Student using fabric painting equipment

Fabric workshop and sewing room

Develop your skills, create designs and work on fashion projects

Our fashion and textile design courses encourage you to be a creative and innovative thinker. In the fabric workshop and sewing room, you'll put your creative ideas into practice using the latest tools and equipment.

Experiment by combining traditional skills and techniques with new digital technology. And get guidance and support from our highly skilled technicians.

Fabric print workshop & textile lab

In our fabric print workshop and textile lab, you'll learn every step of the fabric preparation and design process, including many fabric printing techniques. We are used primarily by Fashion and Textile Design students but also accommodate other courses in the faculty where possible.

Our facilities include:

  • Dye station for prepping and dyeing fabrics with chemical and natural dyes, 2 indigo vats for dyeing natural fabrics and denim
  • Single and twin head digital embroidery machines. Design intricate embroideries on specialist software and transfer them onto fabric with our industry standard machinery
  • 4 heat presses (A3 size up to A1) for heat transfer methods such as dye sublimation, chromablast and applying flock, foil and vinyl
  • 2 x 4 metre long print beds for screen printing fabric. Extensive collection of silk screens ranging from A3 sample size up to A1 for printing large lengths of fabric.
  • Learn to screen print fabric using industry standard ECO friendly inks and a range of advanced techniques including metallic and neon pigments, puff and pearl binder, devoré and decolourant printing

Sewing room

Our large, open-plan sewing room can host up to 25 people. You'll use standard sewing machines through to imaging and modelling designs in Modaris using our digital lecture board. And you'll learn using the same equipment as industry professionals. Our mannequins come in different shapes and sizes, so you can design for multiple body types and scales.

  • Access our well-stocked finish and pattern library with all the materials you need to make your designs
  • Use the industrial felling machine to hem fabrics and prevent fraying
  • Join seams and precisely trim excess fabric using the industrial overclockers
  • Hem elastic fabrics while maintaining their stretchiness with the coverstitch machine
  • Create neat holes in fabric using the digital buttonholer or the popper and eyelet machine
  • Design fabric covered buttons that can be made by our staff for a small price
  • Work on leather or denim using the industrial leather machines
  • Mesh fabrics or add detail by felting with the embellisher machine
  • Neatly remove creases using the industrial steam presses with built-in vacuums
  • Use the fusing press to heat and seal glues without melting or damaging fabric

Teaching and project space

Our separate teaching and project space is kitted out for classes and project work. It's open until late most days and has an attached kitchen, so you can come in and work on your designs at a convenient time for you.

The School of Art, Design and Performance office is close by so you can pop in and ask tutors for a hand when they have the time.

Fashion and Textile Design teaching and learning space featuring desks, chairs, computers, student work and posters

What's in the teaching and project space

  • 17 ladies mannequins to fit designs
  • 8 large pattern cutting tables – your main work space
  • 3 PCs – installed with Ethos, Modaris, Adobe CC and laser cutting software
  • TV projector and sound system

Skills support

You can get skills support and guidance from our experts and technicians, from learning something new to finessing your technical skills for final year projects or postgraduate studies.

  • Basic skills sessions for trying out new methods and techniques
  • 1-to-1 sessions with a tutor
  • Sampling sessions to test out new patterns and designs
  • Library of technical process guides — step-by-step guides and points of reference

Where to find us

Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
PO1 2DJ

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