My last minute cosplay decision for last year's New York ComicCon was that of Oswin Oswald/Souffle Girl, who made her appearance in the Doctor Who episode: "Asylum of the Daleks."
The first appearance of Jenna Louise Coleman - the Doctor's next companion after the Ponds - I really liked Oswin. She was smart, spunky and gave the Doctor a run for his money. And hell, that red dress was all sorts of cute.
After a search for a pre-made affordable red dress I could modify the neckline to, I found none that I was happy with. So a-sewing and pattern searching I went.
I decided upon this pattern to make Oswin's outfit - I chose to use the pattern for dress c with a 3/4 sleeve:
Jo-Ann's Fabrics had a red knit fabric that I was very pleased with.
I then set to trying to reconstruct the items on Oswin's belt.
I recycled a black belt with a big flat silver buckle on it. The items I tried to re create from the photo were made out of black felt, hot glue and clay. I then anded a few items to fill out the belt. Time was not on my side and it was not exactly screen accurate, but I was pretty pleased.
Then I tried to make her watch.
Finding an actual alternate was just impossible to find, so last minute I fiddled with a braceletand some clay.
And, for the hell of it, I just had to make a burnt souffle. The Whovians get the reference. ;)
For a first actual dress that I made it was OK. I must admit I should have cut the pattern slightly larger. After the fact I had to rip out the side seams and add a small panel on both sides. THe modification to the neckline gave me a bit of trouble as well. But all in all, I'm happy with it. Though I'd re-make the dress and the watch again when I have time - just to see if I could make them better.
The cosplay was finished out with a brown curly wig and some Levi's red tennis shoes ( I couldn't find red hightops in time.)
Here I am at NYCC - at the Harry Potter Wand Dueling session ( my dueling partner was an Amy Pond cosplayer - ha! Companion battle!
And finally I had to hit the Doctor Who booth to take a picture with a Dalek and my burnt souffle.