DIY: Clara Jewelry

As an add on to my previous post about my Clara Oswald wardrobe, I made some DIY jewelry.

Clara wears a lot of jewelry in Doctor Who (maybe more than I am comfortable with). In any given episode, she’s wearing at least a necklace and multiple rings and/or earrings. Some jewelry I have purchased in their screen accurate or alternative form (such as her eagle necklace or Robots of Sherwood headpiece), others (like the rings) I just kind of fudge together with things that I have. A couple of pieces I was going to purchase off of Etsy but figured why don’t I try my hand at making them instead.

So after a very successful trip to Michael’s today, I have cobbled together Clara’s Time of the Doctor triple con necklace and Robots of Sherwood wing earrings.

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The triple cone necklace is, obviously, not identical to the original. I wanted something a little “daintier” that I could wear to work; subtle but still an attention getting. The earrings are almost identical. The hooks might be different but the wings are almost spot on. I found them by chance in a set of 7 wings. I turned 4 others into earrings in the hopes another Clara cosplay might be able to use them. Not sure what I am doing with the last wing though.

I do have a couple of vintage silver rings on my Etsy favorites list I might purchase to use as Clara items. They seem her style even if they aren’t the exact ones.

I’m still on the search for some small twist hoops to turn into Clara’s The Snowmen earrings. They are surprisingly difficult to find.

My Clara Oswald Wardrobe

Doctor Who season 8 with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman returns this Saturday. I can’t wait! I will be watching the new season from my couch via BBCAmerica (it’s the only reason I keep paying for digital cable).

It’s probably no surprise to you guys that Clara is my favorite companion. Jenna is my height and size, and I just love her sassy attitude. A friend of mine recently told me I resemble Jenna (bone structure and facial structure); while I don’t believe her, it still made me very happy. So I started evaluating all my Clara clothing items. I still need a few items to complete some outfits so here’s my inventory so far.

Bells of St. John

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Clara wears two outfits in this episode but I’ve only complete one of them. I made my own version of her red space dye dress (which I wear a lot on a regular basis), and I recently got her screen accurate Sparkle and Fade cardigan from my friend Lauren. I have black tights and black alternative boots from Dirty Laundry. My version of her eagle necklace is silver and from Forever 21. I don’t have her parka but it’s not something I really need.

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I made my own version of the JttCotT dress using fabric from Spoonflower (the screen accurate Vaudeville and Burlesque dress is IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of). My version is a little more faded in color due to the printing process. I also made my own version of her vintage watch face bracelet using vintage watch faces I got off Etsy. I’m still looking for good alternatives for her Jules taupe biker boots (I actually purchased the Jules boots at one point from All Saints but their shoe sizes run small and I had to return them).

Nightmare in Silver

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Woo hoo, one complete outfit! Again, you may already know that this is perhaps my most screen accurate outfit. I only made the undershirt, but I have the All Saints jacket, Sparkle and Fade carnation skirt, and the F-troupe shoes. I found out later my shoes are actually from the spring line that follows the fall line Clara wears; this means the scalloping around the ankle is a little different. Eh, no big deal since you hardly see her shoes. I also have recently purchased a wig to use for this outfit. I need to find an abandoned house or building to take photos in with this outfit.

Day of the Doctor

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Day of the Doctor is the 50th anniversary special. I have the screen accurate dress, but my jacket is an Old Navy alternative. I have yet to purchase the alternative (almost identical) boots from ShoeFashionista but hope to do it soon. I can no longer get the screen accurate NW3 by Hobbs horseshoe necklace so I will just purchase one off Etsy.

Time of the Doctor

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Time of the Doctor is the 2013 Christmas special. I have the screen accurate cardigan I purchased from House of Fraser and an alternative shirt from Forever 21. I could not get a hold of the Karen Millen check skirt so I am in the process of looking for an appropriate alternative. I had the change to purchase the boots but couldn’t justify their price; most likely I’ll save myself some money and use the same boots I’ll get for Day of the Doctor. Necklace alternative will be purchased off Etsy.

Deep Breath

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Deep Breath is the first episode that will air for season 8 on Saturday. I am not entirely sure if this outfit appears in the episode, but promo photos say it does. The screen accurate skirt was purchased from Nordstrom; I have an alternative blouse on it’s way to me from eBay. The pin will be purchased from eBay (maybe screen accurate, if it’s not it’s a helluva good replica). Not sure what kind of shoes she is wearing so I’ll probably be sporting my F-troupes or Shoe Fashionistas for money sake.

Robots of Sherwood

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The third episode for season 8, Robots of Sherwood sounds interesting. I purchased the screen accurate headpiece from Topshop. Unfortunately mine came with a broken clasp so the chain keeps falling off. I am hoping to find someone who can solder it closed or come up with a way to keep the chain and place and not scratch my head with the open clasp. Since the dress was most likely custom made, I am considering making it in the future.

I also made my own version of her Cold outfit and would like to make her Hide dress (since that dress is also impossible to get). Perhaps after AWA I will take the Hide dress. There are a few other season 8 outfits I would like to put together but haven’t figure out yet.

And that’s my Clara wardrobe! I hope to find the pieces I am missing and purchase the wigs I need so I can start wearing her outfits. Looking forward to cooler weather since most of them are cooler weather clothing.

DIY: Large Shirt to Tank Top

A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to get fit. I’m at a pretty good weight and size for my height so weight loss isn’t the goal. The goal is to be toned. The vanity in the decision is that I have three superhero cosplays to make for next year’s Heroes Con. While the ladies are covered but, the fit of their clothing leaves little to the imagination. Plus, I want to look the part of a superhero.

I started the new plan 4 days ago. I had to wait because I had minor back surgery to remove some epidermal cysts and the stitches needed time to heal. My plan is simple: eat healthier, drink more water, work out every day. I started a train for a 5k running program and have also incorporated visual workouts by Neila Rey on days I can’t run. To make sure I stay motivated, I am keeping a blog entitled Team Sparklefists where I am documenting what it is I am doing weekly, how well or not so well I am achieving my goals, and also talking comics. So far I have been mostly successful, which I’m very happy about. My tummy has slimmed down a bit and I can feel my legs growing stronger. Gotta work the arms and back but the scars from the surgery need another 2-3 months to heal before they withstand anything substantial.

In starting this new workout, I find myself lacking in clothing. I have two pairs of skort capris (capris with skirts attached), one pair of yoga capris, a skirt cover up, one short sleeved shirt, and one tank top. THAT’S IT. While I can get by with the capris, my tops need work. But I can’t spare the money to buy tops because work out gear is expensive. Even the $20 it takes to by regular tank tops is making me cringe. So I scoured my closet and found two tees – one too big and one too small. I decided to make them into tank tops.

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I started with the large tee. I have had this tee since 2011 and wore it a few times for sleeping. I don’t know what possessed me to buy a men’s medium; I haven’t worn oversized shirts this large since I was in high school. It’s been sitting in the closet for a good year and a half. I decided to attempt to make it a racerback tank using various no sew tutorials on Pinterest.

I cut the collar down to where I wanted it and cut off the sleeves. Since the sides were too wide, I decided to slim those down about 3 inches on each side. THAT was a mistake since now the tank was fitted and wouldn’t accommodate the racerback style in the way I was making it. So instead I cut a deep V in the back and cut off about 3 inches off the bottom.

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So it wasn’t what I wanted originally, but it’s still a decent tank and more sized to my body. The edges are raw and after some debate I decided to leave them that way. It’s just for working out/running so it’s going to get filthy and messed up anyway.

I haven’t started on the other too small shirt yet since I need to get some purple stretch jersey. But soon. 🙂