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.

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 10- Aug 1, 2015 - Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost at Brelby Studio, 6835 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale AZ. This is an original by the 2015 Brelby Writer’s Circle, Directed by Brian Maticic. An adaptation of the classic story of the three musketeers, this adventure brings the tale to life like you’ve never seen it before. In a dystopian future, these heroes will band together to fight for what they believe in. Adventure, intrigue, and plenty of onstage battles. http://brelby.com/2015-mainstage-season/

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

July 19, 2015, 2PM – Pool Toys* SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic This is our annual pool party. Bring your favorite pool toys. Brainstorm out some SWCG activities for the rest of the year. Please bring a potluck food item.

July 25, 2015 10AM to 6PM – CosFest at Arizona Event Center, 1300 South Country Club Road #105, Mesa AZ. Paricipants include Candie’s Characters, Heroes United and Heroes and Villains of Tomorrow.  http://www.cosfestaz.com/

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 4, 2015-January 18, 2016 – The White Shirt According to Me, Gianfranco Ferré Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Known as the “architect of fashion” and the purveyor of “power dressing,” Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré never ceased to view the white shirt as the archetypal expression of his approach to design and style. The exhibition includes a selection of 27 of Ferré’s most significant white shirts created over the course of his career (1982-2006). Sketches, technical designs, photographs and videos from the archives of the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation will offer visitors the chance to go beyond the confines of fashion and examine the methods, techniques and precision Ferré applied to each of his designs. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/ferrewhiteshirt

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

May 6-9, 2016 – Costume-con 34: The Wonder of Nature at the Marriott West in Madison, Wisconsin http://www.costumecon34.com/

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

July 1-4, 2017 – WesterCon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. http://www.westercon.org/

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

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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 July 11, 2015 by Randall Whitlock.

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