National code: RTOSS

Statement of Attainment in Fashion Up-Cycling

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Overview About this course

Turn trash into treasure by transforming pre-worn fashion into new clothing. Embrace sustainability and help reduce waste produced by the fashion industry. Join the slow fashion movement and learn to repurpose old, worn out or damaged clothing.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Prepare sewing machines for use and perform sewing tasks

  • Manipulate fabric and transform used clothing into new garments

  • Learn how to check and replace needles, attachments and parts

  • Inspect sewn components and identify and fix faults

  • Lay out and check pattern pieces against garment requirements and fabric characteristics

  • Read and follow work instructions, garment requirements and standard operating procedures (SOPs)

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • A pathway to further study in the fashion industry

  • Credit towards a full qualification

  • Specialist skills to produce at least one upcycled garment made from three used pieces of clothing

  • The ability to operate industrial machines including overlockers, binders and buttonholers to sew clothing components

  • The knowledge to prepare sewing workstations, materials, tools and equipment

  • The experience to interpret patterns and select the appropriate fabrics

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A minimum of three old pieces of clothing to upcycle

  • Reading, writing and maths skills to a Year 10 level

  • Appropriate clothing to operate industrial sewing machines including leather closed-toe shoes and hair ties

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Indigenous design textile printer or fashion design assistant with the Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and seamstress, tailor or textile designer with the Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Sew components, complex tasks MSTCL2019

  • Produce a simple garment MSTCL1001

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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