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A Rustle in the Grasses by nolwen A Rustle in the Grasses by nolwen
My Grasslands Guardian costume.
The gold silk is tea dyed in places, cut into over 30 bias strips, sewn, turned, pressed and then woven over a corset understructure (which I pattern drafted) and hand sewn in place. I'll leave it up to you to guess how someone would get in and out of it :)
The pants are hakama style hand dyed silk.

I am so sick of looking at this costume. I spent over 50 hours on this thing, some sleepless nights, and even some blood. But hey, at least it looks cool.

Thanks to Josh Hines for the lovely photos.
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Beautiful and amazing design! I love it :heart:
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SRTolton Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Beautiful! :)
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:iconkateryu:
Kateryu Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Stunning!
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:iconhollymessinger:
hollymessinger Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh lord. I hate turning tubes more than anything else in the world. This took fortitude.
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GargamelsCat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
This is soo pretty!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This costume has been featured in the March 2011 Costuming Feature! [link]
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is goregous! I love the praded effect.
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:iconoperacynic:
Operacynic Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Wow, that dress is beautiful!
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bornahorse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
The knot/bow/tie thing in the back must be able to be untied, so the ribbons might be sewn together very secretly so the weaving doesn't come apart.
With the ribbons untied, slip it over your head, tie the ribbons behind your neck, and tada!

At least that's how I think you do it.

If that's not it then the top must be in 2 pieces.

It's beautiful!!! Makes me want to try to make something similar using the weaved ribbon technique thing. :XD:
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EmotionsDotCom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009   Writer
wow. simply wow. really love the colour it looks great ^^
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katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009   General Artist
Your incredible craftsmanship has been featured here: Organic Feature II! Enjoy your day. :blackrose: Keep on creating.
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:iconbellchild:
bellchild Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely wonderful.

That's all I can really say, heh.
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Smoke-Z Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
That is so lovely and cool.

Hmmm, I wonder if the dress would be ruined if you hid some tacking stitches underneath the neck straps so that it wouldn't get unraveled past that point. Otherwise, a bit of time, patience, anxiety, and perhaps painter's tape. Or maybe it requires the model to get woven into it.

I was able to squeeze in and out of the muslin for the bodice to simplicity 4731 until I put the sleeves on, but I wouldn't try that trick with more delicate fabrics.
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kukochan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok, you got me, I have NO idea how one would go about putting this beautiful contraption on. :D It's so detailed and intricate! Beautiful work!
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Aeternus-Spero Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
I would love to make something like this! Just showed it to my husband, and he said "Make one like that, and then we can go to an opera or something!!" :D
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rainydaydarling Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's really pretty.
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:iconsiranatomy:
sirAnatomy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
This reminds me of a dress I saw on Project Runway. Only that one was made out of seat belts.
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EvaneyReddeman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
I love this so much! For some reason, I really like things with a "grass" theme (shows up a lot in my work), and this is such a lovely representation of the idea of grasslands. I am very impressed at how detailed it is, too. Superb craftsmanship.
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saraqael Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Wow. Just- wow. This is gorgeous, I don't know how I missed it going through your gallery before. I really love your work, I can't wait to see more of it! You have such a beautiful style, it's really refreshing to see. :)
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Marla-chan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
thats gorgeous
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:iconpainfullyiced:
Painfullyiced Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
so, how DO you get into this one?
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Hehehe...
Magic :D
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:iconanariel-erestor:
Anariel-Erestor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
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EpicMyst Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The blood and sweat was all worth it! It's beautiful!!! *gape*
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scruffyrebel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
oh, but the detail and endless hours really show! I adore outfits that have that braided aspect to them.
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun to do all that weaving.
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:iconicupae:
Icupae Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
That's very impressive.
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:icono-kei:
O-Kei Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
That...is so awersome *___* I want to wear ALL of your clothes!! They're all so beautiful!!
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Stephonika-W-Kaye Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
beautiful
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CrimsonAppassionata Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Oh my gosh, I want it. o_O I absolutely love the weaving you did on the bodice!
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:iconperefalc:
perefalc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! :jawdrop:
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Niccilo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Oh my goodness. I think i have fallen in love. How long did this take you? And ( iknow this is sounding rather rude of me, but) do you take comissions? Because seriously, Watch list and a half.
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Not rude at all. And yes, I do [link] :D

Thank you ^_^
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:iconniccilo:
Niccilo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
No, thank you very much!
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OrangeFruity Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
really pretty, i love how the neck ties in the back :D
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:iconzemotion:
zemotion Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
lovely work! :love:
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MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Amazing!
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^
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MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
welcome
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FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This dress is great, i'm very like it.
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Doubledub Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I would feel awesome in this!!
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   Artisan Crafter
hehe, yeah, its pretty freaken fun to wear :D
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Doubledub Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me wanna learn to sew.
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Last-Chael Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
This is absolutely amazing!! I really love the weaving! *is inspired* Gosh, all that sewing and turning for the strips! I'm tempted to use silk ribbon (is a cheater :P) as a more mind friendly alternative :P Just incredible!!!
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
yeah, silk ribbon would have saved some time, but then it doesn't stretch like the bias strips do, so you wouldn't get that nice fit.
but that's a good idea for things that arn't as curvy.... *is getting new ideas for stuff*..... ^_^
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:iconlast-chael:
Last-Chael Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
oooh I never thought of that! It makes sense though!

hahah actually that is a great idea! :D
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:iconalichii:
alichii Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
This is my fav out of the whole collection. I'd like to see an entire dress done in the style of the top. :)
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:iconnolwen:
nolwen Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Artisan Crafter
gahh, i think that would kill me. But it's a really cool idea.
I'm glad you like it ^_^
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InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ai ai ai! This is fantastic! So much I am sure, but it's breathtaking! :w00t: I just love the colors too. :love:
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