Bad Wolf: A Doctor Who Halloween

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Halloween is just a few days away! Who is excited?!

Okay. So…Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I’m not a fan of the whole “being scared” ordeal any time of the year, but especially during the month of October. I can’t get on board with haunted corn maze “fun” or really anything that has the word “haunted” or “spooky” in the title. And forget about television – there’s always a horror film ad waiting to send me cowering under the covers with my ears plugged & eyes squeezed shut until those thirty seconds have finally passed. I just can’t do it. I’ve tried. But luckily, that’s not what October is all about. There are plenty of wonderful things that October brings with its crisp wind & changing colors. I love homemade pies, decorating the house with friendly pumpkins, candy corn, & tiny tissue ghosts, and anything pumpkin. Last week I made chicken enchiladas with a pumpkin sauce…my goodness it was delicious, thank you Martha. I love warming teas, knee high socks, and cozy scarves. Fall is a wonderful, wonderful time of the year.

Now back to Halloween! I’m spending the week down in Eugene with the boyfriend & our friends. So I actually had a reason for creating a costume this year! And I get to answer the door and see all the little truffles dressed up, too! I’m pretty excited. I am a huge fan of homemade costumes, and I haven’t purchased a costume from the store since the sixth grade. But I’ve never fully created my own costume from scratch before. And I’m pretty excited to share with you what I came up with.

We went to a party this last Friday & it was a great success. Here I am with my Doctor when we got home. (His suit jacket really wasn’t that short, I promise)

Doctor & TARDIS

My obsession for Doctor Who cannot be summed up with any amount of adjectives. My love, addiction, my complete enthrallment in what has become a culture of its own is far beyond anything described as a simple fandom. Never in my life have I loved any character as much as I love The Doctor. Never have I wept over the misfortunes of a character’s life, rejoiced in his triumphs, or longed to comfort him in the darkest of times. The entire staff of Doctor Who is beyond brilliant & to be a part of the creative team would be a dream come true. I am 100% Whovian.

So naturally, this year it was only right that I express my complete devotion to The Doctor by personifying his TARDIS. And naturally, the boyfriend would play my Doctor. I love all the Doctors, but I love David Tennant most. So my costume is influenced by the Tennant era. How could I not?

Tennant is Adorable

So here she is – my TARDIS costume.  My universe waistcoat is an altered thrifted linen blazer that I hand painted (a more in-depth post on just how I did that is on the way). My dress started out as a floor length velvet skirt. And my top hat was created from scratch. (Threadbanger has a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own mini hat!) I also found my blue shoes in nearly new condition at my local thrift store.  For my legs, I layered a pair of grey tights with a loose knit patterned tight over top. I created the “bad wolf” graffiti out of felt that I painted and hand-stitched it on. And I printed the police box door sign onto fabric to create a pocket. I curled my hair with a 1/4 inch barrel. It only took 3/4 of “The Mask of Zorro” to curl all my locks. The finishing touch was my house key turned TARDIS key hanging from my neck.

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Day 128: If Only, If Only

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Day 128. May 07, 2012

I find that I go through fluctuations of creativity. And I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s been months since I’ve sewn anything. I have all these ideas and planned out fabrics, yet each day they go unnoticed. Honestly, I just don’t have the time to sit at home and sew. Not when I am constantly working on a new digital project for classes. I think if I could I would take my sewing machine with me everywhere and whip it out when I need a break from the laptop in the late hours of the day. It’s thoughts like these that ignite my wishes for Harry Potter to be real. to have a pouch like Hermione that can hold just about anything. Sigh. If only, if only the woodpecker sighs.

Day 114: Transition

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Day 114. April 23, 2012

Every few months I get a strong urge to purge my closet of nearly everything in it. I wear maybe the same ten tops, the same five cardigans, four jackets. And yet I have many more pieces. Ones that I tell myself I will wear, that when I’m older I’ll have more use for it. I talk myself out of getting rid anything in fear that once I do get rid of it I’ll miss it. How terrible, to be attached to objects useless beyond my own vain idea of what beautiful is.

I do love clothing, but even more I love clothing that I’ve made. Part of me wants to purge my closet so that I sew more in an attempt to replace what I have lost. A transition from consumer products to re-purposed and hand-crafted goods. I think I might be on to something here…

Day 76: Snip, Snip

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Day 76. March 16, 2012

A little over a week ago I began my journey down the road of dressmaking. Into a new realm of construction, fittings, and makeshift muslin. I have now cut out the pieces from my test fabric, which happens to be an old bed sheet. Recycling found objects is a habit of mine, one that has saved me a lot of money that I don’t have to spend and has pushed me to think outside of the box on various tasks. Why buy muslin when I have a pile of old, musty bed sheets I can use just the same? Exactly.

After some crafty maneuvering of the material, I managed to cut out everything I needed , enough for me to line the bodice so that I can truly get a good sense of how the neckline I’ve crafted will turn out.

Next I’ll need to make some marks for darting, pleats, and my closures. I don’t have any zippers on hand and I love the way the button closure on my curtain skirt turned out, so marks for buttons will need to remembered as well. Of course that list comes after I baste the pieces together and have my first fitting.

One aspect I’ve been thinking about is that in my original pattern I planned to make a halter rather than shoulder straps, I cut out the pieces, but I’m not really inclined to the idea anymore. Perhaps a second set of mock-up straps will need to be made…

Note to self: Rather than reaching for my oversized rice bags in the hallway closest, just take some scraps and make some little rice bags just for sewing, kay? Easy side project. 

Day 68: Taking a Leap

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Day 68. March 08, 2012

My fondness for racerback tank-tops led me to transform one of my dad’s old button-up shirts into something actually wearable, no offense daddy. Below are the shirt before I went to town with my seam ripper and transformed it to the photo above. I reversed the front and back, so that the back is lined with buttons, which I’m in love with. I’m thinking of switching out the buttons, but for now I don’t mind these.

The title of this post “taking a leap” comes into play with my next step, in which I hope to create an ombre effect by lightening the stripes until at the bottom they are pretty much gone via bleach. I’ll test this technique with a scrap piece to see how quickly and drastically the bleach will change the print. I’m excited and nervous all at once! I really like how the top is now, the stripes and bright colors are cute, but I want to try to make it truly unique – beyond a simple refashion. I’ll be back with updates soon! Continue reading

Day 53: Morning till Midnight

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Day 53. February 22, 2012

I woke up this morning feeling inspired. My sewing machine called to me, craving my attention. I grabbed my stack of fabric, pulled out my sewing machine from it’s hiding place, and took over the dining table. All day I pressed, cut, measured, and sewed my heart out. From morning till night I was seated in front of my beautiful machine working away. I now have completed a new skirt, a sleep dress for spring and summer, and now a casual tote bag. My next project will be sewing a new Easter outfit. It’s been years since I’ve bought an outfit & what year better to make my own than this one? It’s creative and frugal all at once. College student logic all the way.

Day 48: Therapy

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Day 48. February 17, 2012

Spring is drawing closer every day which means the cold winter temperatures have risen a touch.  The sunshine came out today which meant the apartment actually felt comfortable. I knew I had to take advantage of such a wonderful phenomenon  so I uncovered my sewing machine and completed one of my many projects.

Today it was transforming a men’s linen button-up rescued from the Goodwill bag into a high-waisted or “adventure” skirt as Jered likes to call it. I think I may take it in a little still, but for the most part I am quite pleased. I have no idea how I’m going to style it yet, which is half the fun.

For this kind of refashion it’s pretty easy to find a tutorial online, I followed Lazy Saturdays version, but I altered it since I didn’t have any elastic. Instead I just left enough allowance at the top for the top button of the shirt to be the closure. I had to cut through the band I created and make a second button hole so it could remain functional. But of course I didn’t realize I needed to do so until after I had sewn the finishing hem. But it was easy enough to rip only as much as I needed past the button then re-sew over top to secure.

Perhaps I’ll write another post with photos and the steps I altered. Maybe.