The Sew Much Cosplay™ Line of Products is Here!

IT’S FINALLY HERE!  The day we have been waiting for has arrived!  The Sew Much Cosplay™ line of products is out and we couldn’t be happier.

The line debuted at a major sewing trade event in Houston, TX called Quilt Market.  It’s not just for quilting as all sorts of sewing vendors are there, and this is the set up and booth by Sew Much Cosplay™!

You can see the new Purple Mage cosplay Cheryl has been working on and teasing over on Instagram for a while, as well as the Steampunk cosplay and Game of Thrones cape that was made recently.   The Purple Mage costume has every single one of the cosplay line of products in it, so we are excited to have it finished for the show.

It’s a real treat to see the products in their retail packaging and in the displays that retailers can order.  Here’s what our Hero Foam looks like in it’s display!  We are super proud of this foam made specifically for cosplay.

Here’s the full display of products!  Including our Power Boost Interlining, Super Structure Foam, Power Shine Glitter and Foils, and yes, that’s a 3D printer that retailers can carry along with the rest of our products!!  How cool is that?

Want to check out the line?  Click HERE to see the line.  Want to see retailers who are picking up the line to buy it? Click HERE to find our list of retailers.  It’s growing every day so check back often. And be sure to ask your independent sewing or comic store to carry it if they are not on the list!

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Announcing Sew Much Cosplay™

 

New Partnership Brings Cosplay to Sewing Stores Nationwide

Cheryl Sleboda and Tracy Mooney build a new sewing brand

 

Plainfield, IL: Senior editor of GenQ Magazine, Tracy Mooney and art quilter Cheryl Sleboda have partnered to create their new brand, Sew Much Cosplay™. The two will bring their sizeable sewing prowess to a new audience – cosplayers. Their new website, www.sewmuchcosplay.com, will feature tutorials, products, book reviews and more. In addition Tracy and Cheryl have plans to educate stores about attracting this underserved buyer.

 

“I have been saying that this is the future of sewing for a long time. I love Cosplay and I can’t wait to bring cosplayers the products and techniques that will make their costumes better,” says Cheryl Sleboda. In recreating “screen perfect” costumes, young people today have been reinventing the wheel when it comes to the products they use to create their costumes. Currently, after spending upward of 200 hours and anywhere from $200-$2000 on one costume, the finished product may only be useable for the short term. “I think that there is not only a lot of room for improvement in the products that are currently on the market that they have been using, there is a lot of room between the armor making and the sewn costumes. There is so much room for improvement in stabilizers and interfacings that would be more realistic to what they see on the screen,” says Tracy Mooney.

 

Cosplay is a portmanteau of “costume” and “play” and Cosplayers like to dress up as their favorite characters from TV, movies, cartoons, comic books and more.

  • Considered “superfans” in the Pop Culture Industry, they are 64% Female.
  • Cosplayers have been identified as the top spenders at conventions.
  • They are young, 49% are 18-29!
  • Nearly 60% describe themselves as super-fans, and a whopping 28% have been to five or more fan events in the past 12 months.

 

About Tracy Mooney: In her work as Senior Editor for Generation Q Magazine, veteran quilter Tracy Mooney designs projects and writes patterns for WeSew2, a feature in Generation Q that teaches kids ages 7-16 how to sew and quilt. She has also been instrumental in creating GenQ’s Cut & Sew Club, a curriculum-based program giving dealers and quilt shops the tools needed to create successful kids sewing classes. She is a correspondent for “The Quilt Show”, teaches kids sewing classes in Illinois and teaches in-the-hoop embroidery classes for Pickle Pie Designs around the country. Tracy also blogs and lectures through her brand, Sew Supportive, about strategies, tools and equipment to help people with arthritis, autoimmune disease and other health challenges continue sewing and enjoying the many health benefits sewing and quilting provide. Tracy has been quilting and sewing for nearly 25 years, is the mother of 3 children and has created their costumes for cosplay, renaissance fair, Halloween, steampunk accessories and “nerdy” clothing hacks for her kids.

 

About Cheryl Sleboda: Cheryl is a 20-year veteran executive of the pop culture and comic book industry and been sewing for over 25 years. Trained in theatre costuming, she is an award winning art quilter who teaches and speaks nationally. Cheryl has worked with national sewing brands about the Cosplay market and has appeared on It’s Sew Easy TV in 6 episodes demonstrating projects for Cosplay.  Cheryl has a line of heirloom sewing tools and patterns as part of her efforts to make heirloom sewing “cool” again.  Cheryl also has a line of hip sewing “skull” brand merchandise that appeals to the “rock n roll” quilter and sewist in all of us.  She can be found online at www.muppin.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RNK And Sew Much Cosplay™ To Partner

 

 

RNK and Sew Much Cosplay™ to Partner

New Products Coming for Underserved Cosplay Market

Plainfield, IL: Sew Much Cosplay™, owned by Tracy Mooney and Cheryl Sleboda, is partnering with RNK Distributing to create a new line of products specifically for Cosplayers. Their new website, www.sewmuchcosplay.com, will feature tutorials and products that are custom made for this market. This collaboration will debut at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis May 19-21, 2017.

During the 2017 VDTA in February, attendees heard Ricky Brooks of RNK Distributing say repeatedly that the Home Sewing Industry MUST give birth to a new younger generation of crafters. After attending C2E2, a comic book convention held in Chicago, Ricky and his wife and business partner Kay Brooks witnessed over 100,000 attendees that are passionate about creating Cosplay costumes. “I believe anyone talking the talk, should walk the walk,” says Ricky Brooks of RNK Distributing.  “This new thing, idea, concept, entertainment called cosplay has captured the newer, younger demographic we have been looking for. Whether it’s a love of comics, movies, or video games (and more!), this passion is driving them to the sewing machine to bring their favorite characters and styles to life!”

By partnering with Sew Much Cosplay™, RNK is hoping to bring new and better products to this underserved sewing market. “I think that there is not only a lot of room for improvement in the products that are currently on the market that Cosplayers have been using, there is so much room for improvement in stabilizers and interfacings that would be more realistic to what cosplayers see on the screen,” says Tracy Mooney of Sew Much Cosplay™.

Cosplay is a portmanteau of “costume” and “play” and Cosplayers like to dress up as their favorite characters from TV, movies, cartoons, comic books and more.

  • Considered “superfans” in the Pop Culture Industry, they are 64% Female.
  • Cosplayers have been identified as the top spenders at conventions.
  • They are young, 49% are 18-29!
  • Nearly 60% describe themselves as super-fans, and a whopping 28% have been to five or more fan events in the past 12 months.

About Sew Much Cosplay™: Cheryl Sleboda and Tracy Mooney created Sew Much Cosplay™ to bring better products and education to the sewists of today, as well as to educate stores about this new group of sewists that are looking to learn more about the art of making cosplay.

About RNK Distributing: RNK Distributing is a manufacturer and distributor of high quality specialty Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Supplies for both the Commercial Embroidery and Home Crafting Industries including stabilizers, software, needles, thread and tools. Their brands include Floriani, Jenny Haskins, Quilters Select and Sew Much Cosplay™.

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