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CGW Events

CGW At-Home Retreat: Costume Catwalk

Sunday, August 2, 2020, Costume Retreat will host a Costume Catwalk, much like the Red Carpet from Costume College, but this will be online. If you would like to be featured in the Costume Catwalk, we’d love to have you! Please read the rules for submission carefully – If you don’t match the other submissions, we may not be able to add you into the video, and we would be so sad not to see your costume! Wear whatever costume you want! This can be what you had planned to wear to...

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Announcing: CGW At Home – Costume Retreat!

Dear CGW Member, We know that many of you have been sheltering at home these many months, and many of you face the likelihood of remaining at home for some time to come. We have good news!  We wanted to let you know about an online costume conference we have created called Costume Retreat, which will take place on August 1 and 2 (Saturday & Sunday), 2020. How does it work? The Event is 100% free and exclusive to Costumers Guild West members (and Sister Guild Members),...

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Costumer’s Guild West – We Stand in Solidarity

Costumer’s Guild West, as a collaborative of costume enthusiasts, adamantly decries both the murder of George Floyd and the racist system that enabled his murder. We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting across the country to demand both accountability and justice. We are unequivocal in our statement that Black Lives Matter. There can be no equality or progress for the rights of all until these racist systems have been overcome. These events remind us that we have...

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Brunch and Learn: Conquering Stretch Fabric

Do you feel intimidated by stretch fabric? Have you tried sewing with stretch using your normal techniques and been completely frustrated? Grab a mimosa and some pancakes and learn how to sew successfully with stretch fabric. When: Saturday, May 16 from 10am-12pm (PST)  Where: Your house on Zoom. Please check the CGW Facebook page for more details. I have been working with stretch fabric making skating and dance costumes for over 10 years, and after lots of experience and many...

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CGW At-Home Movie May 3rd!

The Dressmaker Join CGW members to watch the 2016 movie The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet. The movie will play on the Kast platform, which allows members to have a chat window going to gossip about all the great costumes!After you’ve downloaded the Kast app, visit the Costumers Guild West (CGW) Forum on Facebook for the link. It’s that easy!The viewing party is open to CGW members and their friends. Please share the link only in private ways, so we don’t have...

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Vintage Bathing Costume Sew-Along (Series)

Of course, we are all disappointed that Costume College 2020 had to be put on hold until next year and that, as of the time of this writing, we are all pretty much locked down at home and so cannot gather in our usual manner to mingle and admire one another’s costume creations. It is precisely because we cannot/should not meet in close proximity that your CGW events committee has been working overtime to come up with workable alternatives to our usual get-togethers, and we are happy...

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