Now this is a fantastic story.
Three years ago, an employee of McCall's Patterns, an avid cosplayer, mentioned to one of her colleagues that there could be a significant market, untapped, for garment patterns specifically designed and marketed for cosplay. Cut to 2017 New York Comic Con:
McCall's still sells a great big envelope full of tissue paper patterns, sewing instructions and suggestions for fabrics, trims and notions for something you can sew at home.
However, it's only been these last few years that those envelopes contain the highly ornate, storybook-esque designs for corsets and tunics, instructions for creating bodysuits and capes fit for superheroes, and detailed directions for DIY wings.
According to Kathleen Wiktor, director of retail and consumer promotion for CSS Industries, the parent company of McCall's, the pattern for said wings, titled "FLIGHT," quite literally flew off the shelves. It then became very clear there was a group of ravenous consumers, cosplayers, waiting with baited breath for their next release.
I have to point out one very spectacular feature of these patterns. They, just like the Comic Cons in which they're featured, are super inclusive. They're 100% non-gender specific. Nowhere on any of their packaging does it say the garment pattern inside is meant for a specific person.
The success of their cosplay line has been remarkable. So much so, they're branching out to well known cosplay artists and designers, and expanding the line year after year. See below for more cosplay patterns McCall's is releasing during New York Comic Con 2017.
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