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

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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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CGW Goes to FIDM Museum & Galleries – Luncheon & Lectures

Please Join CGW at the Thierry Mugler Alien to Angel Luncheon & Lecture. When: Saturday, December 9, 2017; 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Where: FIDM Orange County Campus 17590 Gillette Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. Speakers: Joanna Abijaoude, Museum Associate, FIDM Museum; Kimberly Truhler, Film + Fashion Historian, GlamAmor; Christina Johnson, Associate Curator, FIDM Museum. Ticket Price: $95.00. Tickets available: here. CGW will be presenting a check for the adoption of Queen Victoria’s Mantle.  For...

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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...

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CGW Workshop Series: 18th Century English Gown

We will be using the Larking & Smith English Gown pattern c. 1760’s-1770’s which includes a stomacher front & en fourreau back.  Drafted from an original 18th c gown, this pattern gives elaborately illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Designed to be assembled and completed by hand it also offers variations for middling and working class gowns.  Taking the skill of draping a gown in the mantua maker’s way and combining it with modern pattern elements, this gown will give you...

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CGW Goes to Messiah Sing-along

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, November 26, 2017, as the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance puts on their annual Messiah Sing Along at the Nixon Library. This is a very festive way to begin the holiday season. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you for being generous. Period attire of the Georgian era is welcome. (If you don’t have any, Regency or early Victorian is fine.) For those who prefer to wear modern clothes, dressy attire is fine. The performance...

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