Eleventh Doctor “Scales” Waistcoat – Sewing Tutorial

Preliminary Notes

Welcome to the free OCD sewing tutorial for the 11th Doctor’s “scales” waistcoat!

This tutorial was primarily intended for use with the Tailors Gone Wild (formerly Bad Wolf Costumes) 11th Doctor “scales” waistcoat sewing pattern.

This project requires advanced sewing/tailoring skills and supplies; if you’re a beginner or novice sewer, I recommend practicing the techniques described in this tutorial to sharpen your skills beforehand.

And if you want to level up your sewing game, check out my Sewing Wizard Training!

I also highly recommend doing a muslin test (or two, or three), both to help determine any relevant sizing/fitting information and/or necessary alterations, and to help familiarize yourself with the construction process.

(If you’d like to learn more about the 11th Doctor’s waistcoats, check out my corresponding costume analysis.)


I’d like to thank Alex Murphy and Daniel Pawlik for tracking down the original “scales” waistcoat fabric and making it available to the Doctor Who costuming community.

I’d also like to thank Greg Hammond for researching other fabrics and supplies for this waistcoat, and offering these materials via his Etsy shop.

And finally, I want to especially thank my Ko-Fi supporters for helping me be able to produce sewing/costuming resources like this tutorial and share them online.

If you enjoy this sewing tutorial, please support my costume research on Ko-Fi. 🙂

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