Thursday 31 December 2009

Hat Bandana - new stocks available

I recently needed to get some swatch samples for an up-coming project, using the bamboo-cotton fabric that I had used to make the Seven Hatband hankies. While I had an order going through I thought it a good opportunity to get some more hankies made up.

I now have FIVE red hankies in-hand, hemmed and ready for immediate dispatch! (see below)

Anyone interested in buying one, should contact me or PayPal US$20 to, making sure you include your postal address.
(Global shipping is included in the $20 price.)

I will then confirm receipt of payment and dispatch.

I am also still working on the brown colourway version of the hanky, for use as part of a season twenty-six outfit.

Part of this order included a couple of provisional hankies in the brown (see right), though the colour needs to be a tad warmer they are pretty good, but I will be revising the colour and reordering them shortly.

In the meantime I do have TWO of the brown hankies immediate dispatch, for the same US$20 price.
Get in touch if you want one of these.
If you are interested in buying a Seven Hat Bandana, please get in touch by emailing me at

Saturday 19 December 2009

Happy Christmas to all my readers!

You may have noticed that I recently added some hit counters to my sites, and I have been amazed as to how many readers I have out there!
When I started out I was writing it mainly for myself and one or two friends who knew I was about to make a new, and possibly ultimate, Tennant Coat.
From there my blogs have grown, and I never really knew how many cosplay enthusiasts were bothering to look.

Well, now I know it is more than just a few, I want to thank you all for taking the time to follow what I have been up to this year, and hope you will continue to see where I go in 2010.

I have pretty much written the last entry for 2009 (don’t worry, I’ll be back in January fired-up with ideas!) so all that remains now is to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
I wish to especially thank a few people for
their support this past year: 

Ramie for showing faith in my work

Lisa for aiding the breakthrough with the GAP trousers

Timelord25 for his faith in me to make him a new Five Coat

Seth for his invaluable input and eye for detail, giving me something to live up to

Finally Primrodo for being a sounding board for ideas and direction, and for the use of the image of his TARDIS,
which appears above

Monday 14 December 2009

Bonhams costume sale -
16th December 2009

This coming week there is another auction at Bonhams in Knightsbridge of Film and Entertainment memorabilia.
Amongst the James Bond and Beatles items (and Laurence Oliver’s costume from Richard III) are a number of original Doctor Who costumes.

There is small batch of further items form the Angels costumes archives, containing a couple of Doctor Who lots.

The, after a number of film posters and other memorabilia, there are six more Doctor Who lots, though this time not directly from Angels.
Star items amongst them is a full Tetrap costume from Time and The Rani.
Also on sale is a set of rehearsal scripts form Robots Of Death, which went unsold at the Bonham’s Auction on 16th June 2009, so anther chance to grab them if you meant to bid last time around.

The viewing is Sunday 13th and Monday 14th June, so I went on Monday and took some more detailed pictures, particularly of the Tetrap costumes.

In the meantime, below is a full list of the items on offer, taken from the online catalogue so they can be seen all together and long after the listing on Bonhams will have been removed.

I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Seventh Doctor era
Lot 164
Dr. Who: a complete Tetrap costume,
in moulded and painted foam latex covered in faux fur, net and tube wings and claws, on mannequin and stand, with certificate, approx. 108cm (78in) tall.

From the story, Time And The Rani, transmitted September 1987, this Tetrap is believed to be one of only two surviving complete examples of the monster.

Estimate: £4,000 - 4,500

Sunday 6 December 2009

Hat Bandana - detailed review

Having finished the first round of McCoy Bat Bandanas, I gathered some reviews and comments from my buyers, which you can read in the Customer Review entry.
Most were short comments and thanks, but by Nathan King stood out, being a more full review of the whole experience of buying the Hanky.
Here it is reproduced in full.
Steve Ricks Seven Hat Hanky
I recently ordered Steve Ricks’ Seven Hat Hanky, after reading his INTEREST THREAD on the forums.

Steve Ricks has a fantastic attention for detail.

On Thursday I received a stiff envelope – the kind you send photos in – the kind that has a resistance for bending in transit in the post. A high class envelope came in the mail with my address on it and a business card very snazzy =D.
Inside carefully folded in tissue paper was the Seven hat hanky – I tore through this tissue paper like a kid tears through his present wrappings on Christmas.

The material is light but strong. The pattern is expertly pieced together. It is a single side print handkerchief, but it works great for the costume. I compared the Bandanna to images of Sylvester McCoy on the BBC classic Doctor Who website and after experimenting with folding the Bandanna, discovered it matched with the original prop / hanky.

My costume needed the Seven Hat Hanky for that extra level of detail. Steve Ricks has expertly made a fine reproduction of the now out of print Smoker’s Handkerchief used back in 1987. Steve himself keeps you informed when your item ships out and keeps in touch to make sure your item arrives in a timely manner. (of course international mail takes longer  =P )

Attached to the hanky is a manufacturers label with the seal of Rassilon and washing instructions. I am quite pleased with my purchase. I am convinced that all well to do Time Lords make arrangements with Steve Ricks for their adventure apparel.

here are some preliminary photos:

some of you may remember my Lucky Seven costume

Above: cat approved!

Above: printed on fine cloth with stitched edges.

Left: great for cosplay!

Check this out – it really makes the costume!!
Compare with the link of my previous costume at the top!

Yes I look like a goof but it is clear that I'm having a good time. I may not have the right coat but it really completes the illusion! (Master beard not withstanding.)

Above: Measuring my hat so I can get a 5th Doctor hatband - steve has plans to make a 5th Doctor hat band I'm really looking forward to it.

This really is well made and a necessary addition to your Seventh Doctor Costume!!!
With thanks to Nathan for the fantastic review, and permission to reproduce it here with the pictures he took.
If you want to get on the next run of Seven Hat Banbana Hankies, drop me a line to