Costume :Nymphadora Tonks
Variant :Ministry
Source :Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2011

Costume Photos

Finished Tonks jacket (version 2)

Tonks collar progress

Sleeve progress

Tonks pocket WIP

Tonks Jacket WIP

New jacket with one sleeve

My new Tonks boots

New fabric

Tonks Top 1

Tonks 6

Tonks 5


Costume Information

Cost : Jacket number 2 £44
Time Taken : 4 weeks (including 5 days straight on the jacket)

Well after making this jacket and wearing it on and off for 2 years it finally showing its age. Rips have formed on the elbows, and where the sleeves connect to the body so I have purchased somore new fabric from ebay and it arrived today (25th Jan 11). Its alot thinner then I was expecting, more like lycra but hopefully with interfacing and a lining it will make the jacket stiff enough. Not 100% on the fabric yet as its got weathering lines on it that are gold and it makes it look weird. Going to try and get some pictures of the fabric opened up to see how it looks over all. I'm guessing the best I can do with it is make it and see how it goes.

Update: 27/04/2011 - Finally started the new jacket last week. It looks alright so far. Still trying to find some trimming fabric so sadly not a lot else I can do with it at the moment till I 've got that. Am thinking of a wine coloured taffeta for the trim and then just need to remember how I did it last time. I've also lost the pattern pieces for the collar which is definitely not good but luckily I have another copy of the pattern :D

Update: 12/05/2011 - Yay my trim finally arrived so gonna do some more work tonight on my jacket. I'm using burgundy webbing as on closer inspection of Tonk's jacket this seems to be what is used. So tonight gonna straighten the bottom as its a bit higgildy piggidly at the moment so will straight that then make start on the sleeves as they were the hardest part last time. After I got most of ti done I then have to take all the buttons off my old jacket *cue sad face* :(

Update: 27/06/2011 so two months after starting this jacket but mainly only working on it on Fri and Sat night I finished sewing the last of the buttons on the front last night. Will get a full length picture later. I'm very proud of this new version of the jacket as its not as clumsily put together and I have this time kept the pattern pieces I made for the pockets. It also has a lining which other that my Edward Cullen robe is the first time I've put a lining in something so big.


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I love your Tonks. Such a great job on the coat. Love the photos as well. fab times XX

by Sephirayne on Monday, 22 June, 2009 - 18:49
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I am adoring your Tonks. Especially the work on that top!!

by FlyingMammal on Thursday, 23 July, 2009 - 17:18
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Thanks the detailing on the jacket was a pain to do as was the added stripes to my new Tonks shirt. The overall costume was easy to make it was just the detailing that took alot of time and effort.

by naurarwen on Thursday, 30 July, 2009 - 12:49
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Looking forward to the remake of Tonks. You do Tonks so well.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 15:12
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Thanks sweetie. Luckily plenty of time between now and July to sort my new jacket out and wear my boots in. Wanna see what you think of the fabric before I start making it though.

by naurarwen on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 15:16
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Very neat Sam!

by Wyrdsister on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 01:59
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Thanks Steph. Really looking forwards to getting it finished and seeing the final product. Its been so much easier this time as I knew what I was doing. I've made a few changes but they have been simple enough. Just waiting for the rest of my webbing now as I ran out. I bought 6 metres to start with for a few quid but now only have enough left to do the front bits and still need enough to do the back.

by naurarwen on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 13:42
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this just looks fantastic!

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 27 June, 2011 - 13:44
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Thank you. Will try and get some more pics up of the finished jacket soon

by naurarwen on Monday, 27 June, 2011 - 23:06
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The finished jacket looks great.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 01:51
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Love the jacket, well done!

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 12:27
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LOVE the new coat! Fantastic job Hun :)

by Wyrdsister on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 23:29

Shopping List

Version 2 jacket fabric (5 metres)£29.99Bought
Version 2 detail webbing (10 metres)£4.99Bought
Version 2 lining fabric (4 metres)£8.70Bought


More progress woop! (Posted 24th June 2011)

So here is what I got done this evening. Didn't get to spend as long as I wished on it this evening but managed to get the front piece pinned on and then stay stitched (you can't actually pin it on), put it through my machine, unstitched all the stay stitches and in the morning going to hand stitch the edges together. Then that will be one side complete. Hoping to get the other side finished tomorrow then its just a case of adding all the buttons. Gah I fail at sewing buttons on.

Trimming progress (Posted 22nd June 2011)

Well this is what I got done tonight. Had to stay stitch it down first because pins just wouldn't go through. Then I machine stitched it, took the stay stitches out with the stitch unpicker, then hand stitched the edges together. My poor thumb now has about a million and one holes in it

Progress (Posted 11th June 2011)

Well I've spent the last two days trying to sort out the lining into my jacket. I've nearly finished sewing down both sides and then need to sew the bottom and the sleeves. Still haven't fixed the epaulettes down and the front trimming can't be added till the lining is sewn in. Then just the buttons. Definitely should be done by LFACC as long as I get a move on.

Jacket updates (Posted 4th June 2011)

Well I ended up not doing the pockets last week and because of C17 last weekend I didn't get anything done then either. Instead I had some time off till tonight from costuming. I've been doing costume research online but nothing actually creative. So tonight I did the pockets for Tonks and all went well.

I now have two fully functioning pockets on the outside of my jacket. Still need to add some sort of closure. Might see if I can pick myself some velcro or such to keep them closed. I also bought some lining fabric as the actual jacket fabric is very very see thru so hopefully that will arrive in the next few days.

Things left to do:

*Add epaulettes
*Fix in sleeves
*Construct and attach lining
*Add last of trimming to the front and collar
*Remove buttons from my old jacket and add to this one (sad times. RIP old jacket)

Todays current progress (Posted 21st May 2011)

Both pocket tops are now attached along with the middle length of webbing which goes all the way round the jacket. Going to try and do the pockets later tonight, might also add a small bit of velcro to the pockets to keep them closed, will work that one out later as may need to buy some velcro as don't think I have any in my stash of cosplay stuff.

Jacket update (Posted 20th May 2011)

So I have the front pieces now all sewn to the jacket. Its taken a few hours trying to get them all the same length and pinning them straight lol. There were a few times when they ended up on slight diagonals but got it sorted. Had lots of breaks in between too as meant to be tidying the house *shifty eyes* oops.

Front pieces done (Posted 19th May 2011)

Front pieces to be added tomorrow. And yay to the rest of my webbing turning up means I can now go full steam ahead to get this costume finished.

Collar progress (Posted 18th May 2011)

Spent most of my night doing more of this. So far I've hemmed the bottom and front as well as made the collar. Obviously all the trimming still needs adding but have to wait for the rest of it to be delivered first and then hope it matches the detailing on the sleeves as Ive had to buy from another seller. If not will redo the bits on the sleeves if it doesn't look right.

Made body done (Posted 17th May 2011)

The main body of the jacket it now made and I have started adding the detailing to the sleeves this time using polypropylene webbing, which is the same webbing used on horses rugs. Its alittle bit thick but I couldn't find the cotton equivilant in the same colour so this looks just as good if not a tiny bit unflexible. Jacket is now on a brief pause for the trimming as I've had to order some more from ebay.

Still do to:

+Trimming on the front, sides and back
+Add buttons
+Hem front and bottom

Poor poor jacket (Posted 10th February 2011)

Well as I have posted on here at an earlier date the jacket I originally made has done its job and it basically on its way out, would love to repair it at somepoint and have two jackets as I adore the jacket so much I can't bare to part with it. I am now in the process of trying to remake the Ministry jacket for LFACC 2011 in July. Hopefully I will get it done in time though I'm not 100% on the material I have bought (can't get the original fabric from the seller anymore). Going to have to make some alterations to it for example making better pockets inside and out and by the looks of it the new fabric will mean the jacket needs a lining which I haven't decided on what material or colour to use yet.