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Portland Fashion Institute is a nationally accredited private nonprofit career institute of higher learning and Portland’s only accredited fashion design college.


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 Photoshop and Illustrator.”

Fashion Illustration Mon, Sept 12-Nov 28, 10am-1pm
Adobe Illustrator Weds,Sept 14-Nov 30, 2-5 pm
Flats & Techs Mon,Sept 12-Nov 28, 6-9 pm
Digital Illustration Sat, 29-Oct, 10am-4pm
Color Theory Mon, Oct 24-Nov 28, 6-9pm
Graphic Design Tues, Sept 13-Oct 18, 6-9 pm
Computer Print Design Tues, Oct 25-Nov 29, 6-9 pm
Innovative Design Weds,Sept 14-Nov 30, 6-9pm
Textiles Mon, Sept 12-Oct 17, 6-9pm
Machine Knitting Thurs, Sept 15-Dec 8, 6-9pm

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.”

Browzwear  Sat, Oct 29-Dec 10, 10am-1pm
Optitex  Sat, Sept 17-Oct 22, 10am-1pm
Draping  Mon, Sept 12-Nov 28, 2-5pm OR 6-9 pm
Pattern Intro  Thurs, Sept 15-Dec 8, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9pm
Pattern Manipulation  Tues, Sept 13-Oct 18, 10am-1pm OR 6-9pm
Pattern Design  Tues, Oct 25-Nov 29, 10am-1pm OR 6-9pm
Pattern Knits  Weds, Sept 14-Nov 30, 10am-1pm
Fit & Pattern Alteration  Sat, Sept 17-Oct 22, 2-5 pm

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.”

Apparel Construction Weds, Sept 14-Nov 30, 10am-1pm OR 6-9 pm
Beginning Sewing  Mon, Sept 12-Nov 28, 6-9 pm OR Tues, Sept 13-Nov 29, 6-9 pm  OR Sat, Sept 17-Dec 10, 10am-1pm
Knits  Fri, Sept 16-Oct 21, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm
Activewear  Fri, Oct 28-Dec 9, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm
Industrial Machine Sewing  Mon, Sept 12-Oct 17, 6-9pm
Casual Jackets  Tues, Oct 25-Nov 29, 2-5pm OR 6-9pm
Pants & JeansTues, Sept 13-Oct 18, 2-5pm OR 6-9pm
LingerieFri, Sept 16-Dec 9, 2-5pm OR 6-9pm
Leatherworking  Sat, 5-Nov, 1-5 pm
SergerySat, Oct 29-Nov 19, 2-5 pm
ZippersSat, Dec 3, 2-5 pm

4. Sell. 

“What I love most about what I do is all the gadgets and tools in this industry that help you to succeed.”

E-commerce Marketing  Mon, Sept 12-Nov 28, 6-9 pm
History of Fashion  Tues, Sept 13-Oct 18, 6-9 pm
Inside the Fashion IndustryWeds, Sept 14-Oct 19, 6-9 pm
Overseas Production  Weds, Sept 14-Oct 19, 6-9pm
Materials Development  Weds,Oct 26-Nov 30, 6-9pm
Product Development  Thurs, Oct 27-Dec 8, 6-9pm
Supply Chain ManagementThurs, Sept 15-Oct 20, 2-5pm
Fashion Analytics  Thurs, Oct 27-Dec 8, 6-9pm
Portfolio  Thurs, Sept 15-Dec 8, 6-9pm
Apparel Business Plan  Fri, Sept 16-Oct 21, 2-5pm
5. Live
Kelli now works in product development for Danamor. You can see Kelli’s creations on Instagram @inkthethink
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