Two days before Halloween, my boy says to me that he wants to be Dr. Who for Halloween...the 11th Doctor, so I start wondering where I'm going to find a sonic screwdriver, a tweed coat, and a bowtie.
We found the sonic screwdriver at Barnes and Noble, & after thrift store hunting for a coat, I realize my only option was to make one for him. You just can't find a little boy's tweed coat in a size 10 around here. It proved difficult to even get a pattern in his size, so I bought this bazic blazer pattern that goes up to a size 8 at joanne fabrics...and I altered it to fit size 10:
My boy picked the fabrics he wanted with the help of a very fab character reference book on all the Dr. Who characters:
I highly recommend this book to any Dr. Who fan.
Keeping in mind that I don't get along well with commercial patterns, nor have I ever made any formal looking clothing for my boy, I knew this was going to be a challenge for me. This coat had lining, button holes, & welted pockets...oh my! However, I was up for the challenge...I couldn't let my little guy down. He asked me to make a pocket on the inside to fit the sonic screwdriver. After watching this_instructional_video ...I gained enough confidence to even make the pockets on the outside front for real! I was initially going to just sew fake pocket 'flaps' to match the coats that the 11th doctor wears, but after spending so much on nice fabric, and the pattern & all... I just couldn't bring myself to take any shortcuts. This was going to be something he wouldn't only wear one night for trick or treating... I know my boy. This would become part of his regular wardrobe. That's why I'm going to have a tailor do the button holes!
Here I created the inner pocket to accomodate the sonic screwdriver.
I sewed the bowtie following the simple instructions on this_blog This was so much easier than I thought it would be!
We also altered a tardis cookie jar for a trick-or-treat pail. He was thrilled & took it all very seriously as you can tell by his expression. He wasn't in costume. He WAS the 11th Dr.
Now I have a hard time getting him to wear anything else...he loves it!