Inspired or Copied? The Ethics of Art

Unapproved use of licensed material, traced artwork, copied costume patterns, digital manipulation–there are so many ways for artists to cross the line into unethical behavior when using another artist’s work as source material. How do we distinguish between inspiration, homage, and borderline theft? If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, how should artists feel… Continue reading Inspired or Copied? The Ethics of Art

But Does It Have Pockets?

Your costume looks great, but where will you put your keys and cell phone while walking the convention floor? Panelists will cover ways to add pockets to your garments, along with other creative ways to carry your stuff, eat, drink, and handle other sometimes-overlooked necessities.


The Worldcon Masquerade is a time-honored tradition going all the way back to 1940, offering costumers and cosplayers the chance to showcase the most amazing costumes in fandom. Come and see some of the best costumes from around the world on our stage.

Textiles and Politics

From the royal purples of the Mediterranean to sumptuary laws, what people wore (or were allowed to wear) was a political statement. Join historians in a discussion of the politics of clothing. Let’s talk about textiles, clothing styles, adornments, and politics.

Junk Pile Costuming for Kids

Duct tape, old buttons, tin foil, paper plates, glitter, glue sticks… We’ll supply the junk, you bring your imagination! We’ll help you make a costume from everyday scraps. No sewing skills needed.

History of the Fabric Arts

From horse-drawn felts to drop spindles, bone needles to stone loom weights, our experts consider how historical fabric art processes developed across various regions and what impact fabric technology had in the lives and products of historical peoples. Join art historians and fabric arts specialists as they talk about their favorite historical examples and coolest… Continue reading History of the Fabric Arts

Making Space for Making

Crafting, making, and cosplay all take space for equipment and materials. Panelists will discuss different approaches for finding space in your home for your projects—from unique storage solutions, to creating dedicated makerspaces in garages and basements. What are the pros and cons of using community makerspaces?

Ye Olde Costumes

What did it look like when our ancestors created and wore costumes? The panelist will discuss knowledge derived from theater, historical art, costume parties, tableau, pageants, and early photography.

Pattern Fitting Workshop

Gain confidence in sewing for everyday wear and cosplay! Learn how to adjust a flat pattern to fit before cutting your fabric. This workshop will cover fitting patterns from the hips and up. We will cover full bust adjustment, narrow and wide shoulders, protruding abdomen, dowager hump, large biceps, and many more fitting issues. If… Continue reading Pattern Fitting Workshop

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