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BYOC (Build Your Own Cosplay) Part 1: Character Design and Planning

Are you ready to start your first Cosplay or Costume character or do you have a design in mind that is a little outside of your comfort zone? Join us as we help guide you through the process of planning out and designing your own cosplay! 

In this class, you will learn how to select patterns that are closest to the needs of your character. In addition, you will explore various fabrics that are appropriate and the associated sewing tools and notions you will need to complete for the project. You will also learn the skills that are needed for construction and and what classes will help you build key skills to fill gaps. By the end of this class, you will have an action plan to get your project in motion! 

You will need to bring reference photos, drawings and any additional ideas and desired modifications to your character.


  • There is no construction in this class. Construction is covered in Part 2 of this 3 part series. 
  • Each class instance is unique based on the challenges of every project brought in by students. As such, this class may need to be repeated to fully plan out a costume depending on complexity.
  • In many instances, other classes may be required to learn sewing skills needed to complete a project.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:

Ages 15+

This class is the first of a three part series:


Additional items you will need but are offered at classroom stations include:

  • Sewing machine (you may bring your own or use the classroom sewing machines)
  • Pins (included at classroom station)
  • Fabric Marking tool (included at classroom station)
  • Sewing gauge (included at classroom station)
  • Ruler (included at classroom station)
  • Shears (included at classroom station)
  • Rotary Cutter (included at classroom station)
  • Cutting Mat (included at classroom station)

Cancellation Policy

A Student may cancel a class registration via email ( or by phone at 214-358-3549.

Cancellations with more than 3 days prior notice may request a full refund. Cancellations received 1 - 3 days before the class will receive credit towards another class. Any cancellations on the day of the class cannot be refunded or transferred.

Read our full Classroom Policies here.

Instructor: Melanie Jasmine
Instructor Bio: This class is being taught by Melanie Jasmine of for a limited time.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.