Introduction: Doctor Who Dalek Dress

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So, you want to be a Dalek, huh? Besides an unyielding desire to exterminate all humans, here's what you'll need:
-Black felt.
-A silver dress (since Daleks come in so many colors, you can get pretty much any dress you want. I got a silver one. I could not even attempt to make my own dress).
-32 or so plastic Easter eggs.
-Spray paint that sticks to plastic.
-Somewhere to spray paint things (I used my old creepy basement).
-One giant quilting pin.
-Needle and thread.
-A plunger.
-A whisk.
-Black leggings (optional).
-Black boots.

Step 1: Make Sure Your Dress Is Straight.

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I bought my dress cheap, it had all this flowery gunk and pick-ups on it. I tore those out, gently. Then I ironed it.

Step 2: Poke Holes in Your Easter Eggs.

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You're going to have to throw away half of the easter eggs you bought. It's heartbreaking, but you will have no use for the top portions. You only want to use the sweet sweet semi-sphere that is the bottom half of the easter egg.

Use that giant quilting pin I told you about earlier and poke two holes on opposite sides of the easter eggs.

Oh yeah, I put duct tape on the undersides of the semi-spheres because they came with holes in them, which annoyed the crap out of me. Anyway, the duct tape didn't help/hinder anything so pay no attention to that.

Step 3: Spray Paint

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So, I got some Krylon brand spray paint, I think someone huffed one of my cans before I purchased it because it didn't want to spray. Anyway, I have no idea why, but I painted the eggs black first, I guess to be consistent. After they dried I painted them blue, more specifically I painted them Krylon Fusion for Plastic Peekaboo Blue. I let those dry for a week, then I re-poked the holes in them just to make sure they were wide enough.

Also, spray paint the plunger handle silver, make sure not to paint the black part. My plunger unscrewed from the handle so it was easy, though I'm sure you could cover the plunger part with plastic and tape and that would work.

Step 4: Sew the Easter Eggs Onto the Dress.

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My dress was insanely difficult to work with. Because it had the pick-ups in it, it had two layers, which made sewing on the eggs extremely tedious and annoying. Just use those holes you poked into them to run thread through and tie it off, easy. Took me about 5 hours for all 32 semi-spheres and I'm bad at sewing.

Step 5: The Felt

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To make the Dalek "grill" on top I got black felt. I thought the adhesive kind would make things easier, but it didn't really. I cut the felt to the size I needed and sewed the corners.

I have yet to make the headpiece. I intended to use tiny dixie cups, blue acrylic paint, and blue yarn to attach the cups to the headband. And there you have it, your plot to exterminate all humans is that much closer to becoming reality.


lightsabersister6 (author)2014-01-04

Where did you get your dress from? Like i really want to do this in red, because i have a hat that looks like a red dalek's head, but I'm having trouble finding a good red dress, and since yours is perfect for this, i thought maybe i could just buy a red one, if they make it. Btw, i think this is really awesome if that wasn't implied.

I'm sorry I didn't see your comment sooner! I got my dress at Forever21, but it was about 3 years ago so I don't think they sell it anymore. You might be able to find something there that's similar, though, and they're pretty inexpensive so you won't mind altering it.

julialam (author)2012-10-26

what does the back look like? do you have to sit on the...eggs?

Valentra (author)julialam2012-10-26

Good question. :) You can kind of see the "eggs" in the last picture on my back. They went all the way around and down... Since I had leggings on, I'd just hike it up to sit down.

julialam (author)Valentra2012-10-27

okay thank you :)

Rufda Camen (author)2011-10-30

Nice model!!!! I'm fall in love!! =P

allyefaithful (author)2011-10-29

You are absolutely brilliant! I believe I have just had a Nerdgasm.
... I think I may have fallen in love...

dawn61817 (author)2011-10-26

Awesome! I love The Doctor and you did a great job. Very creative!

Valentra (author)dawn618172011-10-28

Thank you, I really appreciate it :)

NightElectric (author)2011-10-23


I love this dress.

Valentra (author)NightElectric2011-10-24

LOL! Thank you :)

sredmon (author)2011-10-08

I love this idea, I'll have to try it sometime :)

Valentra (author)sredmon2011-10-24

Thanks! You should! I think it's a decent template to work off of. :)

hula monkey (author)2011-09-26

So funny! Love it!

Valentra (author)hula monkey2011-09-29

Thank you, I try! :)

vhitch (author)2011-08-27

Awesome job! I'll have to do this for Halloween. Would do it for DragonCon, but I've got too many other costumes I'm currently working on, hehe.

Valentra (author)vhitch2011-09-12

Thanks so much! Please let me know how it goes if you make it, I would love to see other versions :-D

sgelatka (author)2011-08-31

OMG! i just found this, my friend and i are going to be daleks for halloween this year and we needed a template! this is the easiest one so far--it doesnt need a sewing machine (mine's broken)--and its cheap!! the only issue is finding easter eggs, but i bet we could just use those cheap styrofoam balls they have at walmart. thanks!

Valentra (author)sgelatka2011-09-12

It was super easy to make. I bought my easter eggs online, so that's an option for you. I was thinking about using the styrofoam balls, but I didn't want them to look pockmarked from the spray paint. I'm glad my instructable could help you out, let me know how it goes!

Sawowie XD (author)2011-07-26

wow this is amazing i might consider making it for my dr who obsessed friend...
its my goal in life to watch all still existant episodes of dr who love it so much

Valentra (author)Sawowie XD2011-07-26

Thanks! If I was going to do it over again there's a lot that I would clean up about it and add. Please let me know if you make it, I'd love to know how it goes!

justjimAZ (author)2011-07-19

Good luck in the contest!

Valentra (author)justjimAZ2011-07-20

Thanks, you too!

Doldrum (author)2011-07-11

EXTERMINATE!!! That's awesome... i wanted to go as a dalek for halloween last year but didn't want to go walking around in a big box... this is a much classier way to go! Great instructable!

Valentra (author)Doldrum2011-07-11

Thank you! I think it's a lot more comfortable than wearing a cardboard box, lol.

Silvester10528 (author)2011-06-26

Too cool!!!

It's so nice seeing younger people enjoying this show!!

Valentra (author)Silvester105282011-06-26

Thank you! I love Doctor Who, I'm thinking of making a Tardis dress.

dreamberry (author)Valentra2011-06-30

Yes do make a TARDIS dress. That would be choice. Your Dalek dress rocks! I bet you have to fight the boys off with a stick?

Valentra (author)dreamberry2011-07-03

Thank you so much! I'll try to make my tardis dress cleaner than this one is. Lol, haven't had to fight any boys off yet.

TheGeekFather (author)Valentra2011-06-29

Following. Please do make a TARDIS Dress.

Younger people? We got my whole family enjoying it. From my 70 something year old grandmother to my 10 year old sister. and all ages in between.

That's awesome!!
I started watching in the Tom Baker years (1980's) and have made it a point to go back and watch the older stuff too - it's cheesy and hard to watch some times, but still pretty good.

TheStott (author)2011-07-02

looks kinda goofy i don't really see the point but good job

Valentra (author)TheStott2011-07-02

What's the point of any costume? To dress up. But thanks.

Dude-nice-job (author)Valentra2011-07-02

i mean like its good and everything but could you make a mask for it

TheGeekFather (author)2011-06-29

I would totally wear that at a con. And I'm a bald chubby male geek who DOESN'T cross dress

Valentra (author)TheGeekFather2011-06-30

lol, you're awesome! I wanted to wear it to a con.

TheGeekFather (author)Valentra2011-07-01

You should.

adam 101 (author)2011-06-27

(cue laser sound effect)
(PS this would be a great place to add soft circuits)

Valentra (author)adam 1012011-06-28

Where can you get soft circuits?

adam 101 (author)Valentra2011-06-28

start here (

and then here (

also check out the LilyPad Arduino here (

While the lilypad might be overkill (disclaimer, I have never used it) checking out other projects that use it will give you an idea of what is going on

Valentra (author)adam 1012011-06-28

Wow, thank you so much!

steampunk_rocker (author)2011-06-27

My roommate made herself a Dalek dress for the Halloween before last, but it was a lot different from this one. It's cool to see the different ways of achieving the same sort of costume. :D

Yeah, I had a lot of different ideas for this dress, other versions involved a lot more sewing and I don't have a sewing machine so that would have been a pain in my butt.

What did your roommates look like, if you don't mind me asking?

mikeb270 (author)2011-06-27

Thought they were called DARLEKS NOT DALEKS

Valentra (author)mikeb2702011-06-27

lol, they're most certainly called Daleks. The ones I copied were from this movie: Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 AD. It's a pretty corny old movie, but I enjoyed it.

Gnara (author)2011-06-26

I have to say, I love you
Ive been Searching all over the internet, and you're the only one i believe on Instructable.
Ive been trying to think of Costume ideas for the next Sci-Fi convention that comes to town.

Your dress is AWESOME!

Valentra (author)Gnara2011-06-27

Thanks so much, let me know how it goes if you decide to do this costume!

ryanmercer (author)2011-06-26

Brilliant, I love it!

Valentra (author)ryanmercer2011-06-27

Thank you! I'm glad people like it!

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