Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton


A Tale of Two Doctors, Part 9- Shoulder pads and lining

I’m currently tailoring a jacket that isn’t going so well, so here’s a tutorial to perk me up about costumes!

Onward to inserting the lining!


Best Sewing Trick of 2015!

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If you load your bobbin with embroidery thread, and sew from behind you can sew couching on machine in a fraction of the time by hand.


I found this while (being the exciting person I am) I was watching brother foot attachment videos. You don’t need to buy anything new to do this, just watch this video for more details


A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 7-Collar and lapels


Time to add those classic collar pieces!


A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 6- Canvas, horsehair and pad stitching.



I’ve always wanted to do the fancy tailoring thing where you use a pick stitch to roll the lapel and get a smooth curve- well here it is!


A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 5- Pockets that are bigger on the inside

coat tabs


A bit of research later and turns out the back thingy on coats is called a tab- yet another thing to add to my name sake!

Now it’s time to make the pocket lining- an an opportunity to make some huge, decent sized pockets that you can actually fit useful things inside. A pet peeve of mine is fake pockets, or even worse pockets so tiny that you can’t even fit a standard phone inside.




A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 4, Pockets and the Mystery Back Piece…

So, time to make those pretty pocket pieces!



I cut some dark felt out to help line the spoon flower fabric and give it more weight.


Now the secret of this task- invisible hem tape! I used it to iron the check, felt and lining layers all together in a sandwich of power.


A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 3, The Master Coat Cutting


The mock up came back from the customer- we had some issues on the arm placement and the back needed to come in a bit so I made some adjustments then started scribbling! Labelling is super important for this project or you’ll just get lost in a sea of slightly triangular pattern pieces.




A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 2, the pattern

Now onto the pattern! Some of these fabrics are really expensive so I needed to make sure the coat fit properly. This is the epic tale of scaling the pattern up to the commissioners size and constructing it in linen. I chose linen because I’d be using that as the support lining for the flimsier bits of fabric and would give me a good idea of fit and a great surface to write on!

I started with a burda 2471 and massacred it. I bought a bunch of these a few years back for a set of Full Metal Alchemist uniforms I made so I happen to have one cut to most men’s sizes. Here I’m working with a 38″ chest and someone about 5’8″.



I joined the seams up to create a back panel, moving the shoulder seam to a more normal place. To be honest it would have been easier to start from scratch but WHATEVER, let me have my weird ways.


I then split the back panel and removed a slither at the waist. I think it’s important that a man’s coat is tailored to show off his… assets.

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The magical world of pinning a concave curve to a convex one. The key seems to be to have the convex curved piece on the bottom and pin

the concave (one that curves in) on top, using many, many pins to gather it.


Ironing this is extremely satisfying. You can clip the seam to reduce the bulk but I think that weakens the seam and I didn’t want to risk fraying here.


This back is a tailors dream, seriously.


A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 1, the research.

I still make costumes, I promise! Things have been busy what with house viewings and packing, but I’ve still been making things behind the scenes.



This project is the last commission I took on before closing down ready for moving. But why a Tale of Two Doctors? Well that’s because my dearest chum Christian is a massive Dr Who fan, and has always wanted a 6th Doctor Coat. So while I make a coat for this commissioner, Christian will be making his own coat, using slightly simpler techniques.


Christian and I wearing our Blackadder costumes- Christian’s first ever sewing project!

We’re going to call them the Master and Apprentice coat, with tutorials for both. But first, the most important part of costume making- the research and fabric finding!


Commissions Currently Closed!

Thank you everyone for your interest, but unfortunately I’m closing down my commission service for now as I’m getting ready to move house and won’t have a workshop during the move period. I’ll let you know if I plan to open up again but right now I’m focusing on comic work.

I’ve taking lots of great progress photos during recent sewing work though so you’ll still see tutorials popping up on here occasionally!

How to make a loki costume- tutorial round up!

Here’s a round up of all the How to build a Loki tutorials:

How to make a loki costume part 14- Add a pocket!
How to make a loki costume part 13- Armour attatchments
How to make a loki costume part 12- Dat Coat
How to make a loki costume part 11- Tunic (aka the chronicles of hand sewing)
How to make a loki costume part 10- Shoulder plate
How to make a Loki costume part 9- Arm Guards
How to make a loki costume part 8- Strap Armour.
How to make a Loki costume part 7- Chest and wrist armour
How to make a Loki costume part 6- Trousers
How to make a Loki costume part 5- Leg scales
How to make a loki costume part 4- Begin the flaps.
How to make a Loki costume part 3- Materials
How to make a Loki Costume Part 2- Mock up a pattern
How to make a Loki Costume Part 1- References


Go forth and make!

How to make a loki costume part 14- Add a pocket!

And now for the final and most important step- adding a damn pocket! This costume has to be worn by a real human person with human needs so a little trademark of mine is to always add at least one pocket that can fit a phone and some money.

This is a hand sewing technique that you can use to add a welted pocket inside any garment- it’s easier if you do it before the coat is constructed, but welp I forgot so here you go.



First I grab a rectangle of stiff fabric and back stitch a slim rectangle in the middle. This will become the pocket opening so make sure it’s big enough! When that’s done you cut a slit down the middle and poke the rectangle inwards through the hole, making a slit for you to apply the pocket to.



Sewing in the pocket lining!





Finishing off the other side. I’m using something called ladder stitch here which is basically an invisible running stitch. I occasionally chuck in a back stitch here and there to keep it secure.








Then the whole lot gets packed up and sent to the lovely person who commissioned me. Now onto the next one!

How to make a loki costume part 13- Armour attatchments

Had an awesome time in Norway at BANZAICON! (despite missing our flight and having to take an emergency ferry!) Over there I did a panel on how I built the loki costume which reminded me to get finishing on this tutorial!

Sometimes the hardest part of making armour is figuring out how to attach it to yourself. Here’s what I did with mine:



How to make a loki costume part 12- Dat Coat



Here’s how the coat came together step by step:


How to make a loki costume part 11- Tunic (aka the chronicles of hand sewing)

Long post is long-  Here’s the breakdown of how I made the tunic for Loki.

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Amazing beehive wig tutorial!

It’s busy busy busy at Haus Khaos as I’m working on costumes for an upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance- in the meantime here’s an amazing tutorial for a georgian wig that I could have used last year:

1770s Pouf Wig Tutorial


How to make a loki costume part 10- Shoulder plate

Phew! I Hope everyone has had a wonderful holidays- I’ve had a couple of requests for continuing the loki tutorials so here we go!

Loki shoulder copy

Here’s the template for the shoulder plate if you want to play along- If you do end up using my template then I’d appreciate a link back to me and I’d love to see what you make!



How to make a plugsuit part 6- Glowy chest orb



Okay, so as part of the plugsuit I needed a nice glowy orb to go on the chest. You could just do this with a red christmas bauble, but here’s the technique for casting in resin and adding a LED.


How to make a Plugsuit part 5- Lycra armour

Lyrcra armour is very simple, all you need is lycra, scissors, some glue and a breather so the glue doesn’t kill you.




How to make a plugsuit part 4- legs and arms made of hundreds of squares arrrg

Poll results are in! Time to make some plug suit : D


Here are the previous tutorials in this series

How to make a plug suit part 3- F**king shoes
How to make a Plugsuit Side tutorial- Skin tight gloves
How to make a plug suit Part 2- Armour/Plugs
How to make a Plug Suit Part 1- Mock Up

Here’s how I made these beautiful skin tight legs.



Prince George Roundup post

Finally got around to updating the Prince George Gallery and rounding up all the tutorials. It also includes a video of Christian and I making tits of ourselves on stage. Check it out here:

Prince George and Blackadder


And here’s the tutorial list:

Path to Princedom 7- Shoes and Final finishing touches!
The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat.
The Path to Princedom Part 5- Two Wig wonder
The Path to Princedom 4- Authentic Shirt
The Path to Princedom part 3- Fantastic Waistcoat!
The Path to Princedom Part 2- Enormous Trousers
The Path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials


This brings up the question of what tutorial I should update next. What do you think?

What tutorial should I update next? free polls 

Path to Princedom 7- Shoes and Final finishing touches!

Sexy shoe time!




The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat.


And now the most complex part of the costume broken down- the COAT.


The Path to Princedom Part 5- Two Wig wonder


Here’s the story of how I finally arrived at this wig- I think every project has a moment where everything goes wrong and you have to go cry in a corner for a little while. This wig was mine.