Hi there, I'm Samantha. I've been cosplaying for about 8 years, and mainly attend conventions in central Florida.
I work for Action3 Events and serve as their cosplay events coordinator for Tampa Bay Comic Con, Orlando Comic Expo, Nashville Comic Expo and possibly more events in the future!
Although I do not purport to be an expert in making things, I am more than happy to answer any cosplay/crafting questions you may have.
I was recently asked by Action3 to make a Fanpage, and if you want, you can like it here. However, this Tumblr is the best way to keep up with my antics, unless you want to actually add my personal profile on Facebook. I'm not shy about adding friends there so feel free to send me a request IF we have met or at least have mutual friends: "Samantha Petrone"
Okay so for those not in the know, Con-Jure, a first-year con (under that name at least, it used to be Dream Con) is happening in Orlando the same weekend as Tampa Bay Comic Con. Tampa and Orlando are pretty close to each other (I live right in between them and they’re both about 45mins to an hour from me). Con-Jure has a few good guests, one in particular I’d love to meet, but I’m working for TBCC, so it’s not feasible.
Personally, I think it was really irresponsible for Con-Jure to schedule their con the same weekend as TBCC. I don’t say that to be petty; it’s just bad business. Last year, we (TBCC) had 1/3 the space we have now and pulled in 28k people in a single day (Saturday) when we were expecting 20k over the entire weekend. That was back when there were about 20k fans on the Facebook. Now there’s over 40k fans on the Facebook page and we’ve rented out the entire convention center. We’ve got really good guests. News coverage. And we have ‘Comic Con’ in the name (as far as advertising goes it’s the most searched term when ‘non-con-goers’ search for these events so that means more “civvies” through the door). But anyway, for perspective, last time I checked, Con-Jure had less than 1k fans on Facebook.
I don’t think it’s going to be a bad con. I actually think it’s going to be a great, small, intimate con with fantastic guests, like Asylum Tampa was. But, like Asylum Tampa, I think they’re going to sell very few tickets and have very few attendees. Did I have a great experience at the con? Yes. Did the con make enough money? No. It’s honestly just a sad situation that was completely preventable, but what’s done is done.
It’s really just something you learn over time. Looking at labels on things or searching online can help you get an idea for how fabrics are named. I’ve gotten to the point where I can look at a fabric online and have a pretty good idea from the photos how it drapes and how thick it is. I’ve said time and time again I wish this were something I could do a tutorial on but it’s really just a thing you learn as you go.