PACTFashion is a real world sewing and design school for at risk youth and youth in conflict with the law across the GTA. PACTFashion is sponsored by Fabricland and brought to life in partnership with THE MAKE DEN, A VINTAGE INSPIRED SEWING STUDIO at 1244 BLOOR ST. W. Throughout the seven-week project, students gain practical design, sewing and alteration skills, while working towards the ultimate goal of completing a finished garment such as prom or summer dress, which will then be presented to selected worthy recipients from across Toronto. Each seven-week project culminates in a special fashion show and graduation celebration where all the hard work is put on display for friends and family to appreciate. This introductory project provides a wonderful opportunity for youth to learn about the fashion/design industry and give back to their peers in a direct and meaningful way, as their design creations will be worn and loved by deserving youth across the city. PACTFashion provides a safe and non-judgemental environment where youth can fulfill Community Service Orders, ignite a passion, acquire valuable and tangible skills, while also gaining a sense of belonging and self-esteem by working in a team environment and seeing a project through to completion.
PACTfashion’s tier two program recently showed their Prom 2012 collection at Alternative Fashion Week. Students worked together to design a cohesive and professional collection which is now available for sale at 69 Vintage Collective. 50% of the profit from the sale of the dresses goes directly to the student who created it.