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.

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 (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.
Not getting your newsletter? Contact the Editor to make sure he has your current address.

A few weeks after its initial publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all to enjoy.

Current Issue - July 2016

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(All the way back to the Cactus Needles premiere in 1994)

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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.

April 2-August 7, 2016 - Fifty Years of Fashion in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Orme Lewis Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum, Central & McDowell. Featuring more than 50 works drawn from across the history of fashion, this exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the permanent collection. Providing insight into how the treasures of the collection were acquired and formed an internationally respected fashion archive, this exhibition will feature a roster of world-class designers including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel alongside stunning historical works.

August 7, 2016 - Hair and There* SWCG workshop at Tasha's place. Sharan will demonstrate french braiding and other useful hairdressing techniques. Paula will demonstrate floral hair wreaths.

August 17-21, 2016 - Worldcon 74,  Kansas City, Mo.  http://midamericon2.org/ 

September 4, 2016 - Machine Maintenance* (tentative, location to be announced) practical advice on sewing machine maintenance.

Sept 24-25, 2016 Keen Halloween at the Phoenix Convention Center.
“We capture the best parts of your Halloween memories; bridging the gap between horror-based conventions and child-focused events, creating a new concept to celebrate Halloween every day. We provide entertainment, workshops, a maker's faire, and one-of-a-kind vendors for a fresh take on Halloween to people of all ages.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1030865616987329/

October 2, 2016 - Specialty Feet* (tentative, location to be announced). Learn to use those specialty feet that came with your sewing machine.

October 15, 2015, Noon-4 PM – LibraryCon 2016 at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 North Greenfield Road in Gilbert, AZ.  https://www.facebook.com/librarycon

November 11-13, 2016 – TusCon 43 at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 4550 S. Palo Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85714. This year’s guest of honor is George RR Martin. http://tusconscificon.com/

December 10th  2016,  11-6  - LIBCON WEST at Glendale Main  Library, 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ


**LIBCON West!**

LIBCON West is a West-Valley, teens-only pop culture convention. Enjoy  cosplay, crafts, gaming, anime, 3D-printing demos, and fun fandom  panels. We’re also hosting a cool selection of vendors and  entertainers out on the front lawn for all ages to enjoy. Keep an eye on http://libconwest.weebly.com   for updates!

January 28, 2017, 10-5 - 3rd Anual Library Comicon at Tempe Public Library, SWC Rural and Southern in Tempe.

April 20-24, 2017 – Costume-Con 35 at the Hilton Mississaugua/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada http://costumecon35.com/

July 1-4, 2017 – WesterCon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Guests include Julie Dillon, Larry Elmore, Gini Koch and Weston Ochse. www.westercon70.org

August 9-13, 2017 - WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. http://www.worldcon.fi

March 30-April 2, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in San Diego, California

March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.

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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. Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups" archive.

At Tempe Library ComiCon in 2016

At Tempe Library ComiCon in 2016

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 Mahala Sweebe
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President Paula Lary

Treasurer and Newsletter Editor Tasha Cady

Secretary Randall Whitlock

Archivist Jean Palmer

Webmaster 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 July 26, 2016 by Randall Whitlock.

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