I’ve also been making the spats to go with the boots, but only by request as I wasn’t 100% happy with the pattern.
I modelled mine directly from a set of screen-worn spats, but to be honest I think the budget had run out by the time the spats were made. They really weren’t cut that well or made to last, unlike much of the rest of the costume.
It’s always a tricky tightrope to walk between being utterly screen accurate and making something that looks and fits well, plus lasts repeated use.
The BBC costume department was always on hand to make running repairs or remake parts of the costume when they wore out, but that’s not something my clients have the luxury of.
So when I was recently asked by two clients for spats, I decided it was time to revisit the pattern and make a couple of very minor tweaks to sort out the things that were niggling me about the originals.
The main thing I wanted to do was adjust the centre front seam, which on the originals has the tendency to drift off towards one side. It just doesn’t sit nicely down the front of the boot, no matter how you poke it about.
Finally the spats have a short length of black elastic to secure them under the heal. This is attached to the front part of the spats, which means you have to poke the toe of the boot through the hole making them somewhat awkward to put on and this can rough up the overlocked edges causing snags, so they can become tatty very quickly.
You can also see that the originals have faux buttonholes and buttons on the sides, under which was a strip of white velcro to make the actual closure.
This seems a very minor point, but only if you try fitting them with the elastic in the old position do you realise what an improvement this is.
I have overlocked my raw edges, but these are now out of sight and the whole thing looks a lot smoother.
Now that I am much more happy with the result, I have made up a number of pairs, which are available for sale.
If you want to get a pair of spats to complete your Sixth Doctor cosplay, they are priced at GB£35 each.FREE global shipping is included in the price!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can send you full details.