Baltimore Business Journal March 2017 - Sewing School 

Baltimore Business Journal March 2017 - Sewing School 


Baltimore Fashion Renaissance

Baltimore has a long, proud history in serving the apparel and garment industry. At its peak between 1950-1980, the apparel industry employed more than 500,000 workers in sewing, pattern making and design. Well-known and established brands: London Fog, Jos. A Bank, Henry Sonneborn Co. (once the largest clothier in the world). G&G Uniform Company. 

In the early 1990's apparel manufacturing moved overseas as large apparel manufacturers shut their doors. Opportunities for real world training and the ability to learn the trade was lost. 

2016 saw an emergence of a "maker community" of entrepreneurs, designers, artists and creative minds coming together. Baltimore begins to evolve as a "wearable technology" hub connecting research, technology and design. 


To create a world-class sewing school based in Baltimore. Curriculum designed to blend modern technology and innovative techniques with tradition and artisanship. Core focus to instill skills and techniques designed to meet the needs of a modern industry. Create a community of talented sewers, pattern-makers and designers to establish Baltimore as an world class sewing apparel center for the fashion industry.

3-6 month training program for 30-60 students per year that connects graduates with jobs in the apparel industry.


Over 50-years in the apparel manufacturing industry, Phil Spector established Fashions Unlimited in 1976 as a full service apparel manufacturer. 


  • Sewing (on a variety of advanced machines, for woven and knit fabrics)
  • Cutting- both manual and digital
  • Pattern-making/Marker 
  • Machine Mechanics
  • Laser Cutting/3D Printing/Graphic Design

Fashion Future

Smaller factories and new startups across the United States will need experienced sewers. Companies will come to Baltimore because we will have an world class sewing workforce. The fastest growing markets in the textile and apparel fields are sports and fitness monitoring and medical products. These are growing at 40% per year. Sensors used in wearable technology are projected to be a 5.5 billion dollar market by 2025.  

Sewing Baltimore Together @ Fashions Unlimited.

Interested in supporting the program email:

Stacy Stube