Beth Stoops

MisCon 29 MisCon Staff

Beth Stoops is "three feet tall and dresses kooky." There's mounting evidence she might not be human. Or even a she. But she's interesting to talk to, unintentionally funny, and can help your sewing go to the next level and beyond. If you are looking for her and don't see her, look down. If that doesn't work, carry around a cup of English Breakfast -- eventually she'll come out of hiding.

Beth Stoops is a journeyman costumer from the Pacific Northwest, recently transplanted to the bay area of California. She sews many of her own clothes and household items. Her theory about sewing is that clothing should be comfortable, allow a full range of motion, and have a generally high level of utility. She particularly focuses on strong, solid finish work sewn on strong, durable fibers. While she wears mostly loose tunics, in her ideal world, corsets, kilts, plus-fours and pantaloons would be an everyday occurrence. That said, her absolute favorite thing to make is pants.

As an author, Stoops is raunchy, yet refined, comedic, yet dark. Her stories have a local flavor and a running joke that all good things hail from, or end up in, Montana.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Gussets and Gores Galore!, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    Gussets and gores are key to lean, frugal fabric layouts and ease of wearing in many eras of clothing. Learn about where and when to use them, and when in a hurry, how to fake it like a champ.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Reading: Small Tomatoes Press, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    E. Stoops will read from recent works by Small Tomatoes Press.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Once Upon A Time, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    Love every overdone costume? Have you designed your very own drinking game for every time Regina sneers? Let's go a little deeper and discuss centuries-old tropes and cliches that Once Upon A Time has made new again."

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Not the Norm, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Darla Babcock, Chris Blazer, Beth Stoops

    A guide for costumers who, for whatever reason, don't fit the assumed standards. Includes guides for how to adjust costumes to fit bigger bodies, costuming across genders and more.

  • moderator Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Building a Story With Costume, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Moderator: Beth Stoops; Panelists: Amanda Baldwin, Chris Blazer, Elizabeth Braak, Alix Shackelford (Trinket)

    Bring your cosplay to life! How to give a sense of your character/background/history through your clothes and ornamentation and how to make the attitude match the look.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Costumer's Corner, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    Come hang out with Beth Stoops and chat about your sewing experiences. Ask your questions about your most recent sewing project (or the one you're dying to start) or brag on what you just finished.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Sewing for the Opposite Body type, BBQ Tent (1)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    Sometimes in fashion, and often in costuming, our body type needs to change. But how to do it without plastic surgery or steroids? This panel will address how to disguise the change the form via foundation garments and selecting styles to purchase or sew that provide the illusion of the desired body type and camouflage trouble spots.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Modest Cosplay, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Elizabeth Braak, Alix Shackelford (Trinket), Beth Stoops

    Whatever your reason for wanting to wear a little more (or show a little less) our panel will cover adapting revealing costumes to less skin-baring versions so you can feel good about strutting your stuff.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Fynthe, Hogarth, and Other Sewn Props, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Beth Stoops

    When your costume needs a critter, a comically huge and soft sword, or your sidekick (the dog) just needs antlers, you can make it on that awesome indoor power tool the SEWING MACHINE. Beth will talk design, patterning, sewing and stuffin' techniques.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Family in Fiction, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Beth Stoops

    The apocalypse is a great way to kill off everyone related to your protagonist, but is that really the best idea? When is having your character's relations show up on the page useful, and when is it distracting? What benefits can family members of characters bring to stories?

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Sun 8:00
  • game Sun 8:00 - 11:50 PM, Clay-O-Rama, Tables: 8, 9 Room: Ruby's 134 (134)
    GM(s): Beth Stoops

    Play-doh monster gore-fest. This is not your preschooler's play-doh this is Clay-O-Rama. Create your create, choose your attack, and ruthlessly disfigure the competition.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Live Long and Prosper, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Jeff Howe, CthulhuBob Lovely, Beth Stoops

    A tribute to Leonard Nimoy and the 50+ years he dedicated to his craft. An accomplished actor both on stage and in film, he was also a director, photographer, singer/songwriter, and poet. Nimoy served in the U.S. Army for 2 years until he was cast in the role of Spock, which would ultimately launch his acting career and catapult him into international acclaim. Come remember an amazing man.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.

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