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

CGW Events

18th Century Mitts

Burrrr…it’s a bit cold even for SoCal  Learn the construction of a pair of white linen mitts with silk accent using the mitts pattern from “Costume Closeup, Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790” by Linda Baumgarten and John Watson with Florentine Carr.  The workshop will be taught by Emily Frank.  Students will receive the mitts pattern, cut out, the linen, cut out, will be taught how to do the fagotting stitch across the wrist slit, sew on the...

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CGW Goes to The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London – an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods...

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CGW Holiday Tea ☕️

Join CGW for a Holiday tea to span a century!  CGW would like to treat the members by contributing to your tea ticket.  Tea tickets are at a reduced price of $12.50 (which includes 18% gratuity).  Costumes are not mandatory but always fun!  19th Century.  (Hoops are discouraged due to space). Date:  December 2, 2018 Time:  11:00am – 2:00pm Venue:  The Tea Rose Garden, 70 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103; (626) 578-1144 Tickets:  $12.50 per CGW Member; $42.50 for...

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2018 CGW Annual Meeting

Costumer’s Guild West Annual Meeting Date: Saturday, October 6, 2017 Location: Calvary Church of Eastwood 2103 Batson Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 Parking is in the lot next to the church, or along Batson Ave. Tickets: Get your ticket here! Tickets are free, but they are important, to make sure we have an accurate count for lunch. Time: 11:00am-4:30pm The annual meeting is open to all members of the CGW and all those interested in the CGW. The rough schedule is as follows: 11am –...

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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 a Jewelry Auction Preview 📿💎💍

Would you like to view up close and try on fabulous jewelry?  Bonham’s auction house lets you view and try on jewelry at auction previews.  There will be pre-viewing of a jewelry auction on Dec. 9th through 11th at Bonham’s LA for an auction on Dec 12th.   No requirement to sign up for auction or to bid!  No cost! When:  CGW Goes To the Preview on Saturday December 9th, at 1 p.m. Where:  Bonham’s  is located at 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.  Free parking behind the...

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