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Picking flowers in the Shire by e-Sidera
Picking flowers in the Shire
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

JRR Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings


I'm a Hobbit. That much is clear, I'm small, I love eating, I love cooking and I love flowers. If I would be a fantasy character, leave the Elves to others, for there's no doubt about my Hobbit-ness. So, I've known for ages that I wanted to make a Hobbit costume. I've started making this two years ago, but I only finished it a month ago. I think, construction wise, this is the best costume I've ever made. For those interested, it features:

:bulletgreen: Green bodice of cotton velvet, edged with burgundy velveteen and embroidered with flowers and wheat (you can see a bit of the wheat on the picture)
:bulletgreen: Yellow stomacher, from leftover fabric from this vest:… It was perfect, I tell you!
:bulletgreen: All eyelets are done by hands, 44 in total! The back also has lacing. To keep the shape, I've inserted spiral steel boning to the front of the bodice and spring steel boning to the lacing at the back
:bulletgreen: The woolen skirt is cartridge pleated, which I'd never done before, but I love the result so much! You can see it a little bit in the picture
:bulletgreen: Sheer blouse that has 2 rows of honeycomb smocking at the upper arm and at the neckline
:bulletgreen: I've made this straw bonnet a year earlier from straw plait (which took me HOURS, but it was so rewarding as I absolutely adore the result)
:bulletgreen: My favourite wig is perfect for a Hobbit. It's the very first wig I bought, ages ago, and it is getting thinner and thinner. I'm thinking of purchasing a new one of a similar style and colour, it's so versatile!
:bulletgreen: No Hobbit without foot hair! In order to get myself some perfect hair, I simply shaved my boyfriend's beard - perfect donation! Unfortunately, the glue started to peel off during the day and you can see a bald spot - oh, the Hobbit shame
:bulletgreen: I am wearing a corset underneath, but just to get the smooth shape. It didn't cinch my waist at all, because you don't want a thin waist as a Hobbit!

This picture is taken at Castlefest 2014, at Castle Keukenhof. It was a very busy event, yet this little spot makes it look just like the Shire. :heart:


:bulletyellow: picture by Caspar Stuart
:bulletyellow: model, costume & make-up :icone-sidera: (yours truly)

Please do not publish or anything alike without permission


Hello there! I am e-Sidera, also known as Esther. I study biology (cells!), but I have a lot of other hobbies beside that. I love to make costumes such as puffy dresses and I have a love for the Japanese look of white painted skin, black hair and red lips.

I might be a little crazy, sometimes a little obnoxious, but I find it important to stay polite to people. I despise cussing and I love to have a reason to bake a pie for somebody.

I wear glasses and my hair is a different colour every few months. You will never see me in a pants, unless for a reason. I love skirts and dresses and wish to have a closet full of 50's clothes.

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daeien Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Happy Birthday! :D :party: :cake: :party: :D
Xepheraito Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Prachtige album
RK9-686 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I got paired up with you :I
ankalime Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
SpookvdOpera Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! :D
e-Sidera Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Sorry voor het late antwoord, maar nog steeds: dankjewel!! :aww:
lostinstereo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday! :D
e-Sidera Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
A little late, but still: thank you very much! :hug:
creativlilthing Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:donut: :lemon: :pie: :sunnysideup: :tea: :sushi: :donut: :lemon: :pie:

Thanks for joining #The-Foodies :heart:

:donut: :lemon: :pie: :sunnysideup: :tea: :sushi: :donut: :lemon: :pie:
RolMaster Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks for fav!!
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