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.

Upcoming Events
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

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 (Newly Updated)

SWCG Bylaws

Southwest Costumers Guild has a "Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the webmaster for information on how to join.

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SWCG members in good standing  receive Cactus Needles, our monthly newsletter, by mail or e-mail.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
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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 -  May 2019

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Upcoming Activities

Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the first Sunday of each month at a different member's home in the greater Phoenix area. This rule of thumb is often changed to avoid schedule conflict with other events. 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 socialize. Special SWCG gatherings are sometimes held at science fiction conventions, street fairs, and other public events. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events.

Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events. E-mail the Webmaster if you know an event that should be on the calendar. A more detailed calendar is included in Cactus Needles.

* Red Text and an asterisk indicate an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

May 21, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein
From Amazon.com: The Stone clan is off to the asteroid belt to educate their brood and find a new life away from stuffy, bureaucratic Luna City. But, as a great man once said, ''There Isn't Any Such Thing As a Free Lunch.'' The Stones know that making a living in deep space and facing the dangers of exploration are the pioneer's great challenge—and the only path to a hopeful tomorrow for humankind!

June 2, 2019 - SWCG Meeting* at 35th Avenue Sew & Vac (35th Ave & Northern Ave, Phoenix). Meet up on a public place. Bring a personal project and meet some new people.

June 18, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

Milk Run by Nathan Lowell
From Amazon.com:  Academy graduate Natalya Regyri stood first in line for her pick of Engineering Officer jobs, until, at the graduation party, a classmate turned up dead. Now, betrayed by her friends and framed for murder, she must flee beyond the reach of the Confederation...and any semblance of civilized society.

With a damaged second-hand ship and TIC interceptors dogging her step, she nets a smuggling contract that might just get her back on her feet and in control of her destiny. But only if she's willing to make an ore run back to the place she's wanted for murder, and into the arms of the authorities...
...who somehow know she's coming.

June 21-23, 2019 - Con-Nichiwa anime convention in Tucson, Arizona. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/

July 12-14, 2019 - Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire at Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex, 1101 N. Woodland Rd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. https://www.azmayhem.com/

July 14, 2019 - Pool Party* SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic. Swimmable costume encouraged. Theme is fantasical sea creatures.

July 20-21, 2019 - Arizona Highland Celtic Festival at Fort Tuthill, near Flagstaff. http://www.nachs.info/

July 20, 2019 - Itty Bitty Fur Con at Mesa Convention Center. http://www.ittybittyfurcon.com/

August 30 - September 2, 2019 - CoKoCon at
Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ . http://cokocon.org/

August 30 - September 2, 2019 - Saboten Con www.sabotencon.com 

September 1, 2019 - Brass Etching* SWCG workshop at Randall's place (tentative). Randall will demonstrate a technique for etching brass, copper or bronze using circuit board fluid.

September 8-10, 2019 - TusCon 46 at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites. https://tusconscificon.com/

September 28, 2019 - Haunted Swap Meet in Metrocenter Mall, Phoenix. Swap meet for all your favorite halloween things that go bump in the night, hosed by AZ Haunters. More details coming.

October 6, 2019 - Dyeing to Meet You* SWCG workshop at Paula's place. Paula will demo one or more fabric dyeing techniques.

October 25-27, 2019 - Arizona Fur Con Music "Furstival" at Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa - Mesa Convention Center. http://www.arizonafurcon.com/

January 25, 2020 - Tempe Library FanCon at the Tempe Public Library at Rural Road and Southern Avenue.

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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.

At Tempe Library ComiCon in

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.

Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and Web Pages

Click on the highlighted text to send an e-mail message or visit a personal web page.

President Paula Lary
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President, Secretary and Webmaster Randall Whitlock

Treasurer and Newsletter Editor Tasha Cady

Webmaster Randall Whitlock runs MoiRandall's featuring his "Randwulf's" line of sewing patterns.

Anna Caggiano shows how she built her Galadriel gown at www.fivemilecreek.net/anna/anna.htm.

Check out member Nola Yergen's theatrical and film costumes at http://designbynola.com/  or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Check out Nola's YouTube channel, "CostumeTrek." https://www.youtube.com/results?q=costumetrek+channel&sp=UBQ%253D

Last updated May 10, 2019 by Randall Whitlock.

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