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

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 will need is your basic sewing kit of fabric shears, pins, tape measure, seam ripper (oh, I hope not!), hand sewing needle and fabric marker or pencil. Class will be limited to 12 participants. Kits are $20.00 and must be pre-ordered when you register or participant can provide their own materials.

Teacher:  Mela Hoyt-Heydon

Date/Time:  Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location:  Atelier Mela, 109 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

Parking:  Available in back of shop off of Ameridge, on street or across street at Fullerton train/Metro/Amtrak station.

Student to Provide:  Students can bring their own materials or purchase a kit from CGW which will be provided at class by the teacher. The Pocket Hoops Kit is available for $20.00 and includes:

  • 1 yard coutil, pillow ticking, heavy linen or cotton;
  • 4  yards bone casing (or self fabric casings);
  • 2-3 yards millinery grosgrain size 5 or linen tape 3/4-1″ wide;
  • 4  yards hooping with optional 16 hoop wire  “ends”; Buckle or skirt hook/eye for closure;
  • 1 1/4 yard single fold bias tape for pocket openings; 3 large hand-fills fiberfill for pad

If you decide not to purchase the kit and want to bring your own materials, the material list is the same.  Kits will not be available day of class if you have not purchased them in advance.

Ticket Prices:

  • Ticket Price for Members without kit:   $28.50
  • Ticket Price for Members with kit: $48.50
  • Ticket Price for Non-Members without kit: $ 38.50
  • Ticket Price for Non-Members with kit: $58.50


Registration: June 26th 9:00 am through August 16th 10:00 pm.  Click here to register.

Are children allowed: No

Food:  CGW will provide lunch water, tea, coffee and snacks.  Please provide any food allergies.


About Mela Hoyt-Heydon: Mela Hoyt-Heydon is a union costume designer for the entertainment industry who has been designing and creating historical clothing and millinery since 1979. Her designs have graced stages across the United States, cruise ships, television, film, theme parks, parades and events. Mela has been active with CGW since the early 1980’s and a founding member of Costume College. For the last 35 years she has also been the head of the costuming program at Fullerton College from which she has recently retired!  Congratulations, Mela! While she is retiring from the college, she will continue to design and teach at her millinery shop/sewing studio, which opened in Fullerton in December of 2016.


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