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I Love First Peoples Shoe Box Packing Party

We are hosting a shoe box packing party for the I Love First Peoples 2018 FRIENDSHIP BOX CAMPAIGN! You can follow our Facebook event here.

Join us on November 25th from 1-4pm to help prepare and pack shoe boxes. Please note we need a $5 donation per box to cover shipping costs, so we will also be collecting cash donations to ship our boxes. You can also support this campaign by donating gifts to help fill the boxes.We are looking for gift donations which can be dropped off at The Makehouse from November 5-25th. Please see below for suitable gift ideas.


Individuals, schools and community groups across Canada are adopting our gift-filled shoebox project as a gesture of friendship that helps the students to receive the joy of education. What a perfect way to engage in reconciliation!

Can’t make it or live elsewhere in Canada? You can still get involved, just click here for more information:

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Recap of our Fashion Revolution Make-A-Thon

Thank you to all who donated supplies, volunteered, or came out to the event to support the Fashion Revolution Make-A-Thon!

Our first shift in the morning did a lot of cutting and pressing to get all of the materials ready to be sewn into our beautiful tote bags. Further into the day the tote bags really starting flying off the sewing machines! In the last two hours of the event we had 16 people buzzing around The Makehouse working hard to finish up all the tote bags. Each bag is unique to the sewists who cut and made them. All materials for the event were donated by our suppliers and our wonderful Makehouse community!

Our teams made over 40 tote bags that will be sold here at The Makehouse and other locations around Victoria. Proceeds from the tote bags will go to the Indigenous Perspectives Society which is a local not-for-profit that offers training and services that help create a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. We are so grateful to everyone who came to support the event, donate supplies, and volunteer time sewing up a storm on Saturday. The event was a great success, and we will be hosting more in the future! Make sure to stay tuned for sign-up announcements, these are definitely an event you do not want to miss!

Check out the photos for all the fun we had, and we hope to see you at the next Make-A-Thon! Thank you again to everyone who supported the event!

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Join in the Make-A-Thon for Fashion Revolution Week

Written by Cady Brimacombe of Cady Made

Before I started business school, I didn’t know much about fashion and sustainability. Throughout my degree I developed an interest in the fashion industry and the business behind it. I also developed a passion for sustainability and sustainable practices I began to realize that many production practices in the fashion industry are rather harmful to people and the planet. In 2018 the global apparel and footwear industries are responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions[1] meaning that it is one of the most polluting industries in the world[2]. The fashion industry relies on industries like GMO cotton (read about the pros and cons of GMO cotton here), oil and gas, and leather to make their fabrics which require a lot of water processing and heating to be made. It takes about 2700 liters of water to make one cotton t-shirt which is approximately the amount of water one person will drink in two and a half years[3] and “a polyester shirt has more than double the carbon footprint of a cotton shirt”[4]. So not only are the materials and processes in manufacturing fashion (especially fast fashion) unhealthy for the planet, but our buying habits around fast fashion are also unhealthy for the planet. Between 2000 and 2014 clothing production doubled and the amount of clothing purchased by individuals increased approximately 60%[5]. But who is making all these clothes that are being consumed? In our first world countries where clothing comes from a store, the people who make our clothes tend to be removed from our buying experience.

When the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed on April 24th 2013, the world started to take notice about the unsafe working conditions affecting many garment workers. These are the garment workers who are making the clothing sold at our favourite fast fashion stores. Five years later, the world is still working to make a difference in the fashion industry. One such organization, Fashion Revolution, has started a global movement to recognize those who make our clothing, and is bringing people together to make a difference for garment workers and the planet. Read all about the Canadian team here.

April 23rd to April 29th 2018 marks the fifth annual Fashion Revolution Week. Fashion Revolution Week is a worldwide event that focuses on bringing people together to ask #whomademyclothes and create a more transparent fashion industry.


Join the Fashion Revolution! Come to The Makehouse on Saturday April 28th for the Fashion Revolution Make-A-Thon and support the volunteers who will be making tote bags in support of the Indigenous Perspectives Society.

Join in the Make-A-Thon:

  • Donate materials for the project – drop off cotton, canvas, linen or denim at The Makehouse. We are also looking for cash donations to help with marketing, printing labels and other expenses such as webbing (to make handles), thread and interfacing.
  • Book Your Team of 2 – At least one of you must have experience and be able to operate a sewing machine independently. The Makehouse crew will walk you through the project. If you don’t have a partner, please get in touch and we’ll pair you up! Book your station online:
  • Come see how our team of volunteers are doing and cheer them on!

There will be door prizes for the volunteers sewists on the day including a seat at an IPS Cultural perspectives training session including lunch ($250 value).



1.   Ask #whomademyclothes. Use this hashtag to highlight your favourite brands who are making a difference and to ask brands about their practices if you want to find out more about. Get people talking about transparency in the fashion industry.

2.   Print a poster. Fashion Revolution has a variety of resources that will inspire you to take action. Share your Fashion Love Story, print out a #whomademyclothes poster, try a #haulternative, or write a postcard to a policymaker to inspire action and change in your fashion community.

I will be hanging out at The Makehouse on Saturday morning for the Make-A-Thon! Come along with me, join in the festivities, and let’s continue making a difference in our global fashion community.

See you there!

xx Cady

Article written in partnership with The Makehouse. (cady made only)






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February Pattern Sale


Shop and save big on planning your next sewing project throughout the month of February!

2 for $5

* Sewing patterns – big brands include Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity, Burda, Stretch & Sew, McCall’s and more.

  • Sale includes modern + vintage, womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, homewares and costume patterns

Save 50% 

* Select Indie patterns by Colette Patterns, Victory, Christine Haynes & Cashmerette

* Seasonal fabrics and I Heart Stitch Art embroidery kits

Shop Open hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Sale ends February 28th

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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!

Help us spread the word by sharing this post or the Facebook event page.

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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

Facebook Event Page

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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 (@) 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