Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Picking Up the Threads at College; OUR FOUR-PAGE GUIDE TO COURSES FOR ADULTS THINKING OF EARNING A QUALIFICATION OR MAKING A CAREER CHANGE London College of Fashion Can Help You Be Part of the Fabric in Clothing Industry. by Sarah Richardson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Picking Up the Threads at College; OUR FOUR-PAGE GUIDE TO COURSES FOR ADULTS THINKING OF EARNING A QUALIFICATION OR MAKING A CAREER CHANGE London College of Fashion Can Help You Be Part of the Fabric in Clothing Industry. by Sarah Richardson

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Byline: Sarah Richardsons

[bar] OT everyone has the time and resources to quit their jobs and study full-time to fulfil an unrequited ambition.

Taking a short course could be exactly the push you need to launch your own business or change career direction.

Estee Moscow, for example, has a background in legal marketing and corporate entertainment which she gave up 10 years ago to become a full-time mother to Nathan, 10, and five-year-old Adam.

But she had always dreamed of running her own children's-wear fashion label and, while she was at home, she found time to resurrect her passion for knitting and sewing, mostly for her new baby boy. In 2009, she decided to take a short course in sewing skills and pattern adaption at the London College of Fashion (LCF) to improve her ability to make clothes.

"The LCF course was ideal as it ran for one week from Monday to Friday, which meant it was easy for me to find childcare: my husband took a week off work and did the nursery run," she says. "I loved the course as it showed me how to alter purchased paper patterns and adapt them to my own design ideas.

"The tutor was amazing. She was patient for those who needed it and was encouraging to those who had ambitions to make clothes for a living. The class was a great mix, too."

Since then, Moscow has begun to make children's wear and has set up her own label, Sweetpea4kids, catering for newborns to six-year-olds.

"My collection is now stocked in a few local shops near where I live in Essex and on several internet stores, including notonthehighstreet.com," she says. "The LCF short course gave me the confidence to fulfil my ambitions."

Linda Roberts is senior business manager at the LCF, which offers more than 200 different short courses subjects and attracts more than 5,500 students per year. She says: "We've seen a surge of interest in our short course portfolio. Our current students tell us that they're signing up for short courses to invest in themselves. Many are using our courses as an entry route into the fashion industry or to gain extra skills and resources to help them progress up the career ladder."

According to Roberts, it's not just creative subjects that are growing in popularity. …

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