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First Episode and First Cosplays!



Welcome to the first podcast episode for the Cosplay Stitch and Seam! Join VFire and Pannon as they discuss their very first cosplays and how they got into this amazing hobby.

Our First Cosplays

In this episode VFire (Mercedes) and Pannon talk about that one cosplay that ends up near and dear to your heart, if not also the one you dread showing at all.

First up is Mercedes with her White Mage cosplay from the webcomic, 8-Bit Theater. It has been ten years since she made this cosplay, and as poorly as she constructed it, she was glad she made it. It launched her into a whole new world of crafting clothing, armor, and prop weapons. 

Look at this awesome group!
Red Mage, VFire as White Mage, Jesse as Fighter, and Jez as Black Mage
On our way to Video Games Live 2008!

This lovely costume is made out of old bed sheets, painted with house paint, and has a cardboard/duct tape hammer to go with it. You can't tell in the picture but she also dyed her hair red for it (albeit poorly because she knew nothing about dying hair then... she knew not a lot about making much back then actually.) 

One of the first ones Pannon remembers making was in 2001, Selphie Tilmitt from Final Fantasy VIII.  The photo is from SakuraCon 2003, so it survived for a decent run. The costume is made of fabric that is mostly plastic, and has a real functioning zipper! Wigs were not quite as easy to come by back in the day, so she dyed her hair and tried her best.

Pannon as Selphie Tilmitt, FF VIII

The nunchaku were purchased and actual metal, surprising they let it into the con center! But Pannon learned a lot about fit and installing zippers, and even how to hem things. We all start somewhere!

Thanks for reading and listening!
Pannon and VFire

Comments

  1. Cool! I remember VFire Cosplay making costumes for those movies (LOTR, Harry Potter, etc). She made the best Quidditch costume for one of the Harry Potter movies and people were wanting their picture taken with her and she could barely make it to the theater in time for the movie!! I remember giving you the sewing machine and feeling bad that I didn't know how to sew so I couldn't teach you, but I am so glad that Grandma Kirkland could teach you!! Love you, VFire!! Mom��

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  2. Very fun podcast! I've seen you ladies at different conventions. I've gone to panels and things. I've never cosplayed, but have always wanted to. What is your advice for taking that first step?

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    1. I think the best advice is to pick a character that you like and just go for it. You can ask us questions any time about where to find supplies or even just chat about a character or series. We LOVE helping newcomers get into the groove. Depending on where you live there may also be groups that meet up for craft parties or places that host classes. The internet is also filled with tutorials on just about any cosplay crafting skill you want to learn. We would be happy to help point you in the right direction and see you flourish.
      Thanks for reading!

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