New classes for Fall 2022 are ready. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.
The road to your fashion future starts here. With 39 classes from sewing to design, you are going to need a guide. Let Kelli show you the way. Whether you just want to learn how to sew or want to change your life and start a fashion career, Kelli’s story may be a good guide to lead your way through the classes PFI offers this Fall.
Kelli McDonough, PFI graduating class of June 2022, was born in South Korea and was adopted to the US at the age of 10. She was a stay at home mom for some time where “I taught myself to knit and started patterning my own garments. I needed a lot more help to do it right, so I started researching my options. I chose PFI because of the range of topics taught and the classes were at a time that worked around my kids’ school schedules.” In her senior year, she created her own collection. She now has a new job.
Here’s her path from stay-at-home-mom to fashion designer.
Above: Kelli’s Urban Excursion Senior Collection @inkthethink Model @olivia.reii
Step 1. Design
“My design process, like for most designers, starts out with an idea. I will draw it as fast as I can. Then I will put it through [Adobe] Photoshop and Illustrator.”
Step 2. Pattern
“Next I pattern it out by hand and then Optitex and Browzwear so I can see how the pattern and print and design itself will behave.”
Step 3. Sew
“From there I will sew the first prototype where I serve as the fit model. I will try it on then fix and adjust the pattern until I get the final product I had envisioned at the start.”
“What I love most about what I do is all the gadgets and tools in this industry that help you to succeed.”
Kelli now works in product development for Danamor. You can see Kelli’s creations on Instagram @inkthethink