Mom makes epic Doctor Who costume for disabled son

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Jun 26, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT

Everybody wants to be the Doctor, but unfortunately Matt Smith's trademark tweed jacket doesn't come in everyone's size. Fortunately for this kid, he's got a crafty mom who found a way to fashion an Eleventh Doctor jacket that fits him perfectly, and she even fashioned his wheelchair into a sweet TARDIS.

Blogger Reese Dixon (the pen name of writer and mother Tresa Edmunds) wanted to create an Eleventh Doctor Halloween costume for her son, Atti, but couldn't find the necessary jacket in his size. So she decided that rather than buy one, she'd make one.

"I searched from one end of the internet to the other, and I only found one, incredibly expensive, designer blazer that I couldn't rationalize, no matter how cute it was. And I couldn't really stomach the thought of making a blazer from scratch with all those time consuming tailored details, only to have Atti grow out of it in a few months. So a wardrobe refashion was my only option."

Dixon picked up an adult-sized tweed jacket at a thrift store, washed it to get the starch out, then began trimming up the fabric to match the size of a jacket she knew Atti could wear. She also stripped out much of the padding on the inside to make the jacket more flexible, and resized and moved the pockets and shifted the lapel to make it look more like the Doctor's. Add in a cool bow tie and you've got an adorable little Time Lord costume.

But that's not all. Atti has cerebral palsy, which means a wheelchair is an unfortunate necessity for him. But for this costume, that wheelchair became something much, much more. After all, no Time Lord is complete without his TARDIS, and now Atti can wheel himself through time as well as space. Pretty cool, huh? And what's even cooler is that it seems like the project was as much fun for Dixon as it was for her son.

"You might be able to tell from this tutorial, but I was super relaxed about this project," Dixon wrote. "It being for a Halloween costume gave me that license, but I was really glad I took it easy instead of fussing over every little measurement. On a grown-up this slapped together blazer would look horrible, but on a little kid it couldn't be cuter. Kid's clothes shouldn't be fussy anyway, I think a non-fussy approach to a very traditional blazer may just make the cutest thing I've ever put on my little guy."

To see the full step-by-step process for making the jacket, head over to Dixon's blog.

(Via Reese Dixon)