There are 2 different link parties going on right now: Crafting Con’s Doctor Who sew-a-long AND Project Run and Play’s Bubble Dress link up. I wanted to participate in both, but didn’t have the time and/or energy to do two separate outfits for the same time frame.
So I naturally combined them into one fabulous (if I do say so my humble myself) Doctor Who inspired Bubble Dress (and matching jacket) deviating from my original sketch just a bit. Prepare yourself for a whole lot of photos!
OK I will start with my inspiration. I chose the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) for several reasons, but the main one is he is the Doctor with one of the most “costume-y” outfits (I mean that in the best possible way, of course). The bow tie, and suspenders, tweed, and the fez (which I omitted as to not make this too costume-y for my girl). Much easier than, say David Tennant’s Doctor (the 10th) even though he was also one of my favorites…and quite dreamy.
Alida (the judge this season over at Project Run and Play) offered her Bubble Dress Tutorial up for everyone to make.
I changed it up slightly by using a different bodice. And the dress has an invisible zipper closure, which made it a little tricky to put together. It was fun to figure out, though.
The bodice is from the Noelle party Dress pattern by Peek-a-Boo pattern shop with a few minor adjustments. I made the suspenders like I was making a quilt block. They are a part of the bodice (not appliquéd on). The bow tie (which is a knotted rectangle) is suspended between the two red suspenders on the middle panel.
I did topstitch them down to give them a little separation to create the illusion of real suspenders. BTW: The front and back suspenders actually line up, but I couldn’t find a way to photograph it. I had to mention it because that. was. hard.
This child had so much fun with this photo session, even though she has never actually seen Doctor Who (*gasp* I know. Just a little too scary for her right now).
The bodice is a cream linen blend, and the bubble skirt part is this heavier textured fabric (maybe some kind of suiting, maybe with some wool which would explain the sneezing and itching from me) that someone kindly gave me. It is lined with white quilting cotton because it is incredible stiff and scratchy. Yet it works perfectly for giving some structure to this dress!
Moving on to the jacket…
It is self-drafted and reversible (though it may be too scratchy to wear inside out). PLUS, the inside is where the secret is.
I pieced the whole inside (even the tiny window squares of the Tardis), and then painted on “Police public call Box“.
You may notice that one sleeve is blue and the other is red.
Honestly, I ran out of blue. Ha! I still think it is cool. Much like bow ties.
And now, I will pepper you with photos.
She looks like a cross between The Doctor and The Master (from the new season), don’t you think?
The Bee had the sonic screwdriver (because why wouldn’t she, really?) that we borrowed for this.
She LOVED using her sister’s toy. *Ahem*, excuse me, tool.
Her mouth, apparently needed tending to.
And that tiny robot.
And that beam.
I also made a blue hat for no other reason than it was cold out there.
I haven’t put a closure on the jacket because nothing looked quite right. I think I will leave it the way it is.
So there you have it. If you don’t know who Doctor Who is
you must be living under a rock (I kid. I am fairly new to this. I have only watched 2.5 doctors), by all means check it out (especially if you like Sci-Fi). I warn you though, you may just want to sew a whole outfit based on it. And if you do, link up your creation over here!
Are you a fan of the Doctor?
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