A light glows in a backpack prototype

Soft Goods – Design Studio



The Soft Goods Design Studio explores product design that uses materials that are not rigid. Combining the skills of a fashion designer and the design approach of an industrial designer this class creates a unique way to solve a specific set of design criteria. The goal of this course is to give a basic overview of technical pattern making used in creating products in fabric or other soft materials.


What we did

  • Market research and competitive analysis
  • Concept development
  • Paper draping
  • Pattern making and sewing

Clients / Collaborators

A backpack prototype sits on a stump in the woods
Hands activate the light in a backpack prototype


The class starts with an intensive design studio exercise encompassing market research, competitive analysis, customer profile and inspiration leading to sketch presentation of the backpack or soft good product. This exercise is followed by the development and construction of a prototype. Each student will not only design a product, but also construct it using industry standard techniques in flat pattern making and industrial sewing equipment.

A hand opens a pocket in a design mockup.
A stack of pattern paper sits on a table.
Several pattern pieces are laid out on a table.
A transparent jacket hangs on a dress form.