Friday 25 October 2013

One MILLION hits!

This week was a bit of a landmark day for this blog - I have passed the 1,000,000 hit!!!!

Since I started my first blog for my Tennant Coat back in March 2009, I didn’t know where things would lead.
I started covering costumes for other Doctors, and soon had to spin them out into other parallel blogs.

Before long I had NINE costume streams – all covering my various clothing endeavours!

The blog you are reading has proved by far to be the most popular and read – the 1,000,000 hits is testament to that. But what it doesn’t really reveal is the daily hit-rate I have been having.

Sunday 20 October 2013

AbbyShot Cashmere Frock Coat -
now pre-orders

Following on from their preview pictures, I see that AbbyShot are now taking pre-orders for their version of the Eleventh Doctor’s Cashmere Frock Coat.

Eleventh Doctor Purple Frock Coat

Ladies Eleventh Doctor Purple Coat

Wednesday 16 October 2013

AbbyShot frock coat - more preview pics

This week AbbyShot have released some more preview pictures of their upcoming Matt Smith Frock Coat.

This time we get to see the front and a three-quarter side view.

My initial impression is that it looks a bit broad and the lapels feel a little large.

The colour of the fabric looks great, as does the corduroy collar.

I’m in two minds about the coat after seeing these pictures.

The overall shape of the coat looks pretty good, but a lot of the details - and there aren’t many - do look a bit off in one way or another.

But once worn in a complete costume it would look great - especially since the fabric has been, for one, well matched.

The biggest surprise in the photos released is that there is a ladies version coming as well!
Cashmere Frock Coat - Ladies version
The photos of the ladies version of the Cashmere Frock Coat look pretty good too, and I can see what they have done to adapt the pattern for a more feminine form.

Ironically this version has a better waisted shape compared to the male version, but the was it level is too low.

If you look at the back of the coat, the top of the split is exactly halfway down the back.
The back of a well cut frock coat has the split above the halfway level, to about a 55/45% proportion.

Given the number of email I get from female fans looking for costumes to fit them, I can see AbbyShot doing surprisingly well with this coat.

It sounds like they will have the coats available in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, so I look forward to seeing them there.

Thursday 10 October 2013

AbbyShot frock coat - sneak peak

One of my readers has sent me a sneak peek photo of the upcoming AbbyShot cashmere frock coat.

All it shows is the back, but from what it shows it looks pretty good.

If I was to be picky the cuffs aren't vented and the back split is too high, but the main hurdle - the fabric - looks like a good match to the original.

It is certainly strides ahead of the amateur effort being offered from China, and out classes the cheap (but sold dear) choice of material from Magnoli Clothiers.

We await a view of the front, so I reserve judgement until that is revealed. But in the meantime, looking good!