Rose Tyler Idiot’s Lantern UPDATE!

For the first iteration of this costume, please see Rose Tyler #2 The Idiot’s Lantern

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This is seriously one of my favorite costumes to wear. I used it for the Krewe du Who’s second set of Collector Cards in 2013, which was again GREAT fun, and I’ve worn it for Wizard World ComicCon and other events since then.

Since all of that I’ve been working diligently to upgrade this costume. I found an ALT color of the Topshop Moto jacket on eBay that I started to color strip, but then my compulsive eBay habit paid off and I got SUPER lucky and snagged the SA jacket this past March (2015) on eBay UK. I also found an old replica of the dress that OddTogs was selling on eBay back in October, in roughly my size, so I grabbed that, too! It needs some work, since it’s an old version and she hadn’t perfected the sequin methods yet, plus I need to take it in a size and bring up the hem (since I’m a shorty). It was $157, but TOTALLY worth it, since it’s a corseted dress and the pleats and fabric are gorgeous and I love it and I would NEVER be able to make this on my own!

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So since I got those two pieces I’ve sold the WHOLE outfit from the previous post, except for the sunglasses (they’re a lighter pink, so they match the new dress), to another Rose cosplayer. Dress, jacket, headband, shoes, pin, and ring ALL sold. I kept the lunchbox of course (because it’s AWESOME), and the fishnets, which are SO worn out I need to throw them out anyway. Plus they’re thigh highs, which I hate anyway, so I bought a new pair of normal fishnets on Amazon for $13.80.

I also needed to replace my ring and my brooch, then. Aiming to go MUCH more SA this time, I did a LOT of searching. I found both on Etsy (seriously, that site is AMAZING for cosplay items that are hard to find). The ring I found is a polymer clay adjustable statement ring, which actually cost me close to $27 (because of shipping from Australia, basically), but I had been searching for a ring since I found the dress and could NOT find something, so FINE. I bought it. For the brooch, which is supposedly a mother-of-pearl brooch, I was again having a hard time. I found a pink MOP flower-shaped “pendant” in the right size on Etsy for $12.49, and I’m working on adding the pin back and a small detail to the center to cover the hole (and attach it through to the pin back). Another Rose cosplayer recently found this pin on eBay, which is a nice find, for about $12 also.

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Roseearringsref1I also needed new earrings. I re-watched the episode on my computer and took some screen captures for closeups of the earrings, and did a LOT of Internet searches. After WAY too much time, I found a note somewhere saying that they were Mickey of London earrings. I can NOT find that link anymore, though I thought I had Pinned it for sure. 😦 Anyway… I set up an eBay search for earrings with those parameters, and HOLY CRAP I found some not a week later (see photos for comparison – they seem like they are pretty close?), they cost me $21.46 including shipping from the UK. Anyway… Crafty TARDIS has done a DIY version that is really really cute and her instructions are great, she wrote them so they can be duplicated by others. The screen caps here are hers, too.IMG_0799

As of June 2015 I’m still working on two last items for this upgrade: the headband and the shoes. My dress is getting altered in a couple of weeks, so I plan to use a piece of the material from the hem to make the headband myself. My plan for the shoes is to scour thrift stores (including my favorite Red White & Blue) for a nice pair of peep toe heels and make my own DIY version, since the Agent Provocateur “Jessica” SA heels are made of unobtanium and there are some GREAT DIY tutorials out there.

1808roseshoesHere are two examples of DIY versions on the Rose Tyler Costuming & Collecting Facebook Page.

The only other things I need to do is spruce up the bodice of the dress a bit. The replica I found is gorgeous, but it’s used, so it has some signs of wear, and the sequins were glued to the bodice instead of being sewn on, so after being worn and rubbing against the inside of the jacket (I’m assuming), many of them have worn off and are missing, leaving the bodice of the dress a bit bare of sequins in parts. Not a big deal, but it needs addressing. My plan to fix this is to do something relatively easy. I don’t have the time or talent to individually sew sequins on the dress, so I’m looking for a sequined fabric in a color that matches, which I can wrap around and sew to the bodice to cover the current fabric and missing sequins. I think I’ve found one on Etsy that will work well. Once I have that figured out, and the shoes, headband and everything else finished up, I will post another update!

My current plan is to debut the new & improved version of this costume at Dragon*Con in Atlanta in September, so stay tuned for more photos & all the updates afterward! If you will be at Dragon*Con, I’d love to say hi! Leave me a comment or send a message!

Rose Tyler Cosplay Roundup

I’ve done several Rose Tyler costumes from Doctor Who at this point, so I’m creating a post linking all of them together in one place. I’ll also keep it updated with a running list of Rose costumes I have in progress that will get linked once they are available as posts. As an added bonus, I’m throwing in the extra Doctor Who related cosplays I have at the end, for anyone who might also be interested in those.

Series One Rose Cosplays

Series Two Rose Cosplays

  • The Christmas Invasion
  • New Earth – COMING February 2016
  • Tooth & Claw
  • School Reunion
  • The Idiot’s Lantern (First Iteration & Updated Version)
  • Army of Ghosts – COMING February 2016
  • Doomsday

Additional Rose Cosplays

  • The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End – COMING February 2016
  • The End of Time – COMING SOON
  • Bad Wolf/The Moment (50th Anniversary Special)

Additional Doctor Who Cosplays

Rose Tyler #3: The Moment a.k.a. “Bad Wolf”

While she’s not exactly the Rose Tyler we’ve come to know and love, I was still excited to put together Billie Piper’s costume for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor”. I’ve heard her referred to as “The Moment” and “Bad Wolf”, so we’ll call her that. This costume was a departure from anything I’d done before, so it was a challenge, and the distressed elements added a DIY component that was new to me. Challenge ACCEPTED!

Part 1: The Episode

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

— Of course, Jessica over at Bad Wolf Closet has become my go-to source for all things DW cosplay. She hands-down has the most comprehensive list of IDed (and un-IDed) pieces for nearly every character from the DW reboot, and she’s an amazing Rose cosplayer herself. She’s also a fantastic resource for alts and DIY options, especially when it comes to Rose. So I started with her post on Bad Wolf.

— I decided the key pieces would be the boots, the vest, and the overdress. Those things needed to be fairly accurate, while the others could be a bit less so and you’d still “get it”. One of the hardest things about this costume is how distressed it is, and matching ALL of the various beige/tan/whiteish colors of the pieces. Continue reading

(Femme) Captain Jack Harkness, Doctor Who

When my husband (then fiancé) Seann proclaimed he wanted to put together a Captain Jack costume, my heart got all fluttery. Having not seen Torchwood at the time, I immediately jumped to “You get to wear a uniform! And an ascot!” – and though originally he had planned to do the Torchwood Jack, after a tiny bit of peer pressure, and my mentioning that “everyone does Torchwood Jack”, he/we agreed on doing the costume from Jack’s first appearance in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. My comment on this: “We’d be from the same episode!” 

Once we started talking about the costume more, I decided I also wanted to do a Femme version of Jack (Jacqueline? Jackie?) myself. Many of the pieces for Seann’s costume could pull double-duty for mine, and a Femme Jack seemed like GREAT fun! I’m going to smash both Seann’s “traditional” Jack and my Femme Jack into this post, since the process of both happened together, and we share some of the pieces, but I will separate the final cost tallies and some of the “putting it together” details.

Part 1: The Character

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

Some of the other folks who’ve done this costume… especially in a Femme version.

This breakdown of Captain Jack Harkness costume is fantastically detailed and helpful. It’s of the “Torchwood” Jack, and NOT “The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances” Jack we are going for, but the details here about the coat and other pieces are super helpful. There’s also this simpler “How to Dress Like Jack Harkness” piece on BBC.

To make the femme version of the costume even more fun, I decided I wanted to go with a “pinup” Femme Jack, sporting some 40s glam hair, stockings with seams, T-strap heels, bright red lipstick, and a pose to match! I think Jack would approve.  Continue reading

Doctor Who U.N.I.T. Troopers

Our beloved Krewe Du Who started up our own “security” forces to help guard our Whovians during the IKOC parade and other KDW events. My husband is one of the UNIT “brigadiers” in charge of all that, so he sorta roped me into joining them from time to time. I have yet to do any official duty as a UNIT trooper, myself, though I love our guys and gals in uniform. BUT I did suit up to join a photoshoot for a soon-to-be-released series of playing cards, similar to the Collector Card runs KDW has done, but with a gaming angle built in, with all of us as “characters”. This sounded fun, so I volunteered (casually mentioned) to be a medic for the game run. This meant… another costume!

Part 1: The “Character”

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

There is a completely awesome breakdown of the “new era” UNIT Soldier cosplay on this LiveJournal Doctor Who Cosplay Costuming page. This was our starting point for everything. This thread on SciFiHero.net also has some nice screen caps for reference. Our fantastic UNIT Trooper Brian then put together a guide for our own KDW UNIT members to build costumes, so this is what I started with.

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