…And Sewing Is Half the Battle! is made up of a handful of friends in Indianapolis who started this because they didn’t know any better. While none of them have any formal training in sewing or costuming, they were too naïve to know that they couldn’t do it, and between sheer luck, bullheaded perseverance and Laura’s Rule of Cosplay, they’ve put together some competitive costumes.
Laura is a professional animal trainer and behavior analyst. She talks a lot about behavior in all species. Her hobbies include writing fiction, various competitive dogsports, and eating chocolate.
Favorite costume: “Honestly, I don’t think I have a favorite anymore. I like stuff that I’m proud of and in which I have some connection or identification with the character.”
Worst cosplay moment ever: “Arriving at Animarathon 2006 and realizing we’d left a favorite costume piece, Ed’s red coat, at home. My so-called friends Anna and Melissa consoled me by flaunting digital photos of every other Ed Elric cosplayer there, mentioning casually, ‘These Eds all seem to have something you’re missing…’!”
Alena is a professional studio artist as well as an animal trainer. Her hobbies include photography, writing original fiction, and gaming (when she has the time — which isn’t often).
Favorite costume: “Usually, whichever one I’m NOT working on at the moment! But I love vampire!Fay, Zelgadiss, and Noin. I don’t know that I have a single favorite.”
Worst cosplay moment ever: “Winning Best In Show at OhayoCon ’07… and falling down the stairs on my way to the stage to receive the award. Ouch.”
Mark is a programmer/developer by day and a gamer by night. His hobbies include RPG, video games, and reading.
Favorite costume: “Cosplaying [Midou] Ban without a wig [from Getbackers]. I had huge hair spikes that managed to stay up without the entire day. Made getting into my car hard though….”
Worst cosplay moment ever: “Discovering (pre-having long enough hair to do it without a wig), that I ‘d left my Amon wig at home…after I’d arrived at Acen.”