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Sunday, June 1 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Beginners Guide to Cosplay Sewing

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Been dying to get into Cosplay, but you’ve never sewed a stitch in your life and don’t know where to start? Got a few costumes under your belt but you need some tips and tricks to take your work to the next level? Join costumer and seamstress Rose Hipps as she walks you through some essential costuming information for beginners, such as:

Taking your measurements – the foundation of any well fitted garment. Lots of people struggle with altering clothing or patterns to fit them properly. Having accurate measurements can speed up the process and help you get the best results every time, right from the beginning of the project, and is also very important when purchasing or commissioning items from other crafters.

Learn to analyze source material to look for material clues as well as identify basic garment shapes.
Is that shiny bit in your research image satin or pvc? Is that a circle skirt? or is it gored? pleated or gathered? Learning to see these shapes can speed the process when developing your patterns and help you avoid wasted materials.

Get some basic sewing tips on fitting, fasteners and finishing.
These three things can make your break your costume and are often the ones beginner costumers struggle with the most. Learn tricks to fit the garment to your body with or  without a helper, learn to plan head for fastening and gets tips on how to apply zippers, hooks and snaps properly and how to make your garments look just as great on the inside as the outside.

Learn to use your google-fu and walk away with a master resource list to get you started on your next project.
The internet is a wonderful resource for beginners, with a wealth of suppliers, tutorials and other information which can sometimes seem overwhelming. We’ll cover favorite resources for a variety of areas such as armour, historical garments, corsetry and supplies.

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Rose Hipps

Rose learned to love costumes at a young age, going to living history sites and reenactments with her family. Her love of historical clothing and costumes lead her to pursue a career in the world of theatrical costuming. She earned a BFA in Costume Design from College of Santa Fe (now The Santa Fe University of Art and Design) and went on to work in regional theatre for several years before moving back to her hometown of Bloomington, IN and... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center