We opened our new space on October 4th and have already started hosting workshops in our bright new space. We continue to design our dream space over the coming weeks and invite you to join us on November 4th to officially celebrate grand opening and belated fifth birthday!
This will also be a chance to meet our awesome team, Tanya, Mollie and Shayna as well as some of our guest workshop hosts!
When? Saturday November 4th, 2017
Where? The Makehouse – 2950 Douglas Street (just behind Lifestyle Market – enter on Douglas or Burnside)
12-4pm – Open crafting table for all ages
12:30 – Official opening including a few words from Jenny featuring our giant Texan scissors!
1pm – Nibbles and sweets until they run out!
1-4pm – Tom Vickery plays our beautiful walnut piano
Here’s a sneak peak of how the space is starting to take shape!
The Makehouse is looking for a volunteer librarian to help us better organize our huge collection of sewing, craft and needle point patterns and books. We have so many great resources, but we’ve not been able to allocate the time it would take to truly make this collection shine!
We need someone who can commit to helping us initially setting up the library in our new space (Burnside at Douglas Street) during the month of October. Once the library is set up, we would need a weekly check-in to stamp and categorize new books, make sure that things stay organized and send reminders to borrowers. The librarian would ideally be a person with a keen interest in sewing and crafting who likes to organize and has a couple of hours a week free. Our regular staff will be responsible for the records book to make sure that books coming in and out are accounted for. If you’re interested in this role, please email email@example.com for more details about the role and perks!
We’ve had a volunteer request that we are sharing with anyone who has sewing expertise and a little time on their hands.
Michelle Roberts and colleague, Carrie Crowley work for the Ministry for Children of Family Development. They are putting forward a “Dress Boutique” on Monday, May 29th , for youth in foster care (or other marginalized youth) who are in need of a grad dress (or suit) for their graduation ceremony.
They are looking for people with sewing expertise to attend on the 29th (10am – 3pm at our office) to assist with alterations. The alterations would need to be done prior to the grad or formal event of course. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please pass on the contact details below.
If you have any clothing that you would like to donate, they are also still looking for dresses (casual, dressy, formal… anything really) to be donated for this purpose as well so feel free to spread the word.
Please contact Michelle directly:
Michelle Robertson – South Island Child Protection Consultant
Ministry for Children and Family Development – 301 – 2955 Jutland Rd., Victoria.
The Makehouse is looking to welcome a new part-time staff member to our team!
We are a one-of-a-kind sewing studio and retail store offering a diverse range of workshops for children and adults. We carry a range of sewing patterns, fabrics, books, notions and tools. We are a small team committed to carrying great products & delivering the best customer service.
As a growing business we’re looking for an experienced & reliable Retail Sales Associate to join our team on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
Outgoing personality, positive attitude, great communication skills
Retail sales experience
A desire to deliver a strong customer experience that exceeds expectations
A genuine interest in sewing and the products we carry
Excellent math skills and a good memory
Able to follow direction & work independently
Reliable and stable lifestyle
Well established, mature work ethic
Able to work entire shift removed from personal social media, e.g. cell phone or Facebook
Attention to detail & the ability to work efficiently under pressure
A background in sewing is essential for this position as you will be helping customers chose fabrics, patterns and notions for their projects. Our amazing customers make up Victoria’s diverse sewing/textile community. Staff members must be friendly, knowledgeable and enjoy helping others.
APPROXIMATELY 20-25 HOURS PER WEEK (WED – SUN – DAYTIME HOURS)
Resume must be current with at least three previous employers listed.
Please apply in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know why The Makehouse needs you! Please visit our website (www.themakehouse.ca) and familiarize yourself with what we do before applying and be sure to include a cover letter.
Thank you in advance for your application. Due to time constraints, we will only contact you if we are interested in setting up an interview.
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.
Shopping tip – Take patterns out shopping with you in order for staff to be able to best help you. Patterns all include suggestions for the best results!
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)!
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!)
For more information about our Open Studio please click here. Please note that The Makehouse will be closed for holidays from December 25th – January 3rd!