You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to come up with some awesome Halloween costumes. I was just thinking about my favorite Doctor, and I thought it would be fun to share some ideas on making your own (no-sewing-needed) 10th Doctor Who Halloween costume!
First off, in the picture I’ve “dressed” it up, literally. But you don’t have to if that’s not what you want to do. But all of the things needed for this type of costume can be found cheaply at a thrift store or a second hand store, or maybe in your closet (or your brother’s closet, etc).
The basic costume you need is a pinstripe suit in navy. If you can’t find pinstripe, then go with a solid navy. It’s better to go with the 10th Doctor’s “signature” color so your costume is easily recognizable.
In the picture, I’ve got a pinstripe dress with a white collar. I like the collared dress idea because it would be really easy to add a sloppily tied necktie. Add the red Converse shoes and you’re set.
Can’t find (or afford) Converse shoes? No problem. Get a pair of cheap canvas shoes (again, thrift store, big box store, Payless, etc . . . ) and some red acrylic paint (you can also use fabric paint–but since your’e painting shoes, it’s really not necessary). You can even use spray paint. Just be sure to remove the shoe laces and mask off any areas you don’t want painted (like the sole). A box knife (or exact-o blade) can really come in handy in trimming masking tape to fit tiny areas like grommets for lacing. Just lay the tape down and carefully trim away the areas you don’t need. If you’re not using spray paint, you may still want to mask off areas you want to keep clean of paint. You’ll most likely need a couple of layers of paint. So be sure to give yourself enough time! Spray paint and acrylic paint dry pretty fast (another reason to use them). You can speed things along with a hairdryer too. Be sure each coating is dry before painting over it, or you could have a mess on your hands. This technique will work great for shoes your’e only going to wear a couple of times. Otherwise, you might find the paint cracking in areas that get a lot of wear and tear. So, if that’s something you’re worried about, go ahead and use fabric paint.
Something I’ve found in my years as a costume designer is that you can get away with a lot, as long as you have the accessories right. So take the time to get (or make) the right colored shoes and tie, so your awesome costume is easily recognizable.
If you want up your game, try adding a tan or brown trench coat. I picked up a shorter coat with a full skirt to go along with the dress. But you don’t have to do that.
Be sure to share your pictures of your stellar Doctor Who Halloween costumes on The Costume Wrangler’s Facebook page!