Introducing Philadelphia’s premier, independent, fashion design and sewing program.
Earn a designer development certificate your way.
Our program allows you to receive a quality education at a cost and pace that works for you.
Day-Time or Evening.
Choose the class calendar that works with your life, job or family commitments. Learn the same content at the pace that best suits your lifestyle.
Small classes, hands-on teaching, one-on-one mentoring.
We help aspiring designers and makers develop and launch beautiful fashion lines of their own.
With start dates in the Fall for our program or individual courses offered throughout the year, you can find a time that works with your schedule and life.
FASHION EDUCATION REIMAGINED
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TRIMESTER 1 : START YOUR JOURNEY
This course explores the properties and characteristics of all textiles. We will implement proper textile terminology and learn how to apply fabrics to specific silhouettes and designs. Through experimentation, we will learn how to professionally dye, embellish, and customize fabrics.
Students will design and develop a 1-of-a-kind top to submit as a final project.
SEWING 1: Introductory Sewing
This course covers everything you need to know to start stitching anything from garments to accessories... and beyond! Students will be given detailed knowledge of sewing machine operation, and will graduate the course with a finished portfolio of seam finishes, hems and zipper installation techniques.
We will also cover hand sewing techniques, and serging techniques to complete a Knit T-Shirt!
SEWING 2: Basic Garment Construction
Utilizing the skills gained in introductory sewing, students will move on to basic 3-D garment construction. Through classroom demonstrations, students will learn how to work with real production patterns towards the completion of a unisex button-down shirt. Skills covered include creating collars, sleeve plackets/cuffs, setting in a sleeve and more.
FASHION ILLUSTRATION 1
Through virtual model demonstrations, students will learn how to draw the stylized fashion figure.
We will cover body proportions, musculature, faces, hair, pencil sketching techniques, shading, laying color with pencil, markers, and ink.
Sketch with different poses and understand different garment features.
FASHION ILLUSTRATION 2
Through virtual model demonstrations and industry image references, we will render fabrics and garments on the fashion figure. We’ll utilize pencil, colored pencil, markers and pen to maximize exposure to multiple mediums.
Create illustrations with complex surfaces such as fur, sequins, sheer fabrics, directional and animal prints!
Through virtual demonstrations and industry image references, we will cover the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop and its many uses in graphic design as it relates to the fashion industry.
From retouching photos for marketing purposes to collaging your inspiration into moodboards, you will gain the confidence you need to use this crucial digital design program.
TRIMESTER 2: ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS
SEWING 3: Street Wear-Designer Finishes
This class will focus on teaching the finishes used in the industry to make jeans and a bomber jacket. We'll be utilizing industrial machinery and production patterns to complete masterful designer finishes. Skills covered include operating 4 thread overlock, industrial 5-thread safety stitch, industrial single needle straight stitch, cutting and sewing denims, and inserting a lining and ribbing.
SEWING 4: Knit-wear
Dive deeply into industry methods used in today's knit wear and ready to wear markets.
Students will learn how to make a T-shirt, tank top, leggings, joggers, and a zip-up hoodie. We'll be using industrial machinery as used in actual manufacturing, leaving students with work that looks professionally sewn and sellable!
DESIGN STUDIO 1
This course will demystify the path towards having a marketable and beautiful line of clothing. Through class lectures,critiques,and sketching workshops, students will solidify their vision and map out a direction for their line.
We will cover design exploration, art and political movements, cultural references, film inspiration, utilitarianism, customer development and technical flats.
Through virtual demonstrations we will cover the fundamental tools of Adobe Illustrator.
You will learn how to communicate your designs to buyers, factories and potential employers with accurate technical drawings and professional graphic design.
Through three dimensional draping techniques, students will create base patterns that they will utilize in all patternmaking courses and projects.
Guided by demonstrations and lectures, students will complete a skirt, pant, bodice, sleeve and dress pattern.
Learn the fundamentals of Pattern Making. Using hands-on techniques you will create your own set of slopers, laying the foundation for all your future designs.
On completion of the course, you will have your very own Bodice, Skirt, Pants and Sleeve slopers.
TRIMESTER 3: LAUNCH YOUR LINE
PATTERN MAKING 2
Take your slopers to the next level!
Learn how to convert them into full garment patterns and add design details like darts, seams, gathers, pleats and tucks. Gain the skills to create skirts, pants, jumpsuits, jeans, collars and more!
Everything you've wanted to know about the fashion industry! This class will provide a detailed overview of the fashion industry from concept to consumer. Through insight from industry professionals and specialists, market research exercises, and design projects we will cover wholesale, retail, costing,line sheets, trade shows, fashion shows,manufacturing, product development, sourcing and trend forecasting.
DESIGN STUDIO 2
Guided by a professional Fashion Designer, design your graduate collection and create a portfolio of your project.
You will put together a body of work including your Moodboard, sketches, technical drawings and swatches presented to industry level standards - ready to apply to your dream job!
A full culmination of everything students have worked towards in our program.
This class will function as an independent study that will allow students full access to our studio and resources to create a fully realized capsule collection for their graduate launch.
BUSINESS OF FASHION
Work towards production by getting connections to sample makers, pattern makers, and small batch manufacturing
Learn how to navigate the business of fashion through industry guest lecturers from business owners, designers, and mentors. Create your social media platform, website, business cards, etc.
DAY TIME OR EVENING CURRICULUM OPTIONS
Learn the same content at the time that best suits your lifestyle.
12 months of classes
6 months to create your collection
Total: 18 months
Daytime classes Mon - Thurs from 10am - 5pm.
Evening classes Mon - Thurs from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
4 - 6 hours of homework per week
DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
“Made's DDP was a great fit for me because I was working full time, and I already had a college degree. Finding a very "hard-skills" focused program in after-work hours was ideal for me. At Made, I was taught very directly all the skills I would need to start my career in the fashion industry - and I gained great mentorship on how to navigate starting my career. I really enjoyed preparing all of our final projects - especially for the Adobe Creative Suite courses. Those projects challenged me to apply the skills I had learned into an organized creative document, and made me see how far I had come. I also always enjoyed seeing my classmates present their work - and seeing how much they had progressed. This is an industry that really recognizes hard work and passion. Though it can take time to acquire those skills to be recognized, if you keep showing up and stay committed, opportunities will show up for you.”
“I took a class with Rachel before she started Made Institute. I loved how passionate she was about sewing and draping, and I knew I would learn a lot in the DDP program.
My favorite part was my fellow classmates and the Made staff. I met some amazing, talented people that I could learn from and still stay connected with today. I loved the small size of each class and how hands on the teachers were. We still stay in touch today and I know that they will still be there to answer any pattern making questions I still have. I wish I started sooner!! If you want to learn sewing, draping, pattern making, etc. do it!! The time will pass either way, and Made is such a great community to be a part of!”
START YOUR PATH TODAY
Request an application
We accept only 20 students on a rolling admission basis.
Accepted students that miss this start will be put on a waiting list for the next session.
FALL ‘23 START
Application Deadline: March 13th 2023
Payment Deadline: April 24th 2023
Starting: August 21st 2023
Looking for help with loans and grants?
Proof of full vaccination is required for all Fall ‘23 program students.
Download our Designer Development Program catalog here:
Catalog 2022 / 2023
Not interested in our full program?
Pick and choose through our entire curriculum, and take only the classes that appeal to your individual needs.
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