Steampunk, anime, comic, manga, or fantasy: some teens (and adults) love cosplay and are drawn to the world of costumed characters and imagined personas. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn basics of machine and hand sewing to create costume pieces.
This week, students will create a lined cape and vest from fabrics of their choice. Their sewing instructor is a professional seamstress, costume designer, and cosplayer, and she will help each student customize his/her cape to portray the genre or character they are interested in. She will assist each student in learning to embellish simple costume pieces for a more elaborate look.
Students will be asked to bring a portable sewing machine to class, and will learn about the components, attachments, and functions, along with care and use if their machines. They will begin with simple machine-stitching exercises before beginning their costume pieces. Students will also learn the basics of hand sewing, how to read and use a sewing pattern, and how to take measurements. The group will learn about hems, elastic, and closures and how/where to use them.
Students will need to bring a portable sewing machine, all fabrics, and supplies to the workshop. A list of fabric quantities/types and notions will be provided prior to the start of class. Storage will be provided for machines and supplies to remain overnight during the workshop week. A supply fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for patterns and materials that she is providing.