All posts by: Shelly Caldwell

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Portland Fashion Institute is featured in the July 2018 Portland Monthly.  Reporter Natasha Tandler says “Whether you’re a novice taking your first steps or a seasoned veteran seeking supplemental skills, here are the schools, workshops, and websites to know.” The article describes PFI’s certificates, workshops and continuing education classes.  Natasha also writes about PFI graduate […]

This week, our friends at the Trendstop catwalk team presents an exclusive look at three apparel directions that will be informing the SS18 season. Tops and tees get active as competitive cycling provides the inspiration for performance enhanced jerseys while Cargo Tech elevates utility pieces with a high tech twist. The Faux Denim Jacket sees […]

Our friends at Design Options Inc have just released their Young Contemporary Women’s Color Forecast.  Two major trends:  Night Out In Bangkok, a blended group of reds and purples that are “awake and aware” and Earthbound, a feeling that “we come in peace” with multitudes of neutrals and subdued hues. Design Options Inc, the color forecasting […]

Finish your garments quickly and with precision Hems are one of the last details added to projects. And although they finish a garment, many times they are given short shrift in order to get to the fun part—wearing the garment. After spending so much time and consideration cutting and sewing, why spoil all of your […]

Have you seen a lot of denim lately?  Don’t worry, you will.  We’re not talking about the “Canadian tuxedo” made (in)famous when Brittany and Justin were dating. Today we have new finishes, surface treatments and detailing that will be vital to your next denim collection and retail mix.  Thanks to Trendstop and Premiere Vision in Paris, […]

Here at PFI we’re finishing our Lingerie: Intimates class and heading into a new Activewear class. This has us thinking of fabrics. Which ones should we choose? With a little research, we found some exciting stretch prints that take us beyond the boring into ooo-la-la! Courtesy of Trendstop, we found four materials directions for the […]

Did you watch any of the New York Fashion Week last week?  No?  Then you missed some wonderful — as well as wacky shows.  Some of them brought us to new epiphanies of what can be done with texture, style, the human body and ethical choices.  Others, well, let’s just say that we won’t be […]