Meeting Summaries – 2021

January 25, 2021

The Colorado chapter invited ASDP’s VP of Development, Julie Hansberry, to its January meeting.  Julie has been sewing since 2nd grade and recently shifted from a career in marketing to open her sewing business.  She spoke about several opportunities to expand ASDP to other sewing-related industries. 

There is a niche available for us to help designers who are not ready to start large-scale factory manufacturing.  They often need help transitioning designs to samples and technical specs for the factories.  But for many of us, the factories speak a different language, making it difficult for us to help each other without additional education.  As another opportunity, she will be reaching out to JoAnn’s, because JoAnn’s is often the only local store for buying fabric for many who sew. Julie also noted the large number of people on social media who own cottage industries to sew a wide range of items and might be interested in joining ASDP.   

For these reasons, and to advance this diversity within ASDP, the board is considering liaison groups to foster communication with these other parts of the sewing industry.  The board, she reported, wants ASDP to be open to all who profit from the sewing industry. 

January 2021

The Colorado chapter invited ASDP’s VP of Development, Julie Hansberry, to its January meeting.  Julie has been sewing since 2nd grade and recently shifted from a career in marketing to open her sewing business.  Tis position is a natural use of her varied talents.  Therefore, she spoke about several opportunities to expand ASDP to related industries. 

There is a niche available for us to help designers who are not ready to start large-scale factory manufacturing: they often need help transitioning designs to samples and technical specs for the factories.  But for many of us, the factories speak a different language, making it difficult for us to help each other without additional education.  For these reasons, and to advance this diversity within ASDP, the board is considering liaison groups to foster communication with these other parts of the sewing industry.

As another opportunity, she will be reaching out to the JoAnn’s, because JoAnn’s is often the only local store for buying fabric for many who sew.  Julie also spoke of BNI (Business Networking International), which has local groups of service professionals who gather to network and provide referrals.

For these reasons, and to advance this diversity within ASDP, the board is considering liaison groups to foster communication with other parts of the sewing industry.  Julie also noted the large number of people on social media who own cottage industries to sew a wide range of items and might be interested in joining ASDP.  The board, she reported, wants ASDP to be open to all who profit from the sewing industry.  To advance this goal, the board has removed prior requirements that members have a business reference and a tax ID number.

December 2020: Sew And Tell

The Colorado Chapter met in December after Christmas and the non-business part of the meeting was a Sew and Tell.  Members shared information about sewing related gifts, quilts, new garments, and garment alterations, and pattern drafting.

Karen shared two books she had received: A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing and The Year I Made 12 Dresses.

Carol shared a new thin light table by CutterPillar that she had received and noted how much it helped her when sewing the hem of a garment because she could then see between the fibers.

Marci had seen a quilted garment in a recent Vogue magazine and decided she could do the same.  She showed us her garment completed with large half-square triangles down the front.  Marci also showed a picture of herself wearing a beautiful navy blue 1800’s ball gown.

Karen also shared a picture of a quilt she had recently completed.  She used quilting rulers (acrylic templates) to do the quilting.

Pat wore an outfit she had made of a silver top and black pants.  She also showed a picture that inspired her current quilt in progress.  Then she revealed the pieces that been cut and pinned to foam board.

Denise talked about doing a rub off of a Burda pattern and comparing various patterns to find what fits her body best.

Anne showed a test garment she had made for another designer and how she had modified the garment to make its flowing pleats more manageable for construction.  She also shared how she had graded the pattern by entering different measurements into TUKA Cad software.

Carol also shared the unique features in her muslin that follows her unique body shape.  And the result of cutting this pattern out of cardstock to give her a usable dress form.

Yvonne showed how she took two garments with holes and used one to repair the other, leaving her with one garment that fit.  She also showed us a horse-riding shirt she made for the holidays with a beer bottle pattern because she belongs to a riding group that celebrates Christmas by bringing beer.  She also showed us the pj’s she had made for her husband.