Saturday 26 April 2014

Regeneration waistcoat -
fabric AND buttons

Over on my Eleventh Doctor Blog I’ve been running a series entitled Fabric Friday where I have showcased the tweeds used to make The Doctor’s costumes.

The latest focused on a distinctive waistcoat first worn in The Day Of The Doctor, which he wore again during the regeneration scene at the end of The Time Of The Doctor. This then becomes part of Peter Capaldi’s first on-screen costume.

In my time researching and making costumes I’ve learnt sometimes you search for ages and get nowhere, or sometimes you get lucky and things just fall into place.

This fell into the latter.

I had been looking through the fabrics at W Bills, and after a hint of a clue from a friend I came across the material used to make Matt Smith’s waistcoat, as worn in The Day Of The Doctor.

I'm not just saying a next-best good alternative - I’m talking THE fabric used.

As usual it seems, not the cheapest of fabrics to buy, but it’s definitely the right stuff.

The costume would have been made early in 2013, and luckily there was still some of the material left, so I bought up the last of the end of the roll to make sure it goes to the right people.

Woven in pure wool, it has a very subtle Prince Of Wales style check in a midnight blue and deep magenta.

Now I’ve got the fabric, I need to start developing a pattern to make myself a replica of the waistcoat.

It needs to be a classic waistcoat, with a high buttoned laid-in notched collar; and four welted pockets.

I’ve got a number of vintage books where I will source a pattern.

I’m quite busy at the moment, so I’ll have to find some time to do a bit of pattern drafting.
Not had a chance to do that for a while.

But as if finding THE right fabric wasn’t enough - I have also found THE buttons!!

They are small, black, with a distinctive dotted white line encircling the four holes in the middle. They are a real coup to track down. Much better than having to make my own.

1 comment:

  1. Are the buttons something that the average consumer can get a hold of?


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