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Dritz® at New York Comic Con

November 20, 2017

Cosplay off the hook.

So, this was a lot of fun. Hard work; crazy; but fun! For those of you who follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you know that in October, Dritz® attended the New York Comic Con (NYCC) show. We had a great response to the images we’ve already shared – seems that y’all were a bit surprised to see us at NYCC, and that you loved our look! We went with a steampunk theme for our booth, and made a whole bunch of garments and accessories using our Dritz® construction and hardware items. See what we made and how.

Dritz® at New York Comic Con

Dritz® at New York Comic Con Here’s our Dritz® booth at New York Comic Con! Small, but packed with inspiration for costume making and cosplay in the steampunk genre.

Not sure what this is all about? Cosplay is when you wear a costume to portray a character from fiction. To perfect a specific look, character or historical period, a lot of folks make their own costumes. That’s where we come in!

Dritz® at New York Comic Con We call this costume Belted Beauty. It’s has 5 pieces (blouse, bolero, corset, belt & skirt), most of which were sewn using patterns that we hacked and loaded with Dritz® hardware.

For each costume we made, we had signs showing the Dritz® hardware used. The goal was to teach NYCC attendees about Dritz® products and inspire them to use Dritz® when making their next costume.

Dritz® at New York Comic Con Here’s Locked & Lovely. This costume has 3 pieces (blouse, corset & skirt), and is a combination of sewing pattern hacks and a purchased piece (the blouse). For this costume, we spent a lot of time on the corset hack, so didn’t feel bad about adding the purchased blouse to the look. And that’s one thing we’re learning about creating cosplay looks – there are no rules .. do what you need to do!

Dritz® at New York Comic Con Here’s a closer look at the Dritz® product boards we had on display. This gives you an idea of the types of Dritz® products we used in making our costumes … tons of fasteners like rings and hooks, and also construction items such as boning (which is what you use to add structure to corsets).

See any favorites?

Dritz® at New York Comic Con As you can imagine, there were NYCC attendees who knew nothing about Dritz®. After all, this isn’t a typical sewing venue. To acquaint folks with how some of our key products work, we demonstrated how to apply rivets and eyelets.

(Like the hat? By the end of the show we constructed a pretty dynamite looking steampunk hat!)

Dritz® at New York Comic Con Did we mention that our team made some on-site repairs, too? Another great thing about our Dritz® no-sew products – they come in handy when a quick costume repair is needed, or in the event of a wardrobe malfunction!

The crowds at New York Comic Con When we say it was crowded, we mean crowded!

Some of the Costumes & Characters at New York Comic Con For us, the best part of the show was meeting and talking to so many talented cosplay enthusiasts! We learned so much, and were really overwhelmed by the talent and creativity put into so many of the costumes and characters.

Don’t just take our word for it – check out our show video and see for yourself!

What’s next? Stay tuned as we continue to explore the world of DIY costuming and cosplay. We’re developing inspiration and education so you can incorporate Dritz® into costume making endeavors of your own.

Got ideas you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment below, or connect with us via Instagram and Facebook. Learn more about Dritz® products by visiting our website and YouTube.

Fun stuff ahead!


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