July 22, 2020 — Using guidelines from Oregon Health Authority, PFI has resumed some in-person classes (to join its online classes).  Here are the rules:


  • Limited to 6 registrants/patterning and 8 registrants/sewing per session.
  • No one but teachers, staff and registrants are allowed to enter the building. Anyone else schedules a virtual tour or visit with the registrar.
  • Everyone gets a temperature check at the door.
    • Anyone with a temperature of 100°F (38°C) is sent home.
    • Any person with high-risk health issues should take the class post-COVID19.
    • If you feel sick, stay home.
    • If you have a chronic cough or shortness of breath, stay home.
    • Self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to class.
  • Everyone enters through the front door. Patternmaking students exit through the south side French doors.
  • Participants will set up in areas marked 6′ apart. That is your station for the duration of the class.
  • Everyone wear no-valve masks before entering until after leaving the building . Hand sanitizer and nitrile gloves available.  Wash hands frequently.
  • Everyone wear no-valve masks before entering until after leaving the building . Hand sanitizer and nitrile gloves available.  Wash hands frequently.
  • Students should disinfect their machines and tools before bringing them to class. No one else will touch them.   Each sewing student is assigned an iron.  Each draping student is assigned a dress form.
  • No sharing or borrowing of tools. This includes pencils, scissors and tape dispensers; bring your own.
  • Teachers will use their own tools (machine, dress form, pattern tools) for demos.
    • Rosters are online and no-touch.
    • Teachers will tear pattern paper and cut tag for students.
  • Students and teachers maintain a 6′ distance at all times, even for demonstrations. Teachers use projectors to show demonstrations.
  • No help with fittings; students must do any pinning or marking on their own with observations and demonstrations from instructor. If you need help with fittings, both the student and teacher wear face shields and nitrile gloves.
  • Buy supplies before class through pfisewing.com. Pick up purchases on the secure screened porch of PFI Supply.
  • Make in-class purchases by credit card using no-touch Square docks. No touching the merchandise.  Using nitrile gloves, teachers will pick and bag purchases.
  • No lines at the bathroom.
  • Kitchen and upstairs classrooms/offices are closed.
  • No food in class. Beverages only in closed containers.  No shared coffee or snacks.  No water cooler.
  • High-touch surfaces are disinfected between sessions. Facilities are cleaned and disinfected daily following CDC guidelines.
  • Windows are open during class time where possible to encourage airflow. Ventilation follows CDC guidelines.

If you are registered for a class, look for more details by direct e-mail.


June 1, 2020, noon — In these crazy times, we are sending you a note to let you know that PFI is still in good shape and going strong. We are keeping a close eye on Oregon’s plans to reopen Multnomah County and schools such as PFI.

When we do re-open, we will follow guidelines from Oregon Health Authority and CDC to keep everyone safe and in a positive learning environment. As soon as Oregon lets us reopen, you will instantly get a note from us.

In the meanwhile, our online classes continue. That’s thanks to you, our technical support staff and our wonderful teachers. PFI Supply remains closed except for online purchases for pickup or mailing.

We will see you soon.

#staystrong #stayhealthy #staycreative ♥️


May 14, 2020, noon — Following today’s news conference with Oregon Governor Kate Brown, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our plans regarding the reopening of PFI and PFI Supply.  As of this date, Multnomah County, where PFI is located, has not applied to the state of Oregon or OHA for approval to reopen.  PFI and PFI Supply remain online only.  Any decision to reopen would be made following approval and guidance from Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.


April 29, 2020, noon — PFI Online classes start the week of May 4. These classes include Draping, Fashion Illustration, Pattern 2 and Textiles. If you haven’t completed your registration or received your confirmation note, contact the registrar immediately at candice@portlandfashioninstitute.com If you need supplies, visit pfisewing.com to shop then receive by pick up or shipping.

April 13, 2020, 10 am — PFI Online classes resume May 4. In person classes resume July 1 (with the approval of the Oregon Health Authority). PFI Supply is closed. Our online store is open: pfisewing.com Order for shipping or pickup
#staysafe #stayhealthy #staycreative #wewillsurvive

March 19, 2020, 10 am — PFI and PFI Supply are closed.  The remaining Winter term sessions are either going online or being postponed to Spring term.  Current students are being notified directly by e-mail.  Start of Spring term is postponed until May 4.  Enrollees’ final Winter term projects are due Saturday, May 9 or as arranged by individual instructors.  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has closed schools, including private career schools such as PFI and all non-essential retail, such as PFI Supply, until April 28.


March 15, 2020, 5 pm — In line with OHA advice, PFI is making changes to the remaining two weeks of its Winter term classes:

Lecture/illustration/computer classes are going online starting Monday, March 16.  This includes:  Fashion Illustration, Branding, Concept & Development, Adobe and Overseas Production.
  Current students: Look for a message from your teacher on how to take part in your class.  Plan to turn in your final projects online to your teachers as they direct.
For all other, hands-on classes, PFI is closed.  Current students:  Please use your patterns, handouts and textbooks to continue working on the final steps of your project, if possible.
  You will get six hours of Open Sewing time per class to work on your final projects as soon as PFI and Oregon schools reopen.  Open Sewing now takes place Mondays, 2-5 pm and Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.
  Please e-mail any questions you may have during your regularly scheduled class time to info@portlandfashioninstitute.com.
Enrollees:  Please turn in your projects for grade on the Saturday two weeks after PFI reopens.  You have access to your evaluation sheets through your enrollee portal; use it as a checklist for what you need to turn in.
— As of this moment, Oregon’s school closure ends March 31.  PFI plans to start Spring term April 6 after its Spring Break. We will let you know of any changes.
PFI Supply is closed.  The online store is open: portlandfashioninstitute.com/shop
If anything changes, PFI will let current teachers, staff and students know by e-mail immediately and post a notice here.

March 13, 2020, 5 pm — For the last two weeks of Winter term, March 16-28:
— Portland Fashion Institute has moved its lecture/computer classes online.
— PFI instructors are organizing classwork to complete instruction for hands-on classes and labs as quickly as possible.

Oregon’s public schools closure ends Tuesday, March 31.  PFI Spring term starts April 6 after its Spring Break.

All current students and instructors have been notified.  Stay tuned to this site for updates.


March 13, 2020, 11 am –PFI is open.  Winter classes are continuing through the end of the term on Saturday, March 28.  Spring classes will start Monday, April 6 after Spring Break.

Those of you in lecture/computer classes may be going online.  Look for messages from your instructors.  Otherwise, if you are sick, please stay home.  You can always make up your class by registering for an open sew or private lesson when you get better.
If anything changes, we will let teachers, staff and current students know by e-mail immediately.  We also post notices here.
Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Stay calm.  We will survive!


March 13, 2020, 8 am. — Late on Thursday, March 12, Oregon governor Kate Brown ordered the state’s PUBLIC schools to cancel classes through March 31 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  However, Ben Cannon executive director of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, has asked:

1.      At this time, colleges and universities should work to preserve the continuity of essential academic operations and other supports for students. Colleges and universities should continue to consult with local and state health authorities regarding any closure decisions.
2.      Colleges and universities should shift instruction to remote/online learning options wherever feasible. Where this shift is not feasible (eg labs, CTE courses, other), they should employ social distancing practices and other mitigation practices recommended by the Governor’s guidance.
3.      Colleges and universities should cancel non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities that do not allow for individuals to maintain a distance of three feet or more from one other.
4.      Colleges and universities should cancel audience admission at intercollegiate athletics and activities, except for student participants, essential personnel, and credentialed media.
HECC governs PFI.  Please know that your teachers clean high-touch surfaces (e.g., tables, handles, light switches) between classes and our cleaning staff disinfects the school each week.  Please wash your hands or use our hand sanitizer frequently.
PFI has postponed its 10th anniversary and Design Week Portland events.  It is exploring options for online classes while making sure students get the learning they deserve.  Teachers are talking directly to students then coordinating with staff to make any changes.  These changes will be shared here as soon as arranged.


March 12, 2020 — In light of Oregon Governor Brown’s Thursday, March 12 announcement about COVID-19, Portland Fashion Institute remains open with some adjustments. Brown said public schools should remain open. But she said all non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities — such as parent group meetings, field trips and competitions — should be cancelled.

PFI teachers will explore whether students can complete Winter Term class tasks early or they can take class work on line. PFI’s “Celebrate Portland Fashion” 10th anniversary event has been postponed to August 1.

PFI Spring Break is scheduled for March 30-April 4.

Spring term is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6.


March 11, 2020 — As the United States and rest of the world deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, Portland Fashion Institute is closely monitoring the situation and notices from the Oregon governor’s office, Portland Community College and Portland Public Schools.

PFI encourages students and staff to remain home while ill and practice social distancing. It reinforces handwashing, cleans high-touch surfaces between classes and deep cleans each week.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education announced guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases in Oregon schools. You can read the guidance in full by clicking here.

Please visit this site for updates. PFI will notify staff, current instructors and current students by e-mail of any changes to classes.