Nightmare in Silver Clara Oswald Cosplay

Yesterday I posted about my Cold War Clara cosplay, which is about 98% handmade.  Today, now that all the items are in, I am posting about my (not yet aired) Nightmare in Silver Clara cosplay.

Unlike most of my other cosplays, which are 90-99% handmade (except for mostly shoes), this cosplay is 95% purchased.  That is largely because I managed to find most of the screen accurate items around the internet.

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This is one of my favorite of Clara’s outfits so I had to find as many of the items as I possibly could.  The one downside is that the majority of the items were a) super expensive and/or b) really difficult to find.  But I managed to get them all!

Starting with the jacket, this is the All Saints Axelle denim jacket.  I believe it retailed for close to $500 in stores, but I managed to snag it on eBay for $150 (including express shipping).  My jacket came from Turkey, which is the origin of manufacturing for the jacket.  The only real difference I can see from the in store jacket and this one is that the tag is slashed; other than that, it appears to be exactly the same.  For anyone who is considering getting this jacket, keep in mind it is a very slim fit.  I normally wear a US size 2/UK size 6 on top but had to get a US 4/UK 8 in this jacket to be comfortable.

The skirt is from Urban Outfitters UK.  It was advertised as “Sparkle and Fade carnation zip front skirt” but the tag says Silence+Noise.  Er….anyway, I bought the last one and have not seen it on any other website nor on eBay.  I had to buy a large because I wanted it so badly.  UK women must run smaller in their sizes because it wasn’t as big as I thought it was.  I still had to take in the waist by 2 inches, but I was expecting much more than that.  And this skirt is SHORT, at least for my tastes.  Good thing I am wearing tights underneath.

The shoes were purchased off ASOS and are the F-Troupe wedge heels Clara also wears in Hide.  These don’t come in half sizes and with my wide feet I had to size up to an 8.  They are a bit large but not too much.  There is a 3.5 in heel so I feel a little taller.

Clara’s tights are pretty generic.  Mine are black opaque tights I bought from Urban Outfitters UK for a little under $5 when I bought the skirt.  The undershirt is the only thing I made.  It is speculated that the undershirt is Sessun’s contrast collar and cuff shirt, which retails about $120.  I can’t find it anywhere and I wasn’t going to pay that money for it considering I got everything else for at least 50% off.  Instead I made it from black and dark red knit fabric.

The only real items I lack to make this cosplay complete are all the crazy rings Clara wears.  She wears so many plain band stacking rings; I only have 2 of them and have been scouring Etsy to find some inexpensive stacking rings.  I found some but am having difficulty talking myself into buying them since I over spent this month.

In any event, this cosplay will also debut at Animazement at the end of the month.  I cannot wait to wear it!

Cold War Clara Oswald Cosplay

Whew!  It’s been a while.  I have been super busy at work which doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing.  Also, when my mother is home we tend to jump into the Jeep and drive somewhere to hike.  This pretty much means I can only sew when my mother is not around.  Since she’s been overseas attending to family business the last three weeks, I’ve gotten a lot done in preparation for Animazement at the end of May.  It is also exam time; since both of my exams were on the first day, I’ve had a few extra days off to sew.  There is still some stuff left to do, but the majority of my sewing is done.

I’ve got four cosplays to debut at AZ this year, none of them anime/manga related which is a first.  The two kpop cosplays are not quite done so I won’t be posting them just yet.  The remaining two are Doctor Who cosplays focused around the new companion, Clara Oswald.  I love Clara, and Jenna-Louise Coleman is my size and height which makes cosplaying Clara so much easier.  One of the cosplays uses screen accurate clothing I spent hours scouring the internet for.  The items haven’t all arrived so I won’t be posting it here just yet.  The other is Clara’s Cold War outfit.

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Took me about two days to complete this outfit, one day for the dress and the second for the jacket.  The dress is made of an ice blue satin that, depending on the lighting, looks more silvery.  I used Vogue Vintage pattern V1172 for the top of dress and modified the front a bit.  The shoulder straps are wider than Clara’s but they are hidden under the jacket so I didn’t bother to mess with them.  I used a skirt bottom from another pattern to give it more poof.  The amountof fabric needed for the poof prevents the side zipper from closing properly.  I can close it, but it’s needs an extra pair of hands to pull the sides together to do so.  It’s very form fitting.

The jacket is made of black twill and white muslim for lining.  I think the original jacket is dark navy wool, but I could not find a fabric in the color and feel I liked.  The buttons are gold with anchors, which fit since the entire Cold War episode takes place on a submarine.  The sleeves are a tad bit shorter than they should be, but I prefer that since I usually roll up my sleeves to 3/4 length.

I have silver glitter heels on their way from the UK (not the screen accurate ones) and a vintage watch face bracelet I put together from vintage watches purchased on Etsy.  I cannot wait to wear this cosplay!