New classes and class times starting the week of February 13th!

Fashi 1125 Digital Fashion Presentation has been rescheduled for Mondays 8am to 12:50pm with Vin Reed.  This elective course is perfect for those interested in using Photoshop and Illustrator for their portfolios, illustrations, trend reports and other fashion presentations.   Perfect for Visual Merchandising and Fashion students.  Sign up today!  Class starts February 13th.

Fash 1201 Clothing Construction I,  Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9:50pm with Ellen Hetlund.   Required first course for Fashion Design students.   Life skill or elective course for other Fashion majors. Great course for anyone.   Learn to make a skirt and blouse that fit with the following techniques: zipper applications, darts, waistbands, hems, seam finishes, collars, sleeves, buttonholes, bands.   Class starts February 13th.

Fashi 1620 Visual Merchandising.  Fridays 9am to 2:50pm with Jennifer Lezan.   Great first course for Fashion Merchandisers.   Learn to create effective window and store displays that sell!   Class starts February 17th.


For additional information,  contact Sharon Scalise at

Merchandise Manager Opportunity


Buying opportunity here in Central Illinois.  Gameday Spirit, located in Champaign, is the Official Fanstore of the Fighting Illini.  Currently we have two retail stores, an ecommerce site and are contracted through the university to sell at all of their athletic events.  We recently were notified that our current buyer is moving with her husband to Colorado, leaving an opening in buyer position.

Job Title: Merchandise Manager Projected Start Date: January 2017

Duties & Expectations
Merchandise Buyer (Goal – sell the most stuff at the highest possible profit):
Use real data to assist in buying decisions:
Track consumer trends to determine which products are the best fit
Evaluate prior sales to project future needs
Track inventory turns to determine restocking needs
Interact with vendors to place orders:
Research potential vendors and negotiate purchases with the best vendors
Place orders and ensure inventory is properly distributed within the company
Work with production and design teams to create a production plan and calendar for merchandise produced in-house
Attend tradeshows and conferences to stay abreast of industry standards
Stay within company budget and open to buy guidelines
Visual Merchandising (Goal – make the product you bought look appealing to our customers):
Create a visual merchandising concept in partnership with retail management staff for key brands, seasons, etc.
Work with retail management staff to implement visual merchandising plan in stores
Analytical Skills: You will be working with multiple vendors to determine the best deals, and will have to evaluate the many
pros and cons of each based on price, quality, speed of delivery and other factors.
Decision-Making Skills: You will need to use the information you have gathered to make important decisions on behalf of your company.
Organization: You will be making many buying decisions across many product categories with a limited budget.
You will also need to multi-task while keeping everything together. Attention to detail is a must.
Math Skills: Basic math skills will be needed to analyze prices and get the best deals possible.
Negotiating Skills: You will be working with suppliers to create the best deals. Negotiating skills will help you create those deals.
Availability: minimum 40 hours per week. Work flexible hours during busy season, sometimes including nights and weekends
Attitude: maintain a positive, professional attitude at all times with co-workers, vendors and customers. Show evidence of
high integrity and ethical/moral standards in working relationships. Support Gameday Spirit culture.
Preferred Skills & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in related field OR 2 years minimum retail buying experience
Ability to confidently and quickly make decisions based on real data
Strong merchandising background to create compelling visual presentations; Strong knowledge and awareness of current university trends and events
Motivated, passionate and goal-oriented; Adapt to any situation; Can remain calm under pressure
Ability to identify trends and spot “the next big thing”
Have a passion for retail; Work in a team; Be creative
Have proven computer skills – including Office, Adobe and web; Have good commercial awareness
Reporting: This position reports to the General Manager and Owner.
Compensation & Benefits: This position is salaried with full benefits.
Application Process: Submit all resumes and cover letters to Becca Stroot, General Manager (
We look forward to meeting you!


Becca Stroot

General Manager

Accounting Manager

Official Fan Store of the Fighting Illini


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Learn Cutting Edge Technology to Create Fashion Designs at College of DuPage, starting January 28th


Fashion Studies students at College of DuPage are using new technology that turns their style ideas into runway-ready creations in FASHI 2820-001 TECHNOLOGY IN FASHION, starting Saturday January 28th.    Experiment with LED lighting, 3D Printing,  Digital Fabric Printing and Fashion Pattern Making Software during a 16 week course that meets on Saturdays from 9am to 2:50pm.

For more information about this course and the Fashion Studies program, contact Sharon Scalise at:


Visual Merchandising class starts Friday Jan. 27th – Register now

Are you interested in the creative field of styling and visual merchandising?  Take FASHI1620-001 Visual Merchandising, for 16 weeks, starting  Jan 27th.   The class meets on Fridays from 9am-1:50PM at the College of DuPage Fashion Studies department.  Sharpen your skills with hands on experience planning window and interior display space.  Work with signage and lighting in the College’s large window display lab.   For more information,  contact Sharon Scalise, Program Coordinator at   photo 2 (1)

This weekend: Mary Ray – visiting designer free trunk show Friday night; specialized workshops on Saturday with the American Sewing Guild

Fashion Design students — a special opportunity to participate as guests of the American Sewing Guild for their special designer workshop: Mary Ray of


FREE TO STUDENTS:  Friday evening Trunk show. January 6, 2017, 7-9pm in SRC1004.  Be inspired by Mary Rays selection of fabrics, sewing techniques and stunning garments.  RSVP to Sharon at if you are attending.

WANT MORE?   An opportunity to sew with Mary Ray on Saturday January 7th in one or both of her technique workshops.  Perfect for getting ready for Spring semester.

Saturday’s schedule:  SRC 1008.

9am – noon

 “Tuck, Pleats and Folds for Garments…” 

Simple techniques often produce the most effective embellishment.  in this class, you’ll explore numerous ways to create texture, emphasize style lines, add detail, or just jazaa up a basic garment using easy-to-do tucks, pleats, and folds.  You’ll learn the secrets of measuring, pressing and stitching and get lot of design ideas, too.  Workshop cost is $70, including kit fee for supplies.  Bring basic sewing supplies to workshop.  Contact Sharon at if you wish to reserve a spot,  you will pay the day of the workshop.




Edge Finishes

The hems and outer edges of your garments deserve special attention.  In this workshop, you will learn many ways to a smooth, professional finish, including perfectly turned facings, beautiful bindings, decorative piping and applied trims, as well as how to leave edges raw and get away with it.  You will pick up ideas for wonderful closures too.

Workshop cost is $70, including kit fee for supplies.  Bring basic sewing supplies to workshop.  Contact Sharon at if you wish to reserve a spot,  you will pay the day of the workshop.



Thank you to the American Sewing Guild for inviting the College of DuPage Fashion students to your event.


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