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30 October 2009 @ 03:38 pm
Dalek dress/costume  
I finally finished my Dalek dress enough to wear out in public (specifically to work) and there was some interest in seeing the final product in my previous metal wire/bead Dalek necklace post.

Apologies for the image quality. Non-tech savvy HR lady at the helm, crappy lighting, and I think she moved while taking it, lol.

The hat is made up of:
Dome:Cheap, clear plastic bowl with the plastic packaging from a touch-light glued on top, then spackled smooth with light-weight spackle foam. Painted metallic rust (3 coats) and a coat of clear sealant.
Dome Lights: Clear plastic toothpick holders, craft foam (cut to the cage shapes, painted silver, sealed, then stuck together), miniature clear Christmas bulbs sprayed with frosting spray, flickering LED candle light bases, white super bright LEDs, which are wired into a sound-to-light modulator stored inside the hat (along with the 9 volt battery), so they're voice-activated.
Dome cowl: Thin craft foam, the kind from the kids' projects section of craft stores. Cut out without really measuring, then krazy glued together. Painted (3 coats) and sealed.
Eye stalk: The inside connector bit is a foam ball shaved down with a dremel into a weird 'n||n' shape then glued in place. The stalk is a wooden dowel painted silver and sealed. The discs are from plastic "make your own picture buttons" that were trimmed down and sprayed with frosted glass spray. The eye itself was a process. The eye bobble unscrews from the stalk (so I can access the on/off button for the eye-light). The connecting parts were cut off from the top of a bottle of hand sanitizer and a piece of a CD spindle. The eye bobble is a plastic toy vending machine capsule (so I can open it to access the light to replace batteries), with the rubber ring from an old manual focus zoom-lens camera for the ridgy ring. The eye part is a small LED book light with a blue LED soldered in place of the white one and the lens assembler from the old camera. Hot glued together and spackled smooth. Painted black (about 5 coats) and sealed.

The hat is held on with lots of chaotic placement of foam padding and a chin-strap which is hidden by my hair.

The dress I made. I based the top part off a pattern for a prom dress. The very top section is a base of 'rust' taffeta, 4 layers of black mesh, the sparkly ribbon heat-bonded on and then the taffeta stripes heat-bonded on top of that. The choker (which you can't really see here) was made the same way.

The mid-section was the rust taffeta base with bronze taffeta 'panels' heat-bonded on, and the panels were all 'hemmed' with heat-bond around the edges, which gives them a certain stiffness.

The skirt was made using the Dalek blueprints from Project Dalek, scaled down to match my measurements. You can't really tell from the image, but the skirt is made of 11 panels. The "fender" trim at the bottom is made of 33 pieces total (3 for each panel).

The bumps are small soft foam stress relief balls, cut in half and hand-painted with bronze acrylic paint (3 coats) and then sealed. I attached them using "Steam-A-Seam 2" double-sided heat bond stuff.

The plunger arm I made using a silver glove (purchased), black gloves (purchased), and part of the cone of a witch hat. I took part of the metal wire that held the witch hat brim in shape, head-bonded it in place at the outer edge of the plunger-funnel and then head bonded the narrower edge to the black glove. I also lined the inside with a bit of black fusable interfacing to provide more support and hide the rough edges.

The shoes I bought for $7. The were already gold, so all I had to do was throw on a couple coats of the rust paint on the trim and seal in.

The little Dalek necklace (who appears to be inappropriately sticking a tentacle down my dress) was made from wire and beads. I have no idea how it happened; I sat down thinking "make a blob with tentacles" and 45 minutes later there he was.

The fishnet shirt was not a planned addition; but since the dress was intended for Comic Con (San Diego in July) and right now it's late October in Upstate New York, I needed to cover exposed skin.

It's still not 100% finished. It still needs a rust taffeta trim along the top and proper straps added. The straps there are a tank top. Also, not seen here is the mess that is the back; right now it's a chaotic mess of stick-on velcro and safety pins. I need to get a grommet tool and finish setting it up to be a lace-up backing.

I had attempted (and failed miserably) to make a gun-arm gloves. I'll be trying again before Comic Con, but for Halloween I think I'll just be copping out and making something simple out of silver pipe cleaners.

TL;DR: It's been a chaotic process and I've been working on this since August. This is the first major thing I've ever made a pattern for, sewed, soldered, or generally had to do this much creative thinking. But it was worth it! :D
Old Halloween: Daffodil Dalek byoldhalloween on October 30th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
You look adorable! Great work!
ladyfox7oaksladyfox7oaks on October 30th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
therru: Dalek bite my asstherru on October 30th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
You win the internet. Very, very impressed! Not only are you a very recognizable Dalek, but you actually look smashing in your costume, too!

For the gun arm: Why not just get and old whisk attachment to an electric hand mixer? They look close enough. ^^
Captain Anndor, Destroyer of Worlds: HAHA! Durrrr!!anndor on October 30th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I really want to avoid having to hold anything (hence why the plunger is a glove bit).

For several reasons: when I'm out, I'll likely set it down and lose it. At Comic Con, I want free hands to grab swag. For our halloween party, when I get drunk and rowdy I don't want to be holding anything that can hurt more than a hand, should anyone get hit in the face. XD
(no subject) - therru on October 30th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Cjztrooper on October 30th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
That is Brilliant! brilliant I say!
eve11: dw_note_to_selfeve11 on October 30th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Holy smokes, your ear lights are voice activated???? HOW COOL IS THAT!!!??

here, have some internets.

Captain Anndor, Destroyer of Worlds: Riskyanndor on October 30th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
That's the same reaction I had when I first saw someone else with them, on Flickr. Followed shortly by "I HAVE TO DO THAT HOW DO I DO THAT!" Haha
Phylidia Featherbottom: Doctor Who: FANTASTIC!!4o5pastmidnight on October 30th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Holy shit, I LOVE this. Brb, making a Dalek skirt!
Captain Anndor, Destroyer of Worlds: Radical!anndor on October 30th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have a Dalek skirt!

It's not really "hard". Just very time consuming. Much easier if you're patient and careful and plan ahead, none of which I was or did. XD

I'm much more of a "Just do it! We'll fix it as we go!" type, which made this entire project exponentially more frustrating, haha.
again with the blarg: wooo!daleksdivka on October 30th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Haha! You're adorable. The hat really makes it.
Captain Anndor, Destroyer of Worlds: Axel Grinninganndor on October 30th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
The hat makes me giggle. The dress, yeah, I'm happy with how it turned out, but it's clearly a dress meant to resemble a Dalek.

The hat, however, looks like I went out, murdered a Dalek, and stole its dome to wear around as a twisted trophy. XD

Also, iconlove. Is that gankable? :D
(no subject) - divka on October 30th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - anndor on October 30th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nualafaery: tom bakernualafaery on October 30th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
That is amazing! Good job.
Tessa: HappyKingIantotiggerbrasilf on October 30th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Dalek!!!! That is really cool :)
Lisa Moulton: Dalekgigs_83 on October 30th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
pirate_moose: Tenpirate_moose on October 30th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
That. Is. Awesome! *biggrin*
magical messicat: Yatta!messicat on October 30th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
That is so freaking cool! I am so pulling together a Whoverse Halloween costume for next year, I've been inspired by everyone here!
Kimbotron: Doctor Who: DALEKS ARE INDESTRUCTIBLEtechno4tomcats on October 30th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Wowee <3
fightin' and trouble are my middle name: Lovely Dalek Lumpsused_songs on October 30th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
That is so amazing! You look great!
yohopiratedivayohopiratediva on October 30th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
That is sooooooooooo fabulous! I love it!