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Laura’s Rule of Cosplay

Haydee & Albert in cosplay sweatshop

Step 1: Spend a dozen hours and great expense making it mediocre. Step 2: Five minutes after finishing, realize how it could have been made in 10 minutes for half the cost, with better results. This has been a consistent phenomenon, observable in all aspects of cosplay creation. We’re slowly getting better at beating the…

Gensômaden Saiyuki – Ghetto Ikkou

“Ghetto” is a term to describe a poorly made or thrown together costume of the lowest order. It’s not usually this intentional. But Alena and Laura had pulled nearly a week of all-nighters to finish the new Gankutsuou costumes, finishing at about 3 a.m. Friday morning (for judging at 7 p.m. in another state). At about 2 a.m. Friday morning, we realized we didn’t have a Sunday hall cosplay and were just brain-fried enough to think that a totally ghetto cosplay would be fun.

The challenge was to create recognizable characters with as little effort as humanly possible — we spent perhaps half a hour to costume five models — that looked as if we’d spent as little effort as possible on them. Yes, we’re trying to look this bad!

Panels & Workshops

Haydee & Albert in cosplay sweatshop

…And Sewing Is Half the Battle! is happy to present panels and hands-on workshops on costuming, character presentation, and a variety of other fan-oriented topics at conventions or anywhere we’re wanted.We offer sessions on wigs, found object costuming, props, armor, competition, makeup, posing for photography, jewelry, and more. (We add new ones occasionally, so check back.)Look…

Speed Racer

“The absolute best part of this cosplay was doing the voice of Trixie. All — night — long.”

Yes, our Speed had red socks!

Speed Racer, Racer (Femme) X, and Trixie for the opening of the new film; this is ghetto cosplay. (Quick, easy, no pretenses.) Some Goodwill store finds, some recycled pieces, some scrap fabric taken from the trash, and some scavenged bits from around the house. See if you can identify all the costume parts!

Harry Potter

For a local release party of the seventh book, we cosplayed as a variety of characters from the book series, including Nearly-Headless Nick, Snape (Good) and Snape (Evil), Professor Trelawny, Dudley Dursley, and of course Harry Potter himself.


Gensômaden Saiyuuki

Gensômaden Saiyuki is based very loosely on the traditional eastern Saiyuki (Xiyouji) legend about a Buddhist priest traveling to India to retrieve a sacred text. In Minekura Kazuya’s version, however, the Buddhist priest and his party are traveling to quell an uprising of disturbed youkai and face wholly different challenges.

Yes, the characters really do wear jeans beneath their robes. That’s canon; I guess they’re exceptionally enlightened priests. No, we didn’t sew the jeans ourselves; we were lazy on that aspect. But we did dye Alena’s black to match.

The “scriptures” on the two priests combine to read the Apostles’ Creed.  (“I believe in God the Father, Almighty Maker of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten son….”)


  • Best Advanced Performance, Animarathon 2007
  • Best In Show (craftsmanship & performance), Youmacon 2007


The Name of the Wind

Donkey cooties!

The Name of the WindIn 2007, a new fantasy novel was released, a debut by Patrick Rothfuss. Not only did it turn out to be immensely successful, it struck a sympathetic chord (pardon the awful double internal pun*) within our own circle. And then an innocent chat between two friends somehow became a plan to cosplay and photograph characters….

The Insane Wingéd Project of Doom

Actually, these character designs are from a truly awful (and rightfully obscure) video game called Animamundi: Dark Alchemist, but we prefer to think of the alchemist, archangel and demon as rooted in the tale of Faust.

Moving, articulated, 12-foot wingspans! What’s not to love?


  • Best Masters, Ohayocon 2008
  • 2nd Place Skit/Performance, Anime Central 2008
  • Best in Professional Division, Gen Con 2008


Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the most successful Japanese franchises of recent years, began as a popular manga (graphic novel), then made platform leaps to television, video game and theatrical film formats. The story is set in the early 20th century in a world similar to ours, except that instead of developing mechanically, technology has advanced in the field of alchemy.


  • Best Advanced Craftsmanship, Animarathon 2006
  • Craftsmanship Merit Award, Anime Central 2006
  • Best In Show, DaigaCon 2007
  • Hall Cosplay Winner, Gen Con 2007 (Edward Elric)