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Runway to Retail: Next Steps Workshop

The Fashion Institute Midwest welcomes you to attend a conversation to discuss the next phase of your fashion line at our designer workroom. Enjoy a unique opportunity to network with incredibly talented designers and fashion industry professionals while we strategize:

■ Future goals for your brand
■ Brand development
■ Line development for retail
■ Marketing Plan
■ Continuing Education

The Fashion Institute Midwest (FIM) is a non-profit committed to nurturing aspiring designer talent and supporting the Midwest fashion ecosystem. FIM’s mission is to provide regional fashion designers with mentoring, training, resources and industry network opportunities to fulfill their creative potential in the fashion industry.Please take the time to answer some questions that will help to curate the workshop experience as well as the resources offered here at FIM.

To reserve your spot for the Runway to Retail Workshop, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application form ↓
  2. Start the conversation by submitting survey responses before the date of the workshop. Please take some time to share your insights. These surveys allow us to better serve our designers within the workshop and beyond.

If you cannot attend, you can still join the conversation!

Workshop Application

Fashion Institute Midwest
1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor,
Omaha, NE 68102





Past Workshops



Get ready to sell your garments at Shop the Runway on Sunday, March 3.  We will help you be prepared with all the tools you will need. The workshop will cover the basics of marketing your designs for retail including products, costing, marketing materials, and point of purchase.

Instructor: Denise Ervin


In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the preliminary steps of the flat pattern method by completing a bodice sloper.  The sloper consisting of a bodice front, bode back and sleeve is the fundamental tool needed in the creation of all flat pattern designs.

In this workshop, the students will learn to drape a sloper on the form, transfer to pattern paper, and finally to a finished tagboard template.

Whether you are new toflat pattern or want to brush up on your skills, this will be an invaluable workshop.

$35.00 Supplies Fee  – All patterning supplies will be provided for the workshop at a 50% off the actual retail cost.

Instructor: Denise Ervin
Denise has a 30+ year career in costume and custom clothing design. She has worked extensively in both methods of flat pattern and draping. She will be sharing her expertise to get you started understanding the fundamentals of pattern design.

Cut off date to register is February 6.



Embroidery Workshop

Intro To Manufacturing


Mens Tailoring Workshop


Saturday June 23, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Fashion Institute Midwest, 1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor

Mary Kiteley has an extensive background in menswear construction and will be sharing some of her knowledge in our newest workshop. Learn about structural techniques that are essential in making successful tailored garments.



Saturday May 26, from 11:00-1:00- Fashion Institute Midwest, 1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor

The guest speaker will be Jenny Pool.



Sunday, April 21, from 11:30-1:30 – Fashion Institute Midwest, 1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor

The guest speaker will be AriAnna Goldstein of Baird Holm LLP.


Sunday March 11, 11:30am – 1:30pm – Fashion Institute Midwest, 1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor

This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Participants will need to provide their own laptops for the workshop. Heather and Jameson Hooton of Hooton Images will be the guest speakers for the workshop.



Saturday, January 20th, 12:30p-4:30p – Fashion Institute Midwest, 1141 N. 11th Street, 2nd floor

This workshop will walk through the steps of how to create that ever important business plan.  We are pleased to announce that Erica Wassinger of The Start-Up Collaborative will be our guest speaker for the workshop.



Saturday, September 30th, 2017 – The Fashion Institute Midwest is proud to open our doors to our Designer Workroom & Headquarters.

We will be holding our first designer workshop where designers will be trained on the equipment and use of the facility.  As this workshop is focused on equipment, designers applying must have a background in sewing machine use.  This will be a rare opportunity to learn from the industry’s best as Monnie Sudman from Monnie’s Sales & Service will be instructing designers on serger, button-holer and straight stitching machines.  *All designers must complete training before use of equipment, additional training will be announced and scheduled by the workroom manager.

12:30p-1:30p: Following our first workshop, we will be holding an open house for designers not attending that would like a tour of the Designer Workroom, must RSVP to

APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!  Fashion Institute Midwest presents a workshop for designers: Retail Prep & Pricing.  Topics to include: pricing keystone, how to talk to consumers, properly labeling garments, custom orders and more.  FIM supported designer, Jane Round will be presenting to share her own story, successes and opportunities she’s found.  Natalie Navis, owner of The Fold, a luxury boutique in Countryside Village, will be sharing her experiences from a buyer’s perspective.  Location is TBA.  Designers, please fill out the application below.

Fashion Institute Midwest presents a workshop for designers: How to Ask for Money for Your Business.  Topics to include: How to pitch to investors, how to be confident in asking for money from customers, how to approach retailers.  Denny Minton and Bruce Dickes of MintonDickes Consulting, who are leadership and sales consultants working with Fortune 500 firms will be presenting.

Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 10a-12p
Location:  Develop Model Managment, 1307 Leavenworth Street, please use parking on the south side of the building (look for CHI Clinic parking signs – this is our parking as well – and enter through doors marked Develop Model Management)

Cost: $0.00 for accepted designers

Seats are limited, please apply now, deadlines for applications due: March 17th, if you are accepted into the workshop, you will be notified by March 20th.