Squee! I am so FLIPPING excited!
The day has arrived (not the Day of the Doctor.....that's a whole load of other excitement still to come!) ........the start of the DOCTOR WHO SEW ALONG!
A celebration of our favourite television show/fandom/life choice* colliding with our other love, sewing stuff**!
*take your pick of those pending on how scary you'd like to appear to others.
**don't worry if you don't sew, I promise you plenty of fun stuff to look at for the next 40 days...it might even inspire you to pick up a needle.
So...what do you need to know?
Do I have be an experienced sewist/sewer? Absolutely not....if you're just starting out and want to make your tote bag in TARDIS blue or applique a K9 onto something, you're just as welcome as someone making a full TARDIS dress (that's bigger on the inside) or cos-play-perfect 8th Doctor costume. Everyone is welcome!
Erm, I've never watched Doctor Who....what's a TARDIS? Why are there so many actors playing the same guy? Can I still join in? TOTALLY!! Did I mention everyone is welcome? And over the next 40 days I'm going to hopefully answer any questions you have, anything you don't understand, show you clips to explain, provide you tons of resources so you'll be ready for the 50th Anniversary episode (actually only 31 days away as this sew along starts. But if you need to check, click here to find out if it's the Doctor Who 50th anniversary yet?)
When is it? From now until 30th November 2013. If you finish during the month I'll gladly showcase your project as soon as you email me a link and photo/s, but I'll also be having a big round-up in the first week in December.
Why are we sewing past the 50th anniversary on 23rd November? Because a) you might want to take pics of you wearing your Doctor Who Sew Along creation on the Day of the Doctor, b) you might be a bit busy around 23rd November, c) we might all need a few days making stuff constructively to get over any PD50AS (post Doctor's 50th Anniversary sadness) we might suffer.
Are there any rules about what I have to sew? Nope. As I say, if this is the very first thing you've EVER sewn you are just as welcome as a sewist with decades of experience making costumes under their belt. I'll be posting lots of inspiration of cosplay I find around the internet as well as any fashion or home dec items I find....I think there's something pretty cool to making something that looks ordinary (though very stylish) but that only you know is secretly geeky. I've been pinning inspiration for a while now on my Doctor Who Sew Along pinterest board, so check that out.
Can I upcycle something from a charity shop? Absolutely, I love refashions and upcycling and I'm sure I'm not the only person. It's sewing (and probably other crafting as well) so it defintely counts.
Do I have to use fabric that looks exactly like the original costume? Nope. We're doing this for fun. It only has to be Doctor Who inspired....if you want to just make a red dress because Clara wore a red dress that's fine, but don't let that stop you finding that perfect pattern to adapt into a stitch-perfect Mercy Hartigan dress, if you really want to......but we're doing this FOR FUN. No stressing yourselves out, ok? Or Aunty Tempest will have to play the 4th Doctor (Jon Pertwee) singing The Noodle Doodle Man on the Moon at you:
You have been warned.
Are there any rules at all? Just 2. Number one: Have fun ie. if it stops being fun, don't do it, have a break, watch some Doctor Who (I'll be doing a Daily Bit of Doctor Who just like I did for the Bowie Sew Along). Number two: if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything to us....this is a fun sew along, we're being creative together and welcome all levels of sewing and all levels of knowledge about Doctor Who. Comments are very welcome but if there's any nasty, it will get deleted. This is my blog and I don't owe anyone anything. I think that's all the instructions, did I miss any Doctor?
What do I do once I'm done? Well first, have some fun wearing your creation. Then take some photos, post about it on your blog (if you have one) and send me an email with a link and a photo or two (or three) so I can get excited about what you've made too here on Fanbloomingtastic. I'd really, really like it if you can send me photos of your creation/s ON YOU, WITH YOUR GORGEOUS FACE VISIBLE, but if you really feel you have to stay anonymous on the internet I understand if you send pics of your dressform looking stunning. My email is fanbloomingtastic (AT) gmail (DOT) com
So, ARE GOING TO JOIN US?! Come on....let's celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in style and have some fun!
Here are some things you can do next:
- Leave a comment below to say you're in, with your twitter or website address or instagram account etc so we can watch your progress and get to know each other better.
- Grab a button for your sidebar which I've coded to link to a Doctor Who Sew Along index/archive/resource page which will grow throughout the month. See the bottom of this post for the codes to grab.
- Join the Doctor Who Sew Along Flickr Group here and post pics of your previous creations to inspire us or start a discussion about what you plan to make or share info. on fabrics, patterns, inspirations etc
- Invite your friends to sew along with us.
- Use the hashtag #doctorwhosewalong on twitter and instagram to help spread the word.
- Check out the Pinterest board I'm building for inspiration.
If I've missed anything don't hestitate to ask in the comments below or on the Flickr group discussions.
OK, here's the grab my button codings:
Doctor Who Sew Along button 250 x 250 px:
Doctor Who Sew Along button 180 x 180 px:
And if you would like to include a sewing Weeping Angel in a post about the Doctor Who Sew Along or in your sidebar (if it's wide enough, this is a 300 x 600 px gif), here's a brilliant thing my daughter Goth Child drew and animated for us. If you would like to see more of her art and fandom-related witterings, here's her tumblr Dishonor On Your Moobeast. Sorry if this is a bit too scary for any of you :)