I’ve seen a bit of online discussion about a new version of the Sixth Doctor Frock Coat which has been made by one of the Far Eastern cosplay costume makers.
So I thought I’d take a look and give my opinion, for what it’s worth.
Cloth Ears made a premium coat for a while, and Honest Dragon catered for the those with a tighter wallet.
My own offering is distinctly only for the discerning cosplayer.
Even some amateur tailors have had a go, with varying levels of success.
Now Hello Cosplay have entered the market with another addition to the cheaper options, but one which in my mind stand well above the other options in the same price bracket.
With a price tag of US$129.99 I’m not setting my expectation too high, but in many regards I have been pleasantly surprised.
The lapels hang well from collar to hem.
The pattern, however, does leave a a fair bit to be desired.
The natural waistline is several inches too high, which throws out the proportion between the upper and lower sections of the coat.
The skirt should be about 65-45% of the overall height of the coat.
They should strictly be limited to the width of the purple and peach side panels.
Though it’s a shame they can’t make the left and right hand cuffs the same height!
Look closely and you can see the left has seven stripes but the right has EIGHT!
The extra width at the base of this (covered by the button strap) flows through to the skirt below, making these panels too wide as well and quite cartoon-like.
The buttons on the back aren’t a bad choice - they are sort of the right colour and size, but are four-hole rather than shanked.
They are cut far too angular and this makes them very wide towards the top creating a large block of colour.
The gorge is a bit high, but the way the collar and lapel meet works well, something where others have badly tripped up.
Knowing the fourteen fabrics well, I can see where they have done a good job on matching (Red, Purple, Yellow) where they have found a borderline near match (Green, Peach, Pinks) and where they have used a will-do (Red Tartan, Checked Collar, Applique Strip).
These latter ones, although not remotely screen-accurate, have a good saturation of colour which can never be achieved through short-run printed fabrics.
In my view this makes the coat better than anything Honest Dragon produced, and far exceeds every amateur tailor’s effort, so for the US$129.99 it is good value for the money.