May 2022 – Personality Types

In May, the Colorado chapter met online (zoom) and in person to learn about personalities. Member Pat Bornmann introduced the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personality types. Near the end she had everyone submit their individual personality preferences and that of the entire group was determined. All preferences were well represented with nearly equal numbers of extraverts and introverts; sensing and intuiting; thinking and feeling; and perceiving and judging. For more information, contact Pat at colosewingpros@gmail.com.

April 2022 – Denver Meet-and-Greet

In April, the Colorado Chapter had a social networking meeting with people from the local fashion and design community. It was held the Monday evening after Denver Fashion Week. We met at a trendy bar with food stands. Just over 30 people attended and there were many comments from the visitors about it being a great idea, and there were many long conversations making new contacts. The end result, so far, is one new member for national and the chapter and many new connections who are very interested in what we do who may come to our events going forward.

March 2022 – Croquis

Carol Phillips gave a highly informative and interesting presentation on how to create your personal body croquis for zero dollars using readily available digital resources like smart phones, computers and common tracing and drawing tools. Or, enter 22 body measurements into an online application and generate a customized digital body silhouette for $30 to $ 40 dollars (see My Body Model Application).

     Carol described several sophisticated fashion design packages that are used in the fashion industry including Adobe Suite with Illustrator. Most are expensive to purchase and require serious time to learn.    

A croquis is a quick sketch of a fashion figure. Croquis drawings are minimalist in style and serve as a blank canvas for drawing clothing.

     Carol described the head count method of determining if your body croquis is properly proportioned. A well-balanced body is about 7.5 heads in length and 1.5 heads wide at the shoulders.

     The advantages of using a personal croquis template are many including but not limited to:

  • See what jewelry type and length work best on your body type
  • Check which neckline and sleeve styles look best on you.

     Carol listed several great sources for learning how to make a personalized croquis template and highly recommended searching the Internet. She found one source using our Chapter library catalogue, which identified Threads Magazine No. 125 with the article “Discover the Best Proportions & Styles for You” by Nancy Shriber.

February 2022 – Denver Art Museum

In March 2022, the Colorado Chapter visited the Denver Art Museum to see the exhibit titled Suited: Empowered Feminine Fashion (Suited | Denver Art Museum).  The fashion started in the late 1900’s and progressed to the present.  Most of the fashions were haute couture with a few ready-to-wear garments.

Members and friends of Colorado Chapter at Denver Art Museum

Of course, there was a Channel suit.  This one, in beige with back trim, is from 1960.

We liked the seaming on the red Channel suit shown here, with its dual princess seams to the shoulder and armscye meeting at a waist that drops from the side seam to center.

And we liked the detailed piping on the off-white haute couture gown by Ralph Rucci from 2009.  The graceful lines in this wool garment flow from below the bust diagonally to the side waist and back across the skirt.