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Clara Oswald’s Cold War Dress

In continuation of my previous post about the costumes I planned on wearing to the 2014 Phoenix Comicon, here’s one I was planning on wearing on Friday night of the convention!

I was planning on going to the Party Like a Time Lord dance but I ended up skipping the dance to get a photo with John Barrowman. (Not a bad trade if you ask me!) If I had gone, and wore a costume, I was going to be Clara Oswald from Cold War. In the episode she wore a light blue party dress with silver sparkle heels, perfect for a dance at a convention! Or a dance period. So, I dragged out the fabric I was hording for a future Glinda Blue Bubble dress from Wicked and made myself a dress. It didn’t turn out right….


I’m serious. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I have so many reasons why it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but it sums up to I made the dress in a rush. (I finished the dress in one day. Usually I take at least three to make a dress with princess seams like this one.) So it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. In spite the frustration of my dress not turning out right, something good did come from making this dress. The fabric wasn’t very good fabric. Since I was planning on making Glinda’s dress out of this fabric, I can find better fabric to make the dress out of. I plan on remaking the dress in the future, but I’m debating if I should buy new fabric or reuse the old.

Even though the dress didn’t turn out right, I was still going to work with it and wear it to the dance. That ended up not happening, but I still had a coat to wear with the dress….


I made the coat to look like Jack Harkness’ coat a few years ago. It was the first coat I ever made, I made it out of Kona cotton, and has so many fitting and construction problems it’s sad. I still love it though and would like to remake the coat one day for a man to wear. Since Clara wears a military coat with the dress to keep her warm, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to wear the jacket in public for the first time.

Of course, the costume wouldn’t be complete without silver glitter heels…


I bought these shoes off amazon. The were tan when I bought them, but I panted them with silver glitter fabric paint. I didn’t use a base coat but since the original color of the shoes were light. I don’t think it made such a huge difference to not have a base coat. The glitter doesn’t flake off like I was afraid it would. They look nice and I hope I can wear them with or without the costume one day soon.

I think that’s about it for this costume. There are other costumes I planned on wearing to the Phoenix Comicon and I plan on talking about them in the future. There are two others, another Clara and Rose Tyler, but I have some costumes I wanted to wear but never finished that must get a mention as well. Right now I’m very busy with life but I’ll type up the posts and take photos when I can.

Thank you for reading!

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