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Event Date: Saturday, 11 June 2022

Event Time: 09h00-18h00

Venue: STADIO School of Fashion: Geneva Road &, Eileen Rd, Blairgowrie, Randburg, 2194

Entry Fee: R150,00 (Incl. Mid-Morning Tea/Coffee & Lunch voucher, mystery material pack delivery to you prior to the competition)

Entry & Payment Deadline:  ENTRIES CLOSED 27 May 2022 

Compulsory Online Briefing (Theme will be announced): 30 May 2022, 15h00 – 16h00

ABOUT CCA Sew-a-thon

Comic Con Africa Sew-a-thon 2022 is brought to you by Brother South Africa and hosted by STADIO School of Fashion.

The 8-hour Sew-A-Thon will be broadcasted live on YouTube with contestant interviews throughout the event.

While we wait to get back to our fans and the festival in September, we want to challenge our fellow fans that like to create costumes and cosplays to join us for a Sew-a-thon to flex those sewing machines and stand a chance to win with Brother & STADIO School of Fashion.

Each contestant will have the main challenge in designing and creating an outfit with an additional side challenge that will take place during the sew-a-thon to give you the opportunity to win epic prizes.

Beginners,intermediates, advance/professional sewist as well as cosplayers, can come join in on this fun challenge.



I am someone who needs to be creative and I have a variety of creative hobbies that I enjoy.


I am a 22 year old with a passion for life! I love to travel, read and quite obviously sew. I enjoy a challenge and love trying new things! When I do something I give it 100% and never quit. Art is my therapy and makes living worth a whole lot more! I am excited for this amazing opportunity.


I am an 26 year old, unsupervised adult who learned to sew from her mother. I fund my cosplaying and lifestyle through the work I do as a digital marketer for ESD and my side hustles. I love challenging myself and learning new things.


I am a cosplayer of animals turned human who is self taught with sewing.


I have always been a multi-media creative. When I applied to University, my first choice field was Filmmaking and my backups were: Costume Design and Fashion design. I’ve made a few cosplays, dresses, and gowns over the years. My favorite thing about sewing is the satisfaction when a project is complete.


I am a creative person and I do not like to limit my potential by labeling or boxing myself but if I had to describe myself I would say I am a multi-hyphenate.  I do what I want and what makes me happy and I want to do things that make other happy too.


I am 31 yrs old, living in centurion, working as a data capturer for medical company and part time fashion designer for myself, trying to establish my own label/brand in the fashion industry.


Computer Science student by day crafting goblin by night.


I’ve been sewing for many years, and recently my interest has turned to historical reproduction – which does overlap with cosplay of course! I have a very big me-made wardrobe that ranges across many aesthetics, from cottagecore to punk. Sewing is only one of many hobbies, but it is the one I spend the most time on.


I’m a cosplayer, but love sewing and make a lot of my own clothes. I love the creative process and being able to wear my creation is so fulfilling. Being mom of 2 (including a newborn) limits my time, so I hope the sew-a-thon kicks me back into gear :).


I’m a fashion writer from Johannesburg, exploring historical dress and contemporary costume. I spend my free time researching and constructing costume and dress with a sustainable practice.


I am the creator and owner of Nautical Creations (.co.za). I have two cosplay titles under my belt. I have been crafting full time since 2020 and have created over 20 furries and other projects. I love a challenge to push my crafts to the next level as well as testing all my creative backgrounds ( Sewing and jewellery making). Looking forward to hear what this sew-a-thon will bring.


Hello, my name is Rachel. I am a 25 year old fashion designer. I have been sewing since grade 10, my first garment I made was a lace shirt that ended up not fitting me. I would really like to be a part of CCA Sew-a-ton because I haven’t been using my skills for the past year and I’m ready to get back into it and be creative. Plus I love superhero movies and fantasy movies. I have seen every Marvel movie and went to the premiere of Dr. Strange multiverse of madness. I think me loving these things will help me with any brief given in this competition.


I would describe myself as art.enthusiastic, passionate about things that I have interest in, focused, and always trying to learn new things . I try lo look at difficult situations as a chance to grow rather than something to be afraid of .i am an  art  culture lover .


My name is Emmanuel I am currently studying at (3rd year student) Stadio School of fashion I have a passion for sewing I can work under pressure.


I am creative, bubbly and loud – both in my dress sense, and in the decibels that come out of my mouth! I have always loved fashion, and making costumes for cosplay events is a fun side vibe I enjoy! Can’t wait to see the mystery pack so I can get going!


I’m a transgender cosplayer who loves to hang out with friends and create a community safe space. I’ve been sewing and creating cosplays since 2014 and love anime and gaming.


I am a self taught seamstress, I love making dresses and accessories, apart from sewing I’m a dedicated horse rider as well as a gaming enthusiast.


I would love to say I am a creative, I am person who is naturally given when it comes to using my hands. I am saying this because at school I was not really good hence I had to drop out after I have failed my Grade 10 twice and started focusing more on my talent by going to school of sewing. Seeing  became my place of escape and my bread and butter.


Sew-A-Thon Contestant


Sewing has been part of my life since I can remember. Reflecting on most of my life’s decisions has inherently come down to fashion as art, and craft to make up fashion.


I am a higher certificate fashion design student at Stadio. Iike fashion, music and art. I am positive, passionate and hardworking person.


The passion for fashion started when I was only six years old. I would sew fabrics together without even knowing how the should be sew. My dream is to boost my confidence and show myself that I can do anything to the best of my ability. I like new challenges thrown my way and experiment with them specially with new fabrics an textiles.


I have always been very creative and artistic. My main passion has always been fabric painting, expanding in to sewing, to create unique and personalized items. Over the last few years I have had to expand on my sewing knowledge and ventured into clothing making.  This competition will not only test my creative and artistic abilities, but teach me many new things and introduce me to a world I have only very dreamed of being a part of.


I am a full time artist and designer based in Pretoria. I love to cosplay in my free time, as well as sew garments for myself.


I am a Fashion Design graduate. I designed and constructed a cocktail dress for one of Miss South Africa’s Top 12 contestants in 2017.


I am currently a student at Stadio School of Fashion. I have always had a huge passion for the geek and fashion industry, so combining the two excites me beyond belief. I’d describe myself as whimsical and curious overall.


I’m a second year for Fashion Design at Stadio. Harley Quinn is my comfort character. I was raised on Nirvanna, Green Day, Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne.


I am a young vibrant designer finding his niche looking at inspiration on art and architecture trying to create new clothes listening to music trying to come up with concepts that will work for the modern day wear.


I am a vibrant and confident fashion design student, and I have my heart completely set on costume design. I am also a Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic, with a love/hate relationship with DC. Deadpool is my favorite anti-superhero, and one of my favorite costume designers amongst a reputable few is Ruth E. carter, The way in which she merged afrofuturism and costume design into one was both tasteful and paid respect to African cultures without loosing the essence of the character or the plot. This will be my first competition and also my first comic con as I have been looking to get into cosplay and now I am finally taking the steps and measures to actually take part in it. I’m excited!


I am a costume designer and seamstress, I have worked on numerous weddings, theatre productions and some film sets. I love to read and paint in my off time and I have recently started doing leatherwork as well.


I am doing my final year studies at Stadio school of fashion. My goal once graduating is to becoming a fashion designer and start my own brand as well as have start my own retail stores locally and hopefully globally as time progresses. I am a very creative individual and have a lot of talent to showcase and express.


I am an engineer by day, but I have always had a love for fashion. I have four gorgeous Swiss Shepards, who make sure I’m never bored. I enjoy reading and traveling. I’m always up for an adventure or a new experience, and I love a challenge.


My name is William the second I’ve been in love with fashion from since I was a child. Started a clothing brand in 2016 and was only able to study fashion 2021 since I started studying fashion I have started a sustainable brand and did my own fashion series featuring other 5 designers and I hosted two fashion shows.


I am a 24 year old woman who has decided to finally take on her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. I am constantly doing what I can to better myself as a person as I strongly believe that I self development is a life long process. I am a second year student of fashion design at UJ and I am absolutely loving it. I would describe myself as introverted but confident and self assured, I am a lover of anything beautiful therefore art is something I enjoy observing.

inxie Cosplay is a local cosplay professional with experience competing in both national and international cosplay competitions. She is a self-taught seamstress with a love for all things geek, gaming and anime and she has made costuming a full time passion and career. She’s won multiple competitions over the past 7 years in various local event categories, from sewing to prop/armor fabrication. Overseas, she has represented South Africa in the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan in 2018, and she took home the title of Crown Champion in the C2E2 Championship of Cosplay in 2020.    

Jinxie Cosplay was the 2019 Comic Con Africa Champion of Cosplay.

Sew-a-thon JUDGES 

These 5 judges will be joining us on the Sew-a-thon day and will be spending time with contestant to judge their innovative ideas, sewing skills and overall design. 

Ludus Cosplay is a Cape Town based, full time fabricator and cosplayer with over 12 years experience in the costume industry. He enjoys gaming, anime, movies, trading card games and anything geek related. When he’s not working on his own costumes or in the film industry, he creates tutorials and educational content to help spread knowledge and support to other artists.                                                 Ludus Cosplay is also the current reigning regional Comic Con Cape Town cosplay champion.


Chenelle van Wyk is the Sewing and Craft executive at Brother South Africa since 2018 and Studying Product Management at the University of Cape Town.

Chenelle was taught by her grandmother and has been sewing ever since. Her love for sewing grew into a passion for embroidery and digitising as well.

Her passion for wildlife is not only shown through her feisty personality but also in her embroidery work.

With a decade of experience lecturing in fashion education and currently working as the Discipline Leader for Design at the STADIO School of Fashion, Terese Potgieter has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of fashion design.

She started her career after being invited to showcase her graduate collection at the Audi Joburg Fashion Week as part of the New Generation competition in 2010.

Based on the exposure gained from the competition, Terese then launched her own clothing label Nooi which she ran for several years as both the designer and production manager.

However, it was in education that she discovered her true passion as she has a love for knowledge and creative problem solving and thoroughly enjoy working with people.

Brother Sewing Machines

Patrick Brill started with LISOF (now STADIO School of Fashion) in 1995 as a senior lecturer at third year level and served as a major contributor in the development of the existing Pattern Design and Garment Construction curricula.

Prior to joining LISOF, Patrick acquired 20 years of design and technical experience working in a variety of fashion industry fields.

He established hands-on knowledge through practicing in the design and manufacture contexts of high-end brand collections, wardrobe and special occasion pieces for individual clients, seasonal consignments for boutiques and dance revue costumes.



Each contestant will receive a mystery material pack prior to the briefing session on the 30th May 2022.

In this briefing session the theme will be announced and further judging criteria will be explained. 


Once you received your mystery material pack you need to prepare the following prior to the Sew-a-thon day and these items will form part of the final judging scores. (1.5 weeks preparation time)

  • Story board
    • Each contestant must create a story board that explains what research was done and how they designed their outfit, which will then be brought with them on the event day for judging.
  • Pattern
    • Each contestant must create their own pattern for their outfit and must bring the pattern with for the competition.
  • Garment
    • Each contestant must have all the garment pieces fully prepared but NOT finished/assembled. The different elements may be cut out with completed seams but cannot have any finishing details.
    • The assembly of the outfit can only be done during the allocated competition times.

Failure to follow the points mentioned above will result in disqualification or a deduction in points.


Schedule for the day

08h00 – 08h30 Contestant arrival
08h30 – 09h00 Contestant briefing
09h00 – 10h00 Main challenge
10h00 – 12h00 Side challenge
12h00 – 13h00 Lunch break
13h00 – 17h00 Main challenge
17h15 – 17h30 Judging
17h30 – 17h45 Prize giving
17h45 – 18h00 Contestants depart



Please make sure you bring the following items with you on the event day:

  • Sewing machine – if you have your own
  • Notebook
  • Standard colouring pens, pencils & markers
  • Sewing kit including but not limited to:
    • Scissors
    • Needles – sewing machine & hand sewing
    • Thread
    • Pin cushion
    • Pins, clips & safety pins
    • Marking pens / pencils
    • Fabric marker and/or chalk
    • Measuring tape
    • Seam ripper
    • L-shape ruler
    • Tracing wheel
    • Seam gauge (optional)


  • R 5000,00 Cash
  • Brother labelling machine with extra tapes valued at R 2600,00
  • 2 VIP Tickets (front seat) to SOF Fashion show with backstage access during the entire day
  • 4 Comic Con Africa 4 Day passes valued at R 2200,00


  • R 3 000,00 Cash
  • Brother labelling machine with extra tapes valued at R 1 900,00
  • 2 Tickets to the SOF Fashion show 
  • 2 Comic Con Africa 4 Day passes valued at R 1100,00


  • R 1500,00 Cash
  • Brother labelling machine with extra tapes valued at R 1 600,00
  • 2 Tickets to the SOF Fashion show 
  • 2 Comic Con Africa 4 Day passes valued at R 1100,00

Sew-a-thon SPONSORS

Brother Sewing Machines

Founded in 1908, Brother is a leading brand that supplies a diverse range of reliable and innovative products to more than 100 countries worldwide. The World of Brother offers printing, scanning, labelling, and sewing and embroidery solutions that are convenient to use while efficiently streamlining your workflow, thus making them ideal in corporate, SME and home environments.

Under the leadership from the Yasui brothers, Brother set a precedent for breaking boundaries and developing innovative and affordable sewing machines.  From perfecting the mass production of sewing machines in 1932 to introducing their first electronic machine in 1976 the company has always blazed a trail.

Now, more than 100 years later, Brother has grown into a multinational corporation and continues to introduce innovative, expertly built sewing, embroidery and quilting machines suited to all skill levels.

Brother is committed to the advancement of technologies and constantly strives to improve product quality and reliability, whilst minimising the impact our products have on the environment.

Print, copy, scan fax, label and sew much more with Brother, at your side. https://brother.co.za/

At STADIO, we believe in the future of our nation. We want to make a difference by offering greater access to higher education, ensuring that every South African has the opportunity to become the most empowered version of themself. By investing in the human potential all around us, we can grow minds, dreams, and employment to ultimately benefit our nation as a whole.

We take a profound interest in what our students want, and what our country and the world of work needs. We offer higher education specially designed to meet industry requirements and to accommodate our students’ diverse lifestyles. At the end of the day, we have an opportunity to not just help individuals realise their dreams, but to help a nation grow stronger.

The time to do something great for South Africa is now. That’s why we’ve united our collective experience with one goal. To empower the nation by widening access to higher education.

We have brought together four highly prestigious institutions – Southern Business School, Embury Institute for Higher Education, LISOF and Prestige Academy – with a collective experience of over 100 years in providing quality, affordable higher education. We are proud to offer an array of accredited qualifications via contact, distance, and blended learning, across nine campuses, to over 20 000 students.


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