nycc 2013- whovian cosplay - clara oswald - the snowmen - part 1

Here are a series of posts that many folks have been waiting for.

My NYCC cosplay for Clara's red barmaid dress from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special - The Snowmen.

Here were my source photos



The fabrics I used

For the bodice, apron and bustle: a burgundy upholstery fabric from Jo Ann’s

For the petticoat:   a red/burgundy taffeta in Bordeaux.  

This was originally supposed to be for the over skirt, but I felt in certain lights, it did not go well with the bodice fabric and some yarn I found to knit the shawl with.  So after constructing it, I opted to keep it instead as a petticoat.

For the overskirt: burgundy polyester in Biking Red.

Yes. . .I know before some of you cry foul!  Polyester!  Sacrilege!  
Understand, I was on a strict budget and was actually trying to match the color  of the bodice/apron/bustle and find a fabric that would not wrinkle so bad.  It needed to withstand a day at NYCC.

The lining for the bodice, apron and bustle only: Biking Red Ambiance Lining


Repurposed cosplay items

Bustle Pad

A bustle pad I made for my Steampunk Corsair cosplay from last year.

To make this bustle pad, I used directions from this wonderful blog:
Steam Ingenious:  How to Make a Bustle Pad and Why You Should

I made my own pattern, using her description/directions but note that at the end of her post, she does have patterns for 3 different types of bustle pads that she sells if you'd rather an pre-made pattern.


Because I did not have time to make new ones from scratch, this was a corset I use and purchased from Casta Diva’s booth at The NY Renaissance Faire -


Should you want to make a corset from scratch, I was planning on perhaps trying any of these had I the time to do so:



And, even though this is a modern alternative, I was also looking at this corset and even petticoat patterns as a possibility for this cosplay.


Patterns I used for this cosplay

OK, full disclosure here.  

If you are looking for something more authentic, 

was a  great source of tips and inspiration for me while making this dress.  

However, I was on a tight budget.
So when my local JoAnn's Fabrics had a Simplicity pattern sale (5 patterns for $5.00),  
I had to jump on that bandwagon. 

So I basically "frankenstein-ed" myself a dress - as the woman at the cutting table described it.

So what you will find below are the patterns I took pieces of to create the costume.

For the bodice

For the apron, bustle and skirt

For the petticoat and skirt

For the sleeves

More posts and photos to come!


  1. HA! I picked up the Simplicity Steampunk pattern on a whim, because I saw it and thought of Clara! Thus far I've only cosplayed River (she IS my favorite), but I've got more Clara's coloring, big eyes, and a bit of the turned up nose...not to mention that Clara is my husband's favorite. So, at some point, I know I'll be trying this.


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