Fredericksburg, VA

The Spot Demonstrations

 

See your favorite sewing and quilting designers and personalities show what's new and trending. Catch all the excitement as you get up close for how-to demonstrations in The Spot – a more intimate setting. FREE with your General Admission ticket. Looking for even more presentations? Click here for the Expo Stage schedule.

 

Thursday
 

10:30 Eat Cookies Clothes | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
11:15 Four Core Patterns – One Great Wardrobe | Carrie Emerson for Fit for Art Patterns
12:00 The Best Tool for the Job – Choosing Needles for your Handwork| Richard Kennair for Global Artisans
1:00 Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS | Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry for Conselle
1:45 Fascinating Wool World | Bob Moosa for The Wool House
2:30 Breaking The Rules of Sewing | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
3:15 Height Adjustable Workstation and Precise Cutting Techniques | Joallyn Cartwright for Martelli Enterprises

 

Friday
 

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


Saturday
 

9:15 Foam Smithing: Intro to Essentials | Candace Birger for Plexi Cosplay
10:15 Sew You Want to Make a Ball Gown | Casey Renee for Casey Renee Cosplay
11:15 Tools, Notions, and Surprising Materials All Costume Makers Must Have | Candace Birger for Plexi Cosplay
12:15 Essential Tools for Fitting Pants | Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry Conselle
1:00 Why Didn't I Think of That! | Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com
1:45 Shirt Perfect - Collars, Pockets & Hems | Pattie Otto for Great Copy Patterns
2:30 Fascinating Wool World | Bob Moosa for The Wool House
3:15 Four Core Patterns - One Great Wardrobe | Carrie Emerson for Fit for Art Patterns

 

 

Breaking the Rules of Sewing 

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Kathy Ruddy is a maverick who dares to challenge traditional sewing methods, coming up with foolproof techniques of her own to banish the "homemade look" from sewing. She models garments made with these techniques in a lively presentation that will be a memorable experience.

 

Changing Silhouettes, Bustles, Bodices, and Hoops

Casey Renee for Casey Renee Cosplay
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.

 

Closures, fabric overlaps, and attachments

Candace Birger for Plexi Cosplay
‘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.

 

Eat Cookies Clothes

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Are you heavier than your ideal weight? Has your body morphed from an hour glass into a sausage? Kathy uses her body as a human coat hanger to demonstrate how her garment's shapes and details keep the eye away from your trouble areas and looking at your best features. See how different fabrics can shorten the construction process and affect how you look and feel in your clothes.

 

Essential Tools for Fitting Pants

Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry for Conselle

There are tools that will help us greatly in fitting our pants better. Come and see them and learn how to use them. Do you know how to use a flex curve for a better shaped crotch? Do you know what measurements you need and how to take them effectively? A specialized tape measure makes things so much easier! This short class will teach you more than what most of our fitting books contain.

 

Fascinating Wool World

Bob Moosa for The Wool House

Get some insight into the product of wool from fiber to garment. Learn about the unique benefits, performance and fabric attributes of wool. This presentation will answer the question “What is Wool” and outlines the benefits and properties of wool and detailed uses for wool.

 

Foam Smithing: Intro to Essentials

Candace Birger for Plexi Cosplay
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.

 

Four Core Patterns - One Great Wardrobe

Carrie Emerson for Fit for Art Patterns

Be energized to sew your own wardrobe starting with the 4 Core Wardrobe Patterns from Fit for Art Patterns. Use these patterns to develop contemporary wardrobe staples...Jackets, Knit Tops, Pants, Dresses and Tunics...with a personalized fit and lots of design options. We would love to show you how!

 

Height Adjustable Workstation and Precise Cutting Techniques

Joallyn Cartwright for Martelli Enterprises

Learn how to cut with 100% accuracy, slice your cutting time in half and experience pain free cutting with our ergonomic height adjustable workstations and tools.

 

Preparing for a Cosplay Contest and Convention

Casey Renee for Casey Renee Cosplay
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

 

Sew You Want to Make a Ball Gown

Casey Renee for Casey Renee Cosplay
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!

 

Shirt Perfect - Collars, Pockets & Hems

Pattie Otto for Great Copy Patterns

Camp shirts, dress shirts, button downs and cowboy shirts all have a few things in common… collars, pockets and hems. Pattie has perfected these with some very simple techniques to give you ready-to-wear results every time. From interfacing selection to symmetrical collars and pockets to vent and shirttail hems, learn her secrets for achieving a shirt you’ll be proud to wear.

 

Swivel Our Seams: Pattern Alteration SOS

Lorraine Henry for Lorraine Henry for Conselle

Tired of slashing your pattern into puzzle pieces and trying to put it back together to "kind of fit"? Have you ever wanted to just pull out your seam allowances and magically fit your figure? It is almost that easy with the seam method of pattern alteration! Have an "Ah-HA" visual experience as you watch how seams can swivel in and out to accommodate your changing figure!

 

The Art of Embellishment

Casey Renee for Casey Renee Cosplay
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

 

The Best Tool for the Job - Choosing Needles for your Handwork

Richard Kennair for Global Artisans

Handwork is more and more popular. But how do you choose the most appropriate needle for your task. Richard will go through the process of making needles and what the different types of needles are best for different hand crafts.

 

Tools, Notions, and surprising materials all Costume makers must have

Candace Birger for Plexi Cosplay
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.

 

Why Didn't I Think of That!

Kathy Ruddy for kathyruddy.com

Join Kathy as she shares random techniques to perform sewing skills faster and easier with better results than the traditional approach.

 

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