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Fashion Design, Production, and Merchandising – FALL


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Fashion Design, Production, and Merchandising – FALL


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In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of fashion design, production, and merchandising. This course is ideal for students who love sewing, are interested in designing their own products, or hope to start a small business. This course will introduce students to the basics of the fashion industry, covering important topics such as drawing and designing a fashion collection, drafting a pattern, writing pattern instructions, creating marketing strategies, running a small business, and designing store displays.

Assignments help students design, produce, and market a mini collection and at the end of the semester, we’ll host a virtual fashion show! This course is perfect for students who may already know how to sew but are interested in how to design and produce their own products. If your student doesn’t know how to sew yet or is interested in another related field, such as jewelry making or interior design, you may contact the instructor to discuss similar but alternative assignments.

Students will need access to a sewing machine and will need to purchase fabric for their final design project. Students will also need a set of colored pencils and drawing paper.

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Sewing machine

Sewing notions and fabric

Colored pencils

Drawing paper

Large pieces of butcher’s paper

Sewing kit including a seam ripper, seam gauge, scissors, pins, safety pins, etc.

Camera and microphone

Camera with recording function (an iPhone or other device is totally acceptable)

Claire Pattonenjoys teaching history and various electives for middle school and high-school students. Her classes combine detailed lectures about the history, art, literature, religion, and politics with dynamic in-class discussions about important sources from the era. Claire is passionate about showing students why the past matters to the present and how the past affects them today. She realizes that when students leave her classroom, they may not remember every detail about the Balfour declaration, but she seeks to teach every student how to find information, read and understand primary sources, interrogate data, and communicate well. Mrs. Patton values an active learning environment. Rather than just reading from a textbook, Mrs. Patton teaches students how to understand the material they read, synthesize material from multiple sources, and summarize those items effectively.  Rather than question such as “What color were the curtains in Chapter 5?” Mrs. Patton loves asking questions that help students work through the broader themes of the text and show how people of the past viewed their world and the situations they lived through.

Claire holds a Master of Public History and a Bachelors of History from Oklahoma State University. During her masters, she worked as a teaching assistant and she has independently taught a research writing intensive seminar for upper high-school students. Claire’s scholarly work focuses on women in the west from 1875 to 1945. Past projects include cleanliness and clothing in the Dust Bowl, the women’s Navy auxiliary service in World War 2, and clothing on the American frontier. She has extensive experience working in museums, setting up exhibits, and interacting with the public. During the summer of 2022 she worked at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum as an intern in the curatorial and education departments. Claire has published in Forma Journal (Summer 2021) and currently has a scholarly article out for review at the Western Historical Quarterly. She has presented at numerous academic conferences, including the American Historical Association.

Claire also enjoys teaching sewing to friends both young and old. She began sewing when she was nine and hasn’t let off the foot pedal yet! Claire loves to design her own clothes and bring her creations to life. She took this love into her scholarly work and as a part of her master’s thesis, Claire conducted extensive research and then recreated an original 1875-1885 dress held in the National Cowboy and Western History Museum.

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