Clara’s Cold War Dress- Second Version Part 1

A few years ago, I made my own version of Clara Oswald’s dress in the Doctor Who episode, Cold War. While I made it, I hated how it was turning out and, after completing it, I hated the way it looked even more. I always wanted to remake it, but it wasn’t until 2016 I was able to do it. Because I made and finished the dress in 2016, I don’t remember a lot about the dress itself or how I constructed it, but I wanted to talk about it before it becomes a costume that gets lost in my closet and is forgotten before I can talk about it on my blog.

While doing research into the dress, I found Mariah’s Cosplay Site has a page dedicated to the costume and even has an idea what kind of dress was used in the episode, the Vivienne Westwood Metallic Pannier Dress. After reading it, I decided to make my dress have a similar neckline to the Vivienne Westwood dress, but modify it to accommodate my recent and future weight loss. 🙂 Continue reading “Clara’s Cold War Dress- Second Version Part 1”

Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood Dress- Is it Red or Orange?

Recently I received a question about the color of the Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood dress I made a few months ago. You can read more about the dress I made here. In the post, I referred to the color of the dress as “orange” but in the photos I took, the dress has more of a red color than orange. The difference in color made me wonder, what is a good way of describing the color? Is it really a red or an orange?

After looking through the notes I made about the dress, it is not just a red or an orange, but a combination of both.

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Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood Dress- The Work in Progress Post

As with the past few years, I’ve been working on a complex dress to wear to the 2015 Arizona Renaissance Festival. This year is another Doctor Who dress: Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood dress.

Despite making progress on the dress in October, progress was slowed down due to all the hand sewing I needed to do on the dress. It’s been frustrating, but as of this post I’m almost done with my dress.

I’ve been making posts on my Tumblr about the progress I made on the dress, but I felt sad I never mentioned the dress or the progress I’ve made on it here on my main, formal blog. So, here’s some progress pictures and notes about the dress! Continue reading “Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood Dress- The Work in Progress Post”

New Stuff in my Etsy Store… Sort of

When I started my vacation from my Etsy store, I planned on working on new things, specifically prom dresses, for sale in the store. Unfortunately, my normal day job and my life in general got in the way of my plans, causing me to not have the time to finish my stuff for the shop. So, here it is, March, and most of the stuff I have to sell at my shop is sewing patterns I want to sell. It’s disappointing, but it was beyond my control.

Although I had problems finishing my intended Etsy shop projects, I was able to finish one thing in time to be listed today. It is a skirt intended for a Clara Oswald Time of the Doctor costume….

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Although I’m trying to aim the clothing I sell in my shop away from Doctor Who cosplay items, I decided to sell this skirt. The reason why I’m selling the skirt is because I made the skirt for myself, but I made the skirt too small to fit me. *face/palm* It’s weird. I can make things for others and it can fit them, but I can’t make anything fit me properly. Ugh. Anyway, I decided to finish the skirt and then list it for sale on Etsy. It’s not a bad skirt and it should last many wears. I just wish it fit me! XD

That’s the only new thing I have for sale on Etsy at this time. (Sans sewing patterns) I have two dresses I’m working on that might get done by this time next week. (If nobody bothers me while I sew…) Once they’re done, I’ll talk about them in their own post. 🙂

I’m planning on selling some original sketches and watercolor paintings on Etsy, but I’m having a hard time letting go of some of them. I really like how they turned out so I think I’ll keep them, frame them, and hang them on my wall. When I get tired of looking at them, I’ll either list them for sale or give them to a friend.

2014 Costume and Sewing Round Up

Even though I always wanted make a costume and sewing round up post, I never made one before. I decided this year to change it! I also decided to do a round up post for my art and photography, but those are coming soon.

This year I didn’t get the chance to wear many of the costumes I made. Usually what happened is whenever the event I was going to dress up for came, I got sick (Arizona Renaissance Festival) or I got hurt and didn’t feel like dressing up. (Phoenix Comicon) Fortunately, some of the costumes looked like regular clothes so I was able to wear pieces of them with my normal clothes. I really enjoyed it!

I don’t remember all the costumes I made this year but these are some of costumes I remember the most…

Elizabeth i from Day of the Doctor…

Finished dress from the front
Finished dress from the front

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Clara’s Nightmare in Silver Skirt- Version 2

Earlier this year I decided to be Clara Oswald from Nightmare in Silver for this year’s Phoenix Comicon. This ended up not happening, but I did finish one skirt made with fabric I bought from Spoonflower.

Although I love my first skirt, I decided to make a second, this time out of performance knit. I read somewhere, though I cannot remember where, that performance knit is closer to the fabric used for the style of skirt that was used in the episode. Also, the performance knit would have more accurate coloring to the design than the cotton I made the first skirt out of. I also believe that the silky faille would work well with accurate coloring, but I tried the performance knit instead.

Months ago, I decided to begin working on the skirt, but since my sewing machine was broken, the skirt sat for months waiting for me to pick it back up and finish it. A few months ago I did finish it, and here’s what it looks like….

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And this is what it looks like with the jacket on it…..

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I used the same pattern I used for the first skirt, Simplicity pattern number 1500. The skirt does have pockets, but I’m not that wild about them or how they turned out. I finished sewing the skirt by hand. When I took the photos, I didn’t put hook and eyes in the front of the waistband because, at the time, I couldn’t find the hook and eyes I bought for the skirt. Since then, I found the hook and eyes and now are is sewn onto the waistband.

Although I finished this skirt about a month (or more) ago, I didn’t get around to writing this post thanks to life taking priority to anything blog related.

Clara Oswald Painting



A few months ago I went through some of my old Doctor Who fan art when I realized I didn’t have a Clara Oswald fan art! Sure, I made fabric designs for her clothes, but I didn’t paint Jean Coleman as Clara Oswald. Back in June I began to work on the painting, but after computer problems, distractions, and outright forgetting about the painting left the painting unfinished until yesterday.

Here’s what it looks like…

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This painting was done as an experiment for different tools, shading, ect. for my digital paintings. I already knew how to use the shading and such with traditional art, but I don’t think I’m very skilled in using them digitally. Now the painting is done, I’m pleased with the way it turned out and how the “experiments” look in the painting.

I don’t think this will be the start of a new series of Doctor Who paintings, but it was nice to revisit painting Doctor Who characters!

Clara’s Leafs Fabric Design



I have a new fabric design available for sale based off a dress worn by Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. It’s the second one I’ve done and this time, it’s based off the fabric used for the Topshop pinstripe dress. The dress was used for the season 8 episode Deep Breath.  This is how the original dress fabric design looks like…

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And here’s what mine looks like…

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It’s not the same as the original dress’ fabric, but I did this on purpose so I wouldn’t infringe on copyrights, and because I like the feathers. 🙂

And here’s what the fabric design looks like as a fabric swatch (8 inches by 8 inches)…

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The original reason why I wanted to make this fabric design is because I wanted to get one of the Topshop dresses, but by the time I found out the name, where they can be bought, ect. they were sold out. Also, based off previous experience with Topshop dresses, I don’t think this particular dress would fit my bust, even if I bought the largest size available. So, my only option is to make one from scratch. Thus the fabric design.

You can purchase the design here on Spoonflower. It is also for sale on Redbuble.(I’m currently working on adding it to Society6)

As for the dress, I’m currently in the process of deciding which pattern (Or no pattern at all) to use to make my dress. I don’t think any sort of progress on making the dress will show up anytime soon, but I’ll keep everyone posed on what I end up doing. 🙂

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….

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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. Continue reading “Clara Oswald’s Cold War Dress”

Clara Oswald’s Nightmare in Silver Costume

Contrary to my original plans, I didn’t dress up in a costume for this year’s Phoenix Comicon. I can go on and on about why I didn’t dress up, how mad I am that I didn’t, and so on, but that won’t change the fact I didn’t dress up. Instead I’m going to make a series of posts of the costumes I made and planned to wear to the convention!

One of the first characters I was going to dress up as is Clara Oswald from Nightmare in Silver. Although the Cybermen are the monster I hate the most from Doctor Who, I liked Nightmare in Silver. I especially liked that Clara carried a big gun. I always wanted to carry a huge, cool-looking prop weapon with a costume, but I don’t have the knowledge to make one myself. Unless it’s made out of paper. Then I can build it. But if it has electronics? Forget it. I’m a seamstress. Not a prop master. Still, the idea of having a costume already made and the only thing missing was a gun attracted me to the costume.

Here’s what the whole entire costume looks like finished…

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And this is what the skirt looks like by itself…

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I made the skirt myself because I couldn’t find a skirt in my size for sale in a price that fit in my pre-convention budget. It was easier and cheaper for me to buy fabric on Spoonflower and make one from scratch. So I did.

The skirt was made out of basic cotton and can be found here. The fabric designer suggested to make the skirt out of performance knit, but I wanted to make mine out of cotton so it would drape differently. I’m very fond of this skirt, but I’d like to make another out of the performance knit in the future so it will look more like the skirt used in the episode.

I used Simplicity pattern 1500 for most of this skirt, but I did modify it so it would look like the real skirt. I did made a boo boo while making the skirt by making skirt too small. I had to add some fabric to the front so it would fit me. Normally I would add the extra fabric to the side or back so it wouldn’t be so noticeable, but I liked how the added fabric looked when sewn in the front, so I made it that way. The skirt has pockets in the sides and is fully lined with cotton fabric. You can see the photos I took while I worked on the skirt on my Tumblr here.

That’s all I have for this costume! Except the shoes. I don’t have photos of the shoes I bought to wear with them (and many other outfits I own) but then again I don’t think anyone minds too much. XD

I have other Clara Oswald costumes on my list of to-make costumes and the costumes I was going to wear to the Phoenix Comicon so expect them to show up in posts in the future. 🙂

That’s all for now!