July 16, 2018

10th Doctor blue suit fabric - REWOVEN!

As you may recall, last year I set out to dye Magnoli’s 10th Doctor blue fabric closer to the original colors, using a swatch of the screen-used blue fabric (generously provided by Louise Page herself!) as a reference, but despite something like 18 attempts, the results ultimately left something to be desired.

Dyeing the Magnoli blue fabric
My final custom-dyed contenders


Still determined to somehow reproduce a fabric more authentic to the colors of 10’s suit, and with the original shirting fabric no longer being available, it seemed I had basically two other options: help Magnoli update his blue fabric, and to actually have the fabric rewoven, myself.


Well, I figured that pursuing both courses of action would essentially double the chances for success – a definite “win” for the Doctor Who cosplay community, since people have been longing for authentic blue fabric for over a decade now! Odds are that at least one of us would get it right! 

So, after Magnoli expressed interest in updating his blue fabric, I’ve been helping him hone the fabric colors (etc.), using my swatch of the original fabric as a reference. 

His fabric update is in the works, and like you, I’m curious to see his final results; it should be a huge improvement!
Magnoli blue fabric update
Helping Magnoli update the blue fabric


As for my own reweave … Never having had fabric rewoven before, I was at something of a loss as to how to begin – past the obvious Googling, I mean – but I asked around for weaver recommendations, and Daniel Pawlik stepped up to the plate for me! 

He’d previously had some 11th Doctor shirting rewoven, which turned out fantastic (you can check it out here in his Etsy shop), and he wholeheartedly recommended his weaver. 

Well, fast-forward nearly nine months (fraught with numerous difficulties and delays neither of us had anticipated), and I finally – finally – have something we’ve all been wanting! 

I’ve had this particular iron in the fire for a long time now, and, well, see for yourself:

10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, with flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, with flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash


With no photo editing (except cropping, I mean), no filters – the “read” is almost perfect!


Here’s an outdoors photo comparison:

10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Outside comparison


Here are some indoor comparison photos, with and without flash:

10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, with flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, with flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash
10th Doctor blue suit fabric reweave
Indoors, no flash


It’s not quite perfect; unfortunately, the stripes are 1mm too far apart. That was apparently the best the weaver could do, and I’ve been unable to shrink them any further.

However, I showed Louise Page some comparisons, and she offered her compliments on my replica fabric; what higher praise is there, right?!?



So, I have a limited quantity of this fabric available, and unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Daniel’s weaver will ever be willing to do another run of this fabric. 

There are other fish in the sea, of course, but for now, this is all there is! 

I’ve listed this fabric by-the-yard in my (Bad Wolf Costumes) Etsy shop, which you can check out here:


4 yards should be plenty for an entire suit; I’m 6’ tall, men’s size 42, and 4 yards is plenty for a suit, with quite a bit left over. 

For now, I’m limiting individual orders to 5 yards or less, because I want to make sure it’s available to all who want it for as long as possible, but it very well may go fast anyway, so I highly suggest ordering some ASAP if you’re interested! 



I’ve also temporarily discontinued my 10th Doctor suit pattern, because I’m in the process of updating it! 

The original version is still fine, if you have it already, but I’m improving the fit so it’s more of a Tennant-esque silhouette, and I’m updating the various alignment guides to coincide with this new blue fabric and Magnoli’s updated (2017) brown fabric.

I’ll also be heavily updating my 10th Doctor suit tutorials; I’ve learned a lot the past couple years and do things quite differently now than I did back then. 

I’ll post here once the updated pattern’s available (hopefully in a few weeks?), as well as once I’ve posted the updated sewing tutorials, but I suggest subscribing to my “Costume Guide” e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates! 

In the meantime, you can go ahead and have your fabric ready to go once the updated pattern + tutorials are available!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615057014/10th-doctor-blue-suit-fabric-lightweight


July 9, 2018

11th Doctor waistcoats - sewing pattern bundle!

I put together a new sewing pattern bundle that includes all three of my 11th Doctor waistcoat patterns, at a 20% discount!


All three patterns include men's sizes 34-52 and as always, they were meticulously drafted to be as faithful to the originals as possible. 

Free sewing tutorials for all three waistcoats are available here on the blog!

More exciting news is coming soon, so check back regularly and subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates!
11th Doctor waistcoats pattern bundle
"The Holy Trinity"

July 2, 2018

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat tutorial PDF added!

My 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat tutorial is now available as a free PDF download!

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

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat sewing tutorial 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.)

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June 25, 2018

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat tutorial added!

My new 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat sewing tutorial is now available here on the blog!

Check it out here, or simply click the "11th Doctor" tab above and select that waistcoat!

This free sewing tutorial includes:

  • A detailed list of everything you need to make your own "anniversary" waistcoat
  • Step-by-step instructions with HD photos and diagrams
  • Fitting tips

Although intended for use with my (Bad Wolf Costumes) waistcoat pattern, I also included some suggestions for drafting your own.

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat tutorial

I also included notes for cutting and constructing your waistcoat to match the original waistcoat(s) worn by Matt Smith as closely as possible, in reference to the fabric's plaid patterns!

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat tutorial
Original waistcoat (filming photo) on left, my replica made with this pattern/tutorial on right


This tutorial will be available as a free downloadable PDF soon, and I have some other exciting projects in the works I'll be sharing here, too!

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June 11, 2018

11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat pattern, now shipping!

My (Bad Wolf Costumes) 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat pattern is now shipping! Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/603345410/11th-doctor-anniversary-waistcoat-sewing

Free sewing tutorial (intended for use with this pattern) is coming soon, so stay tuned and subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates!


11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat sewing pattern

May 28, 2018

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

And now, to complete the trio of 11th Doctor waistcoat patterns, my (Bad Wolf Costumes) 11th Doctor "anniversary" waistcoat pattern is now available for pre-order, at a 10% discount!


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 "anniversary" waistcoat sewing pattern

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


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


This pattern will begin shipping on Monday, June 11, but you can pre-order it at a 10% discount here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/603345410/11th-doctor-anniversary-waistcoat-sewing

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


May 14, 2018

11th Doctor velvet waistcoat sewing kit

I thought it would be a neat idea to put together an 11th Doctor "velvet waistcoat sewing kit," for those of you interested in making your own.

11th Doctor velvet waistcoat sewing kit


These are the exact same materials I used for my replica waistcoat, and this "sewing kit" is specifically intended for other DIY types. 
11th Doctor velvet waistcoat

It includes the following:

  • A copy of my velvet waistcoat sewing pattern

  • 1 yard of custom-dyed dark purple velvet

  • 1 yard of custom-dyed purple linen

  • 7 yards of black decorative trim (the largest size only needs about 6 yards, so this gives you some extra)

  • A set of 6 black passementerie buttons

The interfacing, lining, and back buckle are left to your personal preference. (I put my recommendations in the sewing tutorial here on the blog.) 

You can order this kit from our Bad Wolf Costumes Etsy shop: 



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