The Comic Con Africa Sew-a-thon 2023 happened this Saturday at Stadio School of Fashion, in partnership with Brother, and saw 24 contestants take on the challenge to complete unique superhero outfit, a kimono, or both in only six hours using all the colours of Comic Con Africa’s logo.
What started as only material and thread in the morning became handcrafted anime-inspired and original heroes by four o’clock in the afternoon. Wiping the sweat from their brow and the showcasing the welcoming nature of the sewing community – the day was a spectacle that was enjoyed by all who attended with Mirique Greeff emerged victorious with her bright inspired outfit.
After her victory lap of interviews and photos, Greeff said:
“The Sew-a-thon was super adrenaline inducing – which is exactly what we do these kind of things for. It was a lot of fun getting put in these very tight parameter, but still being able to create whatever you want. I loved pushing by brain through that mold and puzzle to figure it all out.”
“When I stopped fighting the constraints of the fabric and the colours, and the moment that I accepted it for what it was, the inspiration came to me – and I found a way to make it look ‘on purpose’ outside of it being a challenge. I’m really happy with how my design tells a story – it was a lot of fun! My brain loves doing that and I would love to do this professionally.”
Lungile Mbonanu placed in second, and Shakiera Thomas placed in third, with Aziwe Tobun receiving an honourable mention.
Comic Con Africa’s Event Manager, Nicol Valongo said, “We are so thrilled that the third iteration of the Sew-a-thon was so well received by the contestants. We are excited to be growing this unique offering of Comic Con – and to highlight the talent of the local fashion and cosplay industry.”
Comic Con Africa 2023 will take place at at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec) from 22-25 September. Tickets are currently available to book but are limited. Secure your tickets on Howler.