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

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CGW Workshop: Machine Embroidery: the basics and beyond

Whether you are brand new to machine embroidery or already a seasoned practitioner, you are sure to learn a trick or two from Diane’s arsenal of personal experience in making the most out of this extraordinary sewing tool.  Topics will range from what types of (and where to find) stabilizers, needles, threads, and embroidery designs that suit your particular project, to the intricacies of hooping different weights of fabric, utilizing the many aids built into your machine, and what to do...

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CGW Goes to: Riverside Dickens Festival

The Riverside Dickens Festival is a weekend long celebration focusing on the life and times of Charles Dickens and will include 2 different fashion shows, theatrical performances, buskers, vendors, tea parties, activities for children, parades, Gatling gun and military demonstrations, and even parasol dueling! There will be visits with literary figures of the time: Dickens, Poe, Twain, and others, as well as Queen Victoria and various members of the royal family. Evening events include;...

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CGW Goes to the Movies: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Do you have a Regency/Napoleonic/late Georgian outfit? (I know plenty of us have them already, especially if we managed to get a ticket to either the Jane Austen Evening in Pasadena or the Victorian Tea and Dance’s Jane Austen Tea Social). Time to dig out those outfits one more time! Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies. See the Pride...

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CGW Series: Teens Era

CGW Series is a series of workshops and events focused on one time period, so you have support for making an entire outfit, and somewhere to wear it! Approximately every other month, we will have a workshop or lecture, which will culminate in an event or two. You may sign up to take each of the classes, depending on availability. Or you can just take a few. Tickets to each event will be sold individually. There are no “entire series” tickets. Our first series, beginning in 2016,...

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CGW Workshop: Teens corset

This is the first workshop in the CGW Teens Series! At the end of the weekend, you should have a mostly-completed corset 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 the Truly Victorian 1913 Late Edwardian Corset, as taught by Jennifer Rosbrugh of Historical Sewing. If you are unable to join us in person,...

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