I'm not entirely sure which direction to go in, honestly. I thought about trying to do Lirenda's robes since she's very well described but I also thought that just an initiate might be interesting too. (Haha, my husband just suggested I ask you for Morriel's version of the uniform -- I don't think I'm quite old enough to pull off that one, lol!) How about the administrative version such as Lirenda and the other seniors wear? I sort of fancy the red stripes.
Morriel: plenty of descriptions of her. Hair pinned up with diamond combs. Fingers jewelled with amethyst and gold. Mantle pins of the same. She'd have an elaborate gown, probably silk or brocade, with embroidery in gold. Nine red bands of rank at the sleeves and (if going out) hood of her over-mantle. Her blouse would be silver or white, with full sleeves and probably jewels or seed pearls. Her girdle would have threadwork, sewn in wardings, and she would carry a purse tied or clipped to her waist, padded, and with pockets for various crystals. Large stones would be carried and brought to her by attendents.
If she was traveling into COMMON company (rare!) outside of a curtained palanquin, she would be veiled in silk gauze, the hem weighted against wind or chance disarrangement with pendent amethysts.
The veil would be pinned back, or trailed down her back, say, in audience with one she considered a near equal (Fellowship, or adept initiate). If she were in judgement, veiled, there are descriptions in Mistwraith and Peril's Gate, when judgment was passed on Elaira and Lirenda.
Yikes, all those jewels! o_O So I've never managed to get clear on this: is the outfit a hooded robe (one piece) or a robe with hooded cloak (two pieces), or from your description here, normal clothes with the cloak over? (This is how I know I've gone too long without a reread. XD)
How about the version worn by the seniors? That might be a little easier in terms of materials.
I'd imagined her hooded cloak was outerwear, over the robe, or formal mantle, not hooded.
The version worn by seniors - less elaborate, fewer jewels, the robe, of course, having far less than nine bands of rank. Red-rankers begin at four stripes. Less than that, (three to one) you'd have the rank bands of silver ribbon, for charitiable service, with those robes plain gray, or at three stripes, a paler shade of lavender, not the heavy deep dye reserved for the topmost tiers.
Elaira's a three band rank - and she did (if I recall) have a violet colored cloak hem showing beneath her plain cloak when she visited Asandir at Enithen Tuer's. (And I AM recalling off the cuff, perhaps wrongly...)
Thanks so much for the info. <3 I probably won't get this done in time for Halloween, but there's always next year (or cons) and I'll be sure to take pictures. (This is going to be my first ever sewing project -- eek! Luckily my mom is super good at it so I should be able to enlist her help.)