Idris (Sexy/the TARDIS)
Last Updated: 09-18-2012
"The Doctor's Wife" was the first episode of Doctor Who in a long time that made me remember why I'd fallen in love with the show in the first place. I knew if I ever came across the right fabrics, I'd have to do the costume.
Enter a friend of a friend half a world away, who found the closest match to the bodice fabric I think I'll ever find. After that, it was all a matter of finding the other eight main fabrics: petticoat, skirt base, two skirt ruffles, velvet scarf, bodice trim, sleeves, and that awful impossible lace that goes everywhere.
Finding the right fabrics was really what I spent most of my time and energy on. They had to be just the right color or weight - especially the skirt and the lace. I knew I didn't want an overtly floral lace, just because the lace of her costume is very webby and open. Most likely, it's a French $80+/yard lace, and - at least in Manhattan - does not exist.
I drafted all the patterns myself, and am especially pleased with the silhouette of the bodice, because I was able to build it with the waist gusset and dart in the bust, just like the actual costume.
leather Steve Maddens, heavily distressed. Need to distress them more.
Heather gray OTKs from Urban Outfitters.
Linen/cotton fabric that began as a white with red stripes (kind of like Jack Sparrow's sash), then dyed once (too lightly) and overdyed again for the right orangey/pink color.
I actually bought the ruffle taffetas first, since I figured they'd be more difficult to find. The blue/red was found first, then I took a swatch around the fabric district with me to find a teal/neutral that would look nice with it. After that, I took swatches of the ruffles to find the gray-blue skirt base fabric.
It just had to be the perfect grayish-blue silk. Not too shiny, but enough of a shine that in some light you could tell it was silk. I found a color I was happy with, but it was too lightweight to support the ruffles, so I doubled it up so it wouldn't be a mess.
Padawansguide found the perfect beige/turquoise shot silk for the bias trim and the bows, so after I bought that, it was only a matter of matching the color of the other fabrics to the silk trim.
The bodice fabric is a poly-blend infinity-swirl brocade. It began as a white and yellow color, and after MANY dye tests, I dyed it twice and then painted it to get a color I liked.
The sleeves are a stretch silk that started a beige color, and then through a ton of dying tests, I got it to match the bodice color. That is the part I will forever be most proud of: getting a natural fiber to match a poly!
Again, the patterns were drafted from scratch, and it closes in the back with a big plastic separating theatrical zipper.
Open web heavier, sparkly cotton lace from the garment district. Dyed a bunch of times, then painted for that weathered discoloration. I also backed it with a tulle net, since the lace was a bit too open. It was stitched down by hand so that it wouldn't gap and buckle in weird places.
Uggggh. Someday I'll make it better. The only part I really want to redo is this ridiculous scarf. Mine is built in pieces like the screen-worn scarf, but the proportion is much too large for the rest of the costume. It's a blue cotton velvet, painted to get the browns that the promo photography picks up.
The hip scarf in the Doctor Who exhibit? It is NOT the same one used in filming the episode.
Just a curly thing from ebay, teased and pinned, and then I brushed back my own hair over the hard front.
After everything was built:
EVERYTHING was either hit with the sandpaper or painted to look as distressed as possible. It could probably stand to go a little messier - the distressing on the ruffles don't read in the photos at all!
Overall, I'm really pleased with the way she turned out, and I absolutely loved wearing her at Dragon*Con. Now I'm just hoping I can get a real photoshoot done sometime in the near future!
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