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!

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