Sustainable Fashion Design

Where Style & Sustainability Coexist at SCRAP

We are so excited to be translating our Sustainable Fashion Design after school program for kids to an in-house session at SCRAP this Spring 2023 semester!


Dates: Every Tuesday, January 31 - April 4, 2023

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm or 5:00 - 6:30 pm (depending on what is best for teens and families)

Ages: 12 - 18

Instructor: Elena Slivnyak (Working SF Designer and Project Runway Star)

Fees: $500 per student for the semester, scholarships are available

Class Description

An introduction to fashion design with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and solution-oriented learning. We offer 1.5 hour long weekly classes and cover:

  • How to minimize fabric waste

  • The importance of using high-quality materials that don't degrade over time

  • The fashion industry's impact on the environment

  • How to create utilitarian objects of high use-value

Throughout the unit, students will progress their skillset through hands-on projects, involving:

  • Hand stitching

  • Patching & mending

  • Embellishing & embroidery

  • Designing & utilizing patterns

  • Illustrating fashion croquis

  • and finally: step-by-step garment construction!

Contact: to sign up

Our fashion design classes serve students 12-18 years old and center sustainable design practices in our curriculum. Students learn hand-sewing, mending, embroidery, embellishment, creative repurposing and garment construction. Classes are administered on school sites through partnerships with after school programs like YMCA Bayview and Boys and Girls Club.

To work with us, email Danielle Grant at:


Check out this article about our Sustainable Fashion Design Program, from Local News Matters.