Several times a year I have the privilege to help out with costume contests (as a judge and helping hand); this C&E I had the honour of judging with some amazing ladies, mainly Catherine Jones of God Save the Queen Fashions. I have admired her work for years, and she inspired me to start my own costuming business, so spending time with her was pretty amazing.
Having said that, by the time these photos were taken I had been in that costume and makeup for no less than 9 hours, in something like 30 degree heat. I’m still amazed that nothing melted off, and all my latex stayed firmly attached. I guess there’s something to be said about practice and experience here, haha.
I am once again hosting Sewing with Stretch: A Superhero’s Guide at Cos & Effect 2013!
It will take place on Friday August 9th at 12:00pm in Panel Room 1 (SUB Room 214/216) and features added content and a hands-on component!
With the popularity of superhero movies and western comics, there is an increasing demand for skin-tight costumes; this panel will teach you how to sew with stretch fabrics on any type of budget and with any equipment. I will cover pattern selection, fabric selection, notions, and many more topics.
Come see how simple it really is, and face all your stretchy fears!
Following the panel, you will have an opportunity to try the stitches and methods discussed on a selection of sewing machines, to create samples for you to take home.
Make sure to bring a notebook, you will want to take notes!
The photoshoot on Saturday is again from 3:30-4:30, at the good old clocktower. The event, with the map included, is right here!
We also have some Vanstuckers in the Costume Contest, which starts at 6:00, and goes til 9:00, so if you have nothing to do, you can always go and show them your support!
On Sunday, we have our super excellent BRING ON YEAR THREE party, again at the clocktower, at 12:00, and we’ll be there as long as people wanna stay (probably til around 1:00, 1:30). That isn’t just a photoshoot, it’s a picnic, there’s a prize draw, people bring their sketchbooks and draw awesome things… It’s gonna be swell, don’t miss it!
And then, at 2:00 in the Chill Out room, we are going to BUILD CAN TOWN. We’re going to have boxes in the Chill Out room all weekend for donations in terms of food and other non-perishables, and at two on Sunday everyone is welcome to go in and help build it into a super awesome Can Town! We’ll build the thing, take some photos, and at the end it will all get packed up and donated to the food bank! It’s a great chance to show how awesome our fandom can be, so if you have a can of that soup you don’t really like or you accidentally bought too many Tabs, drop some into the donation box, okay?
That sums up the Homestuck events for C&E! A few general notes, though.
PLEASE. No going into the fountains at either photoshoot location. Respect them, and the rest of the grounds as well. Remember that we are visitors here, and treat it as such.
PAINT is also that comes up, when we start talking about respecting the venue. Some people paint up in bathrooms, and that’s totally okay! If they clean up after themselves. This is so important, guys. There’s no harm done if there’s no mess left, so take that extra minute and wipe down the sink and counter. And seal your paint! It’s probably gonna be hot, so keep your sealant in your bag, if you need to, even.
Respect the other cosplayers and congoers as well!
And of course, respect each other. This is very basic stuff, but conventions can be exciting and stressful places, and it’s easy to forget. So here’s a reminder: Conventions can be an escape from your regular lives, but that doesn’t mean that the same rules don’t apply. Don’t touch others without permission, no matter what relationship the character they’re cosplaying has with your character. Ask to take photos first, too! You’ll end up with nicer photos that way, anyway.
Remember that the friendleaders are there for you, and if something happens that concerns you, come tell us, or a convention staff member/volunteer. Also, whether you’re nervous or upset or just a little lost, if you find or stumble upon a group of Vanstucks, they can probably help you out if you just ask. :)
It’s going to be an AWESOME weekend, and we can’t wait to see you all.