“His arms will hold the bow, his arrows tipped with love.” – Xerxes
“Some archer’s arrows are tipped with poison, my lord.” – Esther
“Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, the symptoms are the same.” – Xerxes
This is the gown that Esther wears while she is reading for Xerxes. It has some hidden details that I find fascinating.
This gown doesn’t have a separate bodice/skirt like many of those in the past studies. It actually has a surprisingly modern style – with the faux wrap front. Take a look at my ‘sketch’ to see what I mean.
|Whee! I keep trying different illustrating methods. I really like the way this one turned out.|
I would guess this to be made of a chiffon type fabric, as it’s flowy and somewhat sheer. The dress has several layers of fabric and flows down into a lovely skirt — I really can’t tell much about the skirt portion of the dress, as it’s not well shown. I can tell that it is somewhat full – it may be an ‘A-line’ style, possibly with a little more fullness in the back. The top ‘wrap’ layer flows free to the floor.
There is a sort of green/metallic gold trim along the neckline, wrap layer edges, and sleeves. They don’t use it on any of the hems.
As you can see in the picture below, the neckline in the back scoops quite low.
The sleeves are just a single layer of fabric – they’re open along the top of the arm and are tacked together in two places – see pictures for a better description. 😀 Some things are just harder to put into words. The sleeves are also trumpet/bell shaped as most of her other sleeves have been – quite wide and flowy.
The edges are unfinished and frayed – I would guess the hem of the skirt is the same.
Now, my favorite detail about this dress? The decorative darts! If you look at my illustration, you can see that I’ve got some decorative stitching on the shoulders and at the waist — now take a look at the photos below:
Isn’t that neat! Those darts definitely play a part in the shaping of the garment, as well as adding a decorative touch. I love details like that! The only problem with this outfit is that her lovely, lovely long hair gets in the way of being able to see it . . . but I won’t complain about that. 😛
I love hearing from you guys! So if y’all have any input or comments about this dress, let me know.