Busted seams, missing buttons, chipped paint — there’s no reason to fear a cosplay malfunction at Naka-Kon! Whether you need an emergency fix or just a break from the crowds, our Cosplay Recoery Lounge will be waiting for you! This year we’re also excited to offer a series of workshops to help you up your cosplay game.

*Denotes signup required. You can pre-register for these workshops here.

Thanks to our Cosplay Recovery Lounge sponsors, Brotherhood Props and Anime St. Louis!

HOURS & LOCATION

Maple, Sheraton Lower Level
Friday: 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. -9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hand Sewing 1: Sewing a Treasure Pouch*

Stop by the Cosplay Lounge for a workshop in hand sewing! Attendees will receive a small sewing kit for making emergency repairs to costumes. Our resident cosplay moms will show you how to use the tools in the kit. Then, it’s time to test your newfound knowledge by sewing a small fabric pouch with a drawstring, perfect for carrying around your small treasures.

Hand Sewing 2: Sewing a Tiny Stuffed Toy*

Stop by the Cosplay Lounge for a workshop in hand sewing! Attendees will receive a small sewing kit for making emergency repairs to costumes.Our resident cosplay moms will show you how to use the tools in the kit. Then, it’s time to test your newfound knowledge and sew a tiny stuffed animal from felt.

Make It Sew (Part 1)

Are you wanting to dive into making your own cosplays but terrified because you don’t know the first thing about a sewing machine? Never fear! Come by the lounge for a crash course in sewing machines: Learn how to set up a sewing machine, thread a machine, fill a bobbin, set tension, and even sew simple items.

Make it Sew (Part 2)*

Now that you’ve conquered your fear of the sewing machine, it’s time to learn some new skills, including make your own hip bag. Learn how to use a rotary cutter and straight edge, do a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch, and make a buttonhole.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Cosplay

Let’s talk about recycling and repurposing for cosplay! That includes the standard thrift shop cosplay, closet cosplay, and “Frankensteining” This is your chance to ask questions or just listen and take notes. Come and go as you wish!

Glues, Paints & Primers, Oh My! (Brotherhood Props)

Have you ever had trouble with getting that one piece of your cosplay to stick to the other? How about that time when your paint wrinkled and cracked? We’ve all had those issues, so join Brotherhood Props as they talk about how to stick piece A on piece B and be sure the paint looks perfect.

Introduction to Molding and Casting with Poly Plastics (Brotherhood Props)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to mold and cast small gems or detail pieces for your cosplay? Let us help you. In conjunction with poly plastics, we will be going over the process of molding and casting small items with sample pieces. We will also discuss the high level processes of molding and casting larger items. Bring your questions, as this will be an interactive presentation with time for Q&A.