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Ideas for Costuming Demos at Conventions [Feb. 4th, 2008|05:41 pm]
Verminius Rex
I've been thinking more about demos to teach people how to do basic costuming. A kimono making demo (if they have room in programming for it) would be a good start, but I was thinking about other demos to teach the basics. Marz had an idea or two, so here are ideas to work on for future conventions. Let me know what you think, and any additions to the list.

Sewing 101-How to pick a pattern, cut it out, and sew it up. Some people really don't know the difference between a selvage and a hem, or that you can use a selvage as a hem sometimes. This would be an overall on construction techniques without emphasis on a particular garment.

Kimono Basics-How to make a kimono including measuring the model, cutting the fabric and sewing it together. I have one simplified kimono pattern right now, which can be covered in a short timeframe. Pants and happi coats may follow.

Costuming Basics-T-Tunics, Baggy Pants, Capes and Skirts. This would cover the average full contact larper.

All demos would include an emphasis on research, picking the right materials, and for the love of God, iron those seams.

Questions, comments, general mayhem?

From: rowangolightly
2008-02-05 12:44 am (UTC)
...for the love of God, iron those seams.

Aaaaaa-men! I volunteered to teach a couple seminars for ConEstoga last summer but never got taken up on it. From what elisedevescy said, I'd prolly have pissed a couple people off with my opinions.

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[User Picture]From: kukla_tko42
2008-02-05 01:25 am (UTC)
I wouldn't know anything about pissing people off with my costume opinions... No, not at all!
Hee hee hee.
If you want to do some seminars for Archon some time, let me know.
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From: rowangolightly
2008-02-05 01:43 am (UTC)
We're actually, the band I mean, trying to get to more Cons...we did SO well at ConEstoga last summer and are booked there again.

When is your con? I'm such an idiot at this stuff...never was even at a Con until last summer with Queen's Gambit although nine tents of my/our friends are Con folk and gamers.

You can check our schedule (and the music) at Queens-Gambit.com.

The optimal arrangement would be for the band to play and me to do a couple costuming boards.
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2008-02-05 01:55 am (UTC)
About 2 years ago, I saw the worst mistake in faire costuming. Pantyhose for tights on a frat boy, and you could see the control top.

It was sad, it was funny, and I violated my own rule about no sniper shooting because I just couldn't resist.
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[User Picture]From: kukla_tko42
2008-02-05 01:10 am (UTC)
All of these are good ideas, however, be sure to make them what we call a "Lecture-demo". Don't get caught trying to do these as a hands-on class.

Why do I mention this?
I've TAUGHT a how-to-make-a-kimono class. More than once. For money.

It's a four hour class, not counting cutting. Most people did not complete the entire garment in that time. No kidding. If I could make it to Conquest, I'd offer to help you out with any or all of your programming ideas.
Sad to say, I'm... kind of a guest at ElfFest in Needmore, Indiana that weekend, every year. Sigh.

I also have a workshop that I do at festivals and conventions (when I have the time) called "Costuming (or Garb) without sewing". I go over the following basic items:
Greek Chiton
Indian Sari
Basic Poncho (and how a belt can make it into a kind of tunic.)

I also talk about how a Kimono is, in fact, a bunch of uncut rectangles. So are several other early versions of clothing.

I did this once and one kid demanded that I show him how to make a hooded cape.
I did have a box of safety pins (mandatory for this kind of thing...) and I told him to pull a shoestring out of his shoe. I pinned a "casing" about six inches down from the selvage, then pinned the selvage to itself to form the hood. Bingo.
That kid wore that cape for the rest of the event. (Grin)

So good luck! I'm sure there are other costumers who would love to help you out with these basic panels.

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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2008-02-05 01:53 am (UTC)
I figured that's what I'd do, especially if I'm limited to a 50 minute panel. With handouts, I can show someone how to take the 4-6 measurements for a basic kimono, and have samples in various stages of assembly (probably kid sized, why waste fabric?)
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From: starstraf
2008-02-07 10:36 pm (UTC)
and basic pattern resizing - I'm two completely different sizes - IE don't even come in the same pattern envelope
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