Getting noticed!

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It’s nice to get noticed! Laura Adams from Blog TO wrote a great article about us today and I’m happy to report that I don’t sound like a complete tool in it. Laura joined us for an Intro to Sewing Garments class, and she was a complete natural! She was also nice enough to keep us company while we were photographing the garments from the Portfolio Prep Camp last summer, and somehow managed not to laugh while I was setting up the photography equipment. Some of the interview is below, along with a few photos.

The Make Den Sewing Studio recently relocated from within 69 Vintage Collective to a new location at 1244 Bloor Street West, providing a bright and crafty addition to Bloordale’s streetscape. With its robin’s egg blue walls and ruffled party dress in the window, I couldn’t resist popping in one dark winter evening to learn more about what this sewing and design school has to offer.

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Founded in 2010, The Make Den offers sewing and design classes, workshops, and camps for all levels: from absolute beginners (like yours truly), to intermediate students looking to sharpen their skills, to aspiring designers applying to competitive fashion programs at institutions like Ryerson University, Parsons in New York City, and Central Saint Martins in London. The Make Den’s owner, Irene Stickney, has a passion for teaching students of all levels that is infectious and heartfelt. For those pursuing sewing as a hobby–about 75% of her students–The Make Den provides an outlet to explore their creative side, which is often not fulfilled in their day jobs. Irene loves helping these students create new things, have fun, and acquire a life-long skill. For the 25% of her students pursuing a career in fashion design, Irene aims to offer top-notch instruction on technical skills and a supportive community. “Toronto has amazing designers and they need more resources. I want to be able to support designers. I want to be able to say I’ve made a difference for designers.” The Make Den provides these students with classes, camps, studio space, endless encouragement, and even photo shoots (by Irene) to build their portfolio. Talking about her advanced students and their creations, Irene beams with pride. “Don’t forget me when you’re famous!” she jokes with them…

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