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Newsletter 8th May 2024

“Such a great vibe and lovely positive teachers”

Tutors at FEL pride themselves on making their tuition clear and informative working with each learner at their own pace. From stitching to pattern-cutting, Style3D to upcycling, hear what former learners have to say about our courses…

“I learnt how to use an industrial overlocker and sewing machine. Everyone was so friendly and willing to help.”

“I learnt some upcycling skills and how to use an industrial sewing machine and iron.”

“Such a great vibe and lovely positive teachers. Had such a good time.”

“I gained confidence to do darts, also change the structure of a skirt. Also very motivating – thank-you.”

Take a look at what goes on at our 10-week Pattern Cutting course with learner Saraya, in this short YouTube video.

Alongside our 5 – 10 week stitching or pattern cutting courses we hold workshops, evening classes and half-term courses for home sewers and beginners, classes that are coming up are listed below…


20th May: Introduction to Sewing evening class– £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

22nd May: Introduction to Sewing evening class– £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

28th – 31st May: 4 Day Beginners Stitching course – £150 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

Pattern Cutting:

18th May: Saturday Pattern Cutting Class (Made to measure skirt) – £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

28th – 31st May: 4 Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course – £150 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

Repair and Upcycling:

14th May: Free Repair and Upcycle Drop-In workshop – FC Designer Collective shop, Fonthill Road, Islington

Support and Advice: 

29th May: How to Manufacture Your Garments – Part 1 Sampling & Small Run Production – Free from 10am via Zoom please register


Please contact: education@fashion-enter.com for the next session

Tap here for more dates and classes

Looking for a specific course? Contact us: 0208 809 3311



In Discussion: FTA Wales

FEL CEO Jenny Holloway is currently in Powys, Wales this week for a series of meetings with NCPT Group of Colleges regarding the opening of a Fashion Technology Academy in Powys.

As with London and Leicester, the Powys FTA would provide courses and apprenticeships in technical skills that are in high demand within the fashion and textiles sector.

Jenny also met up with Iona (both pictured), Level 2 Sewing Machinist Apprentice, to go over the moderation notes from Skills and Education Group, which were extremely complimentary about the standard of Iona’s Level 2 certificate.

More from Wales soon!

Are You Looking For An Apprentice?

If you run a fashion business and are thinking about hiring an apprentice we can help. The FEL team prepares apprentices for junior roles across the fashion and textiles industry including fashion studio assistant, product technology, stitching, pattern cutting, production, sourcing and bespoke tailoring.

An apprenticeship is made up of on-the-job work-based learning 4 days a week with 1 day a week training with the FTA. FEL apprentices train in specific skills relevant to industry professionals utilising a live factory environment, masterclasses and enrichment activities. All FTA tutors and assessors are practicing professionals with many years of industry experience.

More details about fashion and textile apprentices for employers can be found here. If you would like to discuss hiring an apprentice please contact: apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com

Free Advice & Support via Zoom

Join us for our next free masterclass on ‘How to Manufacture Your Garments – Part 1 Sampling & Small Run Production’. Learn all about the principles of slow fashion, how to protect your designs and ensure that manufacturers adhere to your expectations. 

This free 1-hour masterclass takes place Wednesday 29th May, 10 – 11.00am via Zoom.

Tap here to register your place.

Next Tuesday: Free Repair & Upcycle Drop In

Do you have a repair, or maybe an upcycle you would like to work on? Come along to our next drop-in session at our shop: FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, just a few minutes walk from Finsbury Park tube station.

Held once a month we have the expertise and equipment to support with any repair, alteration or upcycling needs, ensuring clothing is kept in circulation for longer. It’s social and fun too!

See you Tuesday 14th May from 10am. This monthly drop-in is supported by Islington Council.

A Warm Welcome to Molly

Molly has just joined the merry FEL team as Studio Coordinator.

Louisa Parris Sample Sale

Fashion Studio client Louisa Parris designs beautiful, fluid garments in block bright shades and will be holding a Sample Sale on Friday 17th May 10am – 9pm. Head over to Small Hall, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Kensington & Chelsea, London SW3 5EE. Prices range from £30 – £200 and payment is by card only.

Learn to Make Your Own Kimono 

Join Nim (Out Of Stock Studio) at the FC Designer Workspace in Islington on Saturday May 25th 2024 for a step-by-step masterclass on the process of cutting and sewing your own unique kimono-style jacket.

The 1-day class includes the use of luxury, British-woven, selvedge denim from Hewitt with choices available on size, pocket details and thread colours.

The class is open to individuals with sewing skills and is not recommended for complete beginners.

For more information and to book tap here.

This Week on FashionCapital…

Are you looking for the latest legal advice? Our Legal Eagle, Nick Gould has decades of experience. He regularly contributes articles to FashionCapital’s Advice & Support section and is happy to be contacted with regards to legal matters via: nick.gould@aria-grace.com 

And Finally…

The FEL team would like to wish United Repair Centre, Operations Coordinator, Gee Fletcher, the very best as she embarks on her global travels starting in Australia. Gee started out with FEL as an apprentice gaining experience with the Fashion Studio team and on the factory floor. 

FEL CEO Jenny said: “I remember Gee coming for an interview at FEL for an ASOS apprenticeship, I thought she was fantastic – perceptive, articulate, great base knowledge on fashion, yet FORTUNATELY for us ASOS didn’t select her. We offered Gee a job immediately and she has been utterly awesome 😎. She’s a wonderful free spirit and has had career breaks a few times but this is the biggie – she’s off to Oz exploring. You’ll leave a big gap but this is you Gee – explore and grow! Happy travels.”

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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