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

CGW Series: Teens Era

1910-13 Evening National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Oslo

Queen Maude’s wardrobe

CGW Series is a series of workshops and events focused on one time period, so you have support for making an entire outfit, and somewhere to wear it! Approximately every other month, we will have a workshop or lecture, which will culminate in an event or two.

You may sign up to take each of the classes, depending on availability. Or you can just take a few. Tickets to each event will be sold individually. There are no “entire series” tickets.

Our first series, beginning in 2016, will focus on the Teens era. At the end of this series, students should have an entire outfit, suitable for wear to any of the following events: Titanic, Downton Abbey, Jazz age, or Late Edwardian.

Follow our Pinterest board for ideas and inspirations!

A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1. DOWNTON ABBEY. EPISODE 5 ITV’s new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert’s wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham. They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie. Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey will portray the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. PICTURED: MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc/CARNIVAL FILMS and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website Photographer: NICK BRIGGS. For further information please contact:

Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary

Below is a rough outline of classes we have either scheduled or are considering in the Teens Series. Note that workshops and events will be changing as we confirm them. See the individual workshop/event pages for confirmed details.

  • 1913 Corset (February, 2016)
  • If you missed CGW’s corset class, The Old Petticoat Shop has an online class this May taught by Jennifer Rosbrugh!
  • Teens combination underwear  (May 14, 2016)
  • 19th-century bodice techniques, unlimited lecture taught by Laura Rubin Friday 1-2:30pm at Costume College
  • Designing for the Era: 1890s-teens, unlimited lecture taught by Laura and Heather McNaughton 1:30-3:30 Friday at Costume College
  • Construction techniques of corsets 1860 – 1910, unlimited lecture taught by Luca Costigliolo at Costume College
  • Fashions of the Great War period 1914-1918, unlimited lecture taught by Rise Reading 10-11:30 Friday at Costume College
  • Look for two late-addition teens lectures at Costume College! Check back for updates.
  • Teens slip  – February 18, 2017
  • Teens underbodice foundation workshop – we will create the fitted bodice that holds the structure for most dresses of the era.
  • Fitting help/mockup workshop – bring a mockup of your day or evening wear to our workshop for fitting help
  • Menswear of the Teens era
  • Teens Daywear
  • Teens Eveningwear
  • Teens Hats & accessories
  • Teens Outerwear
  • Hair lecture or workshop

Check back for discounts! We are working with some fabulous reproduction and costuming resources for discounts for students of the CGW Teens series!

Events! When we have completed the series, we will hold at least two events in the time period: one in the evening and one during the day. Ideas that we are currently working on include a Titanic tea, a live action role playing game in a country house or ocean liner, and a picnic at an automobile event.


1905 1907 Day Frances LACMA


1910 Evening Worth VA

1910 Evening Gown



Corset Covers






Top Right: Evening Gowns of Queen Maud of Norway (red-1910; blue-1913) designers unknown; Both gowns held at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo; Published in Style & Splendour: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway; V&A Publications, 2005

Top Left: Still from a Carnival Films Production for ITV1, Downton Abbey, Season 1; Episode 5; Michelle Dockery, as Lady Mary pictured in a reproduction gown made for her. Susanna Buxton, designer.

Lower Left: 1905 Day Dress; designer: Frances; held at  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Lower Center: Corset Covers Right: 1900; Center: 1910; Left:1914; held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lower Right: 1910 Evening Gown; designer: Worth; held at Victoria & Albert Museum, London