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.


CGW Goes to a Jewelry Auction Preview 📿💎💍

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to a Jewelry Auction Preview 📿💎💍

Would you like to view up close and try on fabulous jewelry?  Bonham’s auction house lets you view and try on jewelry at auction previews.  There will be pre-viewing of a jewelry auction on Dec. 9th through 11th at Bonham’s LA for an auction on Dec 12th.   No requirement to sign up for auction or to bid!  No cost! When:  CGW Goes To the Preview on Saturday December 9th, at 1 p.m. Where:  Bonham’s  is located at 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.  Free parking behind the building. Tickets:  Event is free. Please let me...

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CGW Goes to FIDM Museum & Galleries – Luncheon & Lectures

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to FIDM Museum & Galleries – Luncheon & Lectures

Please Join CGW at the Thierry Mugler Alien to Angel Luncheon & Lecture. When: Saturday, December 9, 2017; 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Where: FIDM Orange County Campus 17590 Gillette Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. Speakers: Joanna Abijaoude, Museum Associate, FIDM Museum; Kimberly Truhler, Film + Fashion Historian, GlamAmor; Christina Johnson, Associate Curator, FIDM Museum. Ticket Price: $95.00. Tickets available: here. CGW will be presenting a check for the adoption of Queen Victoria’s Mantle.  For more information email Mima Ransom at...

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CGW Goes to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London –  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street...

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CGW Workshop Series: 18th Century English Gown

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Workshop Series: 18th Century English Gown

We will be using the Larking & Smith English Gown pattern c. 1760’s-1770’s which includes a stomacher front & en fourreau back.  Drafted from an original 18th c gown, this pattern gives elaborately illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Designed to be assembled and completed by hand it also offers variations for middling and working class gowns.  Taking the skill of draping a gown in the mantua maker’s way and combining it with modern pattern elements, this gown will give you the results of a draped gown.   Teacher: ...

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CGW Goes to Messiah Sing-along

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to Messiah Sing-along

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, November 26, 2017, as the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance puts on their annual Messiah Sing Along at the Nixon Library. This is a very festive way to begin the holiday season. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you for being generous. Period attire of the Georgian era is welcome. (If you don’t have any, Regency or early Victorian is fine.) For those who prefer to wear modern clothes, dressy attire is fine. The performance times are 10:00am and noon, as there is a...

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CGW Goes To Trafalgar Day 2017

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes To Trafalgar Day 2017

This is the Sixth Year Anniversary of our Picnic and great effort will be expended to ensure that this will indeed be a memorable occasion. Badminton, Skittles, & Archery are available for our afternoon amusement. There will be dancing on the green. They will provide ale and non-alcoholic punch. It’s the perfect spot to bring a picnic basket and a blanket for your Regency family picnic. Alcohol is permitted and encouraged. BYOB. Regimentals or Regency attire required. Shipmates, The Senior Service, the Army, Lords & Ladies,...

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CGW Goes to Dressed to the 9 3/4 Day – Wizarding World of Harry Potter L.A.

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to Dressed to the 9 3/4 Day – Wizarding World of Harry Potter L.A.

Witches put on your vintage and pin-up style dresses; Wizards put on your classic threads and join us for the 2nd Annual Dressed to the 9 ¾ day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter located inside Universal Studios Hollywood! Enjoy a day full of old-timey fun at Hogsmeade Village with your fellow dapper Witches and Wizards with group photos, rides, Instagram contest and more!   Date/Time (start & finish):  November 12, 2017 10:00 am- 6:00 pm Location:  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Hollywood Ticket...

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CGW Event: Titanic Tour & White Star Line Tea

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Event: Titanic Tour & White Star Line Tea

Tickets now available: (Ticket sales will end October 29, or when seating for the tea is full. Limited space is available!) Click here to buy tickets Join CGW on a tour of the Ronald Reagan Library’s Titanic exhibit. Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at Titanic, combining real artifacts with the real stories of the people onboard the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the unsinkable ship in a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers, dispersed over time, will be reunited in this exhibit for...

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CGW Workshop Series: 18th Century Pocket Hoops

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on 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...

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2017 CGW Annual Meeting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in CGW Events, CGW News | Comments Off on 2017 CGW Annual Meeting

Costumer’s Guild West Annual Meeting Date: October 7, 2017 Location: Masonic Lodge (This is the same location as the 2016 CGW Annual Meeting) 5155 East Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach CA 90804 Parking is behind the building and the back door by the parking lot will be open Time: 11:00-3:00 Project Challenge: UFO CHALLENGE Finish one or more of your UFOs (Unfinished Objects) that every costumer seems to have and share it with us. More details are in the August/September 2017 issue of Squeals (page 9) Lunch will be provided, so please...

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CGW Workshop: Teens Era Dress – part 1 and part 2

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Workshop: Teens Era Dress – part 1 and part 2

In connection with the continuation of compiling your Teens Era wardrobe Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. is hosting a two-session workshop for constructing a Teens era day or evening dress (not a day suit). Teacher:  Mela Hoyt-Heydon Class participation is limited to 15 Students   Session 1 – Teens Era Dress Underbodice In this class, students will draft and mock up an underbodice suitable for a draped teens-era dress. We will fit a basic muslin, create a clean pattern, and make the underbodice. We will also discuss the appropriate...

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CGW Workshop: 18th Century Cap Workshop

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Workshop: 18th Century Cap Workshop

In this workshop students will create a custom designed 18th Century cap made of either linen, cotton or silk. Teacher:  Christina Walley Date/Time:  Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Location:  Private residence (West side Los Angeles near downtown Culver City; address will be provided at registration) Cost:  $15.00 Tickets:  Registration will be open March 20, 2017 8:00 a.m. – through – April 29, 2017 11:00 p.m. Click here to register. Class is limited to 10 people Teacher to provide:  Pattern, Fabric (white...

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CGW Workshop: 18th Century Stays

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Workshop: 18th Century Stays

This workshop is to create fully boned stays using the Larkin & Smith strapless Front and Back Lacing Stays Pattern.  Pattern includes fully illustrated directions to make an authentic and well fitting pair of stays.  The stays are worn with a stomacher and the lacing crossed back and forth in the front and spiral bound in the back.  Pattern includes two sizes and a documentation card with images of the original stays. Teacher:           Mary Johns Date/Time:       Saturday, May 20th, 2017 10:00 a.m.-6:00...

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CGW Series: 18th Century Workshops

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Series: 18th Century Workshops

Do you like to watch historical dramas like Marie Antionette, The Duchess, Outlander?  Do you want to create an 18th Century wardrobe?  Do you want to attend 18th Century events but don’t have anything to wear?  Din’a fash! CGW is hosting a series of 18th Century workshops for you to create your wardrobe.  Details are still being worked out so stayed tuned, eat some cake, and start dreaming of your new wardrobe.   18th Century stays – With teacher Mary Johns Date/Time:       Saturday May 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00...

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CGW Goes to: Dressing Downton Exhibit at the Muzeo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in CGW Events | Comments Off on CGW Goes to: Dressing Downton Exhibit at the Muzeo

Are you looking for inspiration for designing your teens-era dress?  Join CGW at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center for the West Coast appearance of Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.  This exhibit highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abby.  Follow your favorite characters, both upstairs and down; walk through a costume chronicle of the period that showcases costumes and jewelry from the hit series. Date/Time:  Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2:00 pm Location:  Muzeo,...

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