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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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.

February 7-March 29, 2015 (weekends + Presidents’ Day) – Arizona Renaissance Festival on US 60 east of Gold Canyon, Arizona. http://www.royalfaires.com/arizona/

February 21-22, 2015 – Arizona Matsuri festival of Japan at Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix. http://azmatsuri.org/

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

February 23-March 1, 2015 – Winter Range at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix, Arizona. The Single-Action Shooting Society’s annual cowboy action shooting shindig. First-rate sutler’s row to stock up on your wild west/steampunk costume supplies. http://www.winterrange.com/

February 24-March 2, 2015 – Estrella War at Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek, Arizona. The Society for Creative Anachronism’s annual week of medieval arts, sciences and whacking each other with sticks. http://estrellawar.org/

March 6-8, 2015 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 4 at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson AZ. https://www.wildwestcon.com/

March 14, 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 “Maneater (80s Night)”


March 14, 2015, 10 AM – St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Phoenix Staging Area Location: 3rd St. from Virginia to Sheridan Route: 3rd St. South from Sheridan to Moreland.


March 20-22, 2015 – Con Nichiwa anime convention at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave Tucson AZ 85701. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/

March 21-22, 2015 – Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road, Phoenix  http://www.arizonascots.com/05games.shtml

March 21-22, 2015 – Battle of Picacho Peak at Picacho Peak State Park, I-10 between Casa Grande and Tucson - reenactment of Arizona’s only Civil War battle. http://azstateparks.com/parks/pipe/events.html

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?

April 4, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 AM – Sixth Annual Easter Parade in Globe, AZ. Cost – Free, Begins at the Globe Train Depot. Here is the PR statement:

Here is your chance to stroll the sidewalks of Globe in your Easter finery and channel your best Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, rain or shine! (For those too young to remember, check out the movue “Top Hat” to see what we mean!)  The Easter Parade is based on the classic holiday song and old tradition of taking a stroll to welcome spring.  Think hats, parasols, finery and fun for all ages.  Of course, you can enter the contest if you think your Easter finery is prize-worthy (NOTE: For any Guildsters who might want attend, it would be fair to warn the sponsors that out-of-town costumers will be  joining in. But, local competition will be stiff) Contestants promenade from the Train Depot, down Broad Street, and back to the Center for the Arts.  For Information, call the Center for the arts at 928-425-0884

April 11, 2015Daddy 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 “Beyond the Sea” https://www.facebook.com/DaddyOsDesertCaravanBellydanceDrumCircle

May 9, 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 “Retro Rockabilly” https://www.facebook.com/DaddyOsDesertCaravanBellydanceDrumCircle

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

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

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.

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


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/

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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 February 14, 2015 by Randall Whitlock.

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