My friend, Cam, went to an anime convention and commissioned me to make a TARDIS cosplay dress for her.
For those of you who don't know, this is the TARDIS:
It's from the British TV show Doctor Who and is the main character's time and space traveling vehicle (TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space). I know it looks really small for a time traveling vehicle, but that's because it's bigger on the inside. Just trust me on that.
Cam and I are on the exact same wavelength, so I came up with this design and she approved it in no time flat:
It's a princess-seamed bodice and a circle skirt with an overskirt and underskirt covered in ruffles. It was originally designed to be worn with a corset and have a halter top, but once Cam realized that would mean wearing a strapless bra all day, she quickly changed her mind. Very quickly.
Because this was going to be a very complicated project, we mocked it up first to make sure the patterns fit and Cam liked the silhouette.
Here's the muslin of the skirt and overskirt:
(Sorry for poor picture quality, it was taken late at night. Had to burn a lot of midnight oil to get this project done.)
Then came the ruffles. What I did was draw an 8.5 radius circle with a 2.5 radius circle in the middle and cut them out and sewed the 2.5 radius side to the skirt. It had a similar effect to a circle skirt, where the top is not gathered but the bottom is still very full, giving it a smooth appearance.
Wish I had taken better photos of the process. Next time I make ruffles like this, I'll be sure to do so.
The bodice was a basic princess-seamed bodice made using this generator. It worked pretty well, just needed some adjustment at the waist and bust. I'd definitely use it the next time I make a bodice like this.
Here's the final underskirt:
Next week, I'll post about the rest of the dress. Be on the lookout!