The “Who Failed, Twice” Outfits
Question: can Tempest make costumes for two versions of the Doctor from British sci-fi drama Doctor Who in a week?
I wouldn’t be posting this at all if it weren’t for my husband being the voice of reason telling me if I don’t post and show what I did make in a week, then when I’m not depressed in a few weeks time I’ll be sad that I gave up on Sew Weekly challenges so near to the end.
So here’s what I managed. And yes, I’m really sorry but I can’t face having my photo taken again. I think this is my 3rd bottom of cycle this year. That seems a lot to me but when I look back at my mental loopiness logs (no, they’re not really called that) it seems ‘normal’. Whatever that is. This one has exacerbated by some recent events but luckily I know that one day the sun will shine again (which seems a stupid thing to say when living in Arizona). Why my family put up with me I’ll never know.
Here’s how far I got on with the 3rd Doctor costume:
And here’s my inspiration, the great Jon Pertwee, my first and favourite Doctor:
What I did manage was:
- Blue frilled tuxedo shirt sewn.
- Matching fabric covered buttons made for shirt.
- Velvet jacket (donated) adjusted to fit and tear under left sleeve repaired.
- Burgundy bias tape made and added to lapels of jacket.
- Same burgundy fabric used to sew big flouncy 70’s bow-tie.
- Black crushed velvet skirt from charity shop 2 sizes too small, adapted to fit, with additional velvet panels.
- Skirt lining adjusted to fit.
- Some absolutely fascinating research into Michael Fish of Mr Fish, an incredible tailor in Swinging Sixties London who designed many of Pertwee’s velvet smoking jackets and ruffled shirts…and invented the kipper tie and designed for all the stars of the day including Bowie’s amazing velvet dress on the cover of The Man Who Sold The World.
- Cuff ruffles need adding to sleeves.
- Shirt still needs buttonholes making and buttons sewing on.
- Make a more stylised velvet jacket (if I’m femmeing up the Doctor, might as well go for it). Probably going to use Butterick 5392.
- In my favourite story The Green Death, the Doctor wears a matching burgundy waistcoat/vest, I’ll probably use Easy Stitch & Save by McCall’s 6149 for this.
- Also in these episodes he wears a red and green tartan inverness cape. I was planning to adapt my inverness cape I made for my Sherlock outfit for the Children’s Literature challenge, but the Doctor’s one is not only a different tartan/colours….but he also wears the cape section much lower on the arm and it’s sleeveless so the velvet smoking jacket sleeves and ruffled cuffs show….so I think if I’m going to do this properly, I’ll source a closer looking fabric and go for it.
What I got done:
- Found a suitable jacket at a Goodwill store.
- Sewed a thinner, longer, more 21st century bow-tie as per the 11th Doctor.
- Found a suitable shirt.
- Sewed a fez as per Elinor’s Crafts wonderful instructions.
- Shorten the sleeves on the jacket.
- Add thin burgundy ribbon in bands to the cuffs of the shirt as per the 11th Doctor’s first shirt. I notice they have a replica fabric for the shirt on Spoonflower too…..
And don’t worry, he will be wearing trousers. He has some black jeans we’ll turn up.
I’m not sure when he’ll wear this mind you as I’ve failed to get it finished in time for Halloween :(