While Atti is young enough to let us get away with it, we love dressing up in family costumes. And this year’s costume plays up our secret nerdiness by being characters from Doctor Who, our new favorite show. We were looking for something to fill the ol’ Netflix cue and I have enough friends raving about this show, so we decided to give it a try. We were hooked after the first episode, and made our way through all six seasons in a month. Now I am totally a full on Doctor Who nerd (and it’s Doctor, never Dr.).
I get off super easy by dressing up as Amy Pond, the Doctor’s companion, and having red hair is half the costume. Bear is dressed up as Amy’s husband, Rory the Roman, which means that he’s dressed up as a Roman Centurion. I promise, it all makes sense in context.
We looked and looked and looked for Roman armor and all we could find was stuff that was priced beyond what I could bear to spend on a Halloween costume, so I made one. I took a piece of foam core, cut it to into a breastplate shape, and painted it brown with gold sponging on top. To create the illusion of muscles I took more of the brown paint and watered it way down so it would be translucent. Then I just drew on a bunch of squares.
The little outfit underneath is really just a white T-shirt and a skirt I whipped up out of a scrap of fabric. I folded it so that the fabric’s selvedges could work as the hem, sewed one seam up the back, then sewed a casing for elastic. Easy Peasy.
The TARDIS is the ship the Doctor travels in, disguised to look like a police box (which apparently was a British thing). It was a perfect solution for a way to tie Atti’s wheelchair into his costume, we’ll just secure it to his chair with zipties.
To make the TARDIS, I cut more foam core. I cut two pieces into an L shape just so Atti could have access to his wheels, then I cut two pieces 15″ wide, since that’s how wide the wheelchair is. One of those pieces will be the front with the text, which is black, and all the rest get painted a shocking blue color.
I measured squares and drew them on with black fabric paint to look like the paneling on the TARDIS, and to make the window I glued on a piece of glossy white cardstock with more fabric paint to look like panes.
Each incarnation of the Doctor has their own look, and the current Doctor, the 11th Doctor, the one who travels with Amy and Rory, wears a tweed blazer and a bowtie, because “bowties are cool.” (*Nerd Alert*) I searched every corner of the internet to find a tweed blazer that would fit Atti with absolutely zero luck, so I made one. And I’ll show you how to make one too. Even if you don’t follow Doctor Who, every kid looks adorable in a wee tweed blazer.