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

CGW Events

CGW Goes To Trafalgar Day 2017

This is the Sixth Year Anniversary of our Picnic and great effort will be expended to ensure that this will indeed be a memorable occasion. Badminton, Skittles, & Archery are available for our afternoon amusement. There will be dancing on the green. They will provide ale and non-alcoholic punch. It’s the perfect spot to bring a picnic basket and a blanket for your Regency family picnic. Alcohol is permitted and encouraged. BYOB. Regimentals or Regency attire required. Shipmates, The...

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CGW Goes to Dressed to the 9 3/4 Day – Wizarding World of Harry Potter L.A.

Witches put on your vintage and pin-up style dresses; Wizards put on your classic threads and join us for the 2nd Annual Dressed to the 9 ¾ day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter located inside Universal Studios Hollywood! Enjoy a day full of old-timey fun at Hogsmeade Village with your fellow dapper Witches and Wizards with group photos, rides, Instagram contest and more!   Date/Time (start & finish):  November 12, 2017 10:00 am- 6:00 pm Location:  The Wizarding World of Harry...

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CGW Event: Titanic Tour & White Star Line Tea

Tickets now available: (Ticket sales will end October 29, or when seating for the tea is full. Limited space is available!) Click here to buy tickets Join CGW on a tour of the Ronald Reagan Library’s Titanic exhibit. Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at Titanic, combining real artifacts with the real stories of the people onboard the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the unsinkable ship in a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers,...

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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...

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2017 CGW Annual Meeting

Costumer’s Guild West Annual Meeting Date: October 7, 2017 Location: Masonic Lodge (This is the same location as the 2016 CGW Annual Meeting) 5155 East Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach CA 90804 Parking is behind the building and the back door by the parking lot will be open Time: 11:00-3:00 Project Challenge: UFO CHALLENGE Finish one or more of your UFOs (Unfinished Objects) that every costumer seems to have and share it with us. More details are in the August/September 2017 issue of Squeals...

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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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