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This course is superseded.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.
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)
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
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
The Statement of Attainment in Fashion Up-Cycling does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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