Tutorial: The Fourth Doctor’s ScarfPosted: 05/27/2011
Aprilween is fast approaching (or, long belated as it were) and J and I are just now finishing our costumes. After wasting an afternoon with the failed ideas of giant starfish and geometric hats (I really wish I’d taken pictures of these horrible things) I went to my dress closet and decided to match a party dress with a mask and call it quits. J had been pondering an incarnation of The Doctor (from Doctor Who), but another friend beat him to Number Eleven (Matt Smith). He’s always been fond of the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker.
|The 4th Doctor, from Wikipedia|
Baker played the doctor for seven years, long enough that most people consider him THE Doctor. We’re low on time and resources, so we decided to focus on the unusually long scarf that was the Fourth Doctor’s trademark. Others on the interwebs have made recreations of his scarf (most specifically, doctorwhoscarf.com), but we went the easy-peasy route. I’ll show you how we did it!
|J, you’re not THAT kind of doctor!|
What you’ll need:
1/4- 1/3 yard each of fleece in 5 colors
thread to match one of the colors
We looked at some pictures and settled on dark brown, tan, mustard, royal blue and red. You could definitely go simpler. Once a Doctor Who fan sees a scarf that goes below the knee, it’s easy to figure out what’s going on. Do what feels right!
Take the different colored pieces one by one and make a pile with no two colors side-by-side. Start with two pieces of fleece and line them up end-to-end. Some pieces may be uneven if you cut things willy-nilly (guilty), but they can be trimmed at the end.
There you have it! One 177 inch (14′) Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf. J was thrilled with it, and though it was made as a quick costume piece, it really doesn’t look bad. To add some (more) silliness, J was inspired by a picture from Threadless a friend sent us:
|This is the image that inspired the costume, via Threadless.|
I’ve also made him a domino mask covered in feathers, so he is Doctor Hoo. Thank you for reading my first real tutorial! I hope this helps someone who was hesitant to try their hand at costuming.