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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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.

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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.

May 15-18, 2015 – Costume-Con 33 “Buccaneers, Belles & Bootleggers” at the Charleston Plaza Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina http://cc33charleston.org/wp/

May 23-25, 2015 – Wyatt Earp Days in Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.tombstone.org/wyatt-earp-days-may/

May 28-31, 2015 – Phoenix ComiCon at the Phoenix Convention Center http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

May 31, 2015 –
Lep Prep* SWCG meeting at Tasha’s place. Discuss plans for the annual LepreCon SF convention. Continue work on the Silver Satin challenge costumes and charity pet beds.

June 4-7, 2015 – Fangirls by Manda Leigh Blunt at the Brelby Theater, S of SEC 58th Avenue and Glendale Avenue just off the Glendale town square. http://brelby.com/2015-studio-series/

June 13, 2015 – Daddy O’s Desert Caravan Open Belly Dance & Drum Circle at Daddy O’s, SE Corner of 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird, Phoenix. This is one of our own Paula’s performance venues. All shows start at 6:30 PM. This month’s theme is “Folkloric Fest” https://www.facebook.com/DaddyOsDesertCaravanBellydanceDrumCircle

June 25-28, 2015 – LepreCon 2015 at the Embassy Suites Phoenix North (I-17 & Greenway). www.leprecon.org.

June 28, 2015 – LepreCon Get-Together* informal SWCG meeting at the LepreCon SF convention. Details to be determined.

July 9-12, 2015 – Highlands War near Flagstaff, Arizona. The SCA Barony of Ered Sul’s midsummer event moves to a new site near Ashurst Late this year. http://highlandswar.org/

July 10-12, 2015 – Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire at 1101 N. Woodland Rd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. http://www.azmayhem.com/

July 10-12, 2015 – Phoenix TARDIS 2015 Dr. Who convention at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix. http://www.tardisconventions.com/#!phoenix/cjg9

July 18-19, 2015 – Arizona Highland Celtic Festival at Foxglenn Park, 4200 E. Butler, Flagstaff. http://www.nachs.info/festival.shtml

July 19, 2015 –
Aquatic Costumers* SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic. Our annual pool party. Theme and other details to be announced.

October 10, 2015, Noon-4 PM – LibraryCon 2015 at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 North Greenfield Road in Gilbert, AZ. Come to the Southeast Regional Library for LibraryCon 2015! Join us to celebrate all of the stuff that you love including: comics, graphic novels, anime/manga, cosplay, cartoons, artists, horror movies, Sci-Fi/Fantasy books & movies, and games of all types. Costumes encouraged! Show off your amazing style in the costume contest. Learn something new in one of our panel sessions. There will also be photo booths, crafts, tabletop and video games, prizes, and giveaways! https://www.facebook.com/librarycon

October 16-18, 2015 – Helldorado Days in Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.tombstonehelldoradodays.com/

October 30 – November 1, 2015 – TusCon 42 SF convention at the Hotel Tucson City Center in Tucson. This year’s con features guests Seanan McGuire and Bridget E. Wilde. http://tusconscificon.com/

November 6-8, 2015 – Tucson Celtic Festival at Rillito Park. http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/

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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 May 10, 2015 by Randall Whitlock.

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