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18th Century Pocket Embroidery

Where do I put all my stuff? 18th Century pockets were not sewn into women’s gowns as they are often sewn into garments these days. Instead women had a pair of pockets – or a single pocket – attached to some ribbon or tape, which was tied around their waist. The pockets were rather voluminous and were reached through a hole in the side of the skirts of the dress. Ladies often practiced their embroidery skills on decorating their pockets. Students will be given “pocket kits” that...

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CGW Goes to Messiah Sing-along

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, November 26, 2017, as the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance puts on their annual Messiah Sing Along at the Nixon Library. This is a very festive way to begin the holiday season. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you for being generous. Period attire of the Georgian era is welcome. (If you don’t have any, Regency or early Victorian is fine.) For those who prefer to wear modern clothes, dressy attire is fine. The performance...

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CGW Event: Titanic Tour & White Star Line Tea

Tickets now available: (Ticket sales will end October 29, or when seating for the tea is full. Limited space is available!) Click here to buy tickets Join CGW on a tour of the Ronald Reagan Library’s Titanic exhibit. Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at Titanic, combining real artifacts with the real stories of the people onboard the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the unsinkable ship in a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers,...

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CGW Workshop: Teens Slip

This is the third workshop in the CGW Teens Series! At the end of the day, you should have a mostly-completed slip to wear under 1909-1916-style dresses. This will be your foundation for Late Edwardian clothing, including events  for Titanic, season 1 of Downton Abbey, Early Automobile (Model T), and Doctor Zhivago. We will be constructing a pattern custom-drafted by Natalie Meyer. This workshop will be limited to 7 students. Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017, time 10am...

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CGW Annual Meeting & Fashion Show

CGW Annual Meeting & Fashion Show Saturday, October 1, 2016 Meeting starts at 11:00am for lunch and an hour of socializing before we move on to the business of the Guild. Location: International City Masonic Lodge, 5515 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA  90804. This is a link to the Google Map so people can get directions from their location. Tickets: Free! It is important that each person attending acquire a ticket, so that we may have the correct amount of food and...

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