30 Skills

Design Station Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the Design Station Module, students will be able to:

  • Research current trends using online and other resources.
  • Develop flat sketches for line sheets.
  • Drape patterns on a dress form.
  • Layout patterns and cut fabric.
  • Print original designs on fabrics.
  • Identify and use the appropriate fabrics in the design and construction process.
  • Create sculptural effects by knitting and surface manipulations.


  • Using Industry and on-line sources for Researching current trends
  • Understanding historical influences, and the Politics of Fashion
  • Sketching to capture an idea vs. detail renditions for Line Sheets


  • Using a dress form
  • The transition from draping into flat patterning
  • Techniques for draping woven vs. knit fabrics
  • Flattering shapes for a range of body types
  • Fitting to the body: darts, elastic, curves, bias cutting…


  • Cutting directions for fabrics with Nap e.g. velvet and faux furs
  • Cutting fabrics that move e.g. stretch fabrics, sheer fabrics
  • Layout of intersecting pattern pieces for efficiency
  • Quick rules for neck hole and armhole sizes for children and adult

Print Making

  • Commercial Print design and print matching
  • Screen printing, stenciling, hand painting, roller printing…


  • Fiber identification: cotton, linen, bamboo, polyester, wool…
  • Texture identification: Faux fur, metallics, sheers, and eyelets…
  • Wovens identification: tweeds, tartans, and twills…
  • Dyeing different fibers: the color wheel, safety, percentage dyeing

Creating 3D Sculptural Effects

  • Advanced hand knitting, machine knitting, commercial knitwear
  • Twisting, bunching, tying, layering…
  • Manipulating surfaces: embroidery, beading, quilting, crochet, and felting…
  • Seams in beaded and embroidered fabrics