Monday, July 30, 2012

Costumers' Lost Weekend: Found & Delivered

This past weekend 37 costumers got together on a hot & humid Texas day and celebrated the art of costuming.
Photo by CFGriffith
The panels were informative and well-presented. We learned how to use modern materials to achieve the large up-dos of the Edwardian, Transitional & Teens Eras.

Photo by S Dreer
Tips were given in how to use household equipment to take great photographs of costumes. Many shopping trips to Home Depot and Lowe's have been planned.

Photo by S Dreer
Do you know that Axe body gel and a flashlight makes an incredible light that can be incorporated into props? Other tips were given on making & modifying props as well as adding lights and sound. Other tips were given on Science Fiction costuming.

Photo by S Dreer
And we learned some tips on working with vintage patterns and details on ensuring your Civil War costume is accurate.

 The Mourning Party

Our celebration continued into the evening as our Mourning Party convened. Our room had been transformed, along with our attendees. 

Photo by S Dreer
Photo by CF Griffith  
Photo by CF Griffith
Moody music set the stage for an evening of fortune telling, letting go of past issues with costumes with personalized Voodoo dolls, and other frivolities. 

Photo by S Dreer
Photo by S Dreer
Our weekend wasn't over yet though! The next morning brought our Time Travelers' Brunch into being. We were represented by Georgian, Victorian, Science Fiction and more!

Photo by S Dreer

We hope you enjoyed your foray into our Costumers' Lost Weekend. If you'd like to continue your journey, please enjoy our Flickr photostream.

Photo by Festive Attyre

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Costumers' Lost Weekend tickets are going fast!

Have you purchased your Costumers' Lost Weekend tickets yet?

As of right now we have less than 20 tickets left before we sell out.  Don't be the one to arrive in costume and not be able to get in!  You Must Pre-Register in order to be guaranteed one of the remaining tickets.  You can pay at the door if you need to, but please only register to pay off-line if you are actually planning to come.

Also, remember to RSVP at our website for the Time Traveler's Brunch if you want to attend that.  The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, July, 25, 2012.  If you do not RSVP by then, you can still have brunch in the restaurant in costume, but you will not be guaranteed seating with the group.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Costumers' Lost Weekend Ticket Announcement

We are getting down to the wire on our fabulous Costumers' Lost Weekend.  I am So Excited!!

We already have a fantastic group of folks who have purchased their tickets ahead of the event.  And judging from some of the blogs I've been reading, the costumes will be amazing!  You really don't want to miss out on this!

Which brings me to my announcement...

All of this preparation requires some sort of a head count.  We are trying our best to not waste a Dime of the money we have made on tickets so we can then fund more incredible events for you.

So, if you are a person who is planning to attend CLW, but you want to purchase your ticket at the door, please go ahead and register through  You do not have to pay when you register.  You can choose to pay offline.  We would greatly prefer for you to pay us before you come as that will make things so much easier for our Registration volunteers.  Also, it will let us know how many badges and panel handouts to print out.  And, this is also very important, it will let us know if we are going to Sell Out!

So please, if you are planning to attend our event, go ahead and register.  And don't forget to RSVP for the Time Travelers' Brunch too!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Costumers' Lost Weekend is almost nigh!

July is finally here and many of us are busy with preparations for the big Costumers' Lost Weekend event. Can you believe in less than a month the DFW Costumers Guild will finally be hosting its own wee little con? I can't! This is something I have personally been wishing to do since our little group was hatched in the Summer of 2006. I'm so happy that wish is finally coming true!

If you've been keeping up with us on Facebook and on our Yahoo Groups mailing list, you know that we have a fun list of panels ready to present to you by some fabulous experts. The actual schedule of those panels and the other events at CLW is posted on the CLW website. In addition, our webmaster has also made that schedule downloadable so that you can have it handy on your smartphone or tablet in case you are without your CLW program.

One of the most exciting events during CLW is sure to be our Mourning Party on Saturday evening. Our fabulous President, Jen Thompson has put a lot of hard work into this one and I just know that everyone is going to have an amazing time! As noted, we will have fortune telling, photographs, and games. And did you know that you don't have to participate in all of the CLW festivities in order to attend our Mourning Party? We are offering Party Only tickets for those who just want to come play with us at the party, but cannot attend the day festivities. I can't wait to be dramatically mournful with all of you!

Sunday we will not have any panels, but we are getting together for a nice little Time Traveler's Brunch in the hotel restaurant. If you would like to join us for the brunch, you must RSVP via the website. If you do not RSVP, you are still encouraged to have brunch in the restaurant, but you will not be guaranteed a space at the table with everyone else. The hotel has required that we send in our final head count for their preparations by Wednesday, July 25, 2012, so please RSVP prior to that date.

Our event program has finished its design stages and we have saved space for advertisements. We are selling ad space by the 1/4 page. All ads are black and white except for a pricier full back page that will be in color. Our ad space is Extremely reasonable in price. Compared to most cons, our ad space is a fraction of the cost. So if you have a business that is costume related, or costume or history geek related, please consider marketing yourself in our event program.  If you are a paid DFWCG member, you will receive a discount on your ad space.  Ad sales are being handled by Eventbrite just like our ticket sales. Click here

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who jumped on board to support this little con from the beginning. Thanks to you, we have reached our goal for CLW to be absolutely 100% funded by ticket sales alone. All additional sales between now and the event, as well as all program ad sales, will be pure profit for the DFWCG. And that profit will propel us towards better events all around for the guild members as well as a better future CLW! And with that, I'll leave you with a fun video of one of the games we will be playing at the Mourning Party on Saturday night - Gloom (as played by Wil Wheaton and guests on Table Top):