Our Colorado-based group of sewing professionals began in 1990 and has had three name changes as we merged with other groups and grew in scope and interests.
In 1990 we were known as the Custom Clothing Professionals (CCP) of Colorado, Inc. We had one of our first announced meetings starting in July 1991. Many of our original members have been in the group since its beginning over twenty-five years ago (see photo below).
In January 1992 we combined our Colorado group with a similar group from Portland, OR. Together we changed our group names to form a single group known as the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC). In addition to local meetings, two years later, in 1994, we held our first national conference.
After twelve years as PACC, the group membership had expanded to include a broader range of sewing and design interests. A new name was chosen and in 2004, PACC changed its name to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (ASDP). We have continued as the Colorado Chapter of ASDP to the present.
Some of the early members (L to R): Mamie Healer, Karen Bengtson, Mary Beth Davis, Susie Sillarud, Noreen Bruns, Kathy Concklin (Illian), Clara Dittli, Jan McKinley, and Ruth Kerns.