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Welcome to the Stitch and Seam!

The Stitch and Seam started in 2012 to feature cosplayers and their skills. It has expanded to further explore topics on this community of nerds and crafters who enjoy sharing their favorite fandoms. 

Meet the Team

Vermilion Fire: Author and Host

"Create the Impossible every day!" - VF
VFire cosplaying Sheik: Super Smash Bros version.
Photo by Cliff Gull

VFire, also goes by Mercedes, is always looking to level up her skills in just about anything. She carves wood into swords and shields, makes PVC pipe bows, foamsmith armor, blacksmith, and more.

VFire founded the Cosplay Stitch and Seam as a way to share her love of the culture and creativity that she discovered in this vast community.

Pannon: Author and Host

Pannon as Smendrick the Wizard

The Pannonator's Pan-Tastic Cosplays (just call her Pannon!) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 17 years, she's refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide. She and her cosplay-partner, Garnet Runestar won the title of Team USA in 2014 as part of the World Cosplay Summit, and got to represent the US again in June 2017 as Team USA in The Netherlands' C4 competition.

Though she still competes in the international circuit, Pannon has also judged for over 30 contests, returning as an Alumni Judge for the World Cosplay Summit, as well as several national cosplay contests. She continues her craft professionally in the field of costuming and fashion. Pannon worked as Lead Designer and Seamstress for a professional sports mascot company, where she built mascots for the Utah Jazz, the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, and many more.

She is currently a designer, seamstress, illustrator, and pattern-maker for a local dress-making company that specializes in fanciful gowns for photographers and fashion shoots and runs her own brand of fashionable bags and accessories on the side.

David Jeffress: Sound Editor

David Jeffress has been an active, enthusiastic nerd for as long as he can actively remember. He fell in love with podcasts as a listener in 2015. Inspired by the myriad of styles he heard, he wanted to create something of his own and thus, August 10th 2016 Dungeons and Chill was created. David plans to continue his podcasting pursuits so keep an eye out for future projects. When he isn't editing or recording, David is often spending time playing video games, reading comics or watching movies with his cats.

You can find David on twitter @Dungeonsnchill

Maycey: Music

Maycey is a freelance music creator and epic mother of three. She loves her children as much as she enjoys creating music and aspires to create epic ballads for video games someday.

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Share your first time convention stories or advice for beginners in the comments. You can also join the Stitch and Seam Facebook Group and contribute to episodes.

Speaking of contributing to episode, this week's Cosplay Horror Stories are from our awesome listeners Cassini Closet and LaVieve Cosplay. If you would like to hear us regale your horror story please send us an e-mail at CosplayStitchAndSeam @ gmail.com or go to our contact page and fill out the form.

Bonus!! Need tickets to Sale Lake Gaming con in July? Use the code "STITCH" at checkout and get 30% off your ticket price. Code expires July 1st.

As always, thank you for listening. We love our listeners!
- the Stitch and Seam Team

Podcast Ep. 003 - Nihon Matsuri and the Cosplay Judges

This is our first live episode with a live audience... of about 5 people, but it still counts! Pannon and VFire are joined by Rennagade and Tatsue Cosplay as judges for the Nihon Matsuri Cosplay contest. Huzzah for guest episodes! (EDIT: Episode has been updated with bloopers at the end.)


The Japanese Festival, Nihon Matsuri, celebrates Japanese culture from old to new traditions and activities. It is a really fun experience and incredibly educational as it shows how much the Japanese community has had an effect on downtown Salt Lake City.


Keep creating the impossible! - the Stitch and Seam Team

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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()

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