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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 […]

New York Fashion Week starts this Thursday.  (February 8-February 16).  Many designers in the Pacific Northwest wonder why we’re still interested in what may seem an antiquated ritual of the fashion industry.   And, to face facts, most people don’t know NYFW even exists.  They just go shopping with a swipe and click on smart […]

  It’s nice to know Portland is trend right. Looking at Fall/Winter 2018-9 trend reports, you see our preferred blend of unisex, oversized sweaters, tweeds, plaids and comfort featured prominently. Colors are back to wood and earth tones — perfect for the things we love and cherish in the Northwest. In fact, the trend is […]

Q. Can I use regular sewing machine needles on the serger?–Georgia A. Check your operator’s manual but for most machines, yes, you can use sewing machine needles.  Schmetz Universal 80/12 is good for most uses

Q:  I’ve been looking for paper weights like the ones you have at the school. Where can I get them? — Chelsea W A:  Look for oversized washers at Ace or any specialty hardware store.  Tuna cans work as well.  See you in patternmaking class!

Designed by students from Portland Fashion Institute through our May Draw to Win Contest. Winning designer gets $100 shopping spree and free pattern class. Winning dress becomes a PFI pattern for you! Vote by Friday, June 17 by posting your favorite on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/portlandsewing/  

SEWING TIP: When putting a zipper on a curved seam, reinforce it with interfacing. Q: Do you use iron-on interfacing? Katie G A: Yes, fusible knit Q: Seems like I’d need heavier iron on my crepe back satin. A: Use two layers. Test to make sure ironing doesn’t flatten the floats on the satin. Use […]

Portland Tribune – 05 May 2016 | Barb Randall Portland Fashion Institute is a hotbed of talent. The bar was set high April 23 as seven new designers from Portland Fashion Institute launched their lines in the fifth-annual Fashion Forward show. The audience, which included buyers, fashion enthusiasts, friends and family, enjoyed watching the models strut […]

9 steps to a perfect invisible zipper Portland Fashion Institute, www.portlandfashioninstitute.com TIP: See the video online at Portland Sewing’s YouTube Channel Rule #1: You need a special presser foot to sew invisible zippers. Purchase one for your machine that is solid metal or solid plastic. Rule #2: Do not sew any part of the seam […]