Rose Tyler #7: New Earth

Confession: I LOVE this episode. Billie is hilarious when she’s playing Cassandra inhabiting Rose’s body, Tennant is adorable and just stretching his legs as the new Tenth Doctor, and you have The Face of Boe and all the cat nun nurses. I love it. “It’s like living inside a bouncy castle!” So I’ve been wanting to do this cosplay since the beginning, with the added bonus that it can be worn without a JACKET unlike most of the Rose cosplays, and I needed a warmer-weather option, living in New Orleans.

Part 1: The Episode

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

This outfit is pretty easy; the only real difficult item to find is the DIESEL shirt, which is basically made of unobtainium. I think there are, maybe, four Rose cosplayers who own the real thing? Of course one of them is the amazing Jessica who runs Bad Wolf Closet, and her posts are the first stop for any Rose costume you want to put together, she’s got the best collection of IDed Rose items out there.

I also found some good photos on the LiveJournal TARDIS Wardrobe pages. These gave me a great place to start. More shirt reference photos I found, from folks who have been lucky enough to score their own ACTUAL DIESEL top (links to their pages/images embedded):

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Rose Tyler #6: Aliens of London/World War III

I was really on a roll with Rose costumes, and I found the DIESEL jacket in an XL (finally) on eBay when I was looking for the one from The Christmas Invasion, so I grabbed it even though I hadn’t planned to put this outfit together. Aliens of London & World War Three aren’t high on the list of best Ninth Doctor episodes, but the cosplay ended up being pretty easy, and I’m having a great time collecting Rose items.

Part 1: The Episode

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

The primary source for this was Bad Wolf Closet, of course. This post breaks down all the items, with pretty decent photos of most of them, which made it much easier to search for them on eBay – particularly the jeans, which have several details that are present on other styles but can be difficult to find this exact style.  Continue reading

Rose Tyler #5: Boom Town

Keeping on with the Rose thing… not sure which one to do next, so since I already had the scarf from “The End of Time” episode, I went with “Boom Town”.

Part 2: The Episode

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

This is a less common Rose cosplay, so I hadn’t seen too many finished ones in photos. I have gotten to the point where I’m really just enjoying finding the items and putting the costumes together, even if they’re outfits I don’t plan to wear much. For this one, I felt like I could get an approximation or common ALTs of most of the items pretty easily, with the exception of the scarf, though there are many ALTs available.  Continue reading

Rose Tyler TED/TDD UPDATE!

For the first iteration of this costume, please see Rose Tyler #1 The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

Part 6: UPDATE! 2012-10-16 17.26.22

This is my first and one of my easiest costumes to wear, so it’s become one of my standbys, useable for any occasion. I used it for the Krewe du Who’s first set of Collector Cards in 2012, which was REALLY fun, and I’ve worn it for Wizard World ComicCon and other events since then.

Since 2012 I’ve learned SO MUCH about costumes, about screen-accurate items and how to find them, followed along with Rose fan groups and fellow cosplayers, and had a lot of time to slowly upgrade this costume. Though I’ve never been as happy with my hair as I was the day of that photo shoot. Those roots took some commitment!

timberlandsI have since acquired most of the SA items from this costume. I traded out my old low-top baby blue Timberland boots for the SA high-top ones, scored on eBay for $25.15 (cheaper than the first pair!). I also picked up a suede & leather shoe cleaning & protection kit from Amazon, for $19.57.
I found info on the SA items from Bad Wolf Closet, the source of all cosplay info related to Rose Tyler (and others).IMG_9905After MUCH eBaying, trial and error with sizes, and switching from the purple to the black to the SA brown versions of the Firetrap Harrie jacket, I finally settled on a medium SA brown version, which I managed to find on eBay for only $31.75, amazingly enough! I also searched and searched for a pair of the SA Oasis jeans in my size, which I eventually found (they may be a different wash, it’s so hard to tell, but again, it took trial and error with the sizes) and spent $50.84 on them, from eBay. They were a long size, and I am SHORT, so I had to shorten them, which I did with the help of a friend and a new sewing machine.

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The SA Union Jack t-shirt and undershirt are not IDed, but mine needed an upgrade. I bought a shaping white tank top to wear underneath, on Amazon for $22.89 including shipping. I also bought a new Union Jack shirt, since mine was so faded from wear and wash, for $23.96 on Amazon. This one is unfortunately too long for me, so I will need to shorten it for it to be wearable.

This is a super comfortable costume as long as the weather isn’t too hot, and I love the comfy puffiness of this jacket. Plus it’s easily the  most recognizable “Rose” look out there! Here are a few photos from Wizard World Comic Con 2014 and Dragon*Con 2015:

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More photos forthcoming!

Note: All costs include shipping. Total ( UPDATED) Cost for this Costume = $185 (not including the leather cleaning kit)

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.

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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