Fashion Design Summer Camp

At the back of a Scituate Harbor clothing boutique, young girls huddle around a large table covered with sketch pads, colored pencils, magazines and fabric swatches. The young fashionistas, ages 8-16, are learning the basics of fashion design as part of a unique summer camp hosted by local clothing designer Jennifer Reale.

“When I moved into this space last April I knew it would be perfect for classes,” says Reale, who graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and went on to found her own label, Jennifer Reale Design, in 2004.

The workshops provide a glimpse at what it takes to become a professional designer. Students begin by constructing inspiration boards with photos, fabrics and trims they like. Later on, they learn about illustration, how to measure and cut fabric, make patterns and sew by hand. The final camp session consists of a field trip to a Fall River factory that manufactures Reale’s designs. “The field trip is the most fun,” she says. “The students get to see actual garments being constructed and sewn by workers.”

Reale hopes the classes inspire participants to be creative and show them possible career options. Plans are also in the works for an adult class in Shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding and binding cloth and dyeing it in indigo. Fashion summer camp sessions will take place in July and August. Space is limited. For more information, visit Reale’s website or contact her at 617-650-6299 or 146 Front Street, Scituate.

Carolyn Shanley

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