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Alumnae Start Pattern Company

A Q&A with Fig & Needle Founders, Ping Mathre and Sandra Helsley Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): How did you two meet? PM: We met at Cañada in Ronda’s Beginning Flat Pattern class. SH: We always sat at the table in the front and did homework together after class. CFD: Had either of you made patterns before? […]

King of Crafty Couture Comes to Cañada

Fashion designer Kenneth King has made his mark by being 100% original and by bringing both drama and craftsmanship to his work. King has made a living plying his craft since college and shows no signs of letting up on that sewing machine pedal anytime soon. “[My] pieces have a stylistic unity because of the […]

What Is It about the Sapporo Coat?!

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago: At least a third of our Tailoring students showed the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns as their final project. What is it about this coat? The Sapporo’s cocoon silhouette with diagonal seaming flatters any figure, and it can be made for cold or warm seasons, depending on […]

Hope for NY’s Garment District?

If you could travel back 80 or even 50 years, nearly everything you’d be wearing would have come from New York’s Garment District. At that time hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of workers were jammed into just a few square blocks of Manhattan, pumping steam out the windows from the heavy-duty pressing machinery. […]

TA-DA! Tailoring Students Present Final Projects

Smiles and laughter were in plentiful supply yesterday as students in the Tailoring classes (beginning and advanced) gave their final presentations. Students must show a completed jacket or coat that fits them perfectly and has a lining. Their projects frequently take all semester and sometimes 100 or more hours to complete, but the results are […]

Designer Techniques: The Next Level of Sewing

The fashion department at Cañada offers classes for all skill levels, including Beginning Construction. For more advanced students who are ready to adapt existing designs and make them their own, we offer Designer Techniques—a class taught by our in-house expert Ronda Chaney, guest speakers and the students themselves! Each week one or two students present […]

Street Style: Where Fashion Finds Inspiration

When you think of fashion, glamorous runways may come to mind—complete with flashing cameras and impossibly long-limbed models. We could call this a “top-down” view, where big-name designers decide what the Next Big Thing is going to be. But fashion is as bottom-up as it is top-down, and the truth is that the zone in […]

Workshop Nurtures Creativity

Creativity can be an elusive thing, yet it’s something we in fashion need to call on frequently. In the Designer Techniques class, for example, students are asked to go beyond what a pattern calls for and add their own clever touches. But what can you do when the ideas just aren’t there? Earlier this week […]

Italian Fashion Quiz

How well do you know Italian fashion design? Test your IQ (Italian fashion Quotient) below! What Italian designer is known for his use of bold reds? For what major Italian fashion house is Allesandro Michele currently the Creative Director? What 1980s TV show featured men’s clothing by Giorgio Armani? Pitti Uomo is a) a famous […]