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

CGW Workshop: Teens combinations

wearinghistoryThis is the second workshop in the CGW Teens Series! At the end of the day, you should have a mostly-completed combination underwear to wear under 1909-1916-style dresses. This will be your foundation for Late Edwardian clothing, including events  for Titanic, season 1 of Downton Abbey, Early Automobile (Model T), and Doctor Zhivago.

We will be constructing the Wearing History Circa 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise Pattern, as taught by Rebecca Metzger.

This workshop will be limited to 10 students. In addition to making the combinations, Becca will be teaching French seams and bias binding techniques.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016, time 10am -5pm

Cost: $25 for members and sister guilds; $55 for non-members.

Tickets: Tickets for CGW members will go on sale April 15; tickets for sister guilds and non-members will go on sale April 27. Ticket sales will end on May 9, 2016, or sooner, if all tickets have been sold. Click here to purchase a ticket.

Children: This workshop will be very busy, so please do not bring children.

Food: please pack a lunch; we will provide snacks.

Address: Private Residence, Hawthorne, CA

Parking: free street parking.

coco001Workshop provides:

Student provides:

  • sewing machine
  • sewing kit
  • cardboard or plastic cutting mat
  • fabric: 2 3/8 yard of cotton lawn or lightweight linen
  • matching thread
  • Trim/Notions, depending on which view you choose:
    (here are some examples of beading lace: trim that you feed ribbon through to tighten a top or waistband)
    A/B/D: round neck: 2 yards beading lace or single fold bias tape (or make your own bias strip); 3 yards narrow ribbon to go through beading
    C: square neck: 1 1/2 yards beading lace and 3 yards of narrow ribbon
    C: shoulder straps: 1/2 yard larger ribbon 1/2″ – 1″
    C/D: waistband: facing, bias tape, or beading lace at least 3″ more than your waist measurement and ribbon to tie around your waist
    A/B/C/D: bottom hem: 2 yards of wide trim or 3 1/2 yards of edging
    A: button flap: 3-4 small buttons or snaps (remember to bring a buttonhole attachment for sewing machine, if necessary)


About our instructor: Becca Metzger






CGW Liaison: Colleen Crosby,

CGW Events Coordinator: Rebecca Thelin, CGW Vice President,