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Topic: Doctor Who: Femme Tenth Doctor, 1940's style  (Read 4977 times)
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« on: September 13, 2013 07:31:07 PM »

I've always loved the Tenth Doctor and his quirkiness.  I never really did a gender swap costume before, so I decided to try it on ten.  If you aren't familiar with gender swap costuming, you take the opposite gender character and turn it into something you might wear, but is still recognizably that character.

I love seeing femme Tens, but I wanted something different.  I love the 1940's style suit and fashion in general and went in that direction with my version.  I was in the Philippines for work in January and was bored on the plane ride from NYC (omg 21 hour flight), so I sketched out my idea.  When I got home I was able to start sourcing things.

The fabric was going to be the hardest.  I could get it from a reproduction house for about $60/yd Shocked , Spoonflower (kind of cheap looking), or traverse my backyard (NYC Garment district).  I opted to scavenge NYC and came up lucky at Mood Fabrics.  I found a beautiful brown wool suiting fabric with a teal pin stripe for only $18/yd.  I got 5 yards (yay gift card for my birthday!) and was super happy!  I then hit up my usual little fabric store and found a funky TARDIS interior'esque lining fabric.  I love awesome linings on my coats (see my other posts), and this was no exception.  Luckily the lining was only $3/yd lol.

I then had to decide if I wanted to draft a pattern from scratch as I usually do, or try and find a suit jacket pattern at least (the skirt would be easy without a pattern).  While searching through patterns, I found one that about 95% exact to what I had imagined in my head and drawn out... THAT NEVER HAPPENS!  I was so happy that I didn't have to draft something up!  I can, and it works, but sometimes a premade pattern for such a fitted garment is easier Grin  All I changed was to taper the sleeves more and add a back "belt" treatment (like Ten's coat had).  I also made the peplum piece more full and longer.  I wanted something dramatic in the rear for a simple suit jacket Wink

Accessories were next.  My drawing had the model wearing a tilt hat, Louis heeled oxfords, sonic screw driver, and Ten's signature swirly tie.  Luckily I had the sonic, an had painted a replica of the tie for my hubby last year.  The hat was found on Etsy and was a vintage wool hat.  The shoes were found on eBay and were originally a dark brown and beige.  I removed the original ribbon from the hat and took a black Grosgrain ribbon and painted on the "POLICE Public Call BOX" to it.  There is a simple bow on the opposite side.  I get so many compliments on the hat alone lol.  The shoes were painted to mimic the famous Chuck Taylors that the Doctor always wears.  I painted mine Cream and made the front toe area white and added cream silk ribbon for laces Smiley  I LOVE THESE SHOES!

I had actually finished the coat and skirt in April.  When I went to try it on in about mid august, I realized I shrank.  I had to undo the lining and take in the entire coat by about 3 inches (YAY!) and make the sleeves just a wee bit narrower.  At least the skirt was easy enough to make smaller lol.


OMG SHOES, so pretty  Kiss

I LOVE this lining so much.  It peeks out a little on the peplum if it isn't "fluffed" properly in the back (my husband's job lol).

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013 07:56:26 PM »

I love your creations! I love the jacket alone and would love just wearing that! Great job!
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013 11:36:00 PM »

Nicely done..Love the pictures too..Stefanie  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013 04:43:24 AM »

Fantastic job!  The hat is my favorite part, and I love what you lined the jacket with.  It looks marvelous!

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    « Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013 05:29:42 AM »

    OMG I love the shoes.
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    « Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013 08:12:08 AM »

    Wow.  All of the details on this are amazing!
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    « Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013 06:11:41 AM »

    Wow, adorable!   Shocked
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    « Reply #7 on: September 25, 2013 02:05:35 AM »

    It looks great, it's just a shame the stripes don't show in the worn photos. Do you mind if I ask what you painted the shoes with?
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    « Reply #8 on: October 26, 2013 01:51:32 PM »

    This outfit looks really nice. Great for cosplay, but I would wear that to work, too!
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    « Reply #9 on: January 10, 2014 03:09:19 PM »

    Great work!!! The hat is fantastic and I love the shape of the jacket and the shoes are fabulous!!
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