Item: Urban Outfitters Vaudeville & Burlesque Fit & Flare Dress
Appearance: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
Combined with: All Saints Jules Biker Boots (Taupe), Peter Pan Collar, F-Troupe vintage watch bracelet, Topshop Gold Multi-Chain Cross Bracelet, Urban Outfitters Triangle Earrings.
Original Retail Price: unknwon
Materials: 100% cotton
This dress is an item I never thought I’d own. On the rarity scale, this is very, very high up and I actually found this one by accident while I was looking for another one of her UO dresses. I think I actually screamed when I spotted this dress.
Because of how rare the dress is and because of the originally high retail price, you will most likely pay a bit more money for this one if you can find it, but please, don’t go over the top. The dress looks gorgeous, but it’s quite fragile and prone to fraying around the seams and edges. When I got my dress, it had already been fixed by the previous owner and I had to take the needle to some more seams as well to fix the fraying around the collar and pockets. I haven’t seen many of them, but at least one of them had the same issue and I’ve heard from other cosplayers that this dress is quite notorious for its not quite so good quality. You’d think they could have made something longer lasting for the price.
But since it’s one of Clara’s most iconic looks, I can’t really be mad about that since I got it for a more than decent price. It runs true to size and I wish I could find another one in a size S because the M is just too large on me and I don’t really want to trade it because of all the repairs that have already flown into the dress. After over a year, I finally found the courage and altered mine to be a little smaller and now it fits me well even though I wish I had found an original size S. Another bonus of this one: it has pockets and the fabric of this dress is 100% cotton.
It’s a really gorgeous piece of clothing and I would wear it out more often if I wasn’t so afraid of damaging it further because a replacement is impossible to come by, but I really, really love the look of this. The dress has a simple, red underskirt (which is very silky and soft) and it flows in a lovely way when you move. It’s just a wonderful dress overall.
The Peter Pan collar isn’t originally attached to the dress and you can find them on eBay. If you buy one from China, you can get it for £1 – £5, but you’ll have to wait a while for it to arrive (unless you live in China). The one I bought didn’t even need any sewing word because it came with straps that are worn around your arms so the collar stays in place.
There are several hand-made versions of this dress going around as well and if you’re good with a sewing machine, you might want to consider making it yourself. The pattern is available on Spoonflower and learning how to sew is easier than finding this dress for under £100. Simplicity, Burda or Butterick will supply you with a fitting sewing pattern. Also, I believe it might cost just as much to have this dress tailor-made as the SA one from another cosplayer would. Maybe even less. Note that even though the dress pattern looks like it has sequins, it’s just the pattern and there’s nothing actually attached to the dress.
I don’t own the SA shoes, but I sent a photo of them to my mum and asked for similar shoes as a present last year and she found quite a good pair of alts, so even if you can’t find the SA shoes, there are definitely similar ones around that will do the trick as the SA pair is quite expensive (being from All Saints and all).
When I met Jenna Coleman at FedCon in June 2017, I wore this cosplay and she recognized it immediately and complimented me on the dress 😀 I’m still low-key screaming when I think about it. Nevermind my dorky, red face. It was hot that day.