New for 2016: Costuming Workshops!

That’s right, folks. It’s taken some time to pull this off but we are now offering the hands-on experiences that you’ve been asking for. We have some very exciting workshops lined up for you and hope that you will take advantage of them.

Here’s the skinny:

All workshops accept a limited number of participants so your instructors can provide a better learning experience.

All workshops come with a materials fee. You pay only for the materials that you need to accomplish your objective for the workshop and not a dollar more. Your expert instructors are generously donating their time at the time of the workshop AND by collecting the materials you need (usually at a bulk discount.) They make nothing off of this and are passing those materials on to you at their cost.

The cost of materials vary per workshop. Because you are reimbursing your instructor directly, some have the ability to accept credit card payments in advance and some accept only cash (exact change is greatly appreciated.) They cannot accept checks.

Workshops are on a first paid, first served bases. We will happily take your pre-registration but cannot guarantee a space in the workshop until your materials are paid for.  Your best option for getting into the workshop of your choice is to register and pay in advance.

Last minute entries at the Con (with exact change in cash) will be accepted if there are spaces available. We do predict, however, that all spaces will be gone by then. So pre-register early and pay for your kit so you won’t miss out.

Upon pre-registration, your instructor will contact you directly with additional instructions which will include payment information and arrangements for handing off your supplies. (Note: if after purchasing your kit you should find that you are unable to physically attend the workshop, do not despair: each kit comes with detailed instructions and the instructors contact information.)

We are proud to offer the following workshops (with more on the way):

Constructing the Modern Kilt – $35 (2.5 hrs; limited to 20 people)

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In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience with ALL steps and stitches used in the construction of the traditional Scottish Kilt.

We will cover patterning, completing the basic kilt set up. the actual sewing techniques involved, and finishing steps.  Once you are finished, you will have your own custom fitted pattern and a constructed ‘sampler’ in which you can take home and use to help you create your own full size kilts.

The 35.00 dollar preregistration fee covers the illustrated manual and all supplies you need to create the sampler. Supplies included are:

  • Illustrated Manual
  • a 30″ X 36″ sheet of brown paper for drafting the apron pattern
  • one piece of plaid wool fabric
  • one piece of hair canvas
  • one piece of lining fabric

Sewing machines, needles, thread and yardsticks will also be provided.

Your instructors: Freddy Clements & Randy Blades, professors of theatrical arts at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.

Chainmaille 101 – $20 (2.5 hrs; limited to 24 people)


Ever wanted to learn chainmaille? This is your chance! In this two and a half hour class we cover the basics of chainmaille assembly. Participants can choose to make either a six inch by six inch square of armor weave, or up to three feet of byzantine chain. This kit includes:

  • 2 pair pliers
  • Approx. 750ct of 16 gauge, 1/4 inch bright aluminum rings
  • Printed instructions to complete both weaves.

Your instructor: Stephen Taylor owner of Lone Wolf Armory.

Dreads– $10 (1 hrs; limited to 10 people)


Envy those chic cyberdreads you see at clubs and on costumers? In this 1 hour workshop you learn to to prepare, create and assemble cyberloxx  and in the end you leave with a basic monochrome set for immediate wear.

The kit contains:

  • 10-yards of crin
  • 1 Alice band OR stretch lace (dependent upon the type of dreads you choose to make)
  • rubber bands
  • printed instructions that includes suggested material suppliers for future dreads projects.

Bringing your own basic sewing kit is suggested but we will likely have thread, needles, and snips available to borrow.

Your instructor: Lamia, owner of Lamia Creations.

To register, simply complete and submit this form.

We’re sorry but online registration for 2016 Workshops is now closed. Please check with a Costuming Track volunteer at the show to see if there are any last minute spaces available.