A brand new Doctor

At least it seems that way. I finally got around to using the reproduction waistcoat fabric and re-created Kayle’s waistcoat for her 8th Doctor. And it made such a huge difference!

Kayle as the 8th Doctor. Photo taken at Gallifrey One 2014.

Kayle as the 8th Doctor. Photo taken at Gallifrey One 2014.

Here’s the breakdown on her current Eighth Doctor Cosplay:


  • human hair wig from a local ethnic wig shop

Body -

  • Mens white shirt purchased from a local resale shop, collar was removed and a vintage collar was used instead. Collar was purchased local antique show.
  • Cravat (no pattern used), silk dupioni (purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Vest (New Look 6166, mens view B but modified for authenticity, including adding real welted pockets), reproduction fabric from movie, sourced from Bob Mitsch (DW LJ and FB Stitches in Time group), contrasting color purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.
  • Jacket (Simplicity 2895, I think). Velvet purchased at the Dallas Fabric district.
  • Pants were located at local resale shop
  • Boots, DSW Shoes

Props -

  • TARDIS MK VII key, from Moocrest Models
  • Sonic Screwdriver, from Frobidden Planet UK
  • Pocket watch, from Walmart (until I can locate a better one)

My first Worldcon

This past weekend, Kayle & I traveled down to San Antonio for our first Worldcon. Having been to lots of anime & other fandom conventions in the past 8 years, there were a few surprises.

Here is my short review:

It was a bit odd going to a convention and not really knowing anyone. I appreciated that everyone I had contact with was friendly and helpful. I know it was a bit odd for Kayle because there were so few young adults there.

The dealers room reminded me more of a series of used bookstores than anything else. I did not really look at each dealer there, mainly because my focus lately has not been purchasing hardback or paperback books, but ebooks. I wanted to possibly purchase patches from one vendor, but each time I was at their booth, the guys working it were too busy chatting with others. We left the booth after spending several minutes each time without being assisted, even after trying to make eye contact so I could interrupt their conversations.

The panels we attended were well attended (for the most part). Most of the panels we went to were in the costuming track. We absolutely loved the Makeup Techniques panel. It has been way too long since I was in high school and college theatre and doing theatrical makeup. My impression after some of the other costuming panels was that if your costume has bling and is shiny, it’ll do wonderfully in Masquerade (again, this was only my impression).

The readings & autograph sessions were fantastic. We did not stay at the convention hotel, but instead stayed in a garage apartment rental (which was fabulous, BTW). We were able to cook breakfast and other meals/snacks every day. My only regret about not being at the con hotel is that we didn’t go to any of the parties.

The Hugo Awards was an incredible experience for a first-timer. Having had the opportunity to vote on the winner for each award was fantastic. My only drawbacks to the Hugo Award presentations were that the AC was dripping condensation on my the entire time and hearing the person sitting near me make disparaging remarks about some of the presenters and “boo” under her breath at some of the nominees. We couldn’t really move either (big hair in front of us would have obstructed our vision if we’d slid down a seat).

Worldcon bid disappointment – yes, we were a bit disappointed that Orlando did not win the bid to host the 2015 Worldcon. Most of my disappointment stems from the fact that we were going to make the 2015 Worldcon a family vacation and it would have been all of us going (myself, Kayle, Mara, Alecks & little Trystan). But that’s okay. I can concentrate on the local and regional conventions until Worldcon is closer to Texas. Maybe KC in 2016 or NOLA in 2018.

Overall, we enjoyed our first Worldcon experience and look forward to attending again.

First prosthetic – horn for Acorna

I would say this is a success. Kayle & I have been working on her horn for over a week now. Thanks to the Mistress of Disguise (Megan Martin) for her prosthetic panel during Costumers’ Lost Weekend and her tutorial, we were able to figure out how to do it.

A few things we did differently from what Megan recommended:
Type of clay – we used the Crayola oil based clay (Megan recommends Plastilina, but we were running short on time)
UltraCal 30 – we used Plaster of Paris
Gold spray paint instead of a clear coat


Painting leather

I’ve been painting a prop for an upcoming costume and since I needed to have the end result to be silver, I went with what several online blogs suggested – Angelus acrylic leather paint. Each piece of leather is cleaned, then given one coat of paint in light grey with the final coat being silver paint.

The Angelus leather paint has been great to work with. Each bottle (1 oz) has its own brush similar to what you have for nail polish. The dried paint still allows the leather to move without the paint cracking. If you have some leather that needs painting, Angelus is a great media to work with. I purchased my bottles from Dharma Trading.

The top strap has 1 layer of grey followed by 1 layer of silver paint.The middle strap has 1 layer of grey paint.
The bottom strap is nicely clean with zero paint <grin>.


Winter Edwardian Gown

Tomorrow the DFW Costumers Guild heads to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to see the Titanic Exhibition. I decided that since my previous Edwardian gown was more spring like, I needed a more winter look. This outfit doubles as my contribution to Challenge #1 of the Historical Sew Fortnightly group on Facebook.

Pattern: Folkwear 265 (with modifications)
Fabric: Dress – satin, tunic – cotton velvet, trimmed with faux mink and beaded trim


Front of the gown – I used pleats instead of gathering. I also made the straps a bit wider. I decided not to make the belts or bows. I’m in my 40s – I don’t need a bow on my rear-end. I also decided not to add the sash (it would drape over the belt under the bodice.


Back of the gown. You can see here the pleats I decided. All that still needs to be done is add fasteners. The pattern suggests a zipper, but zippers were still uncommon in 1913, so I’m going to use hooks and eyes.


You’ve already seen what the tunic looked like without the fur trim on it. The main change I made to the tunic was shortening the length of the back and slight changes to the sleeves.


The tunic is now finished! I added some trim that has small pearls in it.


Closeup of the velvet with the trim.

I’ll post a photo of me wearing it tomorrow.