The first Victoria Fashion Week Runway Show was held on February 25th in The Atrium! Congratulations to all of the organizers, models, crew and local designers. The event was wildly successful – tickets sold out and everyone had a beautiful time. We cant wait until the full fashion week this Fall (stay tuned)!
In case you missed it, we’re sharing our portion of the show. Almost everything that we showcased is available as a sewing pattern or workshop at The Makehouse. We also do retail our bamboo underwear in case you want to treat yourself!
Above photo – Bamboo Lola Dress (Pattern by Victory Patterns) and Bamboo Leggings made by The Makehouse
We love sharing all the awesome things that you’ve been making! Here’s a few examples from the last couple of months!
Last week I finally got to visit Toronto after years of flying over it and meeting friends for airport layover lunches!
There was so much to see and do, so we really had to narrow things down, with only 3 days to play with, people to see and music to hear! I managed to tour most of what Toronto has to offer to the sewing world. I visit the charming Kensington Market and even got to see the famous Honest Ed’s! My friend Erin picked up an old hand painted poster with ‘Cotton Leggings $6.99’ for me as a keepsake before the doors closed for good! Thanks Erin!
We got a tram to Queen and Spadina (aka the Design District) to check out the fabric stores. Folks tell me that this area used to have a lot more, but times are a changing so some of the wholesalers have moved out of the downtown area or closed down altogether. I still found a lot of shops that have stood the test of time. Some were easier to navigate than others.
My favourite (and the friendliest) fabric shop along this strip was Downtown Fabric. I picked up a gorgeous mandarin orange silk jersey to make a dress – hopefully before the spring… Most of the retailers were very welcoming and helpful and it was nice to see all the fashion students out gathering ideas for their projects!
If you’re not used to these kind of fabric shops, the choice (and level of organization) can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there’s a different vibe than our smaller shops here on Vancouver Island, but you’ll mostly be surprised at how friendly and helpful people can be when you open up a dialogue. You have to remember that many of these shops opened at a time when sewing was more common and people generally had more basic knowledge of fabrics.
The Wool House was pretty cool. The shop was so beautifully organized with wool and shirting stacked from floor to ceiling in the most orderly of fashions. It really takes you back to the days when folks were all having bespoke tailoring. I also loved the ‘Handyman Wanted’ sign in the front window!
I was so excited to visit some sewing studios on this trip! I managed to squeeze in visits to The Workroom and the Make Den. I picked up a rad bodysuit pattern from Closet Case Patterns from The Workroom (I will post pics once I’ve had a chance to sew one together!). The Make Den had an awesome leather studio upstairs and the gals working there were super friendly too!
For all you knitters out there, you have to check out Romni Wools (very friendly!!). It’s also on Queen Street and it’s a total dream! They don’t do a lot of classes here, but this giant space is literally wall to wall yarn.
We caught up with our favourite Victoria milliner Tierre Taylor for some jazz at The Rex on Sunday night. She always looks like a million bucks! We do hope she comes back to visit soon as we miss her workshops here at The Makehouse. I have to say, her design work is really blossoming after a couple years in the big city, you can see her latest works here.
On my last day I met up with Kristiann Boos – the designer behind Victory Patterns. We’ve been stocking Victory Patterns for over a year now, and it was so great to learn more about how Kristiann got started. We just ordered some more patterns, which should hopefully arrive in the next week. Come by and check out her line, we currently have 6 styles in stock (and more Lola‘s on the way!)
I really enjoyed my brief visit and there’s so much to see in Toronto for textile lovers! I’m only scratching the surface with this post. If you plan to visit, I can only encourage you to keep some space in your suitcase and spend at least one of your days touring all fabric and yarn stores (oh and the food… there’s so much good food)!
Next stop… London! Stay tuned for spring travels!
Watch out for The Makehouse on the runway at the launch of Victoria Fashion Week! We’ll be showcasing men’s and women’s clothing to inspire you to take up sewing in 2017!
Victoria Fashion Week 2017
The Atrium will host a gorgeous fashion show in February, showcasing local designers and helping to bring Victoria’s underground, up-and-coming fashion scene to the surface. The preview event celebrates the launch of Victoria Fashion Week, which is in the works for Fall 2017. The show will showcase over 10 local designers, several partner businesses and 23 local models. At intermission, participate in our highly curated silent auction to help raise money for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, and pick up some drinks and appetizers.
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:00 and runs until 9:30.
Anyone who enjoyed Fashion Splash in Victoria’s Inner Harbour will love this event!
Only 50 VIP tickets will be available. These ticket will give you access to special front row seats, as well as a swag bag, access to the deconstructed preview party (see below) and a pop up party held mid-week prior to the show. We have also partnered with the Victoria Film Festival & The Vic Theatre for a special fashion film screening, included in the VIP ticket.
The VIP Pre-show is a deconstructed fashion show that will allow you an up close and personal view of each designer’s work, and a chance to chat with the designers themselves. Held at Studio Robazzo in the upcoming design district of Victoria, see the latest creations of the local designers and fashion makers before the runway show. The event includes live entertainment as well as beverages and appetizers. Get your advanced tickets here.
Studio Robazzo | Art Direction
A multi-disciplinary design studio in Victoria B.C. As they say, “Our team has all the skills necessary to bring just about any idea into reality”. We’re stoked to have Robazzo on our team as our directive designers.
Astros Media | Videography
A talented videography startup. From their website: “Incorporating peak human experience within a greater societal context through the medium of film. Creating a moving cultural narrative that is meant to inspire and promote change.”
The Atrium | Venue
The February 25th launch show takes place at the beautiful Atrium building at 800 Yates street. “The building features forward thinking architecture, cutting edge systems and dynamic public areas including a large central atrium. The Atrium Building was designed for optimized energy efficiency and environmentally conscious operations and is certified LEED Gold by the Canada Green Building Council.”
Here are some of the things that you’ve been making in the last month!
We need to downsize for our end of year inventory! Come shop and save big on sewing patterns, books, fabrics and trims in-store!
Buy One Get One Free
* Sewing patterns – big brands include Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity, Burda, Stretch & Sew & McCall’s
* All pre-cut fabric rolls & bundles including upholstery, swimwear, wool, cottons, bamboo knits, yarn and selected fabrics by the meter
* All pre-cut lace, ribbon, packs of bias binding, piping, buttons and other trims
* Indie pattern brands Colette Patterns, Victory, Christine Haynes, Cashmerette, Grainline Studios & Thread Theory
* Bamboo knits & Cotton + Steel prints by the meter
* New & used sewing & craft books
Regular open hours:
Sale ends at 5pm on December 10th
(or while stocks last!)
Extended Holiday Hours for Open Studio & Shopping:
Dec 19th – 10am-5pm
Dec 20, 21, 23 – 10am-6pm
Dec 22nd – 10am-8pm
Dec 24th – 9am-3pm
During this time you can sew or craft for $10 per hour open to children and adults (children under 12 must be accompanied by and adult)
* adult + child working together will only be charged as one person
We will also have lots of card making and paper craft materials and tools available should you wish to use them during your time (included in fees!)
Share the magic of the 25th annual Festival of Trees
The Makehouse are proud to once again support the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation‘s Festival of Trees!
6:00 pm – Silent auction and bar open
6:15 pm – Judges make their rounds
7:00 pm – Kick-off celebration and award presentations
We can’t wait to see you!
We’ll be posting our favourite moments from the kick-off celebration, and watching for yours too. Celebrate with us and inspire others to help BC’s kids! #FOTYYJ
Don’t forget about the Flight Centre – Harbour Air Balloon Pop Raffle and 50/50. BCCHF will have payment terminals on hand. To avoid line-ups we suggest you bring cash. Balloons are $20 a pop and 50/50 tickets are 3 for $5, or 10 for $10.
There will be a silent auction (new this year!) featuring 25 unique items to celebrate 25 amazing years including:
Ultimate Vacation Experience Package – two tickets anywhere WestJet flies, Bugatti luggage set, and a $500 Bay Centre gift card, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal BC Museum followed by a special tea at the “Sky Bar” which has generously been donated by the Museum
Stay tuned for details of our family friendly workshops in sponsorship of the Festival of Trees 2016!
We love to see what you’ve been making! Why not send us your best sewing project pics for our next feature?!