Fredericksburg, VA

The Maker's Series

 

The Maker’s Series offers in-depth presentations and trunk shows from professional instructors who share their hard-earned knowledge and experience to teach you how to use the sewing machine, digital cutter, laser, 3-D printer and other technologies in fast and innovative ways. If you sew, quilt, or craft, The Maker’s Series has something for everyone. FREE with your General Admission ticket. Attend one or all – no registration required.

 

The Maker’s Series in Fredericksburg will feature costume and cosplay sewing with special guests Casey Renee and Candace Birger.

 

Friday in The Spot
 

10:15 Sew You Want to Make a Ball Gown | Casey Renee
11:15 Foam Smithing: Intro to Essentials | Candace Birger
12:15 The Art of Embellishment | Casey Renee
1:15 Tools, Notions, and Surprising Materials All Costume Makers Must Have | Candace Birger
2:15 Changing Silhouettes, Bustles, Bodices, and Hoops | Casey Renee
3:15 Closures, Fabric Overlaps, and Attachments | Candace Birger
4:15 Preparing for a Cosplay Contest and Convention | Casey Renee

 

Saturday in The Spot
 

9:15 Foam Smithing: Intro to Essentials | Candace Birger
10:15 Sew You Want to Make a Ball Gown | Casey Renee
11:15 Tools, Notions, and Surprising Materials All Costume Makers Must Have | Candace Birger


Saturday on the Expo Stage
 

12:15 Cosplay Panel: Foundations and Fabrications - Traditional Sewing and Foam Armor Crafting | Casey Renee, Diana Tolin and Candace Birger
3:00 Cosplay Contest and Runway Show

Casey Renee

Casey Renee Cosplay | facebook | instagram | YouTube

Casey Renee is an award-winning cosplayer focused on craftsmanship and sewing. Casey is incredibly passionate about cosplay craftsmanship, Disney, historical costuming, and creating educational content. In 2022, Casey’s first book, “Cosplay Foundations: Your Guide to Constructing Bodysuits, Corsets, Hoop skirts, Petticoats, and more” was published. In 2020 Casey partnered with YouTube to be able to continue her passion for creating educational sewing content through cosplay construction. Casey loves sharing her experience with others and helping the cosplay community as a whole learn new things and celebrate craftsmanship.


 

Sew You Want to Make a Ball Gown
Ballgown guru, Casey Renee is here to share her tips and tricks for making your very first ballgown. Everything from what patterns to use, how to pick out materials to adding embellishments. Casey will share some of her time saving tricks and her favorite tips!

 

The Art of Embellishment
Learn how to level up your wares by adding rhinestones, sequins, and beads to your garments! In this presentation, sparkle expert, Casey Renee, will share her favorite embellishment techniques, how to get started, and her favorite places to shop for everything that glitters

 

Changing Silhouettes, Bustles, Bodices, and Hoops
Let’s take a deep dive into the garments that make up the foundation of your ballgown or historical costume. Hoop skirts, petticoats and corsets OH my! There’s so much that goes into the silhouette of a gown and I am here to dish the tea. This panel focus’ on undergarments for cosplay but the panelist has knowledge on historical underwear as well and can answer your questions at the end of the panel.

 

Preparing for a Cosplay Contest and Convention
Join Cosplay Champion Casey Renee as she shares her tips and tricks to competing in a craftsmanship cosplay competition! From prejudging to stage presence, Casey has got you covered

 

Candace Birger

Plexi Cosplay | facebook | instagram | twitter | YouTube

Candace Birger is the talent and inspiration behind Plexi Cosplay. She started cosplaying in 2016 and she creates all her costumes from scratch. Plexi is a renowned award-winning cosplayer whose goal is to raise the bar for cosplay creation and share her talent with others who love making and building costumes. She educates and supports the cosplay community through in-person and online tutorials, judging, blogging, hosting panels and much more. Residing in Westminster, MD, she is the manager at Exploration Commons, one of the newest and largest Makerspaces in the country.

 

Foam Smithing: Intro to Essentials
Learn the essentials of foam work! This panel moderated by Plexi Cosplay will explain materials and tools needed to launch your foam smithing journey. Find out why EVA foam is an accessible alternative and the basics of how to cut, mold, paint, and finish it. When fabric can't handle it, foam will.

 

Closures, fabric overlaps, and attachments
‘Now that I’ve made it, how do I wear it?’. This panel focuses on best practices for attaching your EVA foam or alternative material costume pieces to your body or over a costume. Learn ways to connect wings, add layers, attach props, fur, electronics and much more. See how to problem-solve and bring your costumes to the next level.

 

Tools, Notions, and surprising materials all Costume makers must have
Join cosplay veterans Plexi Cosplay and Diana Tolin in a discussion of their favorite cosplay tools! Cosplay is a hobby of innovation, and this panel will discuss some of the items that may not have been on your traditional shopping list and where best to find them online or at your local craft or hardware store.

 

PLUS

 

Coplay Panel: Foundations and Fabrications - Traditional Sewing and Foam Armor Crafting

with Casey Renee Welsh, Diana Tolin and Candace Birger
Join three prolific makers as they discuss the interconnected nature of fabric and non-fabric crafting and how the only limit to design is your imagination. Learn how these professionals determined what was needed to finish their garments and their creative problem solving solutions. Get ready to join in the discussion and share your own challenges and solutions for a fruitful examination of the topic.

 

Cosplay Contest and Runway Show
Whether you’re a historical figure, a princess, a hero or heroine, a villain or side-kick, come strut your stuff and enjoy a bit of Cosplay fun. Plus shop for fabric, tools and discover what's new in the sewing world today. Click here for details and to sign up.

 

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