Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guess Who?


I have several big Dr. Who fans living in  my house, so I wasn't surprised when my son announced, back in August, that he wanted to be Dr. Who for Halloween. Specifically the Eleventh Doctor. 


The geek in me was thrilled and I thought, "Cool, that's a pretty simple costume to put together," and I started looking for a child size eight  tweed blazer at my favorite thrift shops. I found lots of navy blazers with brass buttons, but nothing even remotely tweedy. By mid-September I still hadn't found one so I had to go to plan B...

I found a machine washable jacket for next to nothing,


and used this pattern to make a lovely coat for my little Doctor. I'm glad the blazer I found was a lady's size 18; if it had been any smaller, a few of the pattern pieces wouldn't have fit. If you ever need to make a blazer for your son, I highly recommend this pattern. The directions were quite clear and, even with deconstructing the other blazer, I managed to finish it in one day (although since it's a Halloween costume, I did leave off the welt pockets.)

The best part of S wanting to be Dr. Who was he decided he had to grow out his hair. Back in August, S had a buzz cut - a very short buzz cut. But once he chose to be Dr. Who, he started to grow it out so he could have that little swoop of hair in the front - just like "the real Doctor." Every now and again he would ask me to style it, just to see if it had grown out enough.

If you've been around here for a while, you're probably surprised to see my son's face smiling back at you today. I started blogging in 2008 - back when my son was three and my daughter was two. At the time, it didn't feel right to put their faces out there. These days, both of the kids have been asking me if I will stop "cutting off" their faces in my pictures. So, after a discussion with my husband, and since they are a little older I've  decided to ease off my "no faces" rule.

I always try to make my kiddos treat bags that coordinate with their costumes. (Plus, later on they make a great storage bag.) Dr. Who needed a bag with a little bit of British flair and a Tardis (the time travel machine the Doctor travels in.)

It was easy to make with iron-on transfers. Luckily, I remembered to reverse the images first! I sized each one to print out on a standard size piece of  transfer paper.


If you have a notion to make one, I've included the reversed images below. They're big (about 8 in by 10 in) so only a portion will show in the post, but you'll get the full-size images if you right click and download them. I just inserted each one into a Word document and printed them out.
I was glad I made the blazer a tad on the big side since it poured here on Halloween. Luckily it fit over my son's rain gear...


Keep Calm original art here
Tardis original art here

10 comments:

Melody said...

Awww! He's so cute!!! I wondered if that was your son...or a model for the Halloween costume! :) It's so great to see his smiling face! What a cutie-pie and his costume is awesome!
Melody :)

Colleen said...

Ack I love it! Ive been a Doctor Who fan all my life! Have you heard about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary virtual Run? You register for the length of the run you want. Run it on your own or during another race and you receive a medal with cool Doctor who images. There is a 1 mile, 5k,10k, 1/2 and full marathon. There are technical tees too-companion in training. See their facebook page they have extended registration until Nov 23 Anniv date! https://www.facebook.com/groups/362677597172367/

LCBrisson said...

Liz, this was a delightful post and seeing that smiling, slightly miscevious face made my morning. Also, you are so darn creative and talented I love seeing what you are up to!

Deanna said...

Liz, I love how creative you are! Taking apart a large blazer to make a smaller one...that's so cool. S looked really handsome in his costume, and yes it is great to put a face with the rest of the body. :)

Brian Westphal said...

You and your son nailed the look! Even without the bag, I'd know that Doctor anywhere. Bow ties are cool! Thanks for sharing your crafty creations. I love how you posed on the autumn covered trail. It's a wonderful backdrop for a very handsome Doctor.

Valerie said...

Such a perfect Doctor! I love when kids are clever and want something a little different than Spiderman :)

Janet said...

Your son makes an awesome Eleventh Doctor! My teenage son is also a Doctor Who fan and the Eleventh Doctor is a favorite go-to costume for him.

Indygram said...

He is so cute and you are so creative! I love the longer hair look....can you believe I said that!

pam said...

You seriously rock! What a great costume and what a lucky boy! Can;t believe the children have grown so much.

Belteshazzar Mouse said...

Matt Smith is my favorite doctor. This costume is awesome! Bow ties are cool!