Camp Fashionista

Dori Gladden is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, teacher, and mother, who has traveled the world designing for over 30 years. Originally from Los Angeles, Dori now calls the Bay Area home and has worn many hats in the fashion industry, from corporate environments to running her own label. Dori has studied fashion design and pattern-making at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and ESMOD (Paris, France), laying the foundation for a successful career. Her launch of "Camp Fashionista," a design school located in San Jose, CA, for both children and adults, allows her to share her passion and inspire the next generation of designers.

service overview

If you are wondering how to develop skills as a fashion designer, Camp Fashionista is the place to start. My curriculum is based on what I learned at FIDM and my 30 years in the fashion industry. The skills that you'll need are sewing, understanding how to use patterns, and fashion illustration.

Camp Fashionista's sewing curriculum builds a solid foundation with prerequisites in wovens and knits, then students build on their skills and move on to higher level sewing.

If you are 6 & up you will start with hand sewing. You will learn basic stitches like the straight stitch, blanket stitch, and whip stitch as you create darling little projects to take home and treasure.
Students should be at least 8 years old to begin using the sewing machine.

Each student must take the two Level 1 machine sewing classes. These are Level 1W (wovens) and Level 1K (knits - a.k.a. stretchy fabrics).

We recommend that students start with Level 1W (wovens) since they are easier to work with and allow a student to focus on sewing safely, mastering straight stitches and building their confidence.

Please make sure to complete both classes before signing up for more advanced sewing. This will ensure that your child will have the skills needed to be successful with any type of fabric and enjoy sewing.

1702 Meridian Ave.
San Jose, California 95125
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