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Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening - The Makehouse new sewing studio

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!

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Holiday Makers Market 2017

Holiday Makers Market

Join us for our annual holiday makers market featuring some of Victoria’s finest artisans!

This year our market is a daytime event taking place at our brand new location in the Douglas Centre (right behind Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street).

Music and treats along with a few surprises in store!

When? Saturday November 25th, 2017 – 10am-5pm

Where? The Makehouse – 2950 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8T 4N4

Market Vendors

Studio Robazzo
Radjuli Leather Designs
Suebi Apparel
Miss Belle’s Caravan
Two Blooms Design Studio
Uniquely Cedra
Annelly Art & Illustration
Hearts and Woodcrafts
Coral Barclay Fine Artist
Puck Clothing
KnitChanChan

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Made by You

Watermelon skirt made at Fashion Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Custom dress made at Fashion Camp
Happy needle felters at Fibrations
Rainbow Hedgehog made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felted Gandalf made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felted puppy made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Unicorn pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Owl pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Yes that’s Wendy in felt – made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sushi pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Little bears dress made at Fashion Camp
Literal pencil cases made at Make Camp
Custom duffle bag made at Make Camp
Convertible dress made at sewing camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Dog coin purse made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felt dudes made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sock monkey made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sock monkey made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felt carrot made at Make Camp
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The Makehouse is Moving – October 2017

Vintage moving truck filled with furniture

We are thrilled to announce that The Makehouse will be re-locating to the Douglas Shopping Centre (just behind Lifestyle Markets) this October!

You might have heard the news that our block of Fort Street is going to be re-developed in the new year. Well, the rumours are true and we’ve taken this as an opportunity to offer an enhanced customer experience. Our new location will offer more space for both retail and classroom, beautiful (and ample) natural light, an outdoor patio area and free customer parking!

We will also be launching a member-based sewing studio, which will be separate from our teaching area. More details about this new feature are coming soon! We welcome your suggestions in regards to equipment and tools you would like to see in the work room. Please email jenny (@) themakehouse.ca or call 778-430-MAKE (6253).

All scheduled workshops and courses beyond October will be located at Unit #400 -2950 Douglas Street. It will be business as usual at 833 1/2 Fort Street until the end of September.

You can stay up to date via our newsletter and social media outlets, or come on by the shop and talk to us, the good old fashioned way!

 

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Made by You – June 2017

Girl’s dress made by Karen Murray
Instructor Tanya with Sewing Boot Camp student in her new frock!
Textile artist Nicola Mark in her awesome handmade apron – made from Cotton + Steel Wonderland fabric complete with clockets!
Teen skirt made from upcycled tee-shirts
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Girls dress – sewn in the Making Kids Clothes workshop
Boys shirt – sewn in the Making Kids Clothes workshop
Custom knit hoodie made at Make Club
Custom silk French Knickers made in workshop
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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.

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The Makehouse retro pantsuit on the runway at Fashion Splash 2015

PARTNERS

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.”


EVENT SPONSORS

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.”


ACTIVE SPONSORS

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Huge Inventory Clearance Sale

Fabric Clearance Sale

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

Save 30% 

* 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:

Tuesday/Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday/Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Sale ends at 5pm on December 10th
(or while stocks last!)

 

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Vintage Expo – The Makehouse Booth 51 & 52

Group of women crafting around a table at the Victoria Vintage Expo

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Come visit us at the Victoria Vintage Expo on September 30th & October 1st! This year marks our third year participating as an event sponsor.  This time we’re in a new location upstairs near the cafe at Booth 51 & 52. 

You don’t need a reason to stop by and say hello but we’ll give you a few…

We raffling off a gorgeous sewing machine, offering fun interactive workshops and showcasing your favourite shop items!

Vintage Themed Workshops

We’re hosting a jewellery upcycling and card making station (included with your ticket!) throughout the show. We have a team of  fun and friendly volunteers on hand to help you get creative and relax from all the shopping mayhem! Our station is open to all ages and abilities so don’t be shy!

Paper crafting and stamping papers spread on a table.

Accessories – Take old bits of jewellery combined with a vast array of beads, feathers, felt, lace and other trimmings to create new accessories including brooches, hair clips, earrings and necklaces.

Card Making – Delve into our inspiring stash of stamps, art papers, shape punches and decorative scissors to create a special card for someone you love.

Shopping

Green suitcase full of ladies bamboo underwearWe’ll be stocking  a range of sewing supplies from our shop including sewing patterns, Cotton + Steel retro inspired cotton prints, laces and trims. We’re also bringing our cute 1950’s Betsy McCall paper dolls, collage magnets by Uniquely Cedra and our beloved bamboo knickers!

This year the stage is being sponsored by Used.ca

Friday night

D.J.’s from The Truth Sound system playing vinyl motown hits, all night long!

Cash bar & Food concession located upstairs

5:15pm Hair & Make up demo by Richard Mar Advanced School of hairstyling

6:00pm  Daniel Cook & The Radiators-Original West Coast Roots Music fused by contagious melodies with timeless stories

7:30pm Legends of the silver screen fashion show-all original vintage clothing in the legendary style of the 40’s & 50’s movie stars. Elvis is rumoured to make an appearance! Organized by local vintage enthusiast Lucky J

815pm Best dressed contest (open to the public, free registration on site between 5:30-7:45pm & great prizes!)

Saturday main room:

12:00-2pm Slim Sandy duo playing rockabilly hits – look for them near the concession.

Free tea samples from sponsors Davids Tea!

Saturday Presentation area:

10:30am-Avery & Madelaine singer songwriter indie folk harmony

Join ReLoving Furniture in two exciting workshops & demos

11:30am First, to learn how to transform an image (your own or from the internet) onto furniture or signs and then add dimension with glazes!

12:30pm Next to learn how to distress and wax furniture to bring out layers of colours to add age and patina to your piece. Registration is free and onsite at the show!

1:30pm Learn how to do easy everyday vintage style braids with a demo by Braiders.ca

2:00pm Heritage productions history of fashion show. Looking at how fashions garments have changed in the last 130 years and why.

3:30PM An exciting talk by the Makehouse on DIY clothing & patterns & how you can learn to create your own original clothing!

4:00pm Customer show and tell! Bring something from home or something you bought at the show and tell everyone why you love it or what you collect!

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Celebrate 4 Years of The Makehouse

The Makehouse is turning 4 years old on September 1st. We’re going to have a day long celebration on Saturday September 3rd from 10am-6pm!

25% off ALL fabrics and patterns in-store including the fabulous Cotton + Steel collections!

11am – 15 minute Introduction to The Makehouse Sewing Machines and Equipment 

12pm Cupcake Service (until they run out!)

1pm – 15 minute Introduction to The Makehouse Sewing Machines and Equipment

2-4pm – Accessory Making (First come/first serve) – Create fun wearable projects including bowties, brooch pins, patches, headbands, wrist cuffs, hair bands & clips. All materials provided by The Makehouse.

Enter to win $100 gift certificate!