Fashion Design Workshop Benefits Students, Those in Need


NU’s Tom’s Shoes University Chapter hosted a five part Fashion Design Workshop Series in which students learned to sew and design clothing while engaging in an entrepreneurial service project. Competition Winners

(with checks from right to left in above photo)


Lauren Moore (first place) - Alexandra Kuch (second place) - Valerie Anderson (third place)

Congratulations to these student designer entrepreneurs!

The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise (ABDCCE) partnered with Tom’s Shoes University Chapter to grow and advance the creative design talents and entrepreneurial aspirations of the Fashion Marketing & Management majors. The ABDCCE was awarded a $3,000 entrepreneurial community engagement grant from the Mott Foundation and Prima Civitas Foundation. Once the grant was received, Jill Ouellette, Chair of the Fashion Marketing & Management Department in Midland, Mich., creatively combined this skillful, enterprising workshop with a service project to impact the lives of young children in Africa.

Students learned the basics of sewing, which included pattern design, sewing machine basics, spreading, and fitting. After some practice, the students completed an entrepreneurial service project sending unique ‘pillowcase’ dress creations to African girls in an orphanage. The brains behind the education and entrepreneurial coaching came from Sheree Schattenmann, local entrepreneur and owner of Sheree’s Alchemy in Midland, Michigan.

Under her guidance, students created a prototype fashion garment or accessory including sketches and samples of fabric plans for the Northwood Style Show coming up in April. “The Center is here to serve and support entrepreneurship in all majors,” said Georgia Abbott, director of the ABDCCE. “We see innovative and creative ideas in every corner of the university. We are an entrepreneurial University and this was a great way to celebrate the achievements of these student fashion designers!”

- Georgia Abbott