I did not get making-of pics (I was sewing this frantically RIGHT up until I had to leave for Gally!)
It turned okay, although there are a hundred things I will do differently when I make my next cranach. Most notably, I did not have nearly enough fabric to do the rolls on the skirt, so I just had pleats. 😦
But I do like how the painted lettering on the skirt turned out. I made my own stencils, then used fabric paint. The words are repeated three times around the skirt.
I entered this costume with several friends in the Masquerade: The Doctor Presents His Fall Collection. The idea was that Doctor had created a fashion line that was available ‘anywhere and anytime’. From left to right, we had: Arte as an Elizabethan Dalek, me as the TARDIS, Glynnis as an 18th century Fifth Doctor, Laura as a 1800s River Song, and Grace as a 1920s Weeping Angel.
And we won two Master class awards in the Masquerade! The Project Gallifrey Award for Workmanship, and Best Interpretation.
My wonderful and talented friend Laura U. made me the perfect beaded collar to wear with this costume! I’m going to make a small version of the “pull to open” instructions and wear it as a dangle from the collar. Squee!
Warning: this sketch is likely to change and evolve, but here’s the idea as it stands.
I was having a terrible time getting the sleeves sketched – I am definitely no artist! The top section is meant to look like the gold bumpy bits on the inside of the TARDIS. The circle design on the lower part of the sleeve will be Gallifreyan writing. The Brustfleck (band across the boobs) has the TARDIS windows on it. I’m still tweaking that. Historically, the brustfleck should be all gold, but I can’t do that if I put the windows on it. I could have something else on it…but what? Oh, and there will be a gold underskirt. And a hat. The hat might well have the TARDIS instructions on it.
All in all, I’m not completely pleased with this design yet, but it’s getting close.
So this picture? I had a comment on facebook that it looked like a Dalek dress. And, you know, it totally does. But it also says TARDIS to me, and until I went back and looked at interior pictures of Tennant’s TARDIS, that I suddenly realized why! Just look!
I’m starting to see my design, here!
I need to come up with an actual plan of attack for this one…but in the meantime, here’s the idea. This is my TARDIS dress. I’m doing it as a German dress from the Renaissance period; specifically a cranach-style gown. Like these:
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL WITH FORGET-ME-NOTS – Lucas Cranach the Elder
Portrait of a Saxon noblewoman – Lucas Cranach the Elder
This will be for Gallifrey One, in February. I have a ton of blue faux silk. I just need to figure out how to turn this into the TARDIS…..