Make a TARDIS Dress and Become a Time Machine

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It’s not easy to dress like a spaceship. Even the TARDIS from Doctor Who is too big and boxy to wear around for any length of time. You definitely could make one from cardboard, but there’s another way – turn the time machine into a dress! I’ve seen several versions of the TARDIS dress over the past few years, and Instructables user elfka has created a tutorial that will inspire you. She simply started with fabric and thread and a sewing machine that has a font embroidery feature. Here’s how she added the recognizable front panes of the TARDIS onto the dress:


For Tardis windows cut two rectangles of size 13cm x 16cm out of your white fabric.If you are curvy like me, you have to make darts on your windows. Pin corners of the rectangles to your dress, placing them just below the black part. Then gather the fabric on the sides to fit better on your breast. You need to do this on yourself, unless you have perfectly matching mannequin. Unpin and sew the darts. Pin again. Attach the windows by baste.


Then we need to make window frame wind black ribbon. First cut 4 pieces of the 16cm and 2 pieces of 13cm. Sew them on the windows inside – 4 vertical and 2 horizontal lines. Then cut 2 pieces of 60cm and sew on the frame and cover edges of white fabric. Your windows are ready.

Remember that if you want to create a TARDIS dress, you don’t have to exactly replicate this. And if you’re not into Doctor Who, apply the same thought process to the USS Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon. Pretty much anything can become a dress.

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  1. Please, could you add attribution to the original blog post on

  2. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Amy Ratcliffe

    You’re welcome!

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