Research And Inspiration
Well, I've liked Lord of the Rings Costumes because they're full of magic and whimsy. I've actually created the Blood Read dress that Arwen wears (see post). I wanted to make this hobbit dress for a few different reasons: 1. It's almost spring and it will be perfect to wear to events 2. Dragon Con has an event usually every year called An Evening At Bree 3. It's extremely comfortable.
I knew for a fact that I wanted to make a flower crown with my hobbit dress. So I went to hobby lobby with Daniel and got the pieces for that ( see how to make a flower crown post).
I decided to use the pattern from Simplicity 1771. I wanted to make the dress using colors that reminded me of hobbits so I found an elf looking green for the side, back, and skirt of the outfit, a rust-red/orange for the apron, cream-colored for the ruffles and sleeves, and the front of the bodice has a floral fabric. The cloak is a fleece olive green that's extremely soft.
Building the Bodice, Skirt, Apron
I had to make the back of the bodice a corset back by adding another rectangle piece.
I decided to make a mask that matched the bodice since we're still in quarantine for COVID-19. Back when I first started this costume, was before COVID. Once it hit I had to put this project aside and I helped out with making over 200 masks. I wanted to do this as a special little nod to the situation. Dragon Con was canceled, but I still wanted to finish this comfy and whimsical cosplay.
Hobbit Cosplay Photoshoot