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

Past Events

CGW Event: Fashion Show and Annual Meeting

Won’t you join us for Costumer Guild West’s fashion show and Crown Challenge? All are welcome! We’ll be serving a light lunch and have a brief break for our annual meeting. Details Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015  Time:  10:30am Cost: Free! But you must have a ticket, so that we can ensure there will be enough food for everyone. Tickets: Free tickets are now available. Event Address: Parnell Park Community & Senior Center: 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier CA...

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CGW Event: Medieval Times Dinner

For the last few years, it has been a fantasy of mine to make a trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park wearing period-appropriate garb.  The time is now! For our trip back in history, be you lord or serf, all are welcome. Come and join the feasting as we cheer our favorite to victory.   For those of you who, like me, have not yet visited Medieval Times Buena Park Castle, you are in for a treat! According to an old Westways Magazine article, the Medieval Times...

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Huntington Gardens Black-and-White Tea

Join us for our Black-and-White Tea at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens’ famed Tea Room. One of the most beautiful spots in the LA area! We will visit the elegant mansion that is now a wonderful art gallery full of gorgeous period portraiture, and wander among the roses which should be in full bloom. If you don’t wish to join us for the tea, meet us at the Tea Room at noon for the gallery and garden walks. The board of directors of Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. will...

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CGW Workshop: Gothic Fitted Dress

This workshop is now full. No further tickets are being sold. The Gothic Fitted Dress, the iconic garment worn by lower class to nobility.  You will learn techniques that will help you pattern, fit, and construct women’s fitted garments spanning from the early 12th century through to the 16th century, be it gown, kirtle or cotehardie.  In this workshop you will come away with a pattern and fitted mock up.  This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels with basic sewing skills.  The...

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CGW Goes To: Descanso Gardens

Take a garden walk with CGW at Descanso Gardens Saturday March 28th, located in LaCanada Flintridge.  We’ll meet at 11 am, at the front gate, and stroll through the cherry blossoms, visit the Japanese Tea house, check out the camellias, and stop for lunch at the café. It’s a casual day, but if you like, a perfect one for wearing your garden party outfits and hats! Costumes of all periods, suitable for a garden walk, are admired but not required. Comfortable shoes are...

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CGW Workshop: Petticoat Bodices

Ready for “Breakfast with the Bennets” at Costume College? Regency garments for women are fairly easy to make…if you have the proper undergarments! Mela Hoyt-Heydon, one of our finest instructors, will be teaching a workshop on the petticoat bodice! You will want to act fast when the tickets go on sale. This workshop is limited to 15 students! Date: Sunday, March 8th Time:  9 am to 4 pm Cost: $25.00 CGW and sister guild members / $30.00 for non-members Tickets: Tickets...

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