Training for the Fashion Industry
We provide tailor made training for the Fashion and Textiles industry. We work with companies and industry professional to deliver professional development and staff training and development covering block making, pattern cutting, technical specifications, sizing and fit problems.
As an independent school, we can deliver entirely bespoke courses, designed around your budget and training requirements. Our team of highly experienced industry practitioners are experts in their field. We can run courses or training sessions of any length, from 1 day refreshers to weekly instalments or week intensives. These can be run from our East London studio located on Brick Lane, East London or at your own location.
Whether you’re a designer, pattern cutter, garment technologists, a small start -up business or major manufacturer or retailer, we can help solve your technical problems.
Here are some of the things we can help you with:
- Professional Development in Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction
- Identifying and solving problems around fit.
- Efficiency Training.
- Eliminating wastage and enabling cost reduction
- Garment Technology and Production Methods.
- Production of Specification Drawing and Tech Packs
- Patterns and Samples
“I have learnt more from these courses than my 4 years in university, seventy thousand internships and three years as a professional in the industry! The teacher was unbelievably attentive and it was hugely inspiring to be taught by someone with so much knowledge and a creative eye. Thank you so much.” – Karla Donovan, Hellespont
Please get in touch to arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements.
Asos is a British online fashion and beauty store. Primarily aimed at young adults, Asos sells over 850 brands as well as its own range of clothing and accessories.
We continue to deliver training session to ASOS junior designers and garment technologies. The sessions cover garment technology and pattern cutting techniques for Women’s wear and Men’s wear with the focus on fit and fabric economy across a range of garment types.
Here is the feedback from the ASOS team: “Really friendly and informative workshops in a relaxed atmosphere. We learn how to create well -fitting blocks amend patterns, rectifying fit problems. I learnt so much in a short space of time. A good balance of practical work and tutorials. Understanding how to relate patterns to 3D garments was very useful. I now find it much easier to understand complex fit comments. It’s nice to see the comments we are getting from suppliers. Fantastic course which immediately helped explain fabric and pattern manipulation. Relevant and useful learnt a lot and I know already how to bring this knowledge back to fit sessions Would highly recommend. The teacher was full of knowledge very helpful, patient and supportive. It taught me a lot about pattern terminology, creating blocks, darts and fitting toiles We used the pattern blocks and information in our fit sessions back at work.”
Founded in 1977, Drakes produce Men’s wear garments and accessories of the highest quality. Each shirt and tie is made by hand at their factories in East London and Somerset, using only the finest materials and the most skilled craftspeople.
Staff members completed 10 days of Intensive Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction skills, with specific focus on tailored garments and troubleshooting production problems.
John Lewis is a chain of department stores operating throughout the United Kingdom.
We were invited deliver a series of classes in sewing techniques and accessory making with in the fabric and haberdashery section of the John Lewis store on Oxford Street.
Harrods Department Store is a leader in luxury retail. Attracting customers from around the world, Harrods Bespoke Alterations department has over 45,000 garments pass through its department every year, and they sometimes perform more than 70 fittings a day. Their Tailors, Seamstresses, and Dressmakers are continually building their expertise by learning the latest techniques in sewing and fitting.
We continue to train Harrods Bespoke Alteration staff and Senior Tailors in sewing and alteration techniques over a range of high-end men’s and women’s different garments and fabric types.
This is the feedback from the manager:
“I just want to let you know how much the teams have enjoyed the training. I didn’t expect them to rave about it this much, but they really found it incredibly helpful, relevant and have loved it! You’ve done an excellent job of really understanding what they know and then showing them how that works in practise plus so much more. We will certainly use this training again in the future, thank you!”
Maaike van Heerden | Alterations Operations Manager| HARRODS | Bespoke Alterations
One of the leading companies designing, manufacturing and wholesaling high quality women’s wear for high street retailers in the U.K. and elsewhere.
We provided teaching sessions for the Alison Hayes designers covering methods and techniques for technical drawing to create hand drawn specification drawings and technical packs.
Mountain Warehouse has been offering quality outdoor clothing and equipment at the lowest prices since 1997. From hiking clothing and camping equipment to ski wear and running gear.
Fashion Antidote ran training sessions for the designers and pattern cutters at the Mountain Warehouse premises covering pattern cutting technology, sizing, block making and fit problems for Women’s, Men’s and Children’s wear outer garments.
We ran a sewing and repairing workshop for the British Antarctic team to equip them with the machine and hand sewing skills necessary to maintain and mend their survival equipment on expeditions.
We tailored the course to fit their very specific needs, and provided them with the skills to teach others on their expeditions.
We worked with luxury bed linen company Yves Delorme and Selfridges department store, running embroidery workshops in the Wonder Room in-store during their Sleep campaign. Customers could learn beautiful hand embroidery techniques to embellish a Yves Delorme pillow case with a loved one initial as a stylish hand-made gift.
We ran 3 days of Fashion Design and Fashion Photography workshops for a group of 25, sixteen year old students from Blyth Education visiting London from Ontario, Canada on a European fashion tour.
We provided one to one portfolio advice sessions and feed back to H.E. students applying for university.
Working with Queenswood School we arranged a Fashion Taster week-long schedule of classes and trips, tailored to the specifications the teaching staff put forward.
We have worked alongside Crisis the homeless charity in helping candidates in gaining access to work, by providing business mentoring and consultancy to eligible applicants.
Ethical Fashion In The Age Of Austerity – An event at the Museum of Childhood to promote ethical and sustainable fashion. We ran Upcycling workshops, creating skirts from shirts.
We ran our Upcycling workshops over the weekend at the acclaimed vintage music, fashion and culture festival in 2011.