I'm sorry I missed this panel this year. From the title of this thread, I was afraid it was going to be about limiting my cosplay to a character of my shape and size, which I never do
I would like to know more about pattern alterations. I sew most of my outfits, and generally find a pattern most similar to the final outfit, and then alter it. But the alterations are hit and miss (change a line, cut the material, sew it, try it on, realize it needs adjusting, start over). I would love it if you could identify how to change the pattern based on what exists versus what you want it to be, if that makes sense.