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

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CGW Workshop: Teens Era Dress – part 1 and part 2

In connection with the continuation of compiling your Teens Era wardrobe Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. is hosting a two-session workshop for constructing a Teens era day or evening dress (not a day suit). Teacher:  Mela Hoyt-Heydon Class participation is limited to 15 Students   Session 1 – Teens Era Dress Underbodice In this class, students will draft and mock up an underbodice suitable for a draped teens-era dress. We will fit a basic muslin, create a clean pattern, and make the...

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CGW Workshop: 18th Century Cap Workshop

In this workshop students will create a custom designed 18th Century cap made of either linen, cotton or silk. Teacher:  Christina Walley Date/Time:  Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Location:  Private residence (West side Los Angeles near downtown Culver City; address will be provided at registration) Cost:  $15.00 Tickets:  Registration will be open March 20, 2017 8:00 a.m. – through – April 29, 2017 11:00 p.m. Click here to register. Class is limited to 10...

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CGW Workshop: 18th Century Stays

This workshop is to create fully boned stays using the Larkin & Smith strapless Front and Back Lacing Stays Pattern.  Pattern includes fully illustrated directions to make an authentic and well fitting pair of stays.  The stays are worn with a stomacher and the lacing crossed back and forth in the front and spiral bound in the back.  Pattern includes two sizes and a documentation card with images of the original stays. Teacher:           Mary Johns Date/Time:      ...

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CGW Series: 18th Century Workshops

Do you like to watch historical dramas like Marie Antionette, The Duchess, Outlander?  Do you want to create an 18th Century wardrobe?  Do you want to attend 18th Century events but don’t have anything to wear?  Din’a fash! CGW is hosting a series of 18th Century workshops for you to create your wardrobe.  Details are still being worked out so stayed tuned, eat some cake, and start dreaming of your new wardrobe.   18th Century stays – With teacher Mary...

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CGW Goes to: Dressing Downton Exhibit at the Muzeo

Are you looking for inspiration for designing your teens-era dress?  Join CGW at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center for the West Coast appearance of Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.  This exhibit highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abby.  Follow your favorite characters, both upstairs and down; walk through a costume chronicle of the period that showcases costumes and jewelry from the hit series. Date/Time: ...

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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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