Dear ASDP Board

Chapter Update: Colorado by Pat Bornmann

05/05/2017 4:32 PM | Anonymous

February was a busy month for the Colorado chapter.  First, a group of us went to the Denver Art Museum to see an exhibit of Japanese textiles and the Star Wars costume exhibit.  The Japanese exhibit, entitled Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s was very beautiful and creative.  Included designers were Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garcons).   The Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit was incredible.  The exhibit included a design studio showing the process of design, but the stars of the show were the finished garments with unbelievable detail work.  Both exhibits were exceptional and very educational. The following week was our annual Sewing Retreat in the mountains north of Denver.  We were treated to excellent food and plenty of space to sew for as long as we wished each day.  Each participant brought her own projects and machines, and several members brought pressing equipment to share.  Projects included pants and shirts, quilting, a quilt-like basket, repair work, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, and even a small billfold.  We anticipate returning again next year, as we have for many years. In March our presentation was by member Carol Phillips was about making and using Moulage, which is like a sloper, but closer fitting.  So close, in fact that it has no ease.  Hence the name Moulage, which is French for “casing” (as in sausage).  Carol demonstrated the difference in fit by modeling her custom Moulage and her sloper. March also brought the annual Rocky Mountain Sewing Expo to Denver (, and we again had a booth to exhibit samples of the work done by the Colorado Chapter of the ASDP.   We met with many curious sewers; some were interested in connecting with a sewing professional and others were interested in our group and what they might learn if they attended some of our meetings or special classes.  (It also gave us a chance to display the beautiful ASDP Chapter of the Year Award that we won for our work in 2016.)

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