New Beginnings

Earlier this week 27 students from our Beginning Construction class showed their final projects to one another and to instructor Kathleen Lorist. Each student made a t-shirt, a pair of pajama pants and a vest. After that they could make whatever “lab garment” they chose. Once again we were so impressed by their work and […]

Student’s Life Takes Dramatic Turn …

… and she’s loving it! We sat down with student Nika Cassaro this week to hear about her work on Pocket Opera’s production of Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD):    Tell me about Elixir of Love. NC:      The plot’s very simple. Nemorino is in love with Adina. He is poor and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Guide Visits Cañada

It was all smiles and laughter last week when Costanza Menchi and Cañada students got together for a reunion celebration. Costanza, a fashion historian specializing in Italian fashion, has been our guide for the Study Abroad in Italy course the past three years. Costanza’s warm and engaging personality make her informative lectures and tours a true pleasure. […]