This weekend, in the blustery corner of the world called Kent, OH, Coats & Clark will sponsor the second annual Project Runway type Design Challenge at the Kent State Univeristy Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design. Initiated by Coats & Clark, the scholarship program brings the world of sewing and the pressures of “Make It Work” to Sophomore, Junior and Senior design students. They will have a weekend to design and sew a garment based on certain criteria. Last year, nearly 30 students put their creativity to the test.
Joining Coats & Clark this year by providing supplies and/or prizes is Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Bernina USA and the Sewing Republic, Singer Sewing Co., BurdaStyle, Haan, Simplicity, Amy Butler Designs, Quilting Arts, Sew News and Vogue Knitting.
Nashua Handknits is sponsoring a knitwear challenge in conjunction with the sewing opportunity.
Ultimately, the grand prize winner goes home with a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of Coats & Clark.
“This competition gives the students experience in performing their best under pressure as well as the opportunity to gain valuable professional exposure and resume-building experiences,” says Dr. Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.