Cosplay is a lot of work, and there’s nothing worse than a broken costume. On the other hand, no one wants to bring a hot glue gun and a sewing machine to a convention. That’s where we come in.
The Cosplay Repair Station is a dedicated area within a convention where attendees can fix their costumes, free of charge. We offer a variety of supplies divided into 4 different stations: sewing, wigs, glue, and general. Our apron-wearing staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to assist in whatever way they can.
We emphasize quick, safe fixes to get attendees back into the convention as quickly as possible without having to return to the Repair Station for further repairs later on. We use glues with short dry and cure times (3 hours or less). We offer a variety of adhesives intended for use on skin. We purchase higher quality safety pins that won’t bend or pop open.
Our greatest strength is our staff. Staff point attendees towards the necessary supplies but can also help with repairs. All staff are knowledgeable in the use of a sewing machine and then receive further training in one or more of the aforementioned categories. Many staff achieve the status of “Repair Master” for being knowledgeable in all areas.
Back in 2010 some concerned cosplayers started the Costume Club at the University of Washington and used that to launch the Cosplay Repair Station. The Repair Station debuted at Sakura-Con 2011. It was only on Saturday, for only 6 hours, and staffed by only 5 people (+ friends). It was such a success that we were invited back the following year for all 3 days and have been a convention staple ever since.
In 2014, we reached out to Everfree Northwest, and did a Repair Station that year and the next. In 2015 we were invited to do a Repair Station at Emerald City Comicon. We hope to continue expanding our services into other local conventions.