Why hello there!
So there's a classic companion that I've fallen a little bit in love with since doing some Classic Who watching - it's everyone's favourite feisty Aussie, Tegan Jovanka!
I'm going to be attending Vworp Con in September, and Peter Davison is attending (which I'm SUPER excited for!), and I figured I'd cosplay a Fifth Doctor companion - and seeing as though Tegan's my favourite, I thought I'd have a trek around for something simple but iconic. Then I found this picture:
It's her outfit from the episode 'Resurrection of the Daleks', and I'm slightly in love with her top! Plus, it's a pretty simple outfit to do, and was able to source a skirt and heels (which are SUPER comfy and easy to walk in, perfect for a conventions!) from charity shops!
But her top was a little trickier. Finding sources was fruitless, so I fabric painted a shirt! And here, I'm gonna show you how I did it, along with a few tips and tricks!
Tegan Jovanka's 'Resurrection of the Daleks' Top - DIY
You will need:
* White top - I found mine in Primark
* Red fabric paint
* Black fabric paint
* Various brushes and sponges
* Plate/paint palette
1. Insert the cardboard into the shirt - this will prevent the paint from leaking through to the other side and making a mess of the shirt.
2. Using a pencil, a reference image and a light hand, carefully draw out the pattern onto the shirt, lightly marking red areas with an 'R' and black with a 'B'. You can freehand it if you're feeling confident.
3. Get the paint ready. I recommend using different brushes for different colours, and using a slightly wider brush for the black, with a narrower one for the red - I also had to mix two different paints to get the shade of red I wanted. For reference, the brush I used for black was 3/4 of an inch, with the red being 1/2 an inch
4. Time to get messy! If you're worried about getting paint on your clothes or hands, wear an old shirt or an apron while working, and washing up gloves if you're conscious of getting paint on your hands. Paint in your design, following the 'R' and 'B' markings.
5. Some edges of the pattern have a rougher look. You could use sponges to achieve this look, but like with the brushes, try to use different ones for different colours.
6. Leave to dry completely (overnight is best), then remove the cardboard and iron the design to keep it in place according to the fabric paint instructions (this should be on the back of the bottle/container).
And there you have it! Your very own Tegan Jovanka top! I'm so excited to rock this at Vworp con, and I hope you have fun if you decide to make your own!
And just for fun, here is me modelling my end result!
I just need to make a few adjustments before con, but I'm so happy with how the paint job turned out! :D