May 26, 2017

Doctor Who Costume Guide

I've always loved Star Trek

I grew up watching The Next Generation every week with my dad as a child and often watched Voyager as a teenager, discovering The Original Series somewhere in there and often getting in trouble during school for reading Star Trek books in class instead of paying attention. 

A friend introduced me to Deep Space Nine in college, and I was immediately hooked despite jumping in partway through the fifth season. (Yes, he had to explain everything to me!) Now it's basically my favorite thing ever. 

Around that same time, I was also quite surprised to learn that there was an animated series I'd somehow never heard of! Needless to say, I inhaled it. 

I caught a few episodes of Enterprise here and there, but it wasn't until my mid-20s that I finally took the plunge and watched it, if only because I was desperate for more Star Trek and it was the only thing left I hadn't seen. I was sad when it was over. 

Kate was a big fan of Doctor Who (or, at least, the modern era of the show), and once we got married, we decided to do a sort of "franchise swap" and share our favorite fandoms with each other. We'd watched most of the Stargate franchise together while we were dating and engaged, so after that she introduced me to Doctor Who (which I'd only ever vaguely heard of) and I introduced her to Star Trek (which she'd only seen a little bit of).

I started her with Forbidden Planet, because of course I did! Then came The Original Series, The Animated Series, the first four TOS movies, and the remainder of the franchise in chronological airdate order.

She started me with the first season ("series") of the modern era of Doctor Who, helmed by Russell T. Davies, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. I was totally weirded out at first by its zany, quirky, practically bizarre eccentricity, but after the initial "WTF?" wore off, I was sucked right in.

While I loved Eccleston's Doctor (and for a long time after that, he was my Doctor), it wasn't until David Tennant hit the scene as the 10th Doctor that I became interested in the show's costumes. I mean, 10 had a great look to him!

I fell in love with his costume, and that (in combination with a bit of prodding from my friend Michael Cowart) was probably what first piqued my interest in taking my sewing skills up a few levels and learning about bespoke tailoring. 

Fast-forward a few years, and I've not only made a couple 10th Doctor suits, but I've watched all of classic Doctor Who and decided that I want to make some other Doctors' costumes, as well. 

As with my forays into Star Trek costumes over the years, some of these costumes will likely be personal hobby projects, while others will be "business" projects, either in relation to sewing patterns or perhaps even the occasional commission. 

Regardless, I'll be continuing to freely share my research, analyses, and tutorials online, just as I've done the past few years with Star Trek - and, as a sort of counterpart to this, our "Star Trek Costume Guide," I'm excited to announce the launch of our new "Doctor Who Costume Guide!"

Henceforth, I'll be dividing my time between the two endeavors, probably alternating between Star Trek and Doctor Who projects. As much as I love Star Trek, sometimes I need a bit of a break from it! (There are other, non-Star Trek/Doctor Who costume projects in the queue as well, but I'll cross that "blogging bridge" when I come to it.)

So those of you who are fans of Doctor Who as well as Star Trek, or even if you simply have a general interest in sewing/costuming, check out our new "Doctor Who Costume Guide," because we have a lot of exciting Doctor Who costume projects in the queue!

On another note, our men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is coming along nicely, and I'm hoping to have it ready for you in a few weeks!

May 19, 2017

Women's TNG jumpsuits for sale!

No, we're not offering to make these for customers on commission. (Sorry.) 

But what we ARE doing is selling the four uniform replicas we made for the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG jumpsuit sewing pattern (and corresponding sewing tutorial)!

These TNG jumpsuits are great for cosplaying, but they also make impressive display pieces, too! 

They were made to fit a woman approximately 5' 8" tall, with a 32" bust, 25" waist, and 35" hips. 

Being made of spandex, they have a degree of stretch, and you or your local tailor can adjust them to better fit your physique if need be. 

If you're wanting to display one (or more) of them, any of these inexpensive mannequins from Amazon should work nicely:


(Note that for the "Yesterday's Enterprise" jumpsuit, the collar might not be able to close in the back around the mannequin's neck, but this shouldn't matter when viewed from the front or sides.) 

This is a one-time-only kind of thing, and we're only selling four of them, so grab one while you can!

The reason we're selling them is simple: we're always making new costumes and have many more patterns in the queue, but we simply don't have enough storage space or interest in cosplaying all of them. We'd rather these costumes go to owners who can appreciate and enjoy them! 

The first three TNG jumpsuits are listed in the "Ready to ship" section of our (Bad Wolf Costumes) Etsy shop.

The fourth and final (teal) TNG jumpsuit will be listed soon; I just need to grab some quick video footage of it before letting it go. 

This is a great chance to grab a high-quality uniform replica at a huge discount!

May 15, 2017

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial PDF added!

My TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial is now available as a free PDF download! 

I've added a download link to the TNG jumpsuit "tutorial contents" page, but you can also view/download the PDF via the direct link below: 

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial PDF

Note that because of the large file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download.

Also, the Bad Wolf Costumes men's TNG jumpsuit sewing pattern will be available soon! 

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May 8, 2017

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial added!

My new TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial is now available for online viewing! 

Check it out here, or simply click the "TNG" tab above and select the TNG jumpsuit!

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial

This FREE sewing tutorial includes: 
  • A detailed list of everything you need to make a TNG jumpsuit
  • Potential fabric sources (and comparisons to the original, screen-used fabric!)
  • Step-by-step instructions with HD photos and diagrams for all four (!) versions of the TNG jumpsuit included in the pattern
  • Fitting tips

Although intended for use with the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG jumpsuit pattern (and upcoming men's pattern), it can be adapted for use with other existing TNG jumpsuit patterns as well.

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May 5, 2017

How to Make a TNG-style Collar

While dotting the I's and crossing the T's on our upcoming TNG jumpsuit tutorial, I decided to go the extra (extra) mile and put together this FREE sewing video about how to make a TNG-style collar. 

In this video, you'll learn how easy it is to make a proper uniform collar for your costume. It includes several different methods for interfacing the collar, as well as specific interfacing recommendations!

The methods covered in this video can be successfully used while making any of the Star Trek uniforms with TNG-style collars, including the various jumpsuits, jackets, and later DS9/NEM-era formal uniforms.

TNG-style collars

TNG jumpsuit tutorial coming soon! In the mean time, I hope you enjoy this video!

May 2, 2017

Women's TNG jumpsuit pattern - now shipping!

Bad Wolf Costumes' women's TNG jumpsuit pattern is now shipping!

Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered!

Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern

The men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is hot on its heels!

Also, FREE sewing tutorial coming very soon (hopefully in the next few days)!

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