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Rowena Ravenclaw
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Dragon*Con 2012
Super Megafest 2014
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I decided to go with the silver/blue movie colors for Ravenclaw, and sketched out lots of different designs for her before settling on the final idea. To save money and time, I bought a plain mass-produced Medieval style blue dress and went to town turning it into Rowena. I lined the sleeves with silver fabric and used silver cording sew curlicue designs onto the lining and give it texture. I found a beautiful silver brocade at Joann's that I used for the neckline, sleeve accents and sash, and grabbed a dark blue upholstery fabric on sale to make her long flowing cape. Silver metal broaches and pearls were used as accents and to hide snaps attaching the cape to the dress. The most important part of the outfit, however, was Rowena's diadem, one of the seven horcruxes and the only part of the outfit that had a movie reference. Using high-res images of the crown, Sketch sculpted it flat from extra-firm Sculpty and I carved in the Ravenclaw motto at the bottom. We baked it and then stuck it on my head while it was still hot to get the proper curved shape (we used fabric to protect my skin). We then went to town bedazzling it with lots of plastic gems, and I threaded silver chain through to hang around the back.
Personal Thoughts:
When it comes to Hogwarts Houses I've always considered myself to be a Ravenclaw, so when Elly-Star asked me to be Rowena for a Hogwarts Founders group she was putting together, I had to say yes. This group was a wonderful experience from start to finish. It was a lot of fun to come up with our own designs and be inspired by each other's ideas, and it was rewarding to see how well it all came together.
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