CFCG - March Guild Meeting

Get Some Tail: How to Design, Build and Wear Your Own Mermaid Tail

Saturday, March 1, 1:00-3:00

Did you know that “Mermaid” is a feasible job title in Florida? They have their own conventions, networking opportunities and always have a great time at the local swimming pool or natural spring.

Join two of our own mermaid members as they:

  • Show examples of various fabric based tails

  • Demonstrate how to create a custom pattern

  • Fit the fin

  • Share resources

CFCG: Central Florida Costumers Guild

Location: The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy. 17-92, Maitland, Florida 32751

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Things I learned during my first Millinery class.

  • Hats take longer than a couple hours to make, particularly if it is your first time making one.
  • Thimbles are my finger’s friend.
  • I LOVE making hats
  • I’m not going to be able to finish my hat until after Christmas.  :(

CousinCecily and I spent Sunday with the CFCG and our guest instructor Lynne Taylor from the the GBACG learning how to make a Victorian hat.  

Lynne had created two patterns and brought samples of each style for us to pick from. They are gorgeous examples of hats, with the brown one using vintage trims, while the purple bonnet uses trims purchased from modern and local sources.


The Central Florida Costumers Guild presents “What The Dickens Were They Wearing?”  A look at some of the fashions worn during the time of Charles Dickens.

The actual presentation was an hour long, but I think they did a nice job paring it down. Sadly, they did clip CousinCecily’s discussion on menswear. I was wearing the 1845 gown.

In October, members of the Central Florida Costumers Guild will be giving a presentation for the Orange County Library System in Orlando.  

We will be discussing and modeling clothing of various silhouettes worn throughout Charles Dickens’ lifetime, from his birth in 1812, through the 1860’s.

CousinCecily and I will be modeling/discussing garments from the 1830-1840’s.

CFCG - Guild Meeting - Korean Hanbok (13th-15thC)

Guest SCA Speaker: Carla Weaver

The Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea. A true cultural art these wonderfully embroidered and painted garments are each a display of artistic wonder. Over the centuries Hanbok showed societal status and rank for the Korean people along with the talents of their artists. The style of the garments have not change much since the Choson Period. The workshop will discuss the history of the Hanbok in the Choson Period (1354-1910) with the main focus on the 13th to 15th centuries. We will discuss hierarchy, construction, embroidery, and measuring for a proper fit for both men and women.

Students will leave with a basic pattern and instructions to create their own work of art.

Hosted by CFCG with guest speaker and guests from SCA.

Where: The Sewing Studio, Maitland FL

When: Saturday, June 6th, 1-3:30

Today the Central Florida Costumer’s Guild had a guest speaker demonstrating how to build cosplay armor using tools and resources found at the local big box stores.  Then, everyone that wanted had a chance to play with the materials and use the techniques he had demonstrated.

It was a great meeting with a big turnout (29 people!).

Also, it looks like I’m still President since the VP didn’t want to step up yet, and instead of nominating anyone the members decided on a “Vote of Confidence.”  Is that even part of the process?

CFCG - Project Victorian - Bustles

Directly after the monthly Guild Meeting, interested members will continue working on Project Victorian.

This month?  Bustles!  

Last month project attendees decided they all wanted to build bustles (rather than hoops) so we’ll be cutting out and working on those.  Patterns and supplies will be available for purchase from the Guild or from The Sewing Studio.  

As a group we’ll be using Truly Victorian’s TV101 pattern,  Please review for fabric requirements.  Patterns and materials will be available for purchase from the Guild or from The Sewing Studio.

Where:  The Sewing Studio, Maitland, FL

When: Saturday, June 6th, 3:30 to store closing

Bustle pictured is NOT TV101, but it’s the only example of a full bustle I’ve got right now.  This is TV163 and provides truly epic backside proportions.  :D