Item: Topshop A-Line Tapestry Skirt
Appearance: The Caretaker
Combined with: Topshop Burgundy Multi-Panel Blouse, Ladybird Likes Moon Wooden Collar Clips, Dune Bertie Astor Black Lace Up Wingtip Block Heels.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 49% polyester, 44% cotton, 7% viscose
Most Clara cosplayers will have a love/hate relationship with this skirt and with good reason. I don’t mean to say that it isn’t a gorgeous item, but if you don’t own it yet, you will understand once you read this.
This skirt was the second Clara item I bought for my collection and because I had never worn anything bigger than a UK8 in skirts, I went for that size. When I received it, I realized I could just about fit in it, but it was so tight that walking up and down stairs simply wasn’t an option while wearing this. The skirt really wasn’t made for women with a bum because even though the waist had the perfect fit for me, I had to pull the skirt all the way up to my waist, close it and then pull it back down over my bum which was always a struggle. The skirt has ZERO stretch and by zero I mean absolutely none. I sized up to a UK10 as quickly as I could. The skirt is still tight around my hips and bum, but the waist is too big on me now, so going another size up isn’t an option for me. At least I can now use the stairs while wearing it. The skirt also has a nasty habit of riding up, so even though I think it’s utterly gorgeous, I will never actually wear it outside of cosplay. A lot of cosplayers will back me up on this.
The way Clara’s skirt fits on the show makes me think that the costume department probably altered it to get a better fit like they did with several other items, so if you’re planning on doing that, go up a size or two and take in the waist to get a better fit.
The skirt is made from 49% polyester, 44% cotton and 7% viscose.
Luckily, this skirt is one of Clara’s cheaper items and it shows up on Depop and eBay quite often, so you’ll have the chance to experiment with the size if at first, you don’t catch the right one. I’ve seen them sell for between £7 and £50, depending on whether the seller was a cosplayer or not. If you’re patient, you will most definitely find a reasonably priced on one of the platforms.
When I first got into cosplay, this outfit was among my top 3 favourites, but since the skirt is quite a pain to wear, I’ve worn it less and less ever since I got it. I still find it absolutely pretty to look at when I see it on Clara or other cosplayers, but the skirt ruins the fun of wearing it just a tad. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful and very recognizable cosplay item.