What’s The Plural Of ‘Tardis’?

Madamoiselle Tialys the elder has now left to go back to University in the U.K.

I am pleased to get my workroom back to myself but I don’t think I’m going to enjoy myself quite so much.  Having persuaded me to fork out a small fortune on postage to get this fabric from the U.S., she was determined to get the most out of a metre.

(Just pointing out,  for those of you who don’t know about Dr. Who and his time machine that looks like an old fashioned British police telephone box – or ‘the tardis’ as it is known to us Whovians – that is the design on the fabric.)

Tardis Skirt

Tardis Project 1

Dr. Who Phone CoverTardis Project 2

Tardis HairbowTardis Project 3

Dr. Who Bandana BibTardis Project 4 (plus we had just enough over to get another bandana bib out of it

Not bad for a metre of fabric and, because she has proved her addiction  dedication to the delights of sewing, a Janome sewing machine is winging its way to her appartment as we speak.

Now, does anybody know the plural of Tardis?  Tardises? or, my preference, Tardi?  Or, being only one of them in the entire universe – as far as we know – can it be said that no plural exists?

Meanwhile, I’m inching reluctantly back towards the rather more grown up and down to earth by making a skater dress for Mlle. Tialys the younger.  She has a thing for  roses at the moment, preferably partnered with skulls but she’ll have to make do with polka dots this time.  I downloaded this pattern from Kitschy Coo and, after having a playschool hour or so cutting it out and taping it together, I have semi-assembled the bodice for fit but we can’t decide on cap, 3/4 or long sleeves.


If it turns out well, I’m going to make one for myself in a Liberty print jersey and I’ve already decided on 3/4 length sleeves for mine.   Hmm…..back to normality.

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  1. #1 by Jan Marriott on September 8, 2013 - 15:19

    wonderful what you can do with a metre.

    • #2 by tialys on September 8, 2013 - 15:29

      Especially when you have to pay international shipping!

  2. #3 by trash on September 8, 2013 - 15:21

    No, no. There have always been more than one but they all look different. I think in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the plural is Tardises.

  3. #4 by tialys on September 8, 2013 - 15:33

    Aaaargh! I knew it would be dangerous to comment on anything to do with Dr. Who. For I have now, despite watching it on and off (depending on who was playing the Dr.) for the past 100 years, revealed myself to be not a real Whovian at all but an occasional saturday night watcher and open to correction, derision and even,potentially, some abuse from the genuine article.
    (I still prefer ‘Tardi’)

    • #5 by trash on September 10, 2013 - 10:11

      A real Whovian would never offer abuse or derision, simply a sharing of knowledge because as the Doctor says “Books are the best weapons.” 🙂

      • #6 by tialys on September 10, 2013 - 11:15

        So true – the Doctor is very wise. Thanks for sharing.

  4. #7 by Sew2pro on September 8, 2013 - 17:09

    Cute fabric!! Is it like the Tardis itself; appears small but once you delve, there’s more than met the eye?!

  5. #8 by Frivolous Monsters on September 8, 2013 - 17:44

    According to Wikipedia, which I agree with, it’s TARDISes. TARDIS being an acronym!

    • #9 by tialys on September 8, 2013 - 19:24

      I knew you would know!

  6. #10 by Wendz on September 9, 2013 - 20:39

    I only watched Dr Who with David Tennant because I like him. But how I love the idea of a tardis!! I wish I could have one – or something like it. Imagine stepping into a box and going off someplace else – I think my first stop would be 1955 and I’d snap up all the cool mid-century stuff I love so much. Then I’d go back to 1992 and not meet my ex – I’d run in the opposite direction. 🙂

    Your dressmaking makes me think of my Mum and me when I was at Uni – I would issue detailed instructions of what I wanted and she always came up trumps….mixing patterns to get the right look….she was (is) very clever and talented. I had some fabulous clothes back then, all handmade to fit me. Spoiled or what! (How I used to moan at her for pricking me with pins when she was doing a fitting…shame on me.)

    Lovely fabric, that roses one – oh to be young enough to carry that off. 🙂

  7. #11 by tialys on September 9, 2013 - 21:33

    I think everyone’s probably got somebody they wish they’d never met but then, if you hadn’t met your ex, it would mean that certain things that happened after that – which you were happy about – wouldn’t have happened either.* Which is the way I try to think about things in my past that I regret doing.
    Great memories of your ‘made to measure’ uni days – I hope there are lots of photos!

    * Translation from the waffle:- It’s fate.

  8. #12 by Zoe on September 10, 2013 - 07:39

    Love the tardis projects and the floral fabric you chose for the skater dress. The pattern wuold look amazing in a liberty jersey, do it! 🙂

  9. #13 by tialys on September 10, 2013 - 09:07

    I will Zoe but I must remember to wash the fabric first this time because I didn’t do it with the rose jersey and now I’m a little scared as the dress is finished, a fitting has been done and there is not much room for shrinkage.

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