfit was blue or white...) Anyway, I made this dress in the summer of 2003 to wear to San Diego Comic-Con, but since the skirt was stretchy and I hadn't constructed it with a waistband, it just kept slipping down and down, and there was no way I was going to be able to wear it and still be decent! Hey, mistakes are how we learn, right? So that fall I added a wide stabilizing waistband inside the top of the skirt, and I wore it to GenConSoCal 2003. I entered it in the costume contest and won second place in the sci-fi category!
I made this dress in a serious hurry, so I really didn't document how I made it, and in any case we've since learned quite a bit more about the actual construction of the real costume. So instead of writing up a construction page, I'll just point you toward Naboo Girl's amazing tutorial, which I'll probably use if I ever re-make this outfit! I'd like to, someday.
In May 2005, I sold this costume on Ebay. The girl who
bought it was very sweet and sent me some pictures of her wearing the dress!