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Published October 31, 2018

This week we shrug off the mundane and go geek for fashion and role-play as we talk about cosplay! Get sucked into a world of fantasy, makers, and something that definitely goes beyond “dressing up.”

Guests: Kell from

00:00 What is cosplay and why do it?
04:36 What is the sewing/cloth process like for cosplay?
09:08 A little background on Kell!
10:38 New to cosplay and sewing? Here are tips, tricks, and general encouragement!
17:51 The tangled question of hair and make-up…
19:23 Kell’s favorite’s from her cosplay closet and her experience with maker builds and props.
24:00 Cosplay history and community (& a little sidetrack on sewing…)
27:47 Sewing specific tips & tricks for newbs, including making your costume more comfortable!
30:21 A few thoughts on what’s appropriate for cosplay and cosplay politics.
32:27 Body types and tailoring or converting costumes to your body type.
36:04 A little more on the “play” in cosplay.
37:36 For your encouragement, Kell’s positive cosplay experiences!

Resource Recommendations:
Themyscira (positive, girls only cosplay group)

CosCouture (positive cosplay page that celebrates costumers of all skill levels, body types, etc.)

“Positivity” Groups/Pages: Big Beautiful Cosplay, Real People Real Costumes, Body Positivity & Cosplay

Agent Carter Cosplay Community (an example of FB groups dedicated to one character)

Arda Wigs (tutorials)

Key Terms/Properties Mentioned in the Podcast:
Princess Leia, renaissance, D&D, Star Wars, Catwoman, goth, “maker” culture, sewing pattern,, McCall’s, Revenge of the Sith, Padmé, Edith from Crimson Peak, Zoe from Firefly, Mid-south Con, Star Trek: TNG, Wash from Firefly, Joann’s, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Ann Bolyn, Ann of a Thousand Days, Tudor period, corset, Kingdom Come Wonder Woman, 501st costuming group, Make-A-Wish, Dragon Con, Darth Vader, warbla material, Shinji from Evangelion, Belle, Disney, Zaphod Bebalbrox and Trillion from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Beau and Glimmer from She-ra, Green Arrow and Black Canary, Marie Antoinette, Tardis