finds this outfit in the treasure chambers of Cair Paravel. She
doesn't go on the night raid like her siblings, so she probably
doesn't change until Caspian's coronation!
The sleeves are a crushed panné velvet in a
lovely rust-red color. The skirt is the same color, but a different
fabric. This has a slubby weave with a defined weft. It's looks
a good bit like a dupioni, but lacks sheen and seems to have a
heavy, fluid drape. Perhaps a raw silk, a silk tussah. Maybe a
silk blend, with something like linen or cotton, like the linen/silk
with a linen warp and silk weft.
The under dress or underskirt layer, also showing at
the neck and baglining the sleeves, looks like a soft white/gray
blue silk, possibly a crepe de chine or satin weave.
The bodice definitely seems to be a slubby, low-sheen
dupioni in gray/tan/blue threads, giving an overall impression
of a dull silver color. The fabric is printed with crisp sprigs
of swirling leaves in a dark tan color—these leaves might
be patterned after laurel leaves, her "signature flower"
that was incorporated into her coronation crown in LWW. At the
blossom ends of some of these sprigs are groups of three or sometimes
four "buds": french knots in a blue-gray thread. Check
out Louise's pattern
in the different sizes, below.
The bodice has narrowly-sloped princess seams that
end at the armhole both in front and back. It fits snugly, often
wrinkling horizontally. In the movie storybook there's a good
shot of the back: it criss-cross laces down the center back to
just above the trim in a pale gold color, with long loops and
ties left draping. The lacing opening gaps about one inch at the
center (it may be wider further up, but we can't see because her
hair is in the way!), showing the underdress fabric, and narrowing
as it goes down. We do have one image that shows the very top
part of the lacing, here.
The scoop neck has a rounded U-shape cut out of it
with two lengths of tan/gold cord across it. The neck is edged
all the way around in a thin twisted gold cord, laying right on
the facing or lining.
The bottom edge of the bodice is bordered a wide bullion
trim in pale gold and silver in a zig-zag pattern. It's bordered
in a thin twisted gold cord that's added above and below it.
The velvet sleeves are attached directly to the bodice
at the armscye. They have a good bit of extra fabric under the
arm here, allowing for a free range of movement. The long sleeves
form a moderate bell, and they look to be bag-lined with the same
material as the underdress. The sleeve is edged at the join of
the lining and velvet with a thin twisted gold cord—looks
like the same cord that edges the bullion trim on the bodice.
The twisted braid trim at mid-upper arm could either
be covering a seam, or just sewn in place so that it puckers above
and below it. It seems to be a bit more complicated than a twisted
braid: it's made up of at least two red leather-looking cords,
a gold cord, and one or two metallic gold cords that looks a bit
like a fine chain.
The theory right now is that the skirt attaches to
the bodice just above the trim on the bodice. The front is made
of two pieces, split until about six inches below where it probably
attaches to the bodice. The opening looks like it's a rolled hem,
about 1/2". On either side, about midway across from the
center to the side there's one small knife pleat. One can be seen
in this image, but
it can be seen particularly well in the Lucy's Journey companion
The underdress shows up as a full skirt at the red
skirt split, at the neckline (shifting around quite a bit), at
the back below the lacing, and possibly baglining the red velvet
sleeves, though that may be separate. We haven't seen an undersleeve,
so it's possible that this underdress is sleeveless.
The rounded neck looks like it's actually cut on the
fold, possibly, so that the top of the neckline is just a fold.
You can see it particularly in this
image. There's no indication of the seam of a lining, and
while it sometimes looks smooth, sometimes it wrinkles and folds
quite a bit. It looks like it's gathered slightly with a long
running stitch, but this stitch also seems to form tiny holes.
Cloak and Accessories
When she goes riding, she wears a gray cloak over the dress,
likely six panels from what we can tell. It's probably a three-quarter-circle,
but it has sloped front edges—it doesn't form a corner at
the front of the hem on both sides. It attaches to itself with
a medallion (clasp? pin?) at the front. It's bound on all edges:
neck, front sides, and bottom edges, with a wide gray velvet ribbon
trim, with gold metallic embroidery in a leaf swirling design.
This is bound over the edge so that the reverse is the same as
While she wears dark boots in the set riding images, it seems
that in the film she wears brown flats with a T-strap, like Mary
Janes, as you can see in this
image, this image,
and in many shots in the Official Movie Companion.
She also wears her gifts from Father Christmas, and carries in
this image and this
image a pouch-bag of (matching?) dark red leather with a shoulder
strap that buckles across the chest. Her hair is parted at just
to her left of center, with the hair immediately to the either
side of the part rope-braided and pulled back to meet at the crown
of her head, then joined into
a single braid.
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