Fashion Students

Maintaining a Study/Life Balance

Studying at University can be really stressful. Juggling coursework, deadlines, family commitments, having somewhat of a social life and possibly a part-time job is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. If you’re studying a creative design course, it is especially difficult to get the balance right between doing coursework and actually living your life!

However, you’ll be glad to hear that studying a design course doesn’t have to take over your life. I’ve put together a few tips to help you find and maintain balance throughout your time at University.

#1 – Use a diary or calendar

Get a diary, or even better, use the calendar app on your phone to keep a record of all your classes and any other personal commitments (like a part-time job). Using this, you can then easily see what free time you have to complete coursework, see friends and family or just relax!

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#2 – Create a project planner

For each project you have been assigned, create a project planner detailing each individual task you need to complete in order to fulfill the brief and meet the assessment requirements. Alongside each of the tasks, also note the date it needs to be completed by. It may help to work backward from the deadline date and give yourself enough time at the end to resolve any issues if anything didn’t go to plan. If you follow a project plan, you’re less likely to end up with loads of work to catch up with at the last minute, and it allows you to plan in some personal time to spend relaxing or with friends and family.

#3 – Use to-do lists

Using your project planner, make regular to-do lists, either daily or weekly, to keep on top with tasks that you need to complete. To-do lists help ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks, and also gives you a sense of achievement when you can draw a line through tasks you’ve completed!

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#4 – Learn to prioritize

Some Uni tasks will take precedence over others, ensure that you complete the most urgent tasks first as to not leave them to the last minute.

Sometimes, you may need to prioritize yourself over your coursework! If you find that you’re feeling really stressed out or tired, take some time for yourself to relax and rest before trying to finish your coursework. You won’t create your best work if you aren’t feeling good, so always find time to check in with you.

I hope these tips have helped you out! I’m planning to write some more detailed blog posts on time-management, project planning and organisation soon, so look out for those on my social media 😊.

 

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Making the Most of Your Time at University

University is a really exciting time. It’s a time where you get to learn loads of new things and meet some great people. There are loads of opportunities available to students whilst at university, so it’s important that you’re looking out for them and take advantage of them whilst you’re studying.

I’ve put together my list of tips to make the most of your time at university:

#1 – Don’t skip class!

Once you start university, you soon start to realise how much more freedom and independence you have in comparison to being at school, it then becomes very tempting to skip a few classes! But, my advice is you should try to miss as few classes as possible. Firstly, you are paying for every class you have at university through your tuition fees, so you want to make sure you get the most out of your money. Secondly, missing a class or lecture could mean you miss an opportunity or information that is really valuable. It also makes it more likely that you’ll fall behind the rest of the class.

For students studying fashion design, it can be very tempting to skip classes when you feel you haven’t got enough coursework to show your tutor. You may tell yourself that you’ll just skip this one class so that you can catch up. However, this is usually a bad idea as you end up falling more behind! It’s much better to go to class with the little work that you have done and get feedback on it, and also ask for help if you are struggling. And remember it’s quality over quantity :).

#2 – Join a club

If your university has clubs or societies to join, join one! Have a look if there are any that interest you, they are usually a great place to meet new people that aren’t on your course and learn new things. There may even be opportunities to start a new club or society if you so wish!

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#3 – Budget wisely

Student loans don’t tend to stretch that far. After paying your rent (if you’re not living at home) you don’t have a lot of money to play with. Try making a weekly or monthly budget, and make sure you stick to it.

This tip is especially important for fashion design students. As well as paying for the normal student stuff, and having enough money for any leisure activities. You’ll also need to leave quite a big chunk of your budget to buy fabrics and pay for printing. You’ll want to have enough money so that you can buy good quality fabrics for your final garments. But try not to spend too much money on fabrics in the first year as you’ll want to be saving money for your final collection in third-year.

#4 – Take advantage of your university’s resources

There are loads of resources available to university students from universities, you just have to keep a look out for them. Some resources include career advice, business start-up advice, essay writing help and financial advice. If you’re interested in finding out what resources your university offers, ask your course leader or another member of staff.

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#5 – Get involved

Universities also offer some volunteering opportunities for their students, as well as paid roles. Ask about becoming a student rep, helping out at open days or at any other events. Sometimes these roles will be voluntary, but these can also be paid roles for students.

#6 – Student discounts

Being a student is one of the few times in life when you get discounts and freebies! Take advantage of this and make sure you know about all the best student deals. Some great student discount membership organisations are NUS and Unidays. Amazon Prime also has a great student deal.

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#7 – Work placements, internships & study abroad

Some universities and courses also offer opportunities for students to do work placements or internships whilst studying. It’s a really great idea to do as many internships or work placements whilst studying as possible as it allows you to make contacts for when you graduate and are looking for work. If your course doesn’t allow you time to take up a placement during the term, you could also look for summer student internships.

Your university may even offer opportunities for you to study a term or a year of your class abroad, in destinations such as Europe, Canada, Austrailia, Asia and the USA. This is a great opportunity to grab if you’ve always wanted to experience life in a different country. Talk to you course leader about these opportunities in your first year.

#8 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help

My final tip is to never be afraid to ask for help. Don’t let opportunities pass you by just because you didn’t ask. University is a time to learn, explore and make mistakes, if you need help, there will definitely be someone at your university willing and able to help you out :).

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Attending University Open Days

If you’re looking to go to university, it’s really important that you attend open days for the universities that you are considering applying to. It helps you make an informed decision about where to apply as you get to see the campus, meet the tutors and talk to current students.

I’ve put together a few tips on how to get the most out of university open days, before, during and after.

BEFORE – Get prepared

  • Decide and research into what course you’re interested in. There is usually a lot of information about courses on university websites.
  • Look at where the university is in relation to the nearest station and its location with the town/city. This is where Google Maps comes in handy!
  • Plan your route. Decide what is the best transport to take to get to the university, you may decide to drive, get a taxi, bus/coach or train. Some universities may even require a plane ride! Just make sure you plan in advance so that you have time to book any transport tickets and get the best price for them.
  • Have a rough plan for the day. Every university runs their open days slightly different. Some universities may offer you a timetable of events happening on the open day beforehand including talks and tours. This gives you time to decide which ones you’re interested in and allows you to make a plan. You may even need to book a place on a talk or tour, so make sure you check this with the university beforehand.
  • Compose a list of questions about the university/course that you want answers to. Below are some examples of questions you might want to ask:
    • What are the entry requirements?
    • Is there still an opportunity to get onto the course if I don’t meet all the entry requirements?
    • What do the tutors look for in an application and personal statement?
    • Will I need a portfolio to apply for the course? What should be included in a portfolio?
    • What do the tutors look for in a portfolio?
    • Does the course do interviews?
    • Is there any time for work placements or internships on the course?
    • What have previous graduates gone on to do?
  • Also, think about questions you may want to ask current students to get a different perspective. Below are some examples of questions you might want to ask:
    • What are the best and worst things about the course/university?
    • What has their experience on the course been like?
    • What is it like living in the town/city?

Open Days

ON THE DAY – Ask lots of questions!

  • Make sure you arrive on time! You don’t want to miss any important talks/tours.
  • Attend course talks/lectures for courses that you are interested in, make sure you take notes at all the talks/lectures to reflect on when you get home.
  • Attend any finance talks that some universities offer if you are confused about student finance.
  • Go on tours of the university campus and accommodation.
  • Go on tours of the town/city if they are offered.
  • Allow yourself time to explore the area yourself to see if you can picture yourself living there.

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AFTER – Reflect

  • Look through your notes and any leaflets that were given to you to ensure that all your questions were answered, and you understand everything that you were told on the day. If you’re unsure about anything, phone or email the university to clarify any details.
  • Discuss the open day with a parent, family member, teacher or friend. This allows you to reflect on the open day and ultimately make a decision on whether you want to apply.

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Should I go to University?

During the period of time when you’re studying for your GCSE’s and A-Levels, there’s a lot of pressure from parents, teachers and even friends that you should go to university. University is a great place to expand your mind, learn new things and meet new people. But, going to university is not for everybody. There are other options available to you when you leave school such as apprenticeships, starting your own business or jumping straight in and getting a job!

In the end, no one can tell you whether you should go to University or not, it’s a decision that you have to make for yourself. But, I’ve put together a few questions that may help you make your final decision.

#1 – What is my end goal?

Before you decide to go (or not go) to university, you should have a rough idea in your head about what your end goal is. This includes knowing what subjects you really enjoy, what industry you could see yourself working in or even what job you could see yourself having.

Certain career paths require you to have a degree, whereas other do not. It’s important that you research into the career or job that you’re working towards before you make the decision of whether or not to go to university. Good places to research this information include career books, job descriptions and talking to professionals or teachers that have experience in the particular industry you are interested in.

However, if you’re not sure about what your end goal is, that’s okay too. Very few people know exactly what they want to do when they’re in their teens, or even in their twenties! The most important thing is that you ask yourself what you enjoy doing and what you’re talented in and then go from there. If you are really struggling with this, talk to a teacher, family member or career advisor to get their help.

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#2 – Is there a subject that I really love and want to explore?

Unlike school or college, when you go to university you have to decide on one (or sometimes two) subjects that you want to study for 3+ years. So, it’s really important that, if you do decide to go to university, you choose a subject that you really enjoy that will hold your interest for the duration of the course. Remember, university study is a lot more independent, so you will need to be able to motivate yourself to study, complete assignments and do your coursework, which is a lot easier when you love the subject you’re studying.

Sometimes, if you have a career goal in mind, you may have to study topics that you don’t absolutely love. But if you know that studying that particular subject will get you to your dream job or career path, that can be enough to keep you motivated as well.

#3 – What are the alternatives?

If you aren’t sure whether you should go to university or not, you should look into what the alternatives are. At school, the idea of going to university is really pushed upon us, but there are other ways to reach your overall goals. Some of the alternatives available include apprenticeships, taking a gap year, starting your own business or getting a job. Research into all the alternatives available and think about which is the most suitable for you and your goals.

#4 – Do I need a degree?

Again, it’s important to consider your career goals. Not all careers require you to have a degree, some may prefer apprenticeships and other may offer entry level jobs for applicants straight out of school. It’s all about research!

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#5 – Can I afford to go to university?

University has become a lot more expensive in recent years which sucks 👎, so it’s important that you consider the financial side of going to university. Research into how much your preferred universities are charging and how the student loan system works. Have a look at

Research into how much your preferred universities are charging and how the student loan system works. Have a look at this and this for more information about student finance (UK).

As well as looking into the costs of the course and accommodation, think about the other costs of living that you incur as a student like food, utility bills, course materials etc. The maintenance loan that is offered to you by student finance often doesn’t cover everything that you need to pay for as a student, so you’ll need to have some savings, get a job and/or have parents that are willing to help you out financially.

However, if you really do want to go to university, don’t let money get in the way. There are services and support available if you look for it, so make sure you do your research. Contact your local council or your chosen universities to see if they can offer any financial help. You may also be able to make savings by living at home whilst studying if that’s suitable for you, or you could take a gap year and get a job to save up some money that you can put towards your university fund.

I hope these questions have helped you think about whether going to university is the right option for you. Remember that this is a decision that you have to make for you, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just think about what you will be happiest doing, and what will bring you closer to your personal goals.

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Art Supply Shops in London

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Art Supply Shops in London

As an art & design student you’ll constantly be needing art supplies to work on your projects. I’ve put together a list of art supply shops in London that I’ve come accross that could be useful to you. Don’t worry, if you’re not studying in the London area, most of these shops allow you to order online!

Cass Art
Website: cassart.co.uk
Store Locations: Islington, Hampstead, Charing Cross, Soho, Kensington, Kingston
Order online?: Yes

Cowling & Wilcox
Website: cowlingandwilcox.com
Store Locations: Shoreditch, Camberwell, Highbury
Order online?: Yes

London Graphic Centre
Website: londongraphics.co.uk
Store Locations: Covent Garden
Order online?: Yes

The Southbank Art Company
Website: southbankart.co.uk
Store Locations: Elephant & Castle
Order online?: Yes (limited products)

Jackson’s Art Supplies
Website: jacksonsart.com
Store Locations: Stoke Newington, Fulham
Order online?: Yes

Art Supply Shops London

Atlantis Art
Website: atlantisart.co.uk
Store Locations: Old Street
Order online?: Yes

The London Art Shop 
Website: thelondonartshop.co.uk
Store Locations: Finchley
Order online?: No

L.Cornelissen & Son
Website: cornelissen.com
Store Locations: Bloomsbury
Order online?: Yes

 

Great Art
Website: greatart.co.uk
Store Locations: Shoreditch
Order online?: Yes

AP Fitzpatrick Fine Art Materials 
Website: shop.apfitzpatrick.co.uk
Store Locations: Bethnal Green
Order online?: Yes

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Shepherds 
Website: store.bookbinding.co.uk/store
Store Locations: Pimlico
Order online?: Yes

QueArts
Website: quearts.com
Store Locations: Kennington
Order online?: No

Paperchase
Website: paperchase.co.uk
Store Locations: Tottenham Court Road, various locations
Order online?: Yes

If you know of any more great art supply shops in London that should be added to this list, let me know! Tweet me @tizz_tazz or contact me here.

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Art & Design Events in London this Autumn/Winter (2017/18)

With everyone getting back to school/college/university, I thought it was the perfect time to post my annual Autumn/Winter events blog post. I hope you find something inspiring 🙂

London Design Festival 
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
16th Sept 2017 – 24th Sept 2017
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Plywood: Material of the Modern World
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
Unitil 12th Nov 2017
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The World of Anna Sui
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge
Until October 2017
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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
Unitil 18th Feb 2018
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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
Until 1st Oct 2017
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Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge
20th Oct 2017 – 21st Jan 2018
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Harper’s Bazaar 150 Years – The Greatest Moments 
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge
20th Oct 2017 – 21st Jan 2018
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Wallace Sewell: 25 Years of British Textile Design 
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge
20th Oct 2017 – 21st Jan 2018
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Queer British Art 1861-1967 
Tate Britain, Westminster
Until 1st Oct 2017
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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, Bankside
Until 22nd Oct 2017
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BP Portrait Award 2017 – Exhibition
National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross
Until 24th Sept 2017
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California: Designing Freedom
Design Museum, Kensington
Until 17th Oct 2017
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Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius
Design Museum, Kensington
Until 24th Sept 2017
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Ferrari: Under the Skin 
Design Museum, Kensington
15th Nov 2017 – 15th April 2018
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Fahrelnissa Zeid
Tate Modern, Bankside
Until 8th Oct 2017
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Choosing the right University

Deciding to go to University is a huge decision, so you want to make sure that you’re choosing the right University and degree course for you. University is not only a big expense, but it’s also a big investment of your time, so it’s important to do your research before sending off your applications.

I’ve put together some of my key tips and advice for choosing the right university and degree course for you.

#1 – Ask yourself…

Firstly, make sure that you really want to go to university, and that you want to go for the right reasons. Yes, a university experience can be really fun, and it’s a great place to meet new people, but the main purpose of going to university is to learn and get a degree in a subject that you are really interested in. If you don’t really like studying, reading or going to classes, going to university may not be the best option for you.

Also, don’t feel pressured to go to university just because everyone else your age is going, or you feel pressured by your teachers or parents. There are many other alternatives to university, such as apprenticeships, getting a full-time job or even starting your business! Just make sure you really think about whether going to university is the best option for you.

If you are sure you want to go to university but are not sure what degree course to choose, ask yourself:

  1. What are my main interests? What subject(s) do I enjoy the most? Why do I like these subjects?
  2. How do I like to learn? Am I better at exams or coursework?
  3. Do I want to go to a big university or a smaller university?
  4. Do I want to move away from home, or live at home and commute to university?
  5. How far away am I willing to go to for university? What part of the country do I want to study?
  6. Do I want to study abroad?
  7. Do I want to do a sandwich course, with an internship during my studies?

Knowing your answers to these questions will help you with your research later on.

#2 – Research, research, research

Once you have a rough idea what subject you want to study, and what area of the country you want to study in, research into all the universities that offer courses that relate to your chosen subject. Use websites such as UCAS, Which? University, the Guardian University Guide, and WhatUni to find out about the different courses and universities available to you. Use these resources to find out important information about each university such as course descriptions, course content, student satisfaction ratings and university rankings.

#3 – Visit open days

Once you have done all your research and have narrowed down your list of possible universities, look into when their open days are. You should try to visit as many of your shortlisted universities as you can so you can make an informed decision. When you go to open days, don’t just visit the university campus, make sure you have a look at the surrounding area and if possible get a tour of the halls of residence if you are thinking of living away from home. If possible, try to talk with current students about their experiences at the university, talk to tutors about the course and what kind of projects they set on their course, and ask to see student’s work to get a good idea about the kind of work created at the university.

#4 – Pre-uni schemes

Research into whether the universities that you have shortlisted have any pre-uni schemes such as summer schools, taster days or lectures. These can give you a better idea of what it’s actually like to be a student at the university.

Hopefully, this has given you a few things to think about when choosing which university you want to study at.

Fabric & Haberdashery Shops in London

Below is my updated list of all that fabric and haberdashery shops that I’ve found in London. I’ve tried to include shops for all tastes and budgets.

CENTRAL LONDON

Shops in Central London tend to be on the pricier side, as you would expect, but you can find some beautiful, unique and high-quality fabrics and trimmings in these stores.  It’s great for any fashion students doing fabric research, even if you can’t afford to buy the fabric, it’s good to have a look at what’s available and see if you can find a cheaper alternative elsewhere. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples either! Some shops have a 3 sample limit, but some may be willing to give you a bit extra.

Borovick Fabrics 
Address: Berwick Street Market, 16 Berwick St, London W1F 0HP
Website: borovickfabrics.com
Cost: ££

A friendly fabric store in Soho. The staff here at Borovick Fabrics are very friendly and willing to help. They have a good range of fabrics and a small selection of haberdashery products. From my experience, they are willing to give fabric samples to students.

Cloth House 
Address: Berwick Street, London W1F 8SJ
Website: clothhouse.com
Cost: ££

Cloth House is a very nice, well-presented fabric shop in Soho. They have some really great unique fabrics here. From my experience, they do offer fabric samples for research.

Misan Fabrics 
Address: 4 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
Website: misan.co.uk
Cost: £££

A great fabric shop in Soho, there are two other Misan stores on Berwick Street (Misan Brothers for tailoring fabrics and Misan Textiles for technical fabrics). The fabrics in all Misan stores are of very high quality, and they also willing to give away samples of their fabrics for your research from my experience.

Creative Beadcraft
Address: 31 Smiths Court, London W1D 7DP
Website: creativebeadcraft.co.uk
Cost: ££

A lovely shop in central London, near to Piccadilly Circus station. They sell a huge range of beads, sequins, and jewels as well as a selection of specialist equipment for jewellery making. It’s a very friendly and modern shop, and their prices are fair. You can also shop Creative Beadcraft online.

Macculloch & Wallis
Address: 25-26 Poland Street London W1F 8QN
Website: macculloch-wallis.co.uk
Cost: ££

A fabric and haberdashery shop in Soho. They have a huge range of haberdashery products and a selection fabrics of good quality. They also offer fabric samples for research. You can also shop Macculloch & Wallis online.

Fan New Trimmings 
Address: 14-18 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 8BD
Website: facebook.com/FanNewTrimmings
Cost: ££

A small trimmings shop in Central London. They have a great range of unique trimmings including feathers, jewels, and fringing.

Kleins
Address: 5 Noel St, Soho, London W1F 8GD
Website: kleins.uk
Cost: ££

Kleins is an established haberdashery shop in London’s Soho. They have a good range of zippers and trimmings. You can also shop Kleins online.

Barnett Lawson Trimmings
Address: 16-17 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8NE
Website: bltrimmings.com
Cost: ££

Barnett Lawson Trimmings is a trimmings shop found just behind Oxford Street. They have a huge selection of trimmings including fringing, elastics, buttons, lace and more.

Morplan
Address: 56 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7DF
Website: morplan.com
Cost: ££

Morplan is a shop found off Oxford Street that sell sewing and dressmaking supplies such as fabric scissors, pattern cutting paper, pattern masters and more. This is a great shop to buy all your pattern cutting equipment. You can also shop Morplan online.

WEST LONDON

West London’s Shepherd’s Bush is home to dozens of fabric and haberdashery shops, all on Goldhawk Road. Just a short walk away from Shepherd’s Bush Station and Westfield London. Most shops on Goldhawk Road are very affordable and student friendly, some are willing to give fabric samples if you ask for them.

A-One Fabrics
Address: 50-52 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8DH
Cost: £

Probably one of the bigger shops along Goldhawk Road, A-One Fabrics have a good range of affordable fabrics. It tends to get quite busy in the afternoon, so I suggest heading there in the morning to have a good look around.

Unique Fabrics
Address: 28 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8DH
Cost: £

A few doors down from A-One Fabrics you’ll find Unique Fabrics. Here you’ll see some beautiful, good quality fabrics at great prices and in an array of colours. The best thing about this shop for fashion students is that they give unlimited samples of any of their fabrics! The staff here are also very friendly and helpful.

Shepherd’s Bush Market
Address: Shepherd’s Bush Market White City, London W12
Cost: £

Just around the corner from A-One Fabrics is Shepherd’s Bush Market, there are a few fabric and haberdashery stalls along this road that have extremely cheap trimmings and fabrics – again a very student friendly place to shop.

Misan West 
Address: 21-23 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8QQ
Website: misan.co.uk
Cost: ££

Another Misan chain, Misan West has some great, high-quality fabrics slightly cheaper than the Misan stores in Soho. They also have a section on the second floor that has discounted fabrics and trimmings.

EAST LONDON

Woolcrest Textiles
Address: 6 Well St, London E9 7PX
Website: woolcresttextiles.co.uk
Cost: £

A huge warehouse in Hackney, Woolcrest Textiles sell a massive range of fabrics at very cheap prices. Again, I would definitely recommend this to fashion students, or any home sewers looking for cheap fabrics.

Fabians Haberdashery Trimmings 
Address: Unit 110 Railway Arches, Cannon Street Road, London E1 2LY
Website: fabianstrimmings.co.uk
Cost: £

Fabians Trimmings is a great wholesale haberdashery hidden in the arches near to Shadwell station. They have a great selection of haberdashery products, I recommend looking here for zippers and threads especially.

Crescent Trading 
Address: 41 Quaker St, London E1 6SN
Website: crescenttrading.com
Cost: £

Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station, Crescent Trading has a great selection of high-quality suitings, wools, and silks. They staff here are very knowledgeable about their fabrics. They also offer fabric samples.

SOUTH LONDON

Rolls and Rems
Address: 111 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6AT
Website: rollsandrems.com
Cost: £

Rolls and Rems have a good range of fabrics at fair prices along Lewisham Market. A very friendly shop, I would definitely pop by if you are in the Lewisham area.

Sewing & Craft Superstore
Address: 292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
Website: craftysewer.com
Cost: £

A lovely sewing and craft shop only a few minutes walk away from Tooting Bec station. Their prices are fair and they have a great range of fabrics and haberdashery products, as well as craft supplies. They also sell sewing and embroidery machines as well as sewing patterns.

Fabrics Galore
Address: 52-, 54 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5RH
Website: fabricsgalore.co.uk
Cost: ££

A great, friendly fabric shop in Battersea, a short walk or bus ride from Clapham Junction and Clapham Common stations. They have a great range of high-quality fabrics and some lovely printed fabrics from places like Liberty’s. You can also shop Fabrics Galore online.

Lewisham and Deptford Sewing Machines 
Address: 181 Deptford High St, London SE8 3NT
Website: sewingmachinesuk.co.uk

This isn’t a fabric shop, but I really wanted to include this shop on my list. This is the shop that I have bought all my sewing and specialist machines from over the years. They have extremely good prices and are very knowledgeable about all types of machines. They are also a great place to go to if you are having any problems with your machine as they also offer sewing machine servicing. Although not exclusively a haberdashery shop, they do have a small range of haberdashery products and a good range of sewing machine accessories. I would definitely recommend here if you are looking to buy a new sewing machine.

There are so many great shops to discover in London, if you know of any other fabric and haberdashery shops that should be on this list, please let me know through my contact page, on Twitter, or Instagram.

List of Fashion Design Degrees in the UK

Note: This is not a full list of UK Fashion Design courses, for full listings see UCAS. The following information is correct as of July 2017.

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Instituto Marangoni
www.istitutomarangoni.com/en/
BA (Hon) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Womenswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Menswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Accessories | BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Marketing

Kingston University
www.kingston.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion

London Metropolitan University
www.londonmet.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree | BA (Hons) Fashion

Middlesex University
www.mdx.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

Ravensbourne
www.ravensbourne.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design

University of West London
www.uwl.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles

University of Westminster
www.westminster.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University of East London
www.uel.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

University of the Arts London
www.arts.ac.uk
Central Saint Martins
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear | BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design with Marketing | BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear | BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Print | BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design with Knit | BA (Hons) Textile Design

London College of Fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Development | BA (Hons) Fashion Contour | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting | BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring | BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print

UK

Arts University Bournemouth
aub.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion

University of Brighton
www.brighton.ac.uk/index.aspx
BA (Hons) Fashion with Business Studies

Bucks New University
bucks.ac.uk/home
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University for the Creative Arts
www.uca.ac.uk
UCA Epsom
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Sports Fashion & Branding

UCA Rochester
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Atelier | BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Print

UCA Farnham
BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

University of Hertfordshire
www.herts.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Bath Spa University
www.bathspa.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Birmingham City University
bcu.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Garment Technology

University of the West of England
www.uwe.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

University of Central Lancashire
www.uclan.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

De Montford University
dmu.ac.uk/home.aspx
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles and Accessories

University of Derby
www.derby.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion and Fashion Marketing

Edinburgh College of Art
www.eca.ed.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion

Falmouth University
www.falmouth.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design  

Glasgow School of Art
www.gsa.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University of Huddersfield
www.hud.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing & Production | BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Textiles

University of Leeds
www.leeds.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Technology

Leeds College of Art
www.leeds-art.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Liverpool John Moores University
www.ljmu.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion

Manchester Metropolitan University
www2.mmu.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology with a Foundation Year | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology – Menswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology – Womenswear | BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology – Sportswear

Nottingham Trent University
www.ntu.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design | BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

Northumbria University
www.northumbria.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion | BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Marketing

University of Salford
www.salford.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Sheffield Hallam University
www.shu.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University of Southampton – Winchester School of Art
www.southampton.ac.uk/wsa
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design