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Made by You – April 2017

March was a big month for sewing here in Victoria! Here are some of the things that you’ve been making!

Striped Bamboo Moneta Dress – made in the Sewing with Knits workshop
Striped Bamboo Moneta Dress – made in the Sewing with Knits workshop
Cotton + Bamboo Knit top – made at Fashion Camp
Wonderland Skirt – made at Fashion Camp
Wardrobe Surgery lace applique top – made at Fashion Camp
Dress cut in 2 to create a new dress and skirt – made at Fashion Camp


Hand Embroidered Tag – made by student after the Talking Threads with Diana Weymar workshop


Tee-Shirt Quilt – made in the Memory Quilt workshop with Caroline Heinrichs
Bubble Skirt and Lace Top – made at Fashion Camp
Felt Unicorn – sewn at Make Camp
Felt Elephant – hand sewn at Make Camp
Fabric Flower – hand sewn at Make Camp
Felt Cat – hand sewn at Make Camp
Bamboo Underwear made in workshop
Felt Orca Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp
Handmade doll – created at Make Club
Pusheen Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp
Pusheen Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp

If you have awesome projects that you would like to share, please send them by email to jenny(at)!

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Victoria Fashion Week – February 2017

Victoria Fashion Week - Lola Dress

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

Bamboo / cotton camisole and undies set by The Makehouse
Victoria Fashion Week - Bamboo Lingerie Set
Bamboo / cotton high waisted brief and cropped camisole set by The Makehouse
Victoria Fashion Week - Bamboo Boxers
Bamboo boxers and tee-shirt by The Makehouse – sewing patterns by Thread Theory available in-store
Victoria Fashion Week - Bamboo Boxers
Bamboo boxers and tee-shirt by The Makehouse – sewing patterns by Thread Theory available in-store
Merino wool double knit jumpsuit and bamboo knit top by The Makehouse
Victoria Fashion Week - The Makehouse
Cotton top and bamboo leggings by The Makehouse – Laurel (top or dress) by Colette Patterns available in-store
Victoria Fashion Week - The Makehouse
Cotton top and bamboo leggings by The Makehouse – Laurel (top or dress) by Colette Patterns available in-store
Victoria Fashion Week - The Makehouse
Victoria Fashion Week – The Makehouse
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Victoria Fashion Week

Victoria Fashion Week Logo

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!

Fashion Splash - The Makehouse Red Polkadot Dress
The Makehouse Red Polkadot Dress – Fashion Splash 2015

Ticket Information:

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.

The Makehouse retro pantsuit on the runway at Fashion Splash 2015


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.

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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.”




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Calling All Fashion Revolutionaries!

Have you heard of the Fashion Revolution? This UK based non-profit is now reaching all corners of the world and I am honoured to be asked to fulfill the role as Country Coordinator for Canada!

Fashion Revolution* is a global movement that runs all year, celebrating fashion as a positive influence, raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues, showing that change is possible and celebrating those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.

We believe in fashion – an industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that this happens. Our mission is to bring everyone together to make that happen.


On 24th April each year, Fashion Revolution will bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future. As a global movement uniting around an annual campaign, over the next 5 years we believe we will build considerable momentum and achieve incredible impact together.

I am beginning to put together ideas for a series of local events during April 2017 here in Victoria. We are also seeking Regional Coordinators and partners in all Canadian Provinces. If you are interested in getting involved please email jenny(at) with the title ‘Fashion Revolution Canada’.

Thanks to my dear friend and eco-fashion pioneer Jocelyn Whipple (Country Coordinators Liaison for Fashion Revolution) for re-connecting and inviting me onboard! I’m excited to see what Canada can contribute to this global movement!

Jenny Ambrose


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Student Makes of the Month

We love seeing what you and your kids can do when you put your mind to it! Here are just some of the awesome works created during the month July (in no particular order)!

Circle Skirt made at Fashion Camp
Circle Skirt Sewn at Fashion Camp
 Shirred Rabbit Sundress Made for Toddler
Sewing Boot Camp Student's Flower Power Dress
Sewing Boot Camp – The Laurel Dress
Student's Bamboo Underwear
Bamboo Underwear (Gift for Bride)
Fashion Camp Student Handbag
Fashion Camp Gold Star Handbag
Make Camp Student's Dolls
Make Camp Square Peg Dolls
Make Camp Student's Backpacks
Make Camp Custom Backpacks
Fashion Camp Student's Shorts
Fashion Camp Bear Shorts
Make Camp Purple Needle Felt Elephant
Make Camp Purple Needle Felt Elephant
Make Camp Student's Apron
Make Camp Pineapple Apron
Apron Making Workshop
Apron Making Workshop Happy Recipient!



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Upcycling Men’s Shirts

We are huge advocates of upcycling clothing and making the most of fabric scraps. If you can’t pass it on at one of our legendary clothing swaps, then turn it into something else.

You can follow us on Pinterest for a ton of upcycling ideas or attend one of our Wardrobe Surgery workshops to learn techniques and tips to turn clothing you can’t wear anymore into revived functional fashion pieces.

This blog post focuses on upcycling men’s shirts. Men’s formal shirts can be picked up cheaply in very good used condition and there are so many fun options for them.

Turn a man’s shirt into a summer skirt or dress


There is a really easy way to do this and that’s just to climb into a men’s shirt and wrap the sleeves around your waist. Or you could tailor something. This is a nice and easy skirt from men’s shirt pattern on (image shown) whilst there are many links to dress patterns on our Pinterest board, from easy pinafores to structured peplum styles.

From men’s shirt to girl’s shirt


Boys can wear girl’s, who wear boy’s, who wear girl’s! But if you want something a little more feminine there are lots of great options. Our favourite is this cute tank style shirt because of the added bow.

Turn men’s shirts into kid’s clothes

Daddy's little girl dress

Again, lots of options here but the love the classic pinafore style dress like this one from

Turn men’s shirts into cute collars

We love an added Peter Pan collar and it’s so easy to do from men’s shirts of any size. Check out this tutorial from Leafy Treetop for an easy to follow Peter Pan collar pattern.

Patterns galore

Remember we have a large selection of patterns online and in-store that can help you on your way to upcycled clothing heaven!

patterns galore




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Holiday Maker Market

Join us on as we kick off the holiday season with our 3rd annual late night shopping event sponsored by

Date: November 26th

Time: 5pm-9pm

Place: The Makehouse 833 1/2 Fort Street