My Masquerade Costume

August 25, 2010

This post is for the Masquerade event over at AmandaBeth Online. You can read about it in this post.

Tinuviel Luthien
For my Sweet 16/Moving Away party, I had a masquerade party at home. My friends love costuming and acting, so everyone dressed up and adopted a character to act as when masks are on. You can see all of the masks on my Masquerade Masks post.

I wore my second sewing project and only costume-- my Elvish dress! Normally I go as Arwen, but changed my mind and adopted the character of Tinuviel Luthien. She is a Lord of the Rings character, although her only mention in the trilogy is in a ballad. She shows up in the Silmarillion quite a bit. (Gosh, now I'm sounding geeky. LOL-- that is because I am!)

First off is my mini-photoshoot (click to enlarge):

Searching for a berry.
With the cape!
Hi!
Running.
Temporarily out of character and being Arwen.
Me, caught unawares by the camera.
Wearing the mask and a fun length of blue fabric.

There you go! Now, here are my accessories. I really went all out. ^_^ But, hey, its Lord of the Rings.
Almost all of these have a separate post. Please click those links to see a full post and often instructions.


My mask! I cut, painted, and glitterified it, then sewed the white feathers on. Then I glued and sewed on the flowers, feathers, and ribbons on the side. Next, I attached ribbon to tie it to my head. My friend "L", whose family used to live in Africa, gave me a porcupine quill from Africa for my mask. Hopefully you can see it peeking out the top. :)
See my post on the masks my friends and I made: ( HERE )
And how to make the masks: (coming soon)



As Luthien I wanted  to have a little something different than I have as Arwen. Plus I wanted to be able to take my crown on and off without tangles.
So I wore my Celtic Circlet.


Normally with this costume I would wear my first-ever crown: and Arwen's Banner.

And here is the cuff I made to match the Celtic Circlet! ( HERE )


Earrings. ( HERE )

 
Faery Midsummer Hair Clip
Elvish hair clips. ( HERE )

 I wore my Clay brooch/buckle (a replica of Arwen's, from her Chase costume in FotR) and a criss-cross ribbon on the front of the dress until the safety pins drove me nuts. ( HERE )


Of course, my little wire ring. ( HERE )


[PICTURE]
I wore my very first Evenstar that I made (which I had made to match this costume). Never mind that the Evenstar as a necklace only existed in the movies, and that Arwen, not Tinuviel, wore it; its Elvish, anyhow.
I finally got around to finding a pretty chain for it!
Instructions on making the Evenstar HERE.


The cape! My mom made it for me back in 4th or 5th grade for a Halloween costume. It just fits. I attached a pretty clasp to it before the party, something I wish I'd done earlier. Someday I would like to make a nicer cape. This one is really flimsy material!

The bag, earrings, and my Evenstar again. So purty. ^_^
The belt and a quill.



















As birthday presents I received some beautiful homemade (and not homemade) jewelries from friends that went well (or perhaps not quite so well) with my costume. I wore them the whole rest of the day, and the next, and the next...
 A ribbon-flower barrette, a pretty flower/cross beaded bracelet, a rosary bracelet, and beautiful earrings. Also, a handmade bag in beautiful fabric. And a belt with 16 crocheted flowers (I think its and African style-- leastways it looks like it and is beautiful!) and bunches of African porcupine quills in multiples of 16. You can make beads with them. ^_^
So not all of it "goes" with the costume, but I wanted to post about it anywhos, 'cause I wore it all with my costume.

So. Much. Fun.
We walked around the neighborhood and ran through a bit of wood-- all in costume--, danced to Celtic Thunder, rock, and random music, made pizza, sundaes, and pancakes, talked, sang, played games... Boy, was it fun.

No-smiles old-fashioned picture. Just had to include it. :D


About my character:
This song by the Tolkien Ensemble says it all. :D It is the poem "Luthien Tinuviel" by Tolkien. (The short version in LotR, not the one in "Lays of Beleriand" in  Histories.)



SEE ALSO:


Masquerade Masks!

How to make Masquerade Masks! (coming soon)

Masquerade Graphics (coming soon!)

My Elvish Costume

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8 COMMENTS

  1. GORGEOUS costume, mask and jewelry! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  2. i really like that old timey photo! sooo cool :)

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  3. Wow,how cool and awesome! I love Arwens costume(who ever Arwen is?)

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  4. Love all of this. I read the Silmarillion while I was pregnant, and it is so beautiful, but SO SAD!

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  5. I LOVE LOTR! I want that costume!!!!! TOTALLY! :)

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  6. I LOVE the sleeves on your dress and the mask! The jewelry is so beautiful,too! :)

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  7. wow i really love your dress its really cool. I think that Beren and Luthien was based on Tolken and his wife whose name escapes me.

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