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Ep. 56 - NDK LIVE: Cosplay Glow Ups!

Hey Stitchers, Seamers, and all the In-Betweeners! Pannon, VFire, and David take the stage at Nan Desu Kan and share Cosplay Glow Up stories! The audience had some of the best stories to share. How do you get from point A to point B when it comes to cosplay crafting? The path is unique to each person and more meandering than one would think. David's own cosplay glow up! Share your cosplay glow ups with us here on the blog or on our facebook group ! As always, thanks for listening, - The Stitch and Seam Team

Ep. 53 - Your Personal Cosplay Maker Space

Hey Stitchers, Seamers, and all the In-Betweeners! Meet Krystal, aka Sumikins Cosplay, as she gives some great advice on how to make your crafting space the best it can be! Sumikins is currently renovating her home and reorganizing her crafting space. Her eye for easy access to the tools she needs is astounding and great advice to follow. Follow her on  Instagram  to see how her craft space has turned out and to see her amazing cosplays! Fun Tips for Organizing Your Craft Space! From VFire's own craft room, here is some of the advice she took from Sumikins to make her space the best it can be! This cabinet has shelves in its doors, which makes great space for thread and paint! Sadee did an amazing job helping to organize it! VFire is still working on this area but she has one drawer (light blue) for her current project to sit in while the other shelves have figures for decoration and tools she regularly uses. Everything is easy to pick up and go. This is the &

Ep. 55 - Tosho Con: Youth Cosplay Scene

Stitchers, Seamers, and all the In-Betweeners, Tosho Con is a small convention for teens hosted by the Salt Lake County Library group. It is a safe place for teens to celebrate all things anime and cosplay. There are teen run artist booths to Anime Music Videos and so much more. The freedom these teens have to express themselves and the space for them to foster their creativity is amazing. Teens dressed as characters from the popular anime "The Promised Neverland" This unique event has been running for over 8 years in Utah. It draws in hundreds of teens every year. Mysti Nin, Icy Inferno Cosplay, and VFire were the judges for the contest. The judges group was so much fun to hang out with. VFire enjoyed being able to work with such talented people. VFire's judge's choice was a young woman wearing her favorite character, General Amaya, from "Dragon Prince," create by @Cosplaying_another_fandom. She was inspired by this deaf general and related

Ep. 54 - Tools of the Trade

Stitchers, Seamers, and all the In-Betweeners, What tools do you like using when working on cosplays? We discuss our favs and which ones work best with various materials and methods. These are not required tools for cosplaying but tools that can make your crafting job easier. Some of these tools are cheap and easy to implement while others are a bit pricier. Enjoy the bonus content! Favorite Tools: Foam Clays Sculpting Tools (dental tools) Fabric Scissors Beading Needles the Right Glue Research what kind of glue you need to do the job. there are so many to choose from but the right glue will do the job best! Barge Contact Cement is great for open foam cell materials as well as leather! Rapid Fuse is an amazing super glue Belt Sander Grommet/Eyelet Setters Router Dremel (or Rotary Tool) And just about any attachment you can add to it Math Basic math is so important! Scaling, sizing, etc. It is really important! Art programs These are g

Ep. 52 - Anime Expo: Notice me Senpai!

Pannon takes to the floor at Anime Expo 2019! She interviews cosplayers that are part of the "Cosplay Senpai Program!" Check out this amazing mentoring program and the cool peeps to take inspiration from. Utahime and Pannon talk shop at Anime Expo! Looking so cute! What is the Senpai Program? The Cosplay Senpai Program selects various cosplayers who have shown community support and positivity! This can be shown through the online world and at conventions themselves. These specially selected cosplayers are invited to Anime Expo to help promote their passion and acceptance at the Senpai booth and in panels. Programs like this are important in the cosplay community as they show how acceptance and love can be the best tools for making our community even greater to be in. Pannon interviews a handlful of amazing people and their experiences are what make Anime Expo awesome! Don't forget to send us your Cosplay Horror Stories and Happy Stories at CosplayStitchAndSea

Ep. 51 - Salt Lake Gaming Con Shenanigans!

David and Vfire take to the floor at Gaming Con and check out the video games, cosplays, and more!! Check out the amazing photos from the event: VFire, Bentley, and David Chilling at the convention! This amazing Teba cosplayer was out first to be interviewed. Next up is the adorable family with the Spider! And as promised Pigtails and Powertools Cosplay with her mask magic! The cosplayers at this event were all amazing! Massive thanks to everyone who was willing to be interviewed. Y'all look amazing and it was so much fun to need out and talk video games! We also took a minute to take some silly photos of Bentley in his Space Engineer cosplay at the Clark Planetarium. He better run fast!! Again. Thanks to all our listeners. You guys make this podcast amazing and we thank you for your support. The Stitch and Seam Team 

Ep. 50 - 50 Questions with the Hosts!

This long episode we go into some fun details about our hosts and their pasts. Want to know who our first anime/cartoon crushes were? How about our happiest moments in cosplay. Thank you to those who sent in questions and to those who listen and support the podcast! VFire made this awesome set of podcast mascots! Keep an eye out for the Jackalope of Trades coming soon!!! Watch below for the 50 questions and feel free to answer any on the blog, facebook group, or send us an email ;) Here is Dkauffman's amazing Sailor Voltron cosplay pics! This is so fun! Major shout-out to Dkauffman and Jordan B. for sending in your Horror Stories. Here's the questions from the episode: 1. What kind of cosplayer do you consider yourself? 2. Is Cosplay a hobby you see yourself still doing in ten years? 3. Thoughts on Crossplay? 4. What is your cosplay pet peeve? 5. What is your most expensive project? 6. Lest expensive project? 7. What is your favorite prop and why

Ep. 49 - Couples Cosplay with Crepuscular

Meet Jazzy and Dustin of Crepuscular cosplay! These two are as adorable as they are talented! Pannon and David ask them many questions about their cosplans and relationship. Once these two realized they both loved this hobby after keeping it secret from each other, they jumped into pair competitions and group cosplays. This unbreakable duo motivates each other by trying to impress the other, emphasize strengths, and compliment one another's weaknesses and making them into better skill sets. Don't forget you can listen to the podcast here on the website, Stitcher , Apple Podcasts , Google Play , Spotify and more! Huge shout out to our listeners for being the amazing group that they are. The Facebook group is growing and we LOVE how much the positive vibes just flow there. Thank you for listening, The Stitch and Seam Team

Ep. 48 - Utah Pride Parade!

Pannon and VFire walk the Pride Parade in Utah! Happy Pride Month!! We celebrate by interviewing other cosplayers at the event and talking about how the hobby has helped others find their identities. The parade was really fantastic! To see so many people being supportive to everyone was beautiful. I've never seen a parade where everyone cheers the entire time so enthusiastically!! Enjoy the photos ;) As always, thank you for listening, -the Stitch and Seam team

Ep 47 - Relationships and Cosplay

VFire and David talk relationships and cosplay. From dating to maintaining a relationship, here is our loveable and awkward advice. Thank you David for being an amazing guest and co-host while Pannon was travelling! Happy Month of Pride!! Here are the images from our Featred Horror Story this episode! Emily as Fiona! Emily's Fiona cosplay is fantastic. She also captured a pic of the tear in her dress. We are so happy she escaped the escalator safely! Nom, nom from the escalator! As always, thanks for listening! -the Stitch and Seam team 

Ep. 46 - Running cosplay Contests Pt. 2: Judges

This week we talk about choosing  judges for cosplay contests as well as how to be a good judge. This can be very tricky and a difficult task, but with the right mindset and enough research you can find the right fit for your contest. Don't forget the 50th episode is coming up fast! Send your questions and we will answer them all. Pannon might drink a little bit. VFire will be less shy. Email us at CosplayStitchAndSeam [at] or fill out the form on this website. We will answer all the questions!!! Thanks for listening, - The Stitch and Seam Team

Podcast First Birthday!

Wow, it has been a year already? Pannon messaged me and told me and I couldn't believe how the time had flown so quickly. I am not super great with words but I am kind of emotional writing this. The podcast and blog would not be what it is today without all our supporters and listeners. YOU make our podcast what it is and I seriously LOVE all you for it. Don't forget, Episode 50 is coming up fast and we are still looking for questions. The big 50 is going to be a Q&A with VFire and Pannon. Send us your questions and we will answer anything on the episode. Shout outs to everyone who submits a Q. You can email us or fill out the form on this website. (CosplayStitchAndSeam [at] We went from 0 to 100 really fast with the podcast airing in happy little May last year. Our Facebook group started the same day and it has the best people in it. It may be small but it is full of caring and supportive crafters. Everyone in there has made me so proud! The amount of d

Ep. 45 - Behind the Scenes of Nerdlesque!

Behind the scenes of burlesque and cosplay with members of FANDom Nerdlesque! This is an episode about a very different side of cosplay. We do talk stripping, but we also talk about the stage, storytelling, and putting on a fun show. This was a really cool look into a side of cosplay that is not often talked about. Also – body positivity all around!! You can check out the FANdom Nerdlesque at the following links:  Facebook Website Instagram Sig Sawer, Cali Fornication, and Desire were our guests (top 3) Bottom 3 are other amazing performers from the group. Check out more photos on Instagram and Facebook. Don't forget, episode 50 is coming up fast! Send Pannon and VFire your questions about them before it's too late ;) Thanks for listening, The Stitch and Seam Team

Ep. 44 - Running Cosplay Contests

Pannon and VFire go behind the scenes of cosplay contests and how to run them. Every contest is different so there are many complex things to take into account. They can be a lot of fun and if done right, be very rewarding for everyone involved. Congrats to our winners of the Ogden UnCon tickets! Winners are announced at the end of the episode before the horror stories. Please contact us on our Facebook page for instructions on how to redeem your tickets. Bonus Content - Pics from Jennifer and her Cosplay Horror Story! Original design by Jennifer. Jennifer as Sigilyph Thanks for listening! - The Stitch and Seam Team

Ep. 43 - Nihon Matsuri, A History

Nihon Matsuri is a long running Japanese Festival in Utah. Pannon and VFire talk with some of the committee members who have been helping run it and talk about the festival's history and its connection to Cosplay! Nihon Matsuri cosplay contest crowd! Nihon Matsuri has been around for a very long time. It's initial purpose was to show the relevance of the Japanese American culture in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has succeeded and has created many amazing memories over the years. Check out their website below and their facebook page for more information and amazing photos! Nihon Matsuri Website Education is key at the festival. there are many activities, shows, dances, and history on display at the festival. The festival draws in a large crowd every year from many different backgrounds and places. It is a wonderful variety of people, fun, and culture. Photo from the Nihon Matsuri Facebook page from this year's festival. Kimi (Unroyalty), VFire, and Garne

Ep. 42 - Planning Cosplay Dreams

An episode in which Pannon and VFire talk about their cosplay dreams and how they are planning for them. Also some bloopers at the end as we struggle with internet connections and recording with family at home. PS: Snails ARE cute and Pannon has a beautiful singing voice. Sketch by VFire for RENNAgade Cosplay Example of sketching out plans before building. Share your stories with us and on the podcast at Thanks for listening! - The Stitch and Seam Team

No Episode This Week

There will be no episode this week but they will return next Friday! In the meantime you can help make our next episode extra amazing! We have the following topics coming up and want to know your input and questions. Join the Facebook Group or respond here on the blog by Monday, April 22 at 6:00 PM MST to have your question or comment be part of the next episode(s). Contribute to These Topics/Episodes On-Site Photo Shoots - What are your questions or bits of advice for doing on-site shoot in cosplay, whether that site be a studio, park, or other fun places! Ask the Hosts! Q&A for Episode 50!  - Send us your questions and we will answer them for our 50th episode! We can't believe it so close!! (This one does not have the Monday deadline as Episode 50 is still a ways off.) Watch for more topic Question and Comment requests soon! Send your questions or comments to CosplayStitchAndSeam [at] or comment below. We will also have posts in the Facebook Group that yo

Ep. 41 - Cosplay and Makeup!

Pannon and VFire talk about makeup and cosplay applications for it. These tips and tricks are all about what each makeup thing in a kit can be used for. A tutorial without visuals is kind of fun! Makeup examples by Pannon! Stay tuned for a possible very bad makeup tutorial by VFire! She is figuring out how to record while doing makeup ;) Big thank you to everyone who has sent in stories and topic suggestions!! Thanks for listening! -the Stitch and Seam team

Ep. 40 - ECCC Live with Pannon!

Emerald City Comic Con was an amazing look at the cosplay community in the Pacific Northwest. We saw cosplays from fandoms of all types and just as much variety in the people who cosplayed them. I interviewed the Cosplay Repair Station to find out more about how they help cosplayers and prevent thousands of horror stories each year! Make sure to thank a cosplay repair person next con! You can find out more about their organization on the Facebook group, "Cosplay Repair Station," on Twitter, @CosplayRepair, or on Instagram, @CosplayRepairStation. I could say more, but I'd rather let the episode and the pnw cosplay community speak for itself! Thanks for listening, - Pannon!