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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-3740 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Kids love fashion too! The world of apparel design is fascinating and fun, and may even lead to a career. This course introduces the vocabulary and craft of fashion design, from brainstorming original concepts to describing and visualizing clothing and costume creations. Lessons include illustrating a line, age-appropriate marketing concepts, a tutorial on fabric and cloth, and the basic sewing and patternmaking techniques that serve as a foundation for future exploration of garment construction.

  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
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Mondays, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-APP-3078
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $15


Have you recently bought a sewing machine, but don't know where to start? This course will familiarize you with your sewing machine and sewing kit equipment, and basic sewing skills including stitching techniques. You'll also receive guidance on how to avoid common problems like bunching and jamming. You'll create a sample sewing notebook (a professional must), learn basic seam construction, and add to it each week. You'll practice sewing procedures by creating simple items like pillows in the first two sessions, aprons in the next two, and tote bags in sessions five and six. At the end of the final session, you'll participate in a group discussion and critique of finished work. Note: Bring your own sewing machine to class; required sewing accessories/tools are indicated in the supply list. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEEN-2186
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Here's your chance to learn the fundamentals of garment construction while deconstructing and reconstructing a garment of your choice. By using new fabrics and design changes, you can transform the old garment into a totally new look. Through pattern drafting, draping using the mannequin, and various hand and machine sewing techniques, you'll select a fabric and move on to sewing the original design created in class. The course also includes a continuing discussion of design, styles, trends and couture. Note: Some sewing knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.

Applies to: AT, Y3

  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
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