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Kaijugal
07-25-2011, 12:37 AM
Costume Con 32 (2014) will be in Canada.

We are already beginning to work on programming ideas so if you have any ideas of what you would like to see in panels, demos, and workshops please feel free to PM me or write your ideas here.

Thank you. :)

Merino
06-21-2012, 08:58 PM
It would be awesome to see some embroidery / beading programming.

RaDragon76
06-22-2012, 08:22 PM
I was going to suggest beading myself but it seems someone else beat me to it. :) Perhaps something dealing with accessorizing period and/or steampunk costumes. Maybe also some sort of introductory panel for people who don't know what CC is all about.

I'm looking forward to attending CC32.

supergeekgirl
06-25-2012, 10:21 AM
I think I'm already signed up to do a panel on audio editing.

I'd love to see a more advanced wig panel because most wig panels are pretty basic. I can't really teach that as I'm pretty basic myself.

How about something on how to pattern piece work? That's really friggin' tough. I have a TON of trouble with it.

And like I suggested for last year, a panel on how patterns work in general would be neat if taught by someone who designs patterns for a living (not sure who you'll have as guests yet).

Someone at this year's show asked if I might, in the future, present a panel on stage movement. I'm willing to do that, and I probably won't be attending Denver, so Toronto might be a good place. I'd make it more of a workshop than the stage movement panels I've seen in the past. We'd work on getting over the feeling that you look silly doing whatever you're doing on stage and practice playing to the audience.

Northern
07-10-2012, 05:58 PM
I would like to see some discussions on leatherworking and working with/modifying shoes

CapsuleCorp
07-23-2012, 08:13 PM
I normally just take everything I'm given at CC with happiness, but then I had a thought today while working.

I would LOVE to learn from someone with experience either drafting or interpreting patterns, sort of the basic ins and outs of commercial patterns - the terminology, the reasoning behind things like shaping, interfacing, ease, etc, and when/where it's safe to eliminate or change steps in the pattern. Like a lot of costumers I'm entirely self-taught, so I don't have any of the history of fashion and couture that designers and such might have, so there's some things I can't actually say I know a lot about. Like, for example, ease and why every single pattern includes sleeve cap ease whether you need it or not. I'd love a crash course in commercial patterns and what is/isn't necessary to know about them before using them. If not for myself, then for everyone else who actually needs that info and isn't merely curious like I am.

supergeekgirl
07-26-2012, 09:09 AM
I normally just take everything I'm given at CC with happiness, but then I had a thought today while working.

I would LOVE to learn from someone with experience either drafting or interpreting patterns, sort of the basic ins and outs of commercial patterns - the terminology, the reasoning behind things like shaping, interfacing, ease, etc, and when/where it's safe to eliminate or change steps in the pattern. Like a lot of costumers I'm entirely self-taught, so I don't have any of the history of fashion and couture that designers and such might have, so there's some things I can't actually say I know a lot about. Like, for example, ease and why every single pattern includes sleeve cap ease whether you need it or not. I'd love a crash course in commercial patterns and what is/isn't necessary to know about them before using them. If not for myself, then for everyone else who actually needs that info and isn't merely curious like I am.

Ooh! I can totally be on that. I need to convince Steve to do it too because he's great with tailoring and understanding all of the "why"s. I'm not really self-taught. My grandma taught me the basics, and I learned the rest by reading books (in particular The Vogue Sewing Book; that thing's amazing!).

Kaijugal
07-30-2012, 10:06 PM
Thank you for all the great suggestions guys and please keep them coming. :)

Cheers!
Your cruise director,
~K

trixyloupwolf
08-02-2012, 08:48 PM
i can offer paint on fabric workshop ( with pre reg if equal or over 5 would be good to host one ^^)


i love the judging pannel but i always miss it or has something else at same time
hope this time ill be abble to see it if its still there right^^


costume con why so secret lol!!!
contest i would love that
contest show night or something to be entertaining for the night after the maskerade and stuff ^^ i would love that haha!!!
hug!!!


crap costume contest with glue ( costume with left over fabric you did at animenorth would be fun but more complexe or more time to make no crappy costume but awsome one in a limited time ^^<3<3<3)

dizzymonochrome
09-04-2012, 02:36 PM
I normally just take everything I'm given at CC with happiness, but then I had a thought today while working.

I would LOVE to learn from someone with experience either drafting or interpreting patterns, sort of the basic ins and outs of commercial patterns - the terminology, the reasoning behind things like shaping, interfacing, ease, etc, and when/where it's safe to eliminate or change steps in the pattern. Like a lot of costumers I'm entirely self-taught, so I don't have any of the history of fashion and couture that designers and such might have, so there's some things I can't actually say I know a lot about. Like, for example, ease and why every single pattern includes sleeve cap ease whether you need it or not. I'd love a crash course in commercial patterns and what is/isn't necessary to know about them before using them. If not for myself, then for everyone else who actually needs that info and isn't merely curious like I am.

Seems a lot of self taught people don't understand ease. I didn't either before I decided to do fashion design in school. Has to do with the way the machine moves and feeds the fabric. Feed dogs pull the bottom layer, but presser foot wants to push the top layer. Ease helps keep both in place, especially on curves like sleeves.
I don't know how CC works because I've never been to one before, but I'd be willing to volunteer some time to be on panels about sewing technique and using commercial patterns. (I don't feel confident enough in my pattern drafting or block making skills, so I wouldn't do those) I don't have professional credentials, though, I'm just a student.

CapsuleCorp
09-11-2012, 07:57 PM
dizzy, are you planning to be at CC32? I would love to hang out and meet you there! Who knows, maybe by then your student credentials will be just what you need to teach us self-taught folks how to handle our ease. :)

trixyloupwolf
11-13-2012, 09:15 PM
ill be there too hope to see a lot of you there
right right ^^

Kaijugal
11-27-2012, 02:42 AM
Seems a lot of self taught people don't understand ease. I didn't either before I decided to do fashion design in school. Has to do with the way the machine moves and feeds the fabric. Feed dogs pull the bottom layer, but presser foot wants to push the top layer. Ease helps keep both in place, especially on curves like sleeves.
I don't know how CC works because I've never been to one before, but I'd be willing to volunteer some time to be on panels about sewing technique and using commercial patterns. (I don't feel confident enough in my pattern drafting or block making skills, so I wouldn't do those) I don't have professional credentials, though, I'm just a student.

I would be amazingly excited if you would be willing to teach some sewing techniques, etc. There will be many first time Costume-Con attendees this year and I just know it would be very popular. I will try to follow up with you sooner rather than later.

P.S. I'm the Con-Chair.

VickyAmis
12-03-2012, 02:36 AM
Wow,awesome!

Buddycat
03-11-2013, 12:56 PM
I know I mentioned it verbally, Kaijugal, but I'd be willing to run "Bookercon 7", the judging simulation (and if you like, I can bring it to Anime North this year). A couple of other ideas I'm thinking of, selfishly, would take advantage of (hopefully) some crossover demographics we'll hopefully have there, at CC32.

A Cosplay Photography panel. I've been envious for years of the amazing photos taken of cosplayers on the Net. Granted, a lot of times it's just so a photographer can have the attention of a pretty girl, but our part of the costuming community deserves a little bit of that quality of photography. I'd like to see a panel of photographers share some of their tips so the rest of us "amateurs" who like to take pictures of costumes can do a better job of it.

Seems like there was some other idea I had, but it's slipped my mind at the moment. So, I'll throw this out there: Over the next year or so, I'll be putting a lot more content out on the ICG Archive Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/ICGArchives/videos). One thing I want to branch out into is some lip-dub projects for either wrapping around some of them, or stand alone lip-dub music videos. I have one idea for a simple shoot I'd like to do at CC32. Once we're past CC31, I'll go into more detail. But if there's enough interest, I'll probably lay out the plans here on the forum first. Matter of fact, my first foray into a music video will hopefully get underway later this summer, and debut at CC32. We'll see how it goes.

jusdepomme
03-15-2013, 08:37 PM
For the advance wig panel, you should ask Celtic_Sakura, she is in the Arda Iron Wig challenge and she is awesome!

For myself, I would like to see a panel about draping techniques and how to use it. I usually try to modify a pattern but I would love to learn how to use these techniques instead. Engineering with big props, how to make them and make sure they won't crumble. Costume on a budget, how to use everyday stuff to make extra-ordinary accessories etc.

EmpressofSquee
03-28-2013, 12:26 PM
Like some others have mentioned, I'd like to know more about patterns, drafting, modifying, etc. and it would be wonderful if one of the more experienced seamstresses could give a panel on fabrics (fibres, weaves, properties and appropriate selection) I agree that an advanced wig panel would also be great.

I'm bringing a friend with me who could do a Baroque dance workshop and she teaches other styles too. Burlesque anyone?

While I'm not a professional, I do have some training so I might be able to offer a basic stage-combat workshop for punches, slaps, kicks, hair-pulls, etc. I could also do pastie-making, which would have to be 18+ and require a fee for materials.

This will be my first Costume-Con and I'M SO EXCITED!!! :toothy:

CapsuleCorp
03-28-2013, 06:19 PM
...okay, while I personally don't need any pasties, I think that is a REALLY COOL idea for a workshop and you should do it. :D

Kaijugal
04-03-2013, 02:40 PM
I could also do pastie-making, which would have to be 18+ and require a fee for materials.

This will be my first Costume-Con and I'M SO EXCITED!!! :toothy:

It think that would be super fun. :thumbsup: XD I'll contact you about it soon. :D

supergeekgirl
04-04-2013, 10:59 AM
...okay, while I personally don't need any pasties, I think that is a REALLY COOL idea for a workshop and you should do it. :D

Wait. Wait. Where is the original mention of the pasties workshop? I do burlesque and really would like to learn to make pasties better, particularly of heavier materials (making gems and thin fabrics stick is one thing... heavier materials totally another). I know this isn't traditional Costume-Con fare, but some of us make costumes for purposes other than historical reenactment, cosplay, and stage presentations. Burlesque requires costumes that are both danceable and easily removable. It's sort of a special area of costuming.

EmpressofSquee
04-04-2013, 12:12 PM
Wait. Wait. Where is the original mention of the pasties workshop? I do burlesque and really would like to learn to make pasties better, particularly of heavier materials (making gems and thin fabrics stick is one thing... heavier materials totally another).

Greetings fellow booty-shaker! Oh, I've been making pasties for ... years now. Never been to Costume-Con so I didn't know if anything like this had ever been done before.

(Feel free to PM me if you'd like to chat!)

KuroBara
04-28-2013, 09:39 AM
I'm so excited for Costume Con 32! I've only been to the recent one in New Jersey, and I was a little disappointed by the lack of hands-on workshops there. For example, the wings workshop showed some great finished projects, but no in-progress photos or other visual breakdowns on how they were made. The sewing machine specialty feet workshop was interesting, but there was no way to try anything out, just passing around the feet and in some cases showing the finished project. It would be cool to actually let people try out a ruffle foot, as it's a very intimidating-looking item! (It did inspire me to buy one right after the convention, lol)

The ease / patterning workshops sound great. I'm always up for a workshop (or 2, or 3) on specialty makeup, mold-making & casting, embroidery machines, integrating electronics into costumes, how to use specialty equipment (it seems like laser cutting, 3-D printing and pepakura are growing in popularity, but how do you break into that?)

I always enjoy talking to the veterans of costuming- how did you put a group together before the internet? How did the ICG come into existence? Where do you think it's all headed?

CapsuleCorp
04-28-2013, 08:08 PM
I always enjoy talking to the veterans of costuming- how did you put a group together before the internet? How did the ICG come into existence? Where do you think it's all headed?

YESSS. I mean, the future of the ICG and costuming in general is a topic even the ICG board itself may discuss, but for non-members, they may really benefit from having some insight into the ICG - what it does, how it started, etc. I would love to get some veterans up on a panel to talk about how it was in the good old days before the interwebs. Great idea!!

von Drago
05-03-2013, 01:49 PM
YESSS. I mean, the future of the ICG and costuming in general is a topic even the ICG board itself may discuss, but for non-members, they may really benefit from having some insight into the ICG - what it does, how it started, etc. I would love to get some veterans up on a panel to talk about how it was in the good old days before the interwebs. Great idea!!
There's plenty of stories if you really like to hear the history. You'd need Pierre Pettinger, Marty Gear, Karen Schnaubelt, Sally Fink; maybe Kevin Roche too - he's been around longer than you think.
Or we can just hang out in the bar and I can tell stories :drink:

supergeekgirl
05-03-2013, 02:59 PM
I'm so excited for Costume Con 32! I've only been to the recent one in New Jersey, and I was a little disappointed by the lack of hands-on workshops there. For example, the wings workshop showed some great finished projects, but no in-progress photos or other visual breakdowns on how they were made. The sewing machine specialty feet workshop was interesting, but there was no way to try anything out, just passing around the feet and in some cases showing the finished project. It would be cool to actually let people try out a ruffle foot, as it's a very intimidating-looking item! (It did inspire me to buy one right after the convention, lol)

The ease / patterning workshops sound great. I'm always up for a workshop (or 2, or 3) on specialty makeup, mold-making & casting, embroidery machines, integrating electronics into costumes, how to use specialty equipment (it seems like laser cutting, 3-D printing and pepakura are growing in popularity, but how do you break into that?)


Specialty feet = YES! This should be done again. You hardly get any instructions with them. None, in some cases.

I've submitted a workshop on the particular makeup in which I specialize - subtle face-shaping (good for transformations into characters who do not wear makeup and for female-to-male crossplay). I hope to get to do it because I'm constantly asked how I morph particularly my husband's face.

Boreotheria
05-18-2013, 08:10 PM
This is a panel idea I have that I'm going to suggest to some other cons too. Unfortunately it's not one I can run because I don't know enough about it myself. :P But I've talked to a few people (the girls at the Apollonie table loved the idea!) and got some thumbs up.

"Corset-Lacing for the Significant Other". Bring your corset and you spouse, sweetie, con buddy, aide, or whoever is handy when you're wearing a corset, and teach them how to lace you in! Fun and informative for both sides. Must bring your own corset and partner.

Ayekasong
05-21-2013, 08:02 AM
This is a panel idea I have that I'm going to suggest to some other cons too. Unfortunately it's not one I can run because I don't know enough about it myself. :P But I've talked to a few people (the girls at the Apollonie table loved the idea!) and got some thumbs up.

"Corset-Lacing for the Significant Other". Bring your corset and you spouse, sweetie, con buddy, aide, or whoever is handy when you're wearing a corset, and teach them how to lace you in! Fun and informative for both sides. Must bring your own corset and partner.

Now that my husband has been roped into next year's con again, I would very much like for him to attend this panel. :)

von Drago
05-22-2013, 08:04 PM
This is a panel idea I have that I'm going to suggest to some other cons too. Unfortunately it's not one I can run because I don't know enough about it myself. :P But I've talked to a few people (the girls at the Apollonie table loved the idea!) and got some thumbs up.

"Corset-Lacing for the Significant Other". Bring your corset and you spouse, sweetie, con buddy, aide, or whoever is handy when you're wearing a corset, and teach them how to lace you in! Fun and informative for both sides. Must bring your own corset and partner.

This is an excellent idea! I'll volunteer to help!

Buddycat
05-22-2013, 09:13 PM
Definitely need a "My First Costume-Con" panel. Von Drago and I would be more than happy to be on it. We didn't have it at this year's CC and I think people would have benefitted from one.

Buddycat
05-22-2013, 09:16 PM
This is an excellent idea! I'll volunteer to help!

I second this idea and would definitely attend. I'm not the most effecdtive at tying the laces sometimes - keep letting it loosen when I'm trying to tighten. Frustrating for both of us.

trixyloupwolf
07-28-2013, 09:28 PM
ill be doing a workshop ^^(ok already summit to maral and dawn lol)
a paint on fabrick workshop
( ill do it only if i have at least 5 people and it gonna be 5$ for material ^^ and all)

not dye but PAINTING ON FABRIC ^^
like my raccon vest and my red panda bag
but with basic beginer stuff ^^
and you can ask anithing i will try to answer
its be a workshop so come out of costume not to stain your awsome costume ^^
bring an apron if needed its not that messy but in case ^^


i hope people will be interested
and will come ^^:::: it help to have cute decoration on costume dough hehe!!!
i love painting on my clothing and costume cool for decorating kid clothing too great cheap$$ gift made with heart and love ^^ hehe

trixy<3<3<3

Buddycat
09-01-2013, 07:11 PM
Kaijugal:

I sent you a suggestion via email, but I'll throw it out here: I'd like to do a panel on "Heroes of Cosplay". It's impact, what impressions it leaves, its participants, and then maybe a brainstorming session on how WE would produce the show to make it interesting (and faithful to the art form). (It might not be as easy as you would think). Also maybe discuss other shows that are related/relevant.

Kaijugal
01-07-2014, 06:57 PM
Thank you for your suggestions. I'll send them on to Aurora Celeste. :)

Buddycat
03-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Any idea when the schedule might be published (in April, presumably)?

jukebox
03-12-2014, 08:50 PM
I think that a panel about the differences between professional costumery and cosplay would be a really good educational experience. It seems like a lot of cosplayers think having a bunch of facebook likes is enough to launch their careers and something that really goes into the difference between hobby vs. pro would be really helpful.

Something about distressing and weathering costumes might also be cool. I could potentially even talk to people I go to school with about doing this...