We will explain our different positions and the people who got positions at this amazing company.
Job Holders names and Positions
PACC Member, Linda Stewart, Chosen for Bernina Fashion Show
“Each year the Bernina Fashion Show delivers the fanciful and the fantastic, a kaleidoscope of textiles
and techniques challenging the limits of creativity,” says Bernina of America President Martin Favre. “It
is an honor for Bernina to bring Magnifique! to sewing enthusiasts everywhere. We congratulate these
talented designers and look forward in anticipation to the unique and inspiring garments they will
Featuring ornately sewn, quilted, and embellished garments from practical street wear to elaborate
fantasy, the Bernina Fashion Show is easily the wearable art event of the year. And under the sponsorship.
So much so that showings
of the garments have expanded to rotating displays, mini-runway shows, and a “Meet the Designers”
section on the show floor in addition to its full- length showing.
“Magnifique! will premiere to the industry on Sunday, October 29 as part of the Fall International Quilt
Market, and to the public on Thursday, November 2, as part of the Fall International Quilt Festival. The garments will then
travel to several other shows and venues, including the spring 2007 International Quilt Festival in
“This event is really special to me because I love to see it not necessarily as the director of Festival, but as
a real admirer of wearable art—although in the former capacity, I am always guaranteed a great seat!”
says Karey Bresenhan. “The whole movement has really come a long way in just a few ye ars, and the
invited artists produce really stunning pieces. The Bernina Fashion Show is one of the Festival’s key
The show features professional models expertly showing off each garment, live commentary on their
creation by Gayle Hillert, VP of Education for Bernina and high quality lights, sound, and music systems.
A panel of judges will also vote on the best garment to receive the Bernina Crème de la Crème Award.
International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Market, Patchwork & Quilt Expo, 7660 Woodway, Suite
550, Houston, Texas 77063.
Colleen Jenson is New Executive Director of PACC
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2006
PACC Selects Public Relations/Conference Management specialist for
Sally Silvers, president of the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers, announced
that Colleen Jenson assumed management responsibilities for the organization on Jan.1,
Ms. Jenson, of St. Cloud, MN, will be responsible for daily management and conference
planning for PACC following two years of service by Doralee Billings, owner of Small
Office Solutions and President of the Baltimore area chapter of PACC.
“With more than 10 years of experience in corporate public relations, complex event
management and conference planning, Colleen’s background is perfect for the job,” said
Tina Colombo, treasurer and president-elect of PACC.
For four years, Ms. Jenson was the corporate pub lic relations specialist for American
Medical Response, a 19,000 employee private company providing emergency medical
services. She is currently the principal of Executive Creative Resources. Jenson has held
membership in the Public Relations Society of America and the National Association of
PACC is the nation’s largest association of custom sewing professionals with more than
500 members in the US and Canada.
For more information, contact Marijo Rymer, VP of Public Relations, PACC at 303-504-
6727 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.paccprofessionals.org for more details.
THREADS Magazine Announces Winners of 2005 Sewing Challenge
Ellicott City, MD Patricia Robison of Bellingham, WA was honored by the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers and Threads magazine for an extraordinary ball gown. The iridescent red silk organza and taffeta dress with 240 yards of ruffles was chosen as Most Successful Garment by the editors of Threads and voted as the Audience Choice on October 24, 2005 at the annual PACC conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The strapless bodice was laced up the back and visually anchored by 240 yards of six inch wide bias cut ruffles spiraling out from the center of each of three skirt panels.
Each year Threads magazine issues a design challenge to the members of the professional sewing group. This year the challenge was to design and make a garment with at least 100 inches of ruffles. Finalist garments were modeled in the annual PACC fashion show.
Threads Associate Editor, Judy Neukam noted that “judges kept coming back to this dress during the selection process. It has fairy tale appeal and is brilliantly made.”
Other challenge winners included:
Finest Construction: Cheryl Pollack of Ballston Lake, NY was inspired by a red and black embroidered fabric to create a pre-civil war costume with tiers of fabric.
Threads was impressed by the delicate trim with velvet ribbon, the lace sleeves and collar, and meticulous attention to detail right down to cartridge pleats
Most Understated Use of Ruffles: Barbie McCormick of Nampa, ID cocktail dress of green silk dupioni “contained” its ruffles in a godet shaped center back insert and vertical rows of piped ruffling forming the bodice. Threads was impressed with the quality of construction and the sophisticated restraint of this unpredictable dress.
Most Unexpected use of Ruffles: Tricia Crockett of Portland OR engineered her yellow and black hounds tooth wool jacket for perfect matching and surrounded the edges with a black silk organza bias cut and folded ruffle. Tricia calls this jacket “Versace Gone Chanel.” Threads liked the youthful daring of the jacket’s color combination and the unexpected pairing of wool and silk organza.
The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers, founded in 1991, is an international trade association with more than 600 members who specialize in creating custom clothing, home décor, wearable art as well as those who engage in other sewing related professions.