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 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 - Printable membership form

Recruiting and PR Materials:

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

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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Click the links below to view issues of Cactus Needles, SWCG's monthly newsletter. You'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader, available free from www.adobe.com.

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Current Issue - October 2014

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Upcoming Activities

Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the last 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 indicates an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

October 10-November 2, 2014 – Arizona State Fair at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix https://azstatefair.com/

October 17-18, 2014 – Oktoberfest at St. Rose Parish Campus-Anthem
2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle Anthem Arizona 85086.
Casino Gaming Fundraiser, Puppet Show, Pumpkin Patch, German Band, German Food, German Beer, Delicious Homemade Desserts,  Fireworks, Beer Stein Race, Beer Barrel Rolling and numerous other games.  On October 18, from 11 AM-9 PM,  we will be having Live Music, Puppet Show, Pumpkin Patch,  Food, Beer and many other attractions throughout the day. http://www.stroseparishaz.org

October 17-19, 2014 – Comic Media Expo at the Mesa Convention Center. New comics and pop culture con. www.comicmediaexpo.com .

October 17-19, 2014 – Helldorado Days in Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.helldoradodays.com/

October 19, 2014 – Straighten Jean Out* SWCG social and activity at Jean’s place, 7742 North 32nd Drive, in Phoenix AZ. Hang out, converse and help President Jean finish the organization of the guild book collection we started this summer.


OCTOBER 24-26 - FRIDAY - SUNDAY -Wild Western Festival , from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at  Sahuaro Ranch Park. --  Wild Western Festival - The tagline: "History Meets Hollywood" . What to watch: gun fights, stunt shows, Native American dancers, trick horses, magic shows, and the chance to meet Hollywood Celebrities. What to listen to: live music from Best in the West musicians. What to wear: something special if you want to enter the 1880’ Old West or Steampunk costume contest on Saturday, or if you want your dog to feel less self-conscious while taking part in the pet costume contest on Sunday. Where to rustle up some grub: sidle up to the food vendors, or enter the pie-eating contest, Habanero Holler contest, or Sunday's chili cook-off. Where to buy proof of your time-traveling adventure: from artisan vendors. Kids can ride: a fake bucking bull or a real standing pony. Kids can also: jump in the bounce house, compete against kin in wheelbarrow races and bean-bag tosses, easily avoid jury duty. More info: http://www.wildwesternfestival.com/

October 24-25, 30-31, November 1, 6-8 @ 7:30pm, October 25, 26, November 1, 2, 8 @ 2:00pm - Revenge of the Space Pandas  or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock By David Mamet at the Brelby Theatre, 6835 N 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ  www.brelby.com

October 31-November 2, 2014 – TusCon SF convention at Hotel City Center, 475 North Granada Avenue, Tucson, Arizona http://tusconscificon.com/

October 31-November 2, 2014 – Tucson Celtic Festival at Rillito Park. http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/ (page not yet updated for 2014 festival.

October 31, 2014 – Monsters Ball at Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. Featuring The Mod Zombies and The Sinisters, for a “zombie apocalypse so infectious you’ll want to eat your brains out!” High-energy thrill-seekers costume ball. A night of rockabilly zombie surf bands. Complimentary finger-food, with spine-chilling libations at cash bar
Alwun’s annual blow-out Halloween art party gets raves as an annual “not-to-be-missed” bash, includes crowds costumed for revelry with spirited prizes, finger-food and spine-chilling libations at the cash bar. Partygoers are invited to “unleash their little monster – be they vamp, zombie or trans.” All saints and sinners welcome to join in macabre undead revelry. http://alwunhouse.org/

November 1-2, 2014 – Phoenix FearCon at Courtyard by Marriott, 1650 North 95th Lane, Glendale AZ.  http://phoenixfearcon.com/

November 6-8, 2014 – Tucson Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Tucson Expo, 3750 E. Irvington Road, Tucson  http://quiltcraftsew.com

November 8-9, 2014 – Tucson Comic Convention at the Tucson Convention Center. http://www.tucsoncomic-con.com

November 9, 2014 – All Souls Procession in downtown Tucson. http://www.allsoulsprocession.org/
Check the web site for several weeks of lead-in events.

November 13-17, 2014 – Southern Crusades – Society for Creative Anachronism combat, arts & sciences camping event at Fort Huachuca, Wren Arena, Arizona (new site). http://www.southerncrusades.org/

November 14, 2014, 6-10 PM – Steampunk Street Between Center and Country Club on Main in downtown Mesa. http://2ndfridaynightout.com/2.html

November 23, 2014 –
More Fun with Felt* – SWCG workshop at Sharan’s place. Sharan will again demonstrate her monster pincushion pattern. You can build one or follow another project with our stash of felt of various colors.

December 12-15, 2014 – Phoenix ComiCon Fanfest at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ. https://phoenixcomicon.com/page/82

December 21, 2014 –
Solstice Potluck* SWCG social at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Celebrate the first day of winter with lunch with your friends. Annual officer elections.

January 29, 2015 –
Doggie Beds* SWCG workshop at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Build pet mattresses to donate to a local animal shelter.

January 29-31, 2015 – Phoenix Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. http://quiltcraftsew.com

February 22, 2015 –
War Prep* SWCG workshop at Jean’s place. Get your costumes in condition for the annual SCA Estrella War.

March 29, 2015 – Fabric Challenge* SWCG workshop at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Create a project using the silver satin stash. Maybe something we can appear in together at conventions?

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Here is some of our events information in the form of a Google calendar created by Margie:

Guild Activities

SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Check out professional photographer
Richard Man's images from the event at http://www.rfman.com/SF-and-Fantasy-Conventions/Costume-Con-30 .

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

Jean & Randall
        at Steampunk Street II
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 Jean Palmer
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President Mahala Sweebe

Treasurer Tasha Cady

Secretary Randall Whitlock

Archivist Jean Palmer

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

Member 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

Last updated October 14, 2014 by Randall Whitlock.

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