I've mentioned before that I am very much interested in Fashion Design. I know working in IT field is a stark contrast with the creative field of Fashion, but wanting to be a Fashion designer has always been at the back of my mind. I may say working in IT killed whatever creativity I had in me :)).... yet I was always wondering if I really had it in me and if I could resurrect it. Anyways, I took the leap and enrolled in a certificate course pathway of Fashion Design.
I started researching for any good school which should not be expensive and would allow me to study part time (preferably in the evening). I have no plans of leaving my full time job anytime soon, so I can only do part-time study for now. Also, I wanted to test first if I could have a career in this field.
I was checking out TAFE and RMIT since they have cheaper fees but at the same time, I was also stalking Melbourne Fashion Institute (MFI), as their social media content is always on point! I actually booked for their Info Night twice but cancelled both times due to some other commitments. Deep inside, I guess I was really bit hesitant as I thought they were too expensive for me. I was not sure if I could qualify for the concession rate too (which basically slashes the tuition fee by half). Nevertheless, I always kept coming back to their IG. Their content always inspires me. After scrapping TAFE (no night or weekend classes) and RMIT (Start of class was months away), I decided to finally attend MFI's Info night.
I was so sold that night! Everything the mentors explained was all that I wanted to achieve in my study. They exactly answered all the questions I have in my mind. Bottomline, I wanna learn the basics of making clothes, as well as transform my ideas and visions into drawings and garment construction.
Fast forward, I am now enrolled in Cert III: Textile and Garment Production. They confirmed I qualify for the concession since I am PR and haven't completed any major study here. Hurray!!! I can't explain it but I was sooo happy!
I was so excited on our fist day of class! Our teacher is very good and funny! It's her first day to teach in MFI as well, so she was as excited and anxious like us. She is always jolly and is generous with her knowledge. Our first class actually went way beyond our scheduled end time, but nobody wanted to tell her. We were all so thirsty with learning. The first 2 days were a bit boring though as it was about workplace safety, but after that it's all fun... stressful fun as we try to finish our tasks.
It's been 2 months now going to my 3 hour night class & bi-weekly Saturday classes... and I loooveee every minute of it. My boyfriend is already calling me Superwoman for juggling my day job and class (plus the Salon Management Course I took Online and the IT certification exam I am about to take). He just doesn't get how happy I am with my MFI class. It's a form of therapy and energy for me. It get stressful sometimes as the lessons and tasks tend to get fast paced, but I am happy with the skills and knowledge I have learned. I know how to sew now and can very well control the sewing machine. I just don't like overlockers that much .. :D
Currently, we are learning pattern making and I am slowly getting the gist. Our teacher is very good and I really don't blame her for the fast paced lessons. I think that's how the course was designed. Anyways, we are trying to catch up with our tasks. I really want to master pattern making coz I think that's what separates a goddess dress to an ill-fitting one. It's a bit challenging but I know eventually, I can draft a pattern on my own from scratch.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)