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Skill with a Course at the FTA – FC Newsletter 1st April 2015


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Up-Skill with a Course at the FTA – FC Newsletter 1st April 2015

1 april fta launchDear All,

A big thanks to all that attended our Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) soft launch last Thursday. The feedback and positive energy coming from everyone that attended said it all. The unit is already in use and we have more courses scheduled over the coming months, which will be posted in our weekly newsletters and on www.fashioncapital.co.uk. A big thank-you to Haringey Council, who have invested a sum of £570,000, DWP and global e-tailer ASOS.com for making this essential industry facility a reality.

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Starter Courses at The FTA

Following the official launch of the FTA last week, the 7,500 Sqft space is home to 8 new fashion courses, combining trainers with expert practitioners and the latest, state of the art dress-making equipment.

Giving members of the public a sneak peek and taster into what the FTA has in store, we have created three courses, specifically designed to be fun, creative and helpful.

There are three short courses each part-time over three days: 

Absolute Beginners: This practical workshop for beginners will give you the essential tools and knowledge to take on any sewing challenge.

SOS Sewing Alterations: Creative and fun workshop, bring some garments you’d like to transform and learn some invaluable sewing, customising and alteration skills.

Bonkers for Bags: are you bonkers for bags? Come and join our creative group design and make your own Tote bag and learn new skills and techniques too!

1 april taster coursesThe courses will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Then again on:  

Monday 13th April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Times are 10am – 1:30pm daily and will be held at the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy.

FTA, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ. 

These courses have been specifically designed to be fun, creative and helpful! You will be taught by experts who have years of experience in Stitching and Pattern Making.

Full payment of the course is required to reserve your place. The cost for the 3-hour classes is £45 (plus VAT)

Please register your interest to pearl@fashioncapital.co.uk to book your place. Or please call 0208 809 3311 for further information. 


Know Your Factory – 23rd April 10am – 12pm

1 april factory overviewDo you know what to look for and what questions to ask when working with your manufacturer?

In this workshop learn the basic process for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for:

Pre-planning the visit, setting an agenda and what you really want to achieve.

Communicate to the factory and to your own team.

Tell the factory and confirm; get the right people involved.

Show respect and understanding.

Provide feedback to the factory.

What are the key elements to a costing? Cost of fabric (price V’s usage) make-up costs, trims, logistics.

Types of sampling – design and product development, fits and contract seals.

How samples are generated?

Cost of a sample, getting approvals and speed of response

And much more! 

“Just wanted to say an enormous thanks for a great course. It was so great to be able to ask silly questions in what felt like a very safe environment and I learned so much. Your Factory Tour should be a must for anyone learning about design.” Caroline Denver

Members will be priority and receive preferential rates. To enquire please email info@fashion-enter.com


Perfect Pattern Cutting – Free 6-Week Course

The Perfect Pattern Cutting 6-week course is back! Following the huge success of the previous cohort, Alice Prier, Fashion Enter’s senior pattern cutting will be joining forces with expert pattern-making methodology Telestia to teach you how to construct and create both basic and advanced garments.

“Telestia feels like a long overdue wake-up call to the fashion industry, once experienced, never forgotten.”

The 6-week course runs part-time from Monday to Friday, from 10am-2pm.

Perfect Pattern Cutting is free of charge!

Check out what the previous learners had to say about the course here: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/news/13549-a-pattern-cutting-revolution

The Perfect Pattern Cutting Course is an ABC accredited Level 1 Award. Learners will receive a qualification certificate following the successful completion of 120-guided learning hours. 

Please book your spot ASAP to prevent disappointment, by registering your interest to: pearl@fashioncapital.co.uk


Your Body: Your Block – Pattern Cutting Course

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By popular demand after the success of the ‘revolutionary’ Pattern Cutting course, FashionCapital’s Senior Pattern Cutting expert, Alice Prier will be holding short, one-day courses to teach new learners how to construct and create patterns.

The short, 5 hour class will run from 10am-3pm in the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy, which will be fully equipped with pattern-making facilities. The course will condense the best and most important information of the full 5-day Perfect Pattern Cutting course following a soar in demand for a short alternative at the Knitting & Stitching show.

“I have learned more in 5 days than I have in 5 years of education and 20 years of practice.”

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Dresses

Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Blouse

Friday 24th April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Trousers

The course will enable learners to:

– Take personal measurements

– Adapt a pattern for a simple garment

– Construct a sample to fit your measurements

Places on the Your Body: Your Block course will be booked at a first-come-first-serve basis. Please register your interest in this course, confirming the dress size you will be creating to info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Course cost: £90 plus VAT



Well Done ASOS.comfta launch 2

Congratulations to ASOS.com, their latest financial results reveal a steady recovery with its half-year figures showing an increase in retail sales by 14 per cent.The results follow up from better than expected quarterly figures, recovering from a series of profit downgrades in a challenging year.

(Image right: reps from ASOS.com at the FTA soft launch)



Best of British

The Spring/Summer Marks & Spencer ‘Best of British’ range has just hit the high street, classic shapes in uplifting shades perfect for those sunny days. The Factory is proud to have produced key pieces for this range and it just goes to show you can buy British at affordable prices. Fashion Enter recently celebrated the launch of the new range at their newly opened Fashion Technology Academy in unison with the official Marks & Spencer launch at Marble Arch.

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Employment Opportunity with the Cult of Fashion

1 april cult of fashion logo

Cult of Fashion are looking for a bright, organised and highly motivated individual to take on the role of Product Coordinator on an ad-hoc basis throughout the organisation of a diverse range of fashion shows and photo shoots.

As a Product Coordinator you will be responsible for the daily liaison between jewellery and accessories suppliers as well as corresponding with fashion designers. You will be working very closely with the stylist on each project so strong communication skills are absolutely essential within this role.

The ideal candidate must have strong administrative skills and have a keen interest in the fashion industry. You must have excellent communication skills and a good telephone manner. You must also be highly efficient using Microsoft Excel and Word.

Please send your up to date CV and cover letter to Nicola@cultoffashion.com



1 april 2015 fabric saleIn-House Fabric Sale Success

Last Saturday we held an excess and sample fabric sale at the Factory and due to demand we will be holding regular sales in the future. Our next sale of excess rolls of high quality fabric, trims and components will be announced in our weekly newsletter. Watch this space!


1 april sannita blog

Catch Up with Former Apprentice Sannita

Sannita Hancock completed a Level 3 apprenticeship at the House of Fraser as a Buyers Assistant, after a period of working she decided to take time out to experience the world, visit her insightful travel blog here:




roksanda and jojo chattingThis Week on www.fashioncapital.co.uk

Editor JoJo Iles got a privileged insight into the careers of not one but two very different designers – Anna Sui and Roksanda Ilincic (pictured talking to JoJo left). Both were guest speakers at the recent edition of Bath in Fashion where they discussed their careers and working methods to a captivated audience. India Hunnikin discovers what has been putting those clicks, shares and likes into overdrive in What’s Trending This Week. And following the recently passed Royal Assent for the Consumer Rights Act consumers will have new rights when the revised legislation comes into force on 1 October 2015, click here to read more.


1 april boutique pick

Boutique Pick of the Week

To celebrate the launch of the M&S Best of British Spring/Summer range we have picked out this scarf printed, pure silk asymmetric skirt. A versatile number in a length that flatters many body types, this skirt makes enough of a statement and would look great combined with a plain top. Available now online and in selected M&S stores, sizes range from UK 6 to 18, £99.00.



Until next time, the team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk wish you a great week.





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