Friday, January 18, 2008

Robert: Where did you get that?
Giselle: I made it. Do you like it?
Robert, flabbergasted, comes into the living room
and sees the dress pattern pieces cut into the drapes)
Giselle: You're unhappy...?
Robert: You made a dress out of my curtains!?
Giselle: Oh, you
are unhappy!

This dress is definitely my favorite from Enchanted. I partly relieved my costuming muse this dress inspired by allowing it to influence the design on my sister's birthday cake recently. Not exact, but cute, isn't it?

Here's the breakdown I wrote. My resources include the aforementioned Costumer's Guide photobucket, (NEW 2/2/08: there are some great new high-res images there now. A few new details have been added throughout this entry) plus this image and this image that I found that she doesn't have, and the YouTube Central Park video. With all the hoopla about the enormous white wedding dress, this dress isn't mentioned in any interviews I've seen.

Giselle's Blue Central Park Dress

The pale aqua teal dress looks to me like a silk crepe de chine. It doesn't have much sheen to it like a charmeuse, ... images new to me show some great close-ups of the fabric. It's lightweight, with a fine wrinkled surface and a slight luster. It looks familiar to me somehow. At least, I would say from this image and this image it definitely looks like a silk of some kind. Perhaps a silk matelasse, with a crinkly webby pattern?

The embroidery all over the dress is made up of large pale yellow flowers, both in a traditional 5-petal-with-a-round-center shape and some "profile" flowers that look like fans. Connecting these are swirling olive green stems and vines, with some small-fern like shapes in a slightly darker green. There are also some dark thin yellow-brown leaves, and white flowers 5-petal flowers with pink centers.

The last thing to mention about the embroidery needs a bit of background. If you've ever been to Disney
World/Land with your eyes open, you'll know they incorporate "Hidden Mickeys"—that Mickey head shape of three circles: a head, and two ears—into just about anything they can and, of course, so that the secret doesn't remain a secret, publish books about where to find all of them. Quite a game.

Well, in the embroidery on this dress, what looks like clusters of pink flowers from a distance are clearly Hidden Mickeys. They're outlined with pink and filled in with a much lighter pink; you can see them particularly well at the bodice, but also sprinkled throughout the body of the dress. They seem to be always attached to the pale green stems.

The underskirt is at least two layers of white chiffon on top, with at least one layer of pink chiffon below that. There's probably an opaque satin layer somewhere underneath this.

There's also teal chiffon underneath the teal skirt, and a layer of teal satin below that. In this image it looks very much like the teal satin is baglined to the hem, and from this one that it's also baglined to the front opening, and that the satin is the innermost layer, but then where did the loose, non-attached chiffon in this image go?

You can see the dress layers particularly well in these images:

On the Rock


Dancing with the Crowd

Skipping, Hands Clasped

In the last one you can see the pink layer through the two white layers.

If anyone has the shot that shows the full pattern hanging in the curtains, let me know! Hopefully they went for accuracy there. There's a partial view of it in this image, but I can't make much of it out.

The neckline is a sweetheart, with a separate piece for each bust cup. Looks like there might be a dart on each bust piece, running diagonally down from the underarm, but it's subtle and hard to spot because of the embroidery. xfkirsten on the Cosplay topic on Enchanted has a high-res Enchanted calendar, with some high-res images of this dress that show princess-seams on the bust that curve from the underarm, not darts. You can see the bust cup under the dress in this image. Also in that image, you can see the teal satin, which makes me think the bodice is fully lined.

You often you can't see the inverted-V waist seam, because the teal sash wrapping around it follows the seamline. The sleeve is a puff, (with elastic?) sewn to the curve of the dress at the underarm.

The back is a low scoop, with a center back seam that may be an invisible zipper.

The skirt is quite full, particularly at the back, where it trains a little bit. Definitely seems to be two front panels and probably two back. The underskirt is probably stitched to the dress at the waist seam.

The neck is edged in a teal satin ruching and a thin white scalloped eyelet lace fine scalloped lace, possibly two layers. The opening is edged in scalloped white eyelet lace and pink piping. All layers of the underskirt are lettuce-hemmed. There's a sprig of pink silk blossoms tacked down at the center dip of the neckline, with two smaller sprigs or maybe rosettes at each upper corner of the neck where it joins the sleeves.

The teal satin sash is slightly darker than the dress fabric, following the waist line but sometimes not covering it, which suggests that it's not sewn down, tied in a bow at the front with one hanging sash end longer than the other, the shorter hanging past the knees, the longer at the lower calf.

Shoes and Hair
Her calf-high white lace-up heeled shoes look very much like Victorian-era walking boots, like the pair at the top of the page here. She wears white hose I believe. Her hair is parted on the left, pulled back and twisted into a half-up, half-down style, tightly curled and waving, and decorated with pink silk flowers and green, pink and lavender ribbons.


Cj said...

Brilliant write-up! I have spent a few days searching the web and analysing photos, and haven't been able to find anything on it, because, as you say, everybody's interested in the wedding dress! I was wondering if I could quote and link to your blog on my own blog?

Thank you!

Lady Éowyn said...

Thanks! You're more than welcome to quote and link. :)

I had a hard time taking the wedding dress seriously enough to like it, as the size made it so absurd. But this dress is bee-yu-tiful. :D

Janice said...

To me, the lace on the dress looked more like daisy Venice lace like this one:

Lady Éowyn said...

Janice, I thought you were right, but then I saw some new (to me) images. Look like the neckline lace is a fine scalloped lace, and the front opening is the white eyelet.

Look here and here for, in the first one, a good shot of the neckline lace, and in the second one, good shots of both.

RedSmurfie said...

Hi, here i found the blue dress. i love the blue dress out of other dress.

Hawk said...

Question would you be interested in making this costume? I had one tailor, but it fell through- now I only have a little over a month to find a way to have it made.
Or at least.. any suggestions on places to buy the teal fabric?

Hawk said...

Question would you be interested in making this costume? I had one tailor, but it fell through- now I only have a little over a month to find a way to have it made.
Or at least.. any suggestions on places to buy the teal fabric?

Malary said...

Excellent! I have looked everywhere, but no one came as close to the details as you did! Thanks so much! I am planning on sewing an easier version!

Malary said...

Excellent! I have looked every where for details on this dress and no one came close to what you have. I am planning to sew a dress some what like it! Thanks!

Malary said...

Thanks again for the details!!

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on making this dress for Halloween. I found the most perfect fabric out of China but I'd have to order a minimum of 109 yards! does anyone want to go in with me? I haven't received an email back on the prices, but let me know if you're at least interested and I'll contact you when I know something.


PinkIngrid said...

Hi Lady E! Thanks for the blog post. I've been looking around the web for this dress! Thanks for looking through all the details. Any update if you've made this dress yet?