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Fashion Lab
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Fashion Lab

7th Floor, 623 S. Wabash Ave.,

Columbia College's Fashion Design Facilities rank superior in the Midwest with professional equipment and teaching space. Spacious construction studios, a CAD computer lab, lecture classrooms, and a study collection/resource room are all available to students for work, research, and study.

The studios are equipped with industrial quality sewing and overlock machines, pressing units, fur machines, blind hemmers, ironing stations and cutting tables. Industry-sized dress forms as well as professional runway models are utilized for fitting garments. Students are taught in a setting similar to those found in the fashion design industry workrooms.

The downtown Chicago location of Columbia College also serves as an adjunct campus for fashion studies. It provides students access to fashion retailing, manufacturing, and marketing resources. Thanks to the close proximity of fashion boutiques, art galleries and museums.

Sewing Lab

Room 705, 623 S. Wabash Ave.,

A student ID is required for check in and use of equipment.
specialty sewing machines
straight stitch machines
grading machines
cutting table space
an iron
three computers
misc. supplies

Design Software

Software supported on 7th Floor Fashion Lab

Lectra Kaledo  (this will replace U4ria for textile design this spring semester)
Lectra Modaris (industry software for pattern design)
Lectra Diamino (industry software for marker-making)
Adobe Illustrator (industry software for flat sketching)

Production Equipment

Production equipment in the Fashion Lab

53 industrial sewing machines
15 sergers
8 Brother knitting machines
8 grading machines
4 walking foot (leather) machines
3 industrial zig zag machines
1 buttonhole machines
1 blind hemming machine
1 chain stitch machine
68 dress forms
10 (6' x 26') cutting tables
12 ironing stations

Operation Hours • Spring 2014

MONDAY 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
SATURDAY 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

For More Information:

Natalie Ruttan-Stack,
Fashion Studio Manager
623 S. Wabash Ave., rm 703A
Chicago, IL 60605


 Facilities Fact Sheet Guides

• Fashion Facilities Policy Guide