December 2022: Holiday Potluck

The Colorado Chapter of ASDP had a social gathering in December to celebrate the holidays.  Many members were present and enjoyed socializing in member Jane’s lovely home.  We also met Anne’s new assistant Kristen, who recently graduated from CSU (Colorado State University) with a degree in Fashion Design.  Kristen is the person who took the evolution idea (from Pat’s husband, Gary) and ran with it to design the poster announcing the annual ASDP conference that will be held in Denver next year (2023).

The potluck format worked well this year.  We had waffles, ham and chicken, sweet potato casserole, various dips with crackers and veggies, and of course a range of sweets and drinks.

We enjoyed the usual small group interactions.  Conversations ranged from admiring each other’s outfits and the Fashion and Design Program at CSU to current topics such as electric vehicles and the newly announced fusion research in physics.  On parting, everyone wished each other Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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November 2022 – All About Silks

The Colorado Chapter of ASDP met in-person and via Zoom in November to learn all about silks from member Clara Dittli.  We learned that momme is the weight of the silk fiber and that the shine comes from the triangular prism shape of the fiber that reflects light. 

Clara talked about the reasons why she liked different silks: Jacquard is her favorite silk fabric, while 4-ply silk is another favorite although it can be difficult to work with.  Clara described silks that are often used for informal garments (silk noil and raw silk) and silks that work well for members of a bridal family (silk dupioni) and silk that works well for evening gowns (silk chiffon and georgette).  Clara likes to use silk organza to underline fabric to create body for a garment and Crêpe de Chine for the lining.

Clara also talked to us about the differences between Italian silks and silks from China.  They both use similar silk fibers, but Italian silks are printed with many more colors (7-11+ versus 2-3) and are woven slowly by only one person.  These differences are reflected in the price of Italian silks, often $400-500 per yard.

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