Apparel Industry Management
I want to help students find their place and their passion to be successful in life.”
Veteran patternmaker Vickie Peters has been in the industry for over 30 years. Starting with Catalina Swimwear in the late ‘70s, Vickie has been a patternmaker and designer for companies like Cherokee, Code Bleu, and Vintage Blue. Her assignments with private labels for Wal-Mart, JC Penney, and Mervyns’ have given her the opportunity to travel the world—setting up factories in Mexico and supervising quality all over the Middle East while being headquartered in Dubai.
Describe some favorite class projects.
I love the source book in Production Control & Planning class. I want my students to learn how to talk to vendors and get to know what is available when they start their own business. In my Quality Control Management class I love the fit project. This shows the students that not all size 4s are the same size; why 0 and 00 are the “new sizes.”
What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
I love to see the students’ enthusiasm about the garment industry. I tell them I am passing the wand to them. I have been there and now it is their turn to make a difference.
Do you have a particular style or philosophy about teaching?
I tell them the truth about this industry and that it is work. I like to have fun in my classes and I like to make the students laugh. Each student will find their passion in the garment industry, some will not be patternmakers, some will never sew, and some will never run their own business. I tell them there is a place for all of them.
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