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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Turning your Bridesmaid/Prom dress into your Cosplay dress

My best friend Sasha HATED her prom dress. She had been pushed to go to prom by her friend and after a visit to David's Bridal she ended up with a BLUE dress as her mother suggested instead of a RED dress that she had wanted.   
Similar to this dress
Prom came and went as well as several years before the dress came back up in conversation. I was trying to find a dress for Sasha to use as the base of a victorian steampunk costume and she regaled me with her hatetred of the dress. The dress arrived at my house and then came to live in my husband's closet until the day when Sasha decided she wanted to be a DALEK.
 
I told Sasha I would help her with whatever she wanted but she did realize the dress was already BLUE, she could just be a TARDIS. Her face lit up.
 
This was definitely possible. So while starring at the dress and it's original design we realized it had all this extra fabric just crossing over her front. She split the seem and removed the brooch to reveal what would become the inside of the TARDIS. After careful consideration she went with a Police Box choker and a light up tiara to mimic the top of the TARDIS. Windows were constructed from ribbon, felt, and ironing hem tape. The Pull to Open sign was a dark tshirt transfer. The interior was a drop cloth from Home Depot, laundered and washed with a light gold color. My husband, Andy drew the interior and coached Sasha with a paint by number technique. When the painting was done and dry Sasha transfused it into the dress with the edges hemmed. A few accessories like The Who British Flag Chuck Taylors and a key necklace, she was a complete princess. We took the dress to Boston's SciFi Fantasy convention Arisia and were overwhelmed by the response to the dress. People loved the dress with the door closed but as soon as she opened the door their jaws dropped.
 

After the convention we found an image by photographer Nenita Hiller on Tumblr. (http://taste-of-paint.tumblr.com/post/41061573235/really-good-interpretation-of-a-tardis-in-a) It had already been seen by thousands of people on Tumblr before heading to io9.com (http://io9.com/5977825/this-is-the-most-amazing-tardis-dress-weve-ever-seen) and eventually BBC America (http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/01/doctor-whos-day-roundup-matt-smith-gets-behind-the-camera/). Now she loves her prom dress. Who wouldn't? It's unfortunate that she couldn't actually wear this dress to her prom but I'm sure there will be other scifi related events for her to parade it around.
If you have a dress from your prom or a wedding just sitting in your closet taking up space consider donating it or transforming it into something that will make you happy. Just consider the base color and go crazy. You are only limited by you imagination and the cord on your glue gun. I really want a dress to sport when I'm with Sasha but I'm not sure I'm ready to rewear my wedding dress just yet, but oneday...
 
 
Pump up the craft!
Jax

17 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I really love it. I don't know what the protocol is/what's appropriate but if someone could make me a dress like this I would pay good monies...

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    1. Well I'm glad you asked. Let me know your size and if you want a "TARDIS" dress or something different and I can figure out a quote for you. You can also email me at thecoylection@gmail.com. Thanks!

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    2. Ooh this dress is amazing. I have an idea for a TARDIS dress but instead of a dress as the outside it would be the inside and I'd have a long trench coat that would be both the inside and outside of the dress. But I have no idea if that's even possible @_@ Plus I don't have the money for it... I wonder how much all of this dress would be.

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  2. You realise this dress has now gone completely viral across the 'net? Doesn't hurt, of course, that Sasha herself is quite, quite gorgeous :)

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  3. The dress is brilliant and Sasha looks fabulous! Well done, both of you!

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  4. This is such a clever, skilled costume. Congratulations and you deserve all of the good attention you receive!

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  5. I'm so sorry I didn't stop and talk to Sasha in the lobby at Arisia. The costume was Brilliant! Even though I didn't see the inside. The tiara was an amazing finishing touch!

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  6. I really cannot express how hard this costume rocks, and it's obvious you have the presence to bring it off. Naysayers of it fill me with a white hot rage, you are beautiful, it is beautiful and creative, and I am delighted to repost the images on my accounts.

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  7. Sasha looks fantastic and the dress is brilliant!

    Signed, one of the people who saw this as it flashed around the interwebs

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  8. The dress is brilliant, you guys did a really great job. And she looks simply fantastic! Please pass on the compliments!

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  9. I love it!!! The dress is gorgeous and so is the woman wearing it!!!!

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  10. this is the amazing. I love it and want to do something like this for my wedding dress

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  11. The dress turned out beautifully, but Sashas attitude made this. She can "flash" me any time! ;)

    Raven

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  12. Originally found this on Pinterest, but really hate repinning pins that don't link back to the original creator's content. Not a fan of tumblr for that reason - seems to be full of people sharing images they have found without bothering to credit or link. So when I find content like that, I like to Google and find the original source, and link to it directly. Found your husband's page about the artwork he painted, and another site lead me here. So creative, love your artistic flair and your friend Sasha looks a million dollars.

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  13. I was wondering who did this! It's so well done and I have to say, I'm super jealous. I recently turned a friend's failed wedding dress(left at the altar, no fun) into Katniss' wedding dress from Catching Fire. My friend was breathless when it was done(She said I turned a 17k dollar mistake into a dress she'll never get rid of) and it wasn't even near the transformation that you did above. Bravo! I might have to commission one of these from you!

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  14. this is amazing and i am making my own (not quite so impressive) but i was wondering where you got the transfer from. i can only find tiny ones. thanks :)

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    1. What type of transfers are you refering to? The iron on transfers you can print on are available at Staples. Good luck!

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