How to replicate a dress with zero reference images.

Hermione's red dress beads

This picture is from a few days ago, but the red dress is (almost) finished! I want to redo the flower thing in the middle to make it look less flat, and it’s lacking beads but other than that it’s done! I wore it the other night when Boyfriend and I went on a pre-Valentine’s Day date. It’s swirly and lovely and I completely forgot to take pictures. -headdesk-

I’ll get on that.

I think I have an unhealthy obsession with Hermione. In the past month, I have made two of her sweaters, one dress, a hat.

On top of that, I started a scarf the other day..

Hogwarts PoA Scarf

..and I’m in the beginning stages of a second dress.

Hermione's pink dress fabric

This dress is absolutely gorgeous but it’s driving me insane. It was handmade by Jenny Packham for Hermione to wear to Slughorn’s Christmas party, and since the entire scene lasts all of a minute and a half and happens in the dark, there aren’t a lot of reference images. In fact the only ones I could find online were about fifty pixels wide. So I’ve been watching that scene and saving screen captures in the attempt to find one that actually shows me how the seams are done on the bodice. I thought I had it figured out, but after two hours of attempting to recreate a pattern of it, I deemed it impossible and have added a stomach panel under the crinkled bust bit.

Like this, basically:

Hermione's pink dress pattern making

And I may have ordered more yarn to redo the Deathly Hallows Fair Isle cardigan in the proper colors.

I need about eight more sets of hands.

6 thoughts on “How to replicate a dress with zero reference images.”

  1. This fabric for the new dress is called “moire”— right? In the picture the color is not very clear….is it dusty rose or a kind of a rust? So far I really like the pattern you are working out.

    Would love to see pictures of you in your red floaty chiffony dress you are just finishing. I can imagine you look gorgeous in it.

    1. Yup! It’s moire. I actually bought some in white in high school to make my homecoming dress one year and I thought it’d be perfect for this dress, and Joann’s had the perfect color! It’s kind of a dusty pink color. I’ll try to get some photos of it in better light.

      And I’m still working on the red dress photos, I just wanted to finish the middly bit first! πŸ™‚

    1. Ooh yes I saw that vid! I have it bookmarked and I watched it about sixteen times and took some really grainy screen shots hehe. Thanks for the note! πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve been wanting to make that peach dress too! I love it, but it’s been SO hard to find images of it! Good luck with that!

    1. Thanks! Yeah I literally spent hours looking all over the internet and couldn’t find anything smaller than a few pixels. And then the scene in the movie is only a minute and a half long and she’s hiding in the shadows the whole time. Good luck with yours! πŸ™‚

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