Item: Oswin Oswald’s Custom Made Red Dress
Appearance: Asylum of the Daleks
Combined with: River Island High-Top Hidden Heel Sneakers in red, American Apparel striped calf-high socks, Fox Run stainless steel magic whisk, Storm junior 1991 watch, Hi Tek Designs London Alexander modified belt.
Oswin’s red dress was likely a custom job by the Doctor Who costume department because even after so many years, no ID has been found. I’ve seen a lot of cosplayers with amazing store-bought dresses that go very well with the rest of the cosplay, so if you can find a similar dress for a good price, I would suggest to just go for it because any red dress will do just fine for this one as the outfit as a whole is very recognizable.
I personally love to make things, so I decided to sew my own Oswin dress. I found the nearly perfect pattern (Burda 6575) that has the asymmetric cleavage area and fitting length. I merely adjusted the length of the sleeve and added a little fold in the cleavage area. Because my dress form has bigger boobs than I do, the dress didn’t fit on it and I had to pin it down to take photos XD
Shortly after buying the pattern, I went on to search for the right fabric (for German cosplayers who love to sew, I recommend stoffe.de or butinette.de, but you can also find a lot of great fabrics on Amazon and eBay). I found a nice cotton fabric that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg because I personally love to work with cotton. It’s easy to handle, not too fragile, doesn’t wrinkle too much and doesn’t get lint everywhere. I’m afraid I didn’t take any photos of the sewing process for this one because I made it within four hours (that’s how simple the pattern is and it’s also suitable for beginners).
The dress I ended up with isn’t entirely screen accurate because of the seams, but I quite like how the cleavage turned out. I will soon have to start working on the belt even though I’m not yet sure how I will go about that. But, knowing me, I will improvise like I always do 😀
Please bear in mind that my sewing skills are limited and totally pale in comparison to all the amazing things I’ve seen people do with a sewing machine. I only ever learned the basics from my grandma and the rest was learned by trial and error 😀