Summer Seminar Series
If you're looking to expand your cosplay knowledge, look no further! We've assembled some of the most talented creatives to film several instructional videos, from wig styling to patternmaking to leatherwork. We know you'll end this Summer strong and ready for a new challenge. View the talented creatives below and check back here for updated videos every Friday until July 30th.
Pros & Cons Cosplay
Con is the younger half of the cosplaying duo, Pros and Cons Cosplay. She is a multi-award winning cosplayer, judge, and contest director from the midwest who loves most elements of cosplay construction, but has a particular fondness for projects that involve weird construction techniques that require thinking outside the box. She also has a soft spot in her heart for wig styling. She is passionate about creating a more inclusive cosplay community through education, policy assessment, and advocacy for various marginalized communities.
Cruella de Vil Cruella de Vil, if she doesn't scare you...then wig styling shouldn't either! Join Con from Pros and Cons Cosplay as she teaches you how to style two Cruella de Vil looks, both using the same base wig!
Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay
Regan is one half of Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay, a cosplay couple who specializes in elaborate cosplays and detailed pop culture-based designs. She is a passionate craftsperson who is always pushing the envelope of cosplay to create new and more innovative outfits, including cosplay wigs! Larger than life wigs and wild designs are her specialty, and she loves sharing them through online tutorials as well as at conventions around the world. She's also gathered her wigcraft knowledge into her first published book - The Art of Extreme Wig Styling - which guides novices and masters alike through her favorite styling techniques! You can find more of her work at @cowbuttcrunchies on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.
Choosing the Right Wig for Your Project
Which wig base should you start with for a spiked updo? For a big braided undercut? What's reverse wefting and why does it matter? Start your wig styling out on the right foot as Regan of Cowbutt Crunchies gives a crash course in base wig construction, as well as her favorite starting styles that will help make your next project a breeze!
Victoria Bane is a DFW based cosplayer, creating costumes and wigs since 2002. She focuses on improving and honing each new skill she learns, as well as improving upon old ideas. Always eager to share knowledge, she creates tutorials along with her Cosmic Coterie teammates in order to spread the insight gained over the years and help everyone achieve their goals.
In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a support stub using a ponytail base wig. This technique can be used to create an attachment point for buns, ponytails and even twintails!
A cosplay veteran since 2004, Malindachan fell in love with Cosplay as a creative outlet and as a means to connect with others sharing her interests. Malinda especially loves sewing and wig styling, and you might be familiar with the numerous tutorials she's created for Arda Wigs. Malinda has been invited as a guest speaker and contest craftsmanship judge internationally including events such as Anime Central, Project A-kon, and MCM Comic Con. She's making her 100th self-crafted costume this year!
Patterning with Press n Seal
Whether you're sewing boot covers or crafting leg armor, Malinda has some patterning tips for making unique pieces custom-fitted for you!
Vivien Lee is a cosplayer, historical costumer, and vintage fashion enthusiast whose sewing experience and interests span many eras and genres including sci-fi, fantasy, 18th century, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, and every decade from the 1910s - 1950s. She loves the dedication and handwork found in historic clothing, the craftsmanship and attention to detail found in vintage fashion, and the storytelling and wow factor found in movie costumes. She is always happy to share what she made, how she made it, and how you can make it too on her blog, Instagram, and TikTok.
Vivien has been selected to be part of the Her Universe Fashion Show for Comic-Con@Home and we are so excited for her! If you would like to watch the fashion show and cheer on Vivien, make sure to visit the Comic Con website this Friday, July 23 at 5pm PST.
Whether you make historical costumes or cosplay, this video will go over some construction tips and tricks to make your finished outfit more polished. Let's talk about figuring out a pattern size, the importance of mockups, lining and flatlining for structure, making your seams look neat and clean, invisible stitching, and more. Sewing doesn't have to be scary, and little things can add up to a big effect in your final look!
Hi! I'm June! I've been working leather since 2013, and have been teaching myself to smith for the last several years. My interest in crafting started from a longing to make the things from my favorite stories real. I studied, and continue to do so, techniques of crafting used in the middle ages and renaissance to make my work as real as possible. Since I've started, not a day goes by that I don't try to improve my craft.
I will be showing leatherworking techniques including cutting, stitching, and tooling, as well as gilding with silver leaf, making use of historically accurate techniques, tools, and materials, wherever possible.