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About Dawn Sommers Fashion Studio

After working in the fashion industry for over 20 years, I went into teaching to give back and help others learn skills that took me years to master. During the school year, I was teaching high schoolers. Over the summer months, I started a program to teach beginner-level skills to all ages, including children. My summer program incorporated multiple levels to keep the students engaged and learning more. 


Later I began teaching other teachers across the state (train the trainer) about the technical side of the industry and created projects to help connect teaching and learning with the Fashion and Apparel Industry. I connected with teachers just starting their careers. They were anxious to teach in the FAID pathway or incorporate sewing at the middle school level, and they sought my help for teaching entry-level skills and projects.


As my list of people wanting to learn grew, I decided to create this website to house tutorials that can be used not only in the classroom, but to improve skills at home, in 4-H clubs, and in homeschool and private school settings. These tutorials are for anyone interested in learning basic skills as well as techniques needed for a career in the apparel industry. All projects are written using standard industry terminology and with the direction of a career in this exciting creative field.


Come imagine, learn and create with us!



Dawn Sommers

Founder & Technical Designer

  • BS Apparel Design from Kansas State University

  • MS Clothing and Textiles from Kansas State University

  • Technical Designer for over 20 years at an upscale catalog company where I managed technical design, coordinated quality control, production and worked directly with designers

  • Adjunct professor at Kansas State University in the Apparel, Textile Interior Design Department

  • Currently a Family & Consumer Science Teacher

  • Member of the committee to revamp the Fashion Apparel Interior Design Pathway in the state of Kansas.

Cutting Fabric
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