I plan on entering a costume for craftsmanship, but I don't quite understand something. It said I use the same name and such as from the Masquerade, but I don't have the ability to do a skit due to the fact that my friends who were to do it with me may not be able to come. So, I was wondering, how does craftsmanship registration work? Do I have to be in a skit to try and enter my costume, because if so, I won't be able to.
Also, regarding the costume itself-- I had a little bit of help making it. I'm eighteen, but I still had my mother help me (;; Nothing mothers can't do, eh?) by telling me how to do it, but I did the actual sewing and such by myself. Does that still count as made by me? I don't want to get disqualified for not knowing... >__>;
Thank you, whoever chooses to help me out. I appreciate it.
As far as "my mom helped me" costumes, those are perfectly fine. The advice earlier about saying who helped you is the best advice. Also, people who are in a group and one person in the group made the costumes -- just state that (that can actually net the person who did it a Design Award).
This isn't just directed at you, this is directed at everyone who keeps sending me questions about "what's allowed" (sorry if I'm a bit frazzled on this subject *sorry*):
****USE COMMON SENSE***
I keep trying to tell people this (but no one listens cry Q___Q) our rules are to prevent the people who order their entire costume from some place in China off of eBay tailored to them for $99.00 and then pretend they made it themselves. Also, those who buy a costume from a friend/seamstress/etc. and try to pass it off as their own. We want SOME creativity put in here. You don't have to have made it top-to-bottom from scratch, just put in SOME effort of some sort (like going to the store to find the different pieces of your costume). Do I care that you got your Vampire Knight locket from eBay? Of course not!
Do I care if you went and bought your entire costume from "Jan's Cosplay Shoppe"? Yes we do -- that's prohibited.
If you are doing a skit, we honestly don't care if only a tiny fraction of creativity went into your costume as long as something was attempted. If you are participating in Craftsmanship judging, the judges are obviously more particular. But then I get questions like "Zomg I didn't make my shoes, wig, etc." ... don't make this too hard!
We don't care if you bought a wig (goodness no one expects you to make a wig, that's crazy) or shoes (what are you going to do, kill a cow, skin it, tan it, etc? >.< ?) or hand-making your accessories when you can just buy them from Bob's Crazy Anime Store.
Now, if you ARE doing Craftmanship judging and you, say, style your wig to look like a character, or customize your shoes to look like a character's shoes, or, yeah, the crazy (and talented!) people who die-cast their own weapons and props... then you get BONUS points. We aren't going to require that you do these things, but the judges will give you kudos and probably extra nudges towards a possible win if you do.
This is officially the LAST time I'm going to answer questions in this vein for 2010. Please stop making it so hard
just follow the golden rule which is "don't buy a pre-made costume from someone" and you're good.