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”
It’s that time of the year when the Arizona Renaissance Festival reopens! Although I’m very excited about the fair, I had so much going on in my life these past few years that I was unable to go to the festival more than one day and I was unable to make or finish any costumes to wear to it. This year, I’m able to work on a costume, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go. Still, I’m going to try to make a new costume. Continue reading “Elizabethan Whovian- Dress Design and Fabric”
I mentioned before that I lost weight this year but what I didn’t mention was that while going through my closet to see what fit me and what didn’t, a majority of my costumes and “geeky” convention-appropriate clothing was too big for me as well. I’m still not at my goal weight (Or anywhere near there) but I’m not big enough for my clothes to fit me well either. So, for the past few months I was trying to decide what I wanted to keep and fix up to fit me, what to get rid of, what I wanted to remake, and what to just keep as a memento of how my work has evolved over the years.
One of the clothes I had in my closet that I wanted to get rid of and remake in a smaller size is my Tardis jumperskirt. I made the first one a year ago using McCall’s pattern 7184 and it was too big for me back then. Now that I lost some weight, it’s now way too big for me! I seriously considered taking the skirt in, but after looking at everything I need to do to make it fit me now and after I lose more weight, I realized it was just easier to make the whole thing over again.
Continue reading “Remaking The Tardis Jumper”
Sorry about not blogging as often as I normally do. My life became extremely busy these past few months so I do have as much time to sit down and write as I’d like to. *sigh*
I felt down these past few months about my sewing because I get pulled away from my work and I can never finish anything. Earlier this month, I decided to make myself something simple so I can boost my sewing confidence.
After some thought, I decided to make a tote bag out of Doctor Who fabric I found on Spoonflower (The design is called The Doctor’s Favorite Things-Brighter by Kdowning) because I needed a new tote bag and I love the fabric I found. I had the fabric printed on Eco Canvas because it is a similar weight to my old tote bag’s fabric. Although making the bag should’ve taken one hour to finish, it ended up taking me two weeks to finish, but I finished it! And I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.
I drafted the pattern myself and, now that I’m done working on the tote bag and used it, there are some modifications to the pattern I would like to make, but hey! It’s done! And I love how roomy it is. I have more fabric in this design and in other designs from Spoonflower that I plan on using them to make another bag. Or two. Or three. XD
Finally, I made the follow up post to my favorite sewing patterns from McCall’s! (Just in time for Halloween too) It took me longer than I wanted to type this post because Simplicity and McCall’s released even more new costume patterns for sale. This was driving me crazy because… well… I thought they would release them at once and be done with it. Instead they released them in phases. Since I cannot go to a store as easily as I could last year, it took me a while to buy all the patterns I wanted.
Since I’m currently reorganizing my sewing room, I was unable to take photos of all the patterns I bought and wanted to feature in this post. Because of this, I’m using pictures from Simplicity’s website to show what the costumes should look like. Continue reading “Favorite Patterns for 2015- Simplicity”
Wow! It’s almost halfway through September and I still didn’t blog about my most recent sewing projects. Ugh. It’s frustrating because I have things I want to talk about but couldn’t. *sigh* Anyway, this past weekend sat down and tried to finish sewing some of the things on my to-make list, one of them is a Tardis jumper.
Earlier this year, I discovered Joann’s sells officially licensed Doctor Who fabric. I fell in love with a Tardis print fabric, but couldn’t think of or find something I would like to use the fabric to make. Last month, McCall’s released a pattern for a 1950’s jumper for women as part of their archive collection. I loved the pattern and, after some thought, I realized the Tardis fabric would make a very cute jumper. So, I decided to make my own jumper!
It took a while to finish it because I decided to procrastinate finishing the buttonholes, but once I finished the button holes I took it outside and took a photo of it on my dress form with a petticoat under it…
I didn’t experience any problems making the jumper and it fit fine when I finished it… and then my growth spurts hit. Although my growth spurts didn’t affect the jumper’s length on me (It did get shorter on me, but I don’t mind the length), I lost some weight causing the jumper to be bigger on me than when I started to work on it. Right now I’m ok with the way it fit me, but if the growth spurts and weight loss continue, I’m planning on taking the zipper out and putting laces in so it will fit me no matter what my size is.
Well, that’s all I have to say about the jumper! Thank you for reading!
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.
Continue reading “Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood Dress- Is it Red or Orange?”
I know I said I was going to make more posts about my art, I decided to make another post about making Rose Tyler’s pink dress from the Doctor Who episode The Idiot’s Lantern.
A few days ago, I reached a milestone in sewing sequins on the bodice! As of a few days ago (Monday) I finished sewing sequins on half the bodice! Yippie!
Here’s what the front of the bodice looks like…
And this is what the back of the bodice looks like…
Since this dress has a different bodice than the other dresses I’ve made for myself, I had to change the way I sewed the sequins onto the bodice. Before I began working on the dress at all, I practiced sewing sequins on what should become River Song’s bodice from The Angels Take Manhattan…
Continue reading “Rose Tyler Idiot’s Lantern Dress- Sequin Progress Update”
Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I over stressed my thumb from hand sewing too much. After a week’s rest, my thumb began to feel better and I began to draw and color drawings I never finished.
One of the original drawings I did was of Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
I didn’t try to make the drawing look exactly like Billie Piper, but more of what I hope a cartoon version of Doctor Who would make her look like. I still remember the two animation movies of the 10th Doctor and how the animation… well… left something to be desired. (Ok, I admit it. It was bad.) If the BBC makes another animated movie/TV show/ect. of Doctor Who I hope they do a better job of animating and creating the characters.
All ranting about the Doctor Who animations aside, I’m pleased with how the drawing turned out. Especially since the drawing was sketched, lines finished, and colored in an hour. (Maybe an hour and fifteen minutes, but it was fast for me.)
At last, I’m making myself Rose Tyler’s pink dress from the Doctor Who episode The Idiot’s Lantern for the last time. Yippie! Right now my thumb has not improved enough to make myself comfortable to hand sew a lot. Because of this I cannot hand sew the sequins onto the bodice yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make the rest of the dress so it will be ready for sequins when my thumb is ready to work!
Although I said I would test out patterns for the dress, I decided for my dress to use the bodice from Simplicity’s 1194 before working with the second pattern. I feel in love with the simplicity of the bodice (No princess seams, just darts) and, despite years of avoiding using darts, I’ve begun to grow a little fond of them lately. Not sure why I’m becoming fond of darts, but I am. Huh.
Continue reading “Making Myself Rose’s Idiot’s Lantern Dress For the Final Time”