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Idiot’s Lantern Dress Update Prt. 1

It’s been a while since I updated everyone on how version 3 of my Rose Tyler Idiot’s Lantern dress is going. I had some time today to take photos and make a post so… here we go!

The sequin sewing progress has been slow. Very slow. Not because I gave up working on it, but because so many things happened the past few months I forgot I was making the dress. It wasn’t until I almost knocked over my container of sequins that I remembered I was working on the dress. So, it’s back on my list of to-finish sewing projects. Since I forgot about this dress, sequin sewing progress is… well… not as impressive as I want it to be right now.


This is the back of the dress. Like I did with the first dress, I worked on the back first to establish the rows and then worked my way out from right to left. I work in this direction because I’m right handed. Since I’m a right handed person, I can hold the fabric that needs to be sewn in my left hand and control the fabric better. I also sew by hand from right to left whenever I can for the same reason.

I’ve begun to sew the sequins onto the right side of the zipper. I’m doing that now so when my sequin sewing reaches the zipper, I don’t have to worry about making everything nice and straight for the zipper. Instead, I have to worry about matching the sequins and making them blend into each other.


This is as far as I’ve sewn on the left side of the dress. I’m not sure if I said this before, but I marked how far I want the sequins to be sewn to. I did this using a water soluble marking pen. I don’t like to use chalk for this part because I’m know for working slowly (In my mind at least) and in between the time I set the dress down and pick it back up, the calk will rub off and I’ll have to re-draw everything over again. The water soluble pen will stay on fabric, in my experience, for years and still comes off when dunked in cool water. (Warm water will make the markings permanent) So, its best for my long term projects like the Idiot’s Lantern.

In other Idiot’s Lantern news, I’ve been doing some research about the dress and I came across the Bad Wolf Closet on Tumblr along with Rose Tyler Costuming and Collecting on Facebook. I didn’t know these pages existed until a few months ago and I’ve since read them as much as I could. Probably the most helpful to me was the Tumblr page’s breakdown of the Idiot’s Lantern outfit. In the post, I found out the fabric used for the real dress is Duchess satin. Also, there are photos of the real dress’s sequins. After searching some more online, I found the photo of the dress on Flickr…

Photo of the front of the dress. Photo found on Flickr Continue reading

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