February 19, 2018

11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat pattern, pre-order discount!

Bad Wolf Costumes' 11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat pattern is now available for pre-order, at a 10% discount!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/580957918/11th-doctor-scales-waistcoat-sewing

It was meticulously drafted to be as faithful to the originals as possible and includes men's sizes 34-52.

The pattern is printed on large-format paper and includes a copy of text-only instructions.


11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
Here are some examples of my personal waistcoat that I made with this sewing pattern:
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern


And here are a few photos with the "Journey" bow tie and a generic dress shirt:
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern
11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat sewing pattern


This pattern will begin shipping on Monday, March 5, 2018, but you can pre-order it at a 10% discount here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/580957918/11th-doctor-scales-waistcoat-sewing

A free sewing tutorial (intended for use with this pattern) is coming soon, so stay tuned!


February 12, 2018

GAP trousers waistband dye project

As you may recall, on my first 10th Doctor brown suit, I wanted to reproduce the interior of the original GAP trousers as exactly as possible, even to the extent of the blue striped waistband material.

10th Doctor GAP trousers replica, mk1
My GAP trousers replica, mk1


I was satisfied with my results at the time (nearly two years ago), but I've since learned much more about proper fabric dyeing from my friend Michael Cowart and been generously provided with a swatch of the original GAP trousers' waistband by Alex Murphy, aka "The Ginger Doctor."

With that swatch in-hand, a few yards of Magnoli's updated brown replica fabric, and a few minor imperfections in my existing brown suit bugging me, I've decided to give it another go - and this time, I'll be able to achieve a higher degree of "accuracy" to the original GAP trousers by color-matching the waistband material! 

It actually only took a few rounds of experimenting to land on what I believe to be an acceptable result.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiments


Naturally, the first thing I tested was a couple of the most promising pre-mixed fiber-reactive dye colors from Dharma Trading Company, but while beautiful colors, neither of them were close enough to what I was wanting.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
PR156 "Clear Sky"
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
PR26 "Sky Blue"


To my eye, the desired color looked like it might be achievable with a combination of the two colors, so just for the hell of it, I whipped up a 50/50 mix and tested at a few different depths-of-shade - just to see what would happen.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
50% PR26 "Sky Blue"
@ 1% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
50% PR26 "Sky Blue"
@ 1.5% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
50% PR26 "Sky Blue"
@ 2% depth-of-shade


Obviously, the 50/50 mix didn't yield the result I wanted, and I wasn't inclined to further experiment with the proportions of these two particular colors; it was just a whim. (I prefer working with primary/single-pigment dyes, since those give one the highest degree of control over the specific color - an approach I learned from my friend Michael.) 

Of these, though, the 50/50 mix at 2% depth-of-shade yielded the closest result.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/50% PR26 "Sky Blue" @ 2% depth-of-shade


While obviously not an ideal color match in direct sunlight, in normal indoor lighting (and under flash), the difference was less pronounced.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
50% PR26 "Sky Blue"
@ 2% depth-of-shade
(indoors, no flash)
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
50% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
50% PR26 "Sky Blue"
@ 2% depth-of-shade
(indoors, w/ flash)


Truthfully, I could've probably just rolled with it, but I believed I could get closer. 

Time for a different plan of attack! 


I decided the "Clear Sky" was the closer of the two, but it needed a bit of yellow to shift it toward a greener/more teal blue. For this, I used Dharma's "Lemon Yellow" (a primary/single-pigment dye color) and tested a few different proportions.

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
97% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
3% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
97% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
3% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
95% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
5% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
95% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
5% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
90% PR156 "Clear Sky"/10% PR1 "Lemon Yellow" @ 2.5% depth-of-shade


Obviously, 10% yellow was overkill and diluted the blue too much. Maybe with a higher depth-of-shade it might've turned out better, but I was pretty happy with the other two results. 

To my eye, the 97% "Clear Sky"/3% "Lemon Yellow" mix appeared to be a slightly closer match. 

Here's how it looks in normal indoor lighting, and under flash:

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
97% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
3% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
(indoors, no flash)
10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiment
97% PR156 "Clear Sky"/
3% PR1 "Lemon Yellow"
@ 2.5% depth-of-shade
(indoors, w/ flash)


Pretty darn close! 

In fact, one could hardly go wrong with either the aforementioned 50% "Clear Sky"/50% "Sky Blue" @ 2% or the 97% "Clear Sky"/3% "Lemon Yellow" @ 2.5% ... here's a comparison of the two in normal indoor lighting:

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiments


And here's an up-closer comparison of the two mixes, with and without flash:

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye experiments


Neither is perfect, but both are very, very close - close enough for me, at least! 

As I said, either formula will work, and I think it's probably a matter of personal preference at this point. 

I'm partial to the 97% "Clear Sky"/3% "Lemon Yellow" mix @ 2.5%, myself!

10th Doctor GAP trousers waistband dye test

February 5, 2018

Obsessive Costuming Dude

Heads-up, everyone! 

Henceforth (I like that word), all my costume research, analyses, and sewing tutorials will be done under my new alias, Obsessive Costuming Dude, as opposed to Bad Wolf Costumes. 

Why the name change? 

Well, there are two main reasons. 

First, as Bad Wolf Costumes has grown these past few years, we've learned that we actually have two separate demographics: people who want to buy ready-made costumes, and people who enjoy reading about them and/or making their own.

Since we're committed to each, separating our work is the best way we know of to give both groups the attention they deserve!


Secondly, sharing my work as an individual, rather than as a representative of my costume business, is a more accurate presentation of it to you, my readers.

Business aside, I'm ultimately a fan boy who enjoys doing exactly what I do with costumes: research, analyze, share my findings with others, replicate, and teach other people how to do the same. 

In doing so, my goal is to contribute to the costuming community, and hopefully raise the collective bar - both in terms of costume replicas, and of sewing/tailoring skills!

Helping other people achieve their "dreams" via cosplaying, while saving them headaches and frustration - that's a gift I enjoy giving! Whether you do this as a hobby, or you're an aspiring sewer/costumer/tailor, I want this blog to be as helpful a resource as possible, but I write it as me, not as the co-owner of Bad Wolf Costumes. 

"Obsessive Costuming Dude" is less of a division, and more of an outgrowth of our costume business.



From where you're sitting, though, very little will actually change. 

I'll still be researching costumes, posting costume analyses, writing sewing tutorials, and sharing lots of other cool sewing/costuming stuff. And we will continue selling my sewing patterns through Bad Wolf Costumes.

It's just that all the material surrounding those sewing patterns will now be done as "Obsessive Costuming Dude," so we can stop boring all the non-DIY-types with our shenanigans! 

I've begun regularly posting photos on Instagram, I'll be posting announcements on Facebook, and I'll be occasionally uploading costume videos on YouTube.

Also, I've also started another blog for all my sewing/costuming projects which aren't directly related to Doctor Who or Star Trek. Check it out here: 


My "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter will now be from "Obsessive Costuming Dude," so be sure to add it to your approved contacts! 

And of course, please continue following Bad Wolf Costumes if you're interested in the costumes and/or sewing patterns we offer!


January 29, 2018

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat analysis PDF added!

Our 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat analysis is now available as a free PDF download!

We've added a download link to our 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat analysis contents, but you can also view/download the PDF via the direct link below:

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat analysis PDF


(Note that because of the file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download.)

Sewing tutorials for all three waistcoats are coming soon! Subscribe to our "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates!


January 22, 2018

11th Doctor velvet waistcoat analysis PDF added!

My 11th Doctor velvet waistcoat analysis is now available as a free PDF download!

I've added a download link to our 11th Doctor velvet waistcoat analysis contents, but you can also view/download the PDF via the direct link below:

11th Doctor velvet waistcoat analysis PDF


(Note that because of the file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download.)

The free PDF of my 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat analysis is coming soon, as well as sewing tutorials for all three! Subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates!


January 15, 2018

11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat analysis PDF added!

My 11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat analysis is now available as a free PDF download!

I've added a download link to the 11th Doctor "scales" waistcoat analysis contents, but you can also view/download the PDF via the direct link below:



(Note that because of the file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download.)

I'll also be sharing free PDFs of my other two 11th Doctor waistcoat analyses soon, as well as sewing tutorials for each! Subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates!


January 8, 2018

11th Doctor "Snowmen" costume analysis PDF added!

My 11th Doctor "Snowmen" costume analysis is now available as a free PDF download!

I've added a download link to our 11th Doctor "Snowmen" analysis contents, but you can also view/download the PDF via the direct link below:

11th Doctor "Snowmen" costume analysis PDF


(Note that because of the file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download.)

I'll also be sharing free PDFs of my 11th Doctor waistcoat analyses over the coming weeks, as well as sewing tutorials for each! Subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates!