The first thing you have to do is decide which type of Tardis dress you want to make. Do you want to make a Tardis dress that looks like the Tardis or one that is inspired by the Tardis?
The dresses that look like a Tardis are fun for cosplay events while ones that are Tardis inspired are more easily included in your everyday fashions.
How to Make a Tardis Dress for Everyday Wear
Making a Tardis inspired dress for everyday wear is much easier than you think!
The first thing you will need is some beautiful Tardis themed fabric from Spoonflower. Spoonflower offers over 200 different Tardis themed fabric so picking your favorite design might be the hardest part of the project! Here are three of my favorite Tardis designs offered.
Spoonflower sells the designs pre-printed on a variety of fabric materials. The price of the fabric varies depending on which material you choose but ranges between $17 and $38 per yard. I suggest you buy either the combed cotton ($17.50/yd) or the cotton-linen ($27.50/yd).
Most of the dress designs below need about 1.5 yards of fabric so buy two yards when you order. You can use the leftover fabric for other projects.
When you get your Tardis fabric from Spoonflower you will need to wash, dry and iron it before you start making your dress. If the fabric is going to shrink you want it to happen BEFORE you start sewing.
Now that you have your fabric, let’s make a Tardis dress!
If you are a seasoned sewing veteran then all you need to do at this point is pick a dress pattern and go.
If you are completely new to sewing then try starting with something easy like a simple skirt. You might also want to practice with some cheap fabric (old sheets maybe?) before you start on your Tardis dress. The YouTube videos below show three different ways to easily make a skirt.
(1) Circle Skirt: A beautiful skirt than you can make in about an hour. This skirt uses a zipper.
(2) Maxi Skirt in 5 minutes: I don’t think a complete beginner could do this in five minutes but you get the general idea! This skirt uses an elastic band.
(3) How to sew a simple skirt: A third version of a simple skirt design that uses a drawstring.
Spoonflower also has a very cool kit to make your own Tardis dress. I have not purchased this myself but it looks like a fun project! Here is a link for a Tardis inspired skirt Police Box sash/belt. Instructions included. To determine yardage needed, take your waist measurement and double it.
How to make a Tradis Dress for Cosplay
To make a Tardis dress that looks like the Tardis it makes more sense to start with an off the shelf blue dress. You can often find a perfectly fine blue dress at a thrift shop for $5.
Here are some great videos that take you step by step on how to make a Tardis dress for cosplay.
Here is a great way to make a Tardis Dress with NO SEWING!
How to make a Tardis inspired T-shirt skirt from the Sewing Nerd. The follow up video after this one shows how she makes the matching bow tie.
Here is the Tardis bow tie video from the Sewing Nerd.
Here is another two part video on making a Tardis dress. The first part is making the Tardis windows and sign.
The second part is making the Tardis belt and bow.
This next Tardis dress video is fun!
If the videos don’t have enough information for you on how to make a Tardis dress then here is a link to an article written at Polyvore.
I hope you found this post on how to make a Tardis dress to be helpful. Be sure to check out all of the other Tardis fashions on the site!