Do or do not…Actually, do watch my Toy Tuesday video about the Force FX Lightsaber & fun facts about starwars, Jedi, and lightsaber assembly.
It’s convention season so let’s bring back myfor some spacey-wacey
It’s been a long time comin’, although when you’ve got a Tardis that whole “time” thing is relative, but the DIY Tardis costume tutorial is finally here!
I made this for this-year’s ComicCon…and, let’s be real for a sec, everyday wear.
I’m super-proud of how it turned out and I think everyone should be able to share in the timey-wimey fun!
For starters, you’re gonna need:
- A blue article of clothing you wish to, ahem, “Doctor up”…dress, shirt, hoodie, etc.
- Some black sharpies (of varying sizes)
- White fabric paint
- Some paintbrushes (of varying sizes)
- A marathon of Dr. Who to get you in the mood
I started with a blue bodysuit I bought from Amazon.
Then, I used some painter’s tape (it’s less sticky than regular tape, but any could work just as well) to mark off the general locations I’m going to be outlining/painting in.
The Tardis has a pretty easy grid pattern so I knew I would need a bar across the top that would be split into two (the windows and the police box sign) and then two door panel sides.
Now, if your chosen clothing item isn’t stretchy and skin-tight you won’t need this next step, but if it is you’ll need to then take the garment off and redo the tape lines to make sure they’re perfectly straight.
Next, you can being your outlining. I used another tape layer like a stencil to make sure my lines were straight and even on all sides. Depending on your choice of clothing, the sharpie may bleed through so I recommend putting some cardboard or a paper bag inside to soak up the ink. Also, do a spot test somewhere where the ink wont be seen to make sure the sharpie doesn’t bleed. If it does, you can go through the same process but with black fabric paint…it’ll just take longer to dry (which is why a time machine is essential!).
Once you’ve finished the outlining it’s good to try the garment on to make sure it’s properly aligned. If your garment is form-fitting it’s going to warp the look of the lines. I preferred this look, but if you don’t…get a “companion” to draw the lines on while you’re waring the garment…that way the boxes will stay box-shaped.
Then, get your white fabric paint (I got mine from Amazon) and some brushes to fill in the windows.
It may take a couple of coats to get the perfect opaque look.
***Note: if your outfit is form-fitted, you may need to get special stretchy fabric paint. I didn’t and I was able to squeeze into mine. But, the regular paint does restrict the stretch.
Finally, get a tiny paintbrush (or some stencils if you happen to have/find some that are the right size) and fill in the lettering for the sign and a sharpie for the placard.
Once it dries…you’re ready to travel all of space and time.
Several years ago a man told me that I’d look best in a Dolce & Gabbana dress…it being in reference to the Herve Leger I was proudly wearing I rebuffed the suggestion. I’m still kicking myself over it. It’s probably all I should ever wear, but this dress is an AMAZING substitute! I’m in LOVE.
Photo by Chronofoto
dress by lightinthebox
I just made the sad realization that my Game of Thrones house motto is ‘I need an adult.’
Q:Ugh, Your cheekbones look like finely crafted porcelain. Good god.
Curses! My secret has been discovered. :D
The finest porcelain, hardened in the fiery depths of Mt. Doom.