CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

Announcing: CGW At Home – Costume Retreat!

Dear CGW Member,

We know that many of you have been sheltering at home these many months, and many of you face the likelihood of remaining at home for some time to come.

We have good news!  We wanted to let you know about an online costume conference we have created called Costume Retreat, which will take place on August 1 and 2 (Saturday & Sunday), 2020.

How does it work?

The Event is 100% free and exclusive to Costumers Guild West members (and Sister Guild Members), and will be conducted entirely via Zoom.  If you are new to Zoom or need a bit of extra support we will be conducting a test Zoom meeting for students to attend.  Just let us know on the Google form (see link below) that you want to be included.

Your completed Google form will also enable us to see what classes you want to attend — you can choose up to three of the nine available classes — and to collect your email address so that we can send you further information and updates.

The deadline to sign up is Saturday, July 25th.

Once you submit the form you can always go back and submit it again, and we will take your last submission as the classes you truly want.  Yes, the classes are limited to 95 people, but we doubt we’ll reach those numbers.  If so, people who have submitted for already full classes will have the opportunity to choose different ones.

But wait, there’s more!

Of course, we aren’t just offering classes; we will also have a Zoom Lounge both on Saturday and Sunday so that students have a place to hang out, dress up, and chat with one another.  And to enhance the experience, each hour will have its own distinct theme/activity!

Saturday night will wrap up with a dance, and Sunday will conclude with a Costume Catwalk fashion show in which YOU are the stars (further details to come as we finalize our plans):

Don’t miss out on some extra events and activities that will be available online during CGW Costume Retreat! (More information will be coming soon.)

  • Enchantment under the Sea Dance, Saturday night 
  • Costume Catwalk – send in a video of whatever costume you’d like to share with us to be part of the Sunday night  Costume Catwalk (kind of like a red carpet)
  • Lounge – Since we can’t take ALL the classes, there will be a lounge set up where you can sewcialize.
  • Games, Photos, Activities, Vendors – We will have an area set up on our website where you can check out photos of some great costumes, play a few puzzles and costume related games, as well as find some great vendor links!

Want to be a part of the conversation?  Check out our Facebook group “Costumers Guild West (CGW) Forum” for up to date information about our goings on, plus information on our other events, including a weekly sew along on Wednesday nights (Zoom), and movie watching on Sunday nights (Kast)!

For the Google form, please check your email that you use to Register for CGW. If you don’t see it (it may have gone to spam), please email us at Thank you!

Questions?  Concerns?  Want to know more?  Email us back at, and we can help!

The CGW Events Committee