Finally got a chance to take some better photos of Blitzen in the 11 costume I made, along with a few props for staging. Ha ;)
Blitzen’s costume, front and back. Don’t be afraid of sewing. I do not know how to sew. The only other thing I’ve sewed in my life was Jack’s suit for that Halloween prop. I didn’t use a pattern or a machine. As long as it doesn’t matter how it’s sewn together, just do it (meaning, it’s not sewed together in any proper sort of way.) The bow tie is safety pinned on because for some reason I wanted to be able to remove it since I took buttons off of one of my shirts to be used down the front of the chest there. (I know that doesn’t make any sense.) The jacket closes on top of Blitzen with velcro. I spent an hour in JoAnn fabric finding a tweed pattern I was happy with. The fabric for the bowtie and fez were in JoAnn’s “remnant” section.
(I’m just trying to pretend that there’s other people out there that would possibly consider dressing their dogs up as Doctor Who. There is, isn’t there? Heh. )
Also, if you ever need a fabric that’s a close replica to 11’s shirt pattern (a burgundy and/or navy version of a Paul Smith shirt that was worn a few times, among other shirts) I discovered a custom fabric website called spoonflower, where some cosplayers uploaded the patterns. It’s kind of expensive, but if you’re making a dog costume, you only need a tiny bit (I ordered a fat quarter, which was more than enough) and it’s free shipping. That specific pattern is here.
Blitzen’s eyes look kind of funky because he had the dog version of “red eye” from the flash and the picnik corrector for “furball” red-eye is weird.
I’m not sure why it looks like his eye is on fire here…I didn’t get any SUPER good pics of Blitzen in his costume because we were BOMBARDED with trick-or-treaters. I think our house is like a Halloween destination for church group buses or something. We had at least 200 trick-or-treaters based on the # of candy pieces we gave out. Plus I was dressed up and sweating my ass off, AND my parents were there in the middle of it all, visiting from Chicago.
So, I hope to take some time when things slow down (when I get the house cleaned up) to take some better pics of him so you can see more of the costume. The fez is an plastic dose cup from Milk of Magnesia covered in the same material that the bowtie is made out of. This is called crafting “Survivor-style”. Ha. ;)
Doctor Who’s real name is finally revealed to be Blitzen. ;)
The costume is completely hand-sewn by me, and I have the sore hands, wrists, and back to prove it. :)
Blitzen’s 11 costume, finally just finished. I forgot the elbow patches though. (I have them, I forgot to sew them on, gah!)
One layer of grey paint on Weeping Angel head. There’ll be more layers, plus light grey highlights and blackish lowlights for depth and stuff.
My weeping angel sculpture (Halloween prop) coming to life. The face is supposed to be tilted, it’s not crooked, like when they come after you, all evil with their eyes and mouth wide open, and their heads tilted, which makes it creepier for some reason. ;)
Today’s t-shirt at TeeFury - “A “tuxedo t-shirt” style design inspired by the 11th Doctor. It also makes an easy costume for Doctor Who fans this Halloween.”
I’m ordering mine right now, not specifically for Halloween, but I can always use a back-up in case of an emergency :)
THIS is an AMAZING homemade weeping angel costume, specifics here (awesome step by step pics). I’m definitely going to try to incorporate some of her costume tips to the statue that I make. This is just unbelievable.
I’ve decided this is going to be my overzealous Halloween project for this year. It’s a life-sized Weeping Angel statue from Doctor Who made out of paper mache and other stuff. Yep. I may post progress pictures once I start (which needs to be soon!)
Doctor Who ‘Weeping Angel’ Halloween Decoration on instructables.com