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Ascension Props - Armor, Monsters and Giant Robots!

Meet Matthew of Ascension Props. This master of the EVA foam craft has been cosplaying for about five to seven years, claiming that the elaborate foam armor and similar work has just been int he past four years. EVA foam is a type of anti fatigue mat used in workshops. While it does very well in keeping your feet comfortable on a work-space floor, it also is a great material for making armor in cosplay.


Matt's skills with EVA range from armor making, robots builds, and giant monsters. He makes sure to spend his time wisely on projects and works very hard to make sure everything works. His latest work, Threshy from Mass Effect, was actually a team build. Team collaborations can be tough to work with but with the right people, epic things happen. In the case of Matt and Threshy, lots of epic happened and they were able to display the great beast at Dragon Con 2015.


Matt's positive attitude and encouragement when it comes to trying something new is infectious. He really is a grea…

Anders Pantzar - A Look at Swedish Cosplay

The one thing really amazing about cosplay is that it is all over the globe. Welcome Anders of Sweden, a cosplayer who loves to test his skills and have fun! Anders has been making cosplay since 2010 after watching Sailor Moon and seeing other make cosplays from it. From there he has grown, making epic builds like Mew Two of Pokemon and Garnet from Steven Universe.


Anders and I often share our experiences in cosplay and just life in general. It has been a lot of fun to compare our countries and cultures. I am happy to share Anders's experiences on this blog. His interview was a joy!
Where to find Anders: anderspantzar.com Facebook Page
Interview with Anders Pantzar
When did you start cosplaying and why?
I was bored one night during my military service in 2010 and stumbled upon Sailor Moon on YouTube. During the course of two months I watched all five seasons. This was my first contact with anime in adult age. I also found a cosplay skit video and thought “that looks fun, I want to do t…

Ash Sweetring

September's Cosplayer Feature is here! Meet Ash Sweetring, a self-taught cosplayer that just started her craft in 2013. From sewing to armor making, this girl has mastered many crafting techniques in a short amount of time.


Since joining the cosplay community Ash has met and made wonderful friends, but has also seen the darker side. Her body shape has led to a lot of criticism and troll comments. This is a sad side to the community and internet culture as well. Ash has a sweet personality and her cosplays show that she owns her self-image. She is beautiful and rocks her cosplays. If anything, the hurtful comments push her to be the best crafter ever. No can beat her gorgeous personality and the way she owns herself and the cosplays she creates.


Ash is also in Utah Geek Magazine! She is the featured centerfold cosplayer for the Sept/October issue. You can read UGeek here: http://utahgeekmagazine.com/ Every issue has a cosplayer centerfold with a cosplay tip written by yours truly. …

Exciting things are on their way!

I'm cancelling the second feature for this month, but there is a good side to it! My second feature was a local cosplayer who is awesome and deserves some really great attention. In fact, I am bumping her to a new month so that she can be a part of something brand new. For those who do not know, I write for UGeek Magazine. It is a Utah magazine that is free and has all sorts of goodies in it. I write a cosplay Tip with the cosplayer centerfold. UGeek releases every other month so I am changing how I do features on the blog to include the UGeek article.

In short, every other month (the odd months) will be featured in UGeek as well as here on the Stitch and Seam. These will be local Utah (and possibly other states too) cosplayers. The even months will branch out and I will feature people from all over the world. this may change up a bit in the future but for now I want to try out this new model of blogging. I am so excited!!! (I may or may not reorganize the blog again because of th…

How to Make Auron's Blade - The Cosplay Armory

As promised, James of the Cosplay Armory shares his knowledge on how to make Auron's Katana from the game, Final Fantasy X. I have been very excited for this as I followed his page as he worked on the blade. I hope you enjoy it! - VFire


Auron's Katana Build by James

A note before I start. I will be mentioning the use of several machines that I have the luxury of having in my shop that I am well aware not everyone has. This project is definitely easier with them than without but everything I describe can be done without them or with simpler tools. I will also include steps that I do that are not necessary in parenthesis()

I was commissioned to build the Auron Katana by Lolita Zombie Cosplay and knew immediately that I wanted it to be light, yet durable. The first step to building any prop is figuring out what you’re going to make it out of. A lot of prop makers use light woods like poplar and MDF and while I have used some wood I decided it would be my first sword that I built e…

The Cosplay Armory - James

James of the Cosplay Armory makes props out of some really interesting materials. While I know many prop makers who use wood like MDF board or poplar, this guy uses plastics, foam, and other unique materials. James works with these materials because he started his prop making in a small apartment. As he learned new skills and branched out, he still loves using these lightweight materials to make really epic props.


James has since upgraded his workshop to a basement and has gained a lot more tools since his beginnings. He enjoys using EVA foam and surprising cosplayers with the cool tricks he can use for creating swords and other props.

Where to find James - The Cosplay Armory
Facebook
DeviantArt
Etsy Store

Make sure to stay tuned next week!! James will be sharing how he made Auron's Katana! (Also, this is the last Summer double feature month. Features will resume to once a month in September.)


Interview with the Cosplay Armory - James
How did you choose your armory name?

The Cosplay Arm…

Shushuwafflez!!!!

I have a weak spot for cosplays that have elaborate detail and incredible dresses. While I have yet to try making anything like an elaborate dress, I admire the crafters who take on those challenges. I found Shushuwafflez, or Su, while doing research on a dress I want to make eventually. She nailed the design and it looks so fantastic (its Seth Nightroad from Trinity Blood if you want to know... someday I will make that dress!) Since then I have followed her pages on DeviantArt, Facebook, and other sources. One day it would be very cool to meet her in person! Canada is not too far away... This has been a dream interview for some time now and I am happy to present one of my personal idols to you readers!



Su is really creative and enjoys the challenges cosplay can bring. She creates her own pattern designs and knows how to tackle complex creations. Plus, she is super nice!!

Where to find Shushuwafflez:
Facebook
Website: www.shushuwafflez.com  (Currently being reorganized but should be li…

Nivi - Steampunk Extraordinaire

You cross the threshold to a strange event and enter a whole new world. There are many attendees donning goggles, wearing geared mechanisms and all talking about adventures and steam power. You have entered into the Steampunk universe. A wayward looking fellow with a top hat and mechanical bird on his shoulder sidles up to you and holds up a wanted poster. "Have you seen this person?" he asks and you see a drawing of a beautiful young woman brandishing a gun. You shrug and say no, but smile as the man wanders off. Its all part of your character. Of course you know the woman. She is Nivi, the one who runs this event called Steamfest, and your character is on her side for the massive role play game. Steamfest is an event unlike any other in Utah and the woman running it is passionate about it.


Nivi started the Steamfest back in 2012, creating a Steampunk event for the lovers of steam power and Victorian fantasy in Utah. The event is very unique from other conventions and festi…