i have always loved halloween. In the past i would dress up every year, always making my own costume. Now that i have kids i make their costumes almost every year. Sometimes the costumes are easy to put together and sometimes they really challenge me! This year both kids wanted to dress up as characters from the BBC show Doctor Who. My daughter's first costume choice was a Weeping Angel, and i admit i was a feeling a little stress on how i was going to pull that one off. Thankfully for me, i knew she would change her mind several times before deciding on a final costume choice.
i was right. She bounced back and forth between a few different ideas before deciding on a Sister of Plenitude (Cat-nun) from the New Earth Episode of Doctor Who.
This is an image from the episode. The costume is pretty straightforward. A gray dress/robe, white apron, white gloves, a headscarf and a flying nun's hat. The most challenging part of the costume would be the cat nun's hat. Lucky for me, i found a tutorial for a Sister of Plenitude hat online. You can view it here and here. i had a really hard time following the tutorial, but still managed to come up with something that resembled the hat.
Here is our finished costume! i'm super pleased with how well it turned out!! i need to work on the face paint a bit, but this was just a test run and i didn't want to use it all up before Halloween. Her costume was made from a mens xl dress shirt. i cut up and sewed into a dress/robe. The apron was made from Sequoia's Saruman robe from last year, that was made from a sheet. Lots of recycling and repurposing around here!
My boy's costume choice was the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). He wanted to go for this look, with the 'Silence' eyepatch which is from the Wedding of River Song episode. He always wanted a fez which isn't in this episode, but is often associated with this doctor.
First thing we did for his costume was hit the thrift store. We were able to find a tweed jacket, black skinny jeans and suspenders! He borrowed the dress shirt from his dad, and already had the Sonic Screwdriver which can be purchased on amazon or at Hot Topic.
Next we needed a faz! although they can be purchased online, i knew it was something i could easily make. i found the burgundy-red felt at Joanne's craft store, and lined it with stablizer. i did a quick search online for a 'how to make a Fez' tutorial and found this one which included a pattern. The first one i made was too small for my son so i gave it to my daughter. i made another just a little bit bigger, and it was perfect for my boy.