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

Our Events

Our Events

CGW, Inc. hosts many types of events throughout the year, including literary presentations, live action role playing games, ice skating, private museum tours, as well as Japanese and English teas. Each event is hosted by a CGW member and most are an opportunity to show off your recent historical, sci-fi, or fantasy ensemble.


Brunch and Learn: Conquering Stretch Fabric

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in CGW Events | Comments Off on Brunch and Learn: Conquering Stretch Fabric

Do you feel intimidated by stretch fabric? Have you tried sewing with stretch using your normal techniques and been completely frustrated? Grab a mimosa and some pancakes and learn how to sew successfully with stretch fabric. When: Saturday, May 16 from 10am-12pm (PST)  Where: Your house on Zoom. Please check the CGW Facebook page for more details. I have been working with stretch fabric making skating and dance costumes for over 10 years, and after lots of experience and many mistakes I now love to sew with stretch. It is like...

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CGW At-Home Movie May 3rd!

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW At-Home Movie May 3rd!

The Dressmaker Join CGW members to watch the 2016 movie The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet. The movie will play on the Kast platform, which allows members to have a chat window going to gossip about all the great costumes!After you’ve downloaded the Kast app, visit the Costumers Guild West (CGW) Forum on Facebook for the link. It’s that easy!The viewing party is open to CGW members and their friends. Please share the link only in private ways, so we don’t have unexpected visitors during our movie.Once you open the...

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Vintage Bathing Costume Sew-Along (Series)

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in CGW Events | Comments Off on Vintage Bathing Costume Sew-Along (Series)

Of course, we are all disappointed that Costume College 2020 had to be put on hold until next year and that, as of the time of this writing, we are all pretty much locked down at home and so cannot gather in our usual manner to mingle and admire one another’s costume creations. It is precisely because we cannot/should not meet in close proximity that your CGW events committee has been working overtime to come up with workable alternatives to our usual get-togethers, and we are happy to announce that we already have several such on...

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Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. Board – April Update on Costume College 2020

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. Board – April Update on Costume College 2020

The Costumer’s Guild West Board met Sunday via Zoom; a week earlier than previously announced in the March 9th statement on social media and in the email sent out to all Costume College attendees, teachers, committee members and vendors, due to the changes in policies of the State of California and the City of Los Angeles. To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or...

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Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. (CGW)’s Board Update on Costume College 2020

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. (CGW)’s Board Update on Costume College 2020

The CGW Board has decided that *IF* Costume College 2020 is cancelled, we will keep everything that we can the same from 2020 and put it all in place for 2021. This would include event themes and such. Yes, there would be some class changes and maybe a committee member or two would decline to continue but basically we would have the 2020’s event in 2021 *IF* we have to cancel in 2020. At this time, there are no plans for cancelling 2020, so no matter what, keep sewing, wash your hands and stay inside if you can. –Mela, CGW...

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Costume College 2020 and the Coronavirus

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Costume College 2020 and the Coronavirus

As part of our commitment to the health and well being of our attendees, guests and the larger community, the Board of Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. is carefully monitoring the situation of the current Coronavirus and keeping current with health agencies for information and guidance. As of our Board meeting on March 8, 2020, all plans for Costume College 2020 are going ahead with the anticipation that Costume College will take place as scheduled for 2020 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. With that being said, according to...

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February Message from the CGW President

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on February Message from the CGW President

President’s February Letter I hope that by now the “wrapping station” has been cleared away, the holiday decorations are packed and put into storage, and once again you are able to see the top of your cutting table (or kitchen/dining room table, like most of us) and you are starting the projects you spent January dreaming about. I am going to have to dream a bit longer as our house fell out of escrow in December so we took it off the market for the holidays. We are currently painting the kids’ bedrooms and re-sprucing up the house...

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Costume College Trunk Show Applications Open!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Costume College Trunk Show Applications Open!

For a second year, Costume College is offering an opportunity for our members who own or operate small businesses to sell their wares legally to Costume College members. The Trunk Show will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 between 5:30-7:30pm, and will be open to the general public. Applications are open now and are due by March 20, 2020 for interested...

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Message from the CGW Board

Posted by on Jan 12, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Message from the CGW Board

The Costumer’s Guild West Board of Directors has just finished an all day meeting discussing many of the concerns expressed on the Internet and via emails over the past couple of weeks. We are now going back to our lawyer to verify that our solutions are within the scope of our 501(c)3 educational classification. One current issue we can address is why Costume College tuition was raised by $20.00 for 2020. Costume College’s tuition was raised this year $20.00 because the hotel has raised their rates by 10%. Hotels usually raise...

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Message from Our CGW President

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on Message from Our CGW President

The Costumer’s Guild West (CGW) Board has been following all of the recent posts concerning Costume College and has been in contact with each other and other members to discussing the posts off line. Our next board meeting is January 12, 2020. At that time we will be able to discuss in person the concerns expressed and how we are going to proceed. The reason the discussion was curtailed online was that it seemed to be going in a circular manner, restating the same concerns and questions over and over and getting more hostile as it...

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Fantail Skirt Workshop

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in CGW Events | Comments Off on Fantail Skirt Workshop

Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Taught by Mela Hoyt-Heydon, owner and designer for Atelier Mela! Using the Victorian/Edwardian Fantail skirt pattern by Scroop of New Zealand, each participant will first be measured to cut the correct waist size and length. If wearing this skirt over a corset, please bring your corset for correct fitting and if you have the shoes you will be wearing, these will assist in getting the correct length. After cutting your skirt, you will have the option to serge your seam edges. We...

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Victorian/Edwardian Shirtwaist Workshop

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in CGW Events | Comments Off on Victorian/Edwardian Shirtwaist Workshop

Saturday, January 18, 2020 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Taught by Mela Hoyt-Heydon, owner and designer for Atelier Mela! Using Truly Victorian’s Shirtwaist (blouse) pattern TV494 (included in the class fee), we will start with fitting an inner bodice muslin to get your perfect size even though a shirtwaist did not have one. This way you can cut into your fabric with confidence that your final product will fit. We will then show you how to correct the pattern to match your fitting bodice muslin, help with the proper layout for cutting your...

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CGW GOES TO… “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly”

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW GOES TO… “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly”

Photo by Michael Hardy Photography Coming Sunday! A delightful play about what happens to Mary Bennet after the events of Pride and Prejudice.   Read their rave review! When:  Sunday matinee November 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. Where:  Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA 90804 Tickets:  $21-$24. Call the Playhouse at 562-494-1094 or go online to LBPlayhouse.org  to purchase tickets online.  Tickets are going fast! When CGW GOES TO an event, each person is responsible for buying her own ticket.  We will...

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CGW 2019 Holiday Tea

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW 2019 Holiday Tea

Join CGW for a Holiday Tea!  Costumes are not mandatory but always fun! Any era is welcome!  (Hoops are discouraged due to space). Date:  December 15, 2019 Time:  1:30 – 4:00pm Venue:  Spring Tea Garden, 501 North Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832; (714) 447-0579 Tickets:  $20 per CGW Member; $47 for non-members.  Tickets available here until sold out. Maximum Capacity is 60 people. Parking: There is ample parking in the nearby public lot. Tea Menu: Petite salad Scone with clotted...

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2019 CGW Annual Meeting

Posted by on Aug 31, 2019 in CGW Events | Comments Off on 2019 CGW Annual Meeting

Costumer’s Guild West Annual Meeting Date: Saturday October 5th, Social & Lunch start at 11am. Location: Calvary Church of Eastwood2103 Batson Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748Parking is in the lot next to the church, or along Batson Ave. Tickets: To let us know how much food to get, please RSVP here. The annual meeting is open to all members of CGW and all those interested in CGW. The rough schedule is as follows: 11am – Free lunch and social time + exhibit viewing.12pm – Guest Speaker, Lana Lily, talks about...

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