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« on: November 07, 2010 04:33:23 PM »

Over the summer, my sister and I watched both seasons of Legend of the Seeker, the TV show based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books.  When it came time to think of Halloween costumes (around mid-August), my sister asked me if I would make her a Sister of the Dark costume, specifically for the character Sister Nicci.  I decided I would be another character from the show/series to go along with her, namely the Mother Confessor, Kahlan Amnell.  It took me pretty much two months to make both of these costumes, which we wore to the Renaissance Festival in our area the day before Halloween.  Before this, the only finished item I'd ever sewn was a skirt for last year's Halloween costume!

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My white Confessor dress is made out of two queen-sized bedsheets.  I didn't manage to finish the sleeves before we left, so the drapey parts of the sleeves are made out of the curtains I bought for my freshman dorm room safety-pinned to the dress.  I drafted the pattern myself so that it would look authentic.  I'm not happy with the way the bottom of the lacing puckers the fabric, though; I've got to figure out a way to fix that before I wear the costume again.

My sister's red Sister of the Dark dress is made out of costume satin.  I used McCall's 2401 for the pattern, but I altered it a LOT to be floor-length and include the collar and side pleats on the skirt (they take the place of a slit so she can walk).  I'm really happy with this dress, but it's all wrinkly in the pictures from the car ride to the festival.  I guess that's just the problem with making things out of satin!

You can see the pleating in the skirt really well in this picture.

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010 04:41:35 PM »

While I am not a fan of the show, mostly because I argue with it when it doesn't follow the book (or parts don't even resemble the book) I do love your costumes!

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010 10:06:26 AM »

I love these.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010 10:13:29 AM »

OMG I LOVE the Confessor's dress!! I wish I could make something look that amazing!! (sadly I suck at sewing.) "this TOTALLY ROCKS"

I love the books! but I agree, they TOTALLY messed up the show. I mean, in the show, Richard didn't know Zedd, but in the book, Zedd practically raised Richard!! how messed up is that? geez. all these producers... they always mess the awesome books up.

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010 08:56:35 AM »

I love both the dresses! I love even more that the confessor's dress is made out of sheets and curtains - The sleeves are wonderful!

As much as i wish they hadn't changed things for TV, I did love the guy who played Zedd

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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010 12:44:58 PM »

Those dresses are really great.  And as I'm looking at your pictures I'm thinking "wow - that looks a lot like my Renaissance Festival....  I think it IS my Renaissance Festival!"  Roll Eyes  Anywho ...

Great work!  Cheesy  And I haven't read the books.  I've seen the show and the books are probably on my shelf at home, I just haven't read them yet.

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010 06:30:30 PM »

that's so freaking awesome! You did an amazing job! I have a horrible time with satin and that dress came out beautifully. I had already decided I was going as Kahlan next year, and I'm already planning the costume! Although, I'm going to go with the brown/green outfit. What can I say I have a thing for corsets and underbusts. lol
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010 08:17:42 PM »

Awesome! Love the Sister of the Dark dress!
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013 09:42:43 AM »

Awesome!! Thank you for sharing! It looks great!

I'm reading the first book right now. I started watching the show again today to get some better views of the dress because I am also going to attempt to make it. It's PAINFUL to watch the show again. They totally just took aspects of the book and invented their own story. I die inside when I watch the show now.
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