Costume :The TARDIS
Variant :Original 1963
Source :Doctor Who
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2013

Costume Photos

TARDIS dress

First outing

Final dress and headband

Almost finished

Light hat

Sign WIP

Police Box Choker

WIP Choker

Dress before alterations


Costume Information

Made for a 1960s themed party, so based on William Hartnell's original TARDIS!


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Looking great - Your choker is so neat! :D

by CaptainAmelia on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 18:37
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Thank you! Been working on it on and off all day as the paint dried. :D

by Maraieth on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 19:19
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This looks like it's going to be lovely! Can't wait to see it. :)

by HarryKurt on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 20:45
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Thank you! Should be updating as I go along over the next few weeks - it's for a party that's 3 weeks away, but hoping to get it done sooner! :)

by Maraieth on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 20:53
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Nice work Doctah!

by GroovyGenesCosplay on Saturday, 23 February, 2013 - 21:03
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Why thank you, Ianto! Will try to get some pictures of me in it up soon! They're hanging around somewhere :P

by Maraieth on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 16:36
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It turned out beautifully! <3<3 You look so pretty!

by HarryKurt on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 16:47
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Ah it looks wonderful!

by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 1 October, 2013 - 17:25


Nearly there! (Posted 21st February 2013)

So I have now finished all the panels for the dress, and make a light that I've attached to a hairband. The light was made from a bit of cardboard wrapping paper tube for the central, white part, cardboard cut to make a pyramid for the top, and a square of cardboard for the bottom, each covered with fabric which I sewed and glued in place, then sewed together, with four thin tubes of the blue fabric between the top and bottom of the light housing. Then finally sewed onto a premade headband.

All that remains is to print and laminate a St John Ambulance sign, and attach everything to the dress. On schedule to be done in time for the party which is on this Saturday!

Progress (Posted 3rd February 2013)

Have now completed the choker, however due to the size of the letters, I may rethink and position it over the straps of the dress - but I will wait until the other pieces are complete and ready to be pinned in place before doing this.
Have cut out and hemmed the pieces for the windows and sign, and just starting to stencil on the lettering on the sign.
Next jobs are to finish stencilling and sew the panes into the window (to give a white frame as with Hartnell's original TARDIS) and print and laminate a St. John Ambulance logo to pin on.
Then working out the positioning on the dress.
Last job will be the lamp, for which I have found a TARDIS blue hairband, and will attach the lamp to the top.

Playing with fabric paints (Posted 31st January 2013)

Have now bought white fabric for the windows, and some fairly heavyweight black ribbon to make a choker. Fabric paints, stencils and poppers for the choker arrived this morning.
So far have measured against dress using paper to make templates for the fabric, and check the sizes for the windows and sign (including using the stencils to check word placements for the sign on the door), cut out the fabric from those templates, and stencilled most of the Police Box text onto the ribbon.
The stencilling with fabric paints is taking longer than expected, as I have to wait for one letter to dry before I do the next, or it is likely to smudge.

Plan for tomorrow: Hem the window and sign pieces, finish choker stencilling (if not done tonight) and add poppers to attach round neck, and start stencilling on the sign using template created today, and centre of the fabric as a guideline.

Starting out (Posted 29th January 2013)

Basically, I've been invited to a 60s theme party, and thought this would be the ideal costume for me, since I don't have the time or money to do Hartnell or Troughton Doctors any justice, and I just got a blue dress which is a perfect TARDIS blue, and so the idea came together!

Currently I don't want to make the adjustments to the dress permanent, so am working on how best to attach the new features without damaging my beautiful new dress!

Heading to the fabric shop tomorrow to look for the necessary bits and pieces! May be safety pinned unless I come up with a better plan!

If anyone who happens to stumble on this has any good suggestions I'd be grateful! x