Two fashion-forward organisations are offering 15 women the chance to learn free sewing and upcycling skills in London this February.

Social enterprise Fashion-Enter Ltd and New York-based NGO Fashion Impact Fund have joined forces to provide free, practical skills in sewing and upcycling for the fashion and textiles sector. The four-day intensive training takes place from 13 to 16 February in North London. 

During the course, 15 women will learn: 

+ How to correctly take measurements

+ How to thread an industrial sewing machine

+ Learn different stitches and tensions

+ Understand how to cut fabric from a pattern

+ Learn about the different fabrics and how they are different to handle

+ How to sew straight lines, around corners and how to make sleeves

+ How to make a garment from a pattern

+ Techniques to upcycle an existing garment

+ How to tailor an existing garment.

The course takes place at FC Designer Workspace, 9 Durham Road, London N7 7FB.  It can also lead to a free Level 2 course in Stitching and the FEL team can also support women with interviews for jobs and apprenticeships.

As the UK’s leading provider of fashion and textiles production courses and apprenticeships, social enterprise Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) offers training in practical sewing skills with a focus on upcycling and repairs to ensure garment longevity.

Their CEO Jenny Holloway has previously worked with Fashion Impact Fund’s founder Kerry Bannigan, which led to their new collaboration. 

Jenny Holloway Fashion-Enter Ltd
Jenny Holloway

“Back in 2008, we worked in partnership with Kerry and Fashion Impact Fund on an amazing New York Profile, whereby 35 of our British designers showcased their collections during New York Fashion Week. This was such a forward-thinking initiative and extremely successful. Working with the Fashion Impact Fund grant again in 2023, we can now offer free places to 15 women for the popular Sewing and Upcycling course in February.” Jenny Holloway, Fashion-Enter Ltd

The Fashion Impact Fund provides grants to female founders who are advancing equitable workforce development in the fashion industry to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and leadership.

The fund supports women-led fashion initiatives advocating for gender equality through education, media and skills programs. 

Kerry Bannigan, Fashion Impact Fund Founder
Kerry Bannigan

“Jenny has a steadfast dedication to ethical garment manufacturing in the UK. We are pleased to provide a grant towards the program in support of FEL’s commitment to fashion industry training, upskilling and development for women to generate employment or enable entrepreneurship.” Kerry Bannigan, Fashion Impact Fund Founder

If you would like to apply to the course, please email Fashion-Enter Ltd at 

To find out more about Fashion-Enter Ltd and their fantastic work head HERE and give them a follow on Instagram

You can learn more about the Fashion Impact Fund HERE and be sure to check out their latest updates on Instagram


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