This weekend, and I will be at Ohayocon! We'll be hanging around with Kojika ( ) and Yoruichi ( www.facebook.com/yoruichi25 ) for most of the weekend doing cosplay groups off and on, so if you spot us, do say hello!
I won't be in the artist alley, but I will be helping Samaru with some cosplay panels. Here's the lineup and panel descriptions:
After the Sewing-Friday 7PM
Costume is on, wig is secure! Now what? Join Sanddiver Studios as we talk about ways to make the most of your cosplay experience. We’ll help you come up with dynamic poses that fit your character and look good on camera. Masquerade participants will learn how to show their costumes off to the judges, as well as what *not* to say in the judging room! We’ll also endow you with Mad Cosplay Survival Skillz so you can do battle with the fearsome Wardrobe Malfunction no matter when it appears.
Costume Construction Basics-Saturday 10AM
Don’t know a button from a bobbin? Convinced the sewing machine is just waiting to pounce when your back is turned? Never fear! In this panel, Sanddiver Studios will introduce you to the fundamentals of sewing. We’ll cover basic terminology, explore the anatomy of the sewing machine, discuss fabric selection (step away from the costume satin!), and offer suggestions for choosing a pattern. No sewing experience required!
Sewing Men's Clothing-Sunday 12PM
Are you a male cosplayer or a woman who wants to crossplay? Join Samaru as he surveys the basics of sewing with a special emphasis on constructing men’s garments. Learn what patterns are available for men, what makes a piece of clothing ‘masculine’ to begin with, and why exactly men’s shirts and women’s shirts button from opposite sides. We’ll look at everything from standard school uniform pieces to Victorian waistcoats. This panel will also touch on the essentials of female-to-male crossplay.