MAKE: Copy-Cut Handmade Top

About 3 years ago I decided that I wanted to try to make my own clothing. Rather than just drawing fun sketches, I was actually going to sew something I had sketched out. And I wanted it to be uniquely my own.

I didn’t really know anything about what I was doing, but I am a “wing-it” and see what happens kind of gal, so I picked out my fabric from pieces I had been saving and traced out a pattern on newspaper.

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At The Makehouse: Swapping Clothes for the Indigenous Perspectives Society

On October 12, The Makehouse hosted a clothing swap in support of the Indigenous Perspectives Society and in partnership with Womens March Victoria, Used.ca and Fashion Revolution Canada. More than 60 people supported the event by volunteering, donating clothing, making monetary donations to the Indigenous Perspectives Society, and finding second hand pieces of clothing to take home and love so that they would not end up in the landfill.

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MAKE: Block Knitted Blanket

Now that it is fall and the cooler weather has come, I have found that all I want to do is hang out on the couch with my steaming cup of coffee and knit and knit and knit. I am by no means an expert knitter. I learned in high school during a fibres and fabrics course. We were taught basic knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting skills. It was one of my favourite classes. Since learning the basics of knitting, I have taught myself a few other stitches but most of my projects have been scarves, dish clothes, or simple square based projects.

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At The Makehouse: Bamboo Boxers

A little while ago I took the Bamboo Boxers workshop at The Makehouse. It is a three-hour long workshop where you create a pair of soft cotton and bamboo fabric underwear for yourself or your boxer-wearing friend. My favourite part of this workshop was getting to choose the mix and match fabrics for the boxers. All the pattern pieces were pre-cut, so students could spend some quality time choosing their colourway.

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MAKE: Thanksgiving Themed Bunting

I love the fall season. The air is crisp, leaves are changing colour, and the use of excess amounts of cinnamon becomes acceptable again. And then there is Thanksgiving. The tryptophan coma-inducing holiday where stretchy pants are the only pants required at the dinner table. I love decorating for fall and Thanksgiving. This year I decided that I would make a Thanksgiving themed bunting to hang in my house for the season.

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At The Makehouse: Rifflandia 2018 Recap

Every September the city of Victoria gears up for a 4-day festival of rock and roll, indie, and electronic music in the middle of downtown. Rifflandia brings people together to have fun, eat and drink local foods, shop from local businesses and artisans, listen to music, and show off their creativity.

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TRY: Disconnecting to Reconnect

Have you had the most insanely busy summer like I have? I cannot believe that it is already August. This summer has been incredibly hectic, and I am feeling the effects of busyness on my mental and emotional wellbeing. Therefore, I have decided that the month of August is the Month of Disconnecting to Reconnect. 

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At The Makehouse: Swimwear Basics

Swimwear Basics is a 3-part workshop at The Makehouse where I learned how to make my own swimsuit. This workshop was an ultra-fun adventure in learning to make swimwear. Jenny Ambrose (founder of The Makehouse) taught this workshop and shared oodles of knowledge, tips and suggestions about how to make your swimsuit best fit you. 

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TRY: Plastic Free July

I first heard about Plastic Free July on The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke McAlary earlier in the year, and the idea of going plastic free for a month was really inspiring to me. The Plastic Free July Foundation was founded in Perth, Australia in 2011 as an office initiative to use less plastic, and has now inspired action around the world. Plastic Free July is not about going totally plastic free, it is about being conscious of your plastic use habits and challenging yourself to change those habits.

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