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Skill Up on the Fundamentals of Sewing


There are two types of fashion designers: those who can draw, drape, cut and sew and those who can’t…

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Newsletter 4th May 2016

Dear all,

generic apprentice small 2“The best designers are usually the best pattern cutters.” Dorota Watson, Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader in Fashion & Textiles at the University of East London said when we interviewed her on howgraduates of today are often ill-prepared to engage with the professional marketplace. We couldn’t agree more, fully understanding the production process from fabric selection to finished garment can only enhance a designers understanding and yet a huge majority of design students leave University with scant regard to all other skilled functions within the industry. It doesn’t have to be this way – here at the Fashion Technology Academy we have a range of courses to upskill designers, while opening doors to other skilled and in-demand roles within the industry.

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Stitching Academy for Designers

generic apprentice small 1Stitching Academy for Designers is a 6-week course, where students learn the fundamentals of using a variety of industrial sewing machines: how to set them up and use them safely, maintain the machines and identify the correct settings for the fabric. They will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch samples, measuring, cutting and constructing a basic pattern, and learn to identify what is good and poor quality. 

To find out more and apply for the Stitching Academy for Designers please contact: education@fashion-enter.com




Free 10-Week Course – Sew We Learn

jenny on gender equality smallWould you like to learn how to make clothes and use industrial sewing machines? Are you looking for employment in the fashion manufacturing industry? Gain an accredited Level 1 Award in Fashion and Textiles (Sewing and Textiles) and a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills.

We are currently offering a FREE 10 week course based in Wandsworth and Haringey. Learners will have the ability to work in a thriving North London factory, where clothing for retailers such as Marks & Spencer, ASOS.com and many other brands.

To find out more click here

Or contact: education@fashion-enter.com  (Quote SEW 1), alternatively call 0208 8093311 and ask for Dan!



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Apprenticeships & Jobs in Production

Machinists and production workers are in demand, and this week we have both an apprenticeship for a sample / costume machinist and a full-time position for a studio seamstress on our jobs board click here to view.




Coming soon…

4 may 16 just pollyStylish maternity wear for the modern mum-to-be. After 8 years working in the fashion industry as a Stylist and Art Director Just Polly’s founder, Polly Hayward, felt compelled to create a stylish, but practical collection that can be worn before, during and after pregnancy. 




4 may 16 fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

We love the arty feel of the dark brown swirls on this off-white 100% silk base. The satin finish gives a luxurious touch to this fabric.

Available now from the FCFabricStudio.com 







Fashion Dates for Your Diaryfashion svp june 2016

Meet the Manufacturer 25th May

Graduate Fashion Week 5th – 8th June

London Collections: Men 10th – 13th June

Fashion SVP 28th – 29th June



livia firth talking 2This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

“The current apprenticeship programme strategy is a mess. We had a great framework that certainly needed tweaking – but it didn’t need a radical overhaul. FashionCapital CEO Jenny Holloway comments on the apprenticeship levy plans put forward by government.

What we wear every single day, has huge relevance and huge consequences on human, social and environmental capital.” Livia Firth talks sustainable fashion (pictured left).

And Petra Metzger introduces her launch brand EINE – an elegant perspective on dressing comfortably in the home.


4 may 16 boutique pick


Boutique Pick of the Week

After a very slow start to spring here in London we’ve been promised a gorgeous sun-filled week, so with this in mind we’ve picked out this vintage-inspired summer garden print dress by Bibico. The founder and designer behind Bibico, Snow, realized as soon as she walked through the door of the women’s cooperative in Mumbai her idea of creating a more sustainable clothing company was possible, and here is one prime example from her summer collection of easy-to-wear staples.

Bibico Summer Garden Dress £69-

Until next time, have a great week,

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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