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

CGW Events

CGW Workshop Series: 18th Century Pocket Hoops

18th century pocket hoops are the most packable side hoops available today when traveling. You can also carry your fan, car keys, and even a cell phone with no one knowing. They consist of two linen shapes held out with bone or cane and tie about the waist. Students will make their own sized pocket hoops proportionate to their measurements.  You will make a pair to wear under all but your largest 18th century court gowns. Atelier Mela has sewing machines, cutting tables and irons, so all you...

Read More

2017 CGW Annual Meeting

Save the Date:  October 7, 2017   Updated election information for the 2017-2018 CGW Board of Directors can be found on the “About Us” button, or here.    

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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:      ...

Read More

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...

Read More