September 2022

The Colorado Chapter had an evening business meeting in September. This was our meeting for voting and strategic planning.  According to the latest draft of the Chapter Bylaws written by the National ASDP, we have too many board members.  Because only one at-large member was present, it was decided to table the votes until another meeting.

For strategic planning we focused on two topics: one was details for doing more Meet-and-Greet sessions and the other was generating ideas for programs in 2023.  These topics will be discussed further as members gather additional information about venues and contacts for potential topics.

After the meeting Carol offered a free front-opening bra kit to anyone willing to test the pattern and instructions.  There were questions about her planned 30-day refund policy if a customer was not satisfied, particularly if their size was incorrectly measured.

August 2022 – Picnic

The Colorado Chapter had an evening potluck during the heat of August.  Fortunately, the weather threatened rain so we didn’t have the usual radiant heating of the air, meaning that the covered patio at member Marci’s house was a comfortable place for conversation. 

Carol entertained us with a study of garments from 1922 in the CoPa Archive (Commercial Pattern Archive – Home (uri.edu), see also Association of Sewing and Design Professionals – Threads Challenge (sewingprofessionals.com)).  Carol found the pattern (#3750 Butterick) from the June 1922 Delineator Magazine at https://babel.hathitrust.org (see figure).  It had heirloom drawn work for decorations, so she showed us a modern example she made.  Then she showed us examples of undergarments for support, one of which looks much like the current sport’s bra.

When a box of donated fabric appeared, we discussed all the ways we manage to store our large stashes of fabric.  Yvonne, in a previous home, took over the closet in the entry way and had all her fabric on extra-large hangers with fabrics arranged by type and color.  Afterward we discussed a special excursion we’ll take in September to the Denver Art Museum to see Carla Fernández Casa de Moda: A Mexican Fashion Manifesto, which was particularly exciting for new member Gabriela, who is originally from Mexico.

July 2022 – The Zipper Lady

The Colorado Chapter had a stimulating meeting with Alicia, the Zipper Lady (www.thezipperlady.com).  Alicia brought an assortment of zipper tapes and zipper pulls for everyone.  Starting with zippers with the largest teeth we learned how to install the pulls.  Then we tried it on zippers with smaller teeth, which became progressively more difficult, but doable.  Alicia explained how to determine the size of a zipper (width of the closed teeth), but warned us this is not consistent between manufacturers.  She also told us how to identify locking pulls, and threw a couple of them in our assortment, so we had to learn how to manipulate these locking pulls to install them on the zippers.  As we were installing our pulls, Alicia educated us on many other aspects of zipper quality, costs, and terms. 

June 2022 -Standards of Quality

In early June, the Colorado Chapter had another evening meeting, this time to learn about Standards of Quality.  Chapter President Anne Kuehn led the discussion by walking us through the 2008 version available from the National ASDP web site (Standards of Quality for Custom Clothing (sewingprofessionals.com)).  This document contains expectations for quality garments made primarily of woven fabrics (knits are included in a few places). The document covers all types of features of garments and explains how professional treatments should look.  It also includes a minimum ease chart for various garments and references to books that cover the different topics.  Our discussion included what we should do if the client brings a garment to be fixed that has not been made to these standards; should alterations be done to the same standard as the original garment or should the entire garment be upgraded?