For the ‘Will Robots Take Over The World?’ song vlog I spent hours putting together my very own robot cosplay. I was so proud of the end product (and it took so darn long), that Pat and I decided to do a proper photo shoot to properly document it.
Here are our snaps!
The look was put together using cheap makeup (from Gloss) and silver face paint 🙂 Thank you to Patrick Catanzariti for the photography!
I’m very very proud of the TARDIS dress that I put together that features on the album art for Pop Goes The TARDIS. I may also be proud of the Doctor Who shoes and the Doctor Who nails, but the TARDIS dress takes the cake.
Here’s how you can make your very own super cute TARDIS dress with everything from lace, bows and sequins (if you’re like me and love those things!) to whisk you away on your time travelling adventures!
Step 1: Get your materials. The most basic is your blue dress. You can get fabric if you’d like to sew the dress from scratch or, if you’re like me, get a simple pre-made blue dress to decorate. You’ll also need needles, thread, an iron-on adhesive sheet, as well as black and white fabric for the ‘Police Box’ sign and TARDIS windows.
You’ll have a wonderland of choices when you go to your fabric and craft store for decorations too. I got lace, sequin tape, black ribbon and blue woven ribbon. You’ll need ribbon if you’re going to be making bows, all of the rest of the decorations are up to you and your vision for the dress.
(Potential intermediate step: If you bought fabric to sew the dress from scratch because you’re a pro, start by doing that 😉 )
Step 2: Make the bows. In order to make bows like mine you fold over the ribbon and then fold it back with increasingly smaller lengths of ribbon so the inner layers are shorter than the outer ones. You then sew these together with thread in the middle.
Afterwards, you fold the ribbon in half and put a piece around the centre, being careful when you sew it into place not to puncture the top of the new piece of ribbon so that the threading is hidden by it.
You can save time with this step if you’d like by buying pre-made bows too. A lot of the pre-made bows are ultra sweet. I just didn’t find any in the size or style I wanted.
Step 3: Make the Police Box sign. There are multiple ways to do this but I loved the idea of a collar. In order to make sign itself I cut out the black fabric to the length that I measured would fit the dress (making sure it was curved like a letter C rather than straight like a rectangle) and cut out letters that would fit onto it. I then ironed the letters on using adhesive sheets between the two fabrics.
Step 4: Sew the Police Box sign onto the dress. I also decorated the bottom with lace because I figured it would hide any rough edges and look cute too.
Step 5: Decorate the dress with ribbons, sequin tape, lace, garter, tassles or whatever tickles your pickle (if you’d like). You can see exactly what I did in the shot above. Make sure you leave room at the top for the TARDIS windows, other than that, go wild!
Step 6: Sew on the TARDIS windows. It’s important to cut the rectangles as close to the same size as possible and pin them in place before you start sewing because getting this even a little bit wrong can make the whole dress look extremely messy. You want the rectangles to fit nicely in place and line up.
Step 7: Use ribbon to frame your windows (if you’d like). I used blue woven ribbon to frame the TARDIS windows, you really can use whatever you think looks the best. I also sewed on some more sequin tape because I’m a sucker for shiny things.
Step 8: Add decorations to the TARDIS windows (if you’d like). I added bows to not only decorate the dress but hide the edges of the blue woven ribbon. If you prefer buttons, add buttons! If you like fabric flowers, add fabric flowers! If you don’t want to add decorations, don’t!
This photo doesn’t really represent a step so much as just… It did the thing! This is exactly like that darn white/gold or blue/black depending-on-how-your-brain-works dress!! I thought I’d add the photo in anyway 😛
Here’s the final product,
For the Pop Goes The TARDIS album cover shoot I really did go all out. I’ve already gone into the details of how I painted my epic Doctor Who nails for the shoot, now I’m going to tell you how you can create the time lord worthy Doctor Who shoes I wore too!
Step 1: Well, you’re going to need shoes that you can paint on. White or light canvas shoes are awesome for this. Although you can use any brand (including the far more practical and less pricey no-name brands) I chose chucks because I like chucks… And Tennant wears chucks 😛
Step 2: Create a design. This is obviously simplifying this step a lot. The first part of this step is measuring how much space you have for your design. Draw this out on your page and make sure you keep your sketch well within these confines.
I recommend sketching in pencil and tracing over it in pen once you’re 100% on the design. It may seem like an extra step but it will avoid you using a sub-standard design because you couldn’t be bothered re-drawing the whole thing when one small part was wrong.
Once you’ve got your design trace it onto some tracing paper with a really soft pencil (6B is what I used).
Step 3: Secure the tracing paper to the shoe and trace over it to imprint the design on the shoe. Don’t be worried if it’s a little smudgy or hard to see, as long as you’ve got the main lines and dimensions you’ve always got your original sketch to refer to.
Step 4: Colour in the main blocks of colour using Posca markers. These are great because they’re acrylic and real opaque but once you hair-dry them later the colour stays on really well. Most art shops I find sell these too.
Step 5: Add shading, outlines and details to the blocks of colour. You’ll find this is surprisingly a lot easier than it looks when you get there. As long as you’ve got the right dimensions and a good original sketch to reference to you’ll be good.
Pick one spot where the light is coming from (say, the top corner of the heel side of the shoe) and stick to it when shading. This will help the two sides of the shoe and the two shoes make sense with one another.
Step 6: Decorate the holes where the laces are thread along the front of the shoe. I used a gear design because I’ve seen this around with a lot of Doctor Who fan art and think it’s fantastic. It also works really well to give the shoelace holes some extra bedazzle.
Step 7: Decorate the other side of the shoe. Really, this is optional but I’d still say it’s good to do. You could either do all the above steps again, or, if you have chucks you could just do what I did which was work around the Converse logo.
Step 8: Add colour to the blank spots. You could leave out this step out but I honestly feel it looks a lot better when the whole shoe is painted and there’s that consistency of tone around the whole thing.
Step 9: Add colour to the back of the shoe. Going off the same principle as step 8, you could skip this step but I wouldn’t. People aren’t always looking at you from the side, you want the back of your shoe to look time lord sexy too 😉
Step 10: Add colour to the tongue. Going off the same principle as step 8 again, you could skip this step but I honestly feel it looks a lot better when it’s done too. If you want to create the denim effect I did with my shoes just lightly scrape a darker grey Posca marker along the surface back and forth in lines.
Step 11: Add colour to the laces. If you want to create a comic book effect like I did then don’t add colour to the edges. This gives them an automatic outline that makes them pop.
Step 12: Use a hair dryer to heat the shoes up and set the Posca marker paint in. Be careful not to touch the metal hoops where the laces thread through the shoe because these could burn you when they inevitably get hot. Also, hair-dry the laces separately to the rest of the shoe so the ink on the laces doesn’t end up on the shoe.
Step 13: Thread the laces and KABAZAM! You’ve got a pair of time lord worthy Doctor Who shoes you can strut your stuff in. 😀