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CraftingCon: Sew Starly

Hello CraftingCon fans! Have you been by Friends Stitched Together to see Roxanne’s Post yet? Scroll down to the bottom for the sew along linky.

Hi, I’m Starly. I blog over at Sew Starly I am super excited to be guest posting for CraftingCon during Dr Who month!


We are long time Dr Who fans in our family. Both my husband and I watched Classic Who when we were younger. When the show revival with the Ninth Doctor aired in 2005, our now 20 year old son was prime age to start enjoying it. As I was kicking around ideas for my post I knew I wanted to do a girl’s outfit inspired by one of the doctors. After a lot of consideration I decided to go old school and pick Third Doctor.


Third Doctor was a Dapper and Fancy Doctor. He loved his wine and cars and obviously cared about his clothes. Unlike most of the doctors that had one signature look, Third Doctor had new outfits every show and sometimes multiple within a show. His clothes were always very elaborate and I suspect even more colorful than they were portrayed on TV. He always wore a jacket, often a velvet smoking jacket, sometimes with ties or ascots layered over a ruffle front shirt.


“Listen to me!!”

Not unlike my daughter he was very authoritative and serious about his work =) He was a scientist. He was also a “man of action” . He practiced Aikido and could kick some enemy butt.


“Reverse the polarity!!”

For my Third Doctor look I was inspired by one of his smoking jackets, velvet with very prominent bias trim featured here. I knew I wanted to do the jacket over a dress so I wanted a cropped version. The Cali Faye Collection Haute Hippie Crop fit the bill perfectly.


For the dress I wanted a long circle skirt. I went with one of my go to favorites, the Gracious Threads Petra. I embellished the Petra with all.the.things as I wanted it to be ruffly and fancy. The biggest modification I made was to add ruffle cuffs to the end of the sleeves. Everything else was just trim. I did some cascading ruffles to make the ruffle front, glass buttons, and a bow tie. I used some metallic bias tape sewn flat to add a little pizazz to the hem.


Searching for landmines to detonate with her Sonic Screwdriver

As a nod to his crazy white Mad Scientist hair I ribbon wrapped a thin plastic headband and hot glued on a plume of curly feathers.


I realized after the outfit was all planned and made that I had forgotten to consider what shoes she would wear. This turned out to be a happy oversight because I found these amazing vintage new Oxblood Oxford Wingtips in a good size at the last minute for only $10! She is going to wear these to pieces and I am on the hunt for a pair of my own. They are just gorgeous!


“Oh No! They’ve taken Bessie!”

I had such a great time planning and executing this look. She loves the outfit and the shoes and had a blast during the photo shoot. It was so fun to watch her ham it up and try to make different looks for the camera. Once everything was all made I watched the Twelfth Doctor for the first time and noticed that she also inadvertently looks like Missy too 😛

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2 Responses to “CraftingCon: Sew Starly”

  1. birdsongpatterns says:

    This is completely adorable! Love the jacket! 🙂

  2. M White says:

    Oh my WOW. I love this so much! Fancy for sure!!


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