SWCG LogoThe Southwest Costumers Guild is a loose and informal educational society of persons interested in all facets of historical, cultural, science fiction, fantasy, and humor costume. Members are often seen on stage and behind the scenes at Science Fiction Convention masquerades, historical reenactment events, and theatre. SWCG is central Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.

Our Website is now hosted by Costume.org!

Please note that info@southwestcostumersguild.org and our other former "southwestcostumersguild.org" e-mail addresses are not currently active.
Please contact us via our new e-mail:  southwestcostumers@gmail.com.


Costumers Calendar
SWCG Activities
Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and links to Member Web Pages
Links - Web Sites of Interest to the Costumer
Hints and other "How To" Articles

Randwulf's Smartphone Pouch - Free sewing pattern from SWCG VP Randall
Join the Southwest Costumers Guild
Recruiting and PR Materials:

"Victorian Ball" Foldover Flyer
"Science Fiction Convention" Foldover Flyer
"Renaissance Faire" Foldover Flyer
Quarter-Page Flyer
Color Bookmark

SWCG Bylaws

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SWCG members in good standing  receive our newsletter Cactus Needles by e-mail.
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A few weeks after its initial publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all to enjoy.

Current Issue -  March 2024
Back Issues (All the way back to the Cactus Needles premiere in 1994)

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Costumers Calendar

The Southwest Costumers Guild usually meets one Saturday afternoon per month at members' homes in the greater Phoenix area. Guild business is followed by a demonstration or workshop by a guild member or an invited guest. Sometimes we cooperate on a costume project. Sometimes we just have meandering conversations. SWCG gatherings are often held at science fiction conventions, museums, restaurants, street fairs, and other public venues. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events. Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events.  Red Text and an asterisk* indicate an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

E-mail the Webmaster if you know a costumed event that should be on the calendar.

February 3-March 31, 2024 (Weekends plus Presidents Day) - Arizona Renaissance Festival near Gold Canyon, Arizona. https://arizona.renfestinfo.com/

February 14-July 7, 2024 -- The Phoenix Art Museum is having two exhibits running together in the Fashion-Design Mezzanine, "The Power of Pink" and "Barbie: A Cultural Icon". "The Power of Pink" explores the complex history of the popular yet controversial color and its impact on fashion and pop culture. The items shown are entirely from the museum's fashion-design collection. "Barbie: A Cultural Icon" traces the 60+ year  evolution of Barbie, from child’s toy to global icon. See more than 250 vintage dolls—including the original Barbie and all 22 original ensemble outfits. And much more. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ https://phxart.org 

March 23-April 27, 2024 (Saturdays) Con-Fusion 2024 at various Phoenix Public Library branches. https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/programs/confusion

Con-Fusion 2024

Address Information:

Agave Library = 23550 North 36th Avenue (36th Avenue North of Pinnacle Peak Road)
Desert Broom Library = 29710 North Cave Creek Road (Cave Creek Road, South of Tatum Boulevard)
South Mountain Library = 7050 South 24th Street (24th Street, North of Baseline Road)
Cholla Library = 10050 North Metro Parkway East (Metrocenter)
Burton Barr Library = 1221 North Central Avenue (Central Avenue, South of McDowell Road)

April 5-7, 2024 - London Bridge Renaissance Faire & Joust in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. https://www.londonbridgerenfaire.com/

April 5-6, 2024 - Arizona FanFest at the Graham County Fairgrounds, Safford AZ

May 24-26, 2024 - Phoenix Fan Fusion at Phoenix Convention Center. https://www.phoenixfanfusion.com/

June 29, 2024 - Fabric War - The SCA Barony of Sundragon's annual swap meet of costuming and medieval reenactor supplies. Location to be announced.

August 30-September 2, 2024 - Saboten Con at Sheraton Grand Phoenix Downtown, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix

October 19, 2024 - Phoenix Winter Fantasy Ball 2024: A Night Under the Mountain at Ashley Castle, 1300 S. Price Road, Chandler

Join us for our 2nd annual Phoenix Winter Fantasy Ball! This event is hosted by Un Jour D’Amour and will be a fantasy/cosplay black tie affair gala with hors d’œuvres, dinner, drinks, a vendor marketplace, & entertainment provided. A portion of proceeds from the ball will be donated to multiple animal shelters around the valley, including the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Small Dog Rescue, MCSO MASH Unit, Saving Paws Rescue, & HALO Animal Rescue. a nit, Saving Paws Rescue, & HALO Animal Rescue. https://www.fantastiquecollection.com/phx-winter-fantasy-ball-2024

November 8-10, 2024 - TusCon in Tucson.  https://tusconscificon.com/

CASFS Book & Media Social

Your Webmaster also organizes a monthly activity of the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society's (CASFS) Book and Media Social.  We get together once a month to talk about a pre-selected book, film or other media experience for a bit. After that, conversation can go anywhere. We meet at 7PM on the third Tuesday of every month at the Denny's restaurant at the northeast corner of 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix. We run a Zoom meeting in parallel to the in-person one, so you can participate even if you can't get your corpus to Phoenix.

Check out the CASFS Book & Media Social Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1602983896683877, the AZ Fandom Facebook Group and the CASFS web page at http://casfs.org/book_social.html for directions to the meeting or the Zoom link or e-mail books@casfs.org

Here is the book list for the rest of 2023:

March 19, 2024    The Charm by Adam Niswander
April 16, 2024 Seal Team 666 by Weston Ochse
May 21, 2024 Skulking Permit by Robert Sheckley
June 18, 2024 Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher

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Guild Activities

SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups" archive.

Meet & Greet Table
          at CoKoCon 2023

Meet & Greet table at CoKoCon 2023 in Tempe.

A diner luncheon

Our first get-together since the pandemic - a simple diner luncheon.

At Tempe Library
          ComiCon in 2018

Randall, Tasha and Paula at Tempe Library ComiCon in 2018

SWCG at Steampunk:
          An Exquisite Adventure
At Steampunk: An Exquisite Adventure in November, 2013.

Jean & Randall at Steampunk Street
Randall & Jean at Steampunk Street II in downtown Mesa, April, 2011.

We had a fine turnout for our Barbecue Mixer in April, 2009, with folks from SWCG, Sunacosu,
Arizona Ghostbusters and The Rebel Legion. Photo by Mike Contos.

At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 2008.

Walking about the Glendale Glitters street fair in December, 2007.

A Duct Tape Mannequin is a useful tool for patterning custom-fitted garments.

Mucking about in Victorian attire at CopperCon 25. A little image magic by Mike Cassidy shifts us to a more appropriate setting - a table setting.

Updated March 17, 2024 by Randall Whitlock.

Direct correspondence to:

Randall Whitlock, Vice President
Southwest Costumers Guild
2320 West Seldon Lane
Phoenix AZ 85021

or southwestcostumers@gmail.com

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