Assembling clothes, like assembling a sandwich, requires a steady hand, careful layering, and willingness to trim off excess deli meat. Dress up deliciously with today’s Groupon: for $110, you get a six-week beginners' sewing class at The Make Den (a $220 value).
The needle-masters at The Make Den guide students’ first stitches through sewing fundamentals and vintage-inspired patterns. Pupils attend button-sized classes for three hours each week, learning to read patterns and steer sewing machines while fashioning three projects such as a dress, romper, headband, or bow tie. Throughout the six-week class, each student adds topstitching, edge stitching, french seams, and zippers to his or her quiver of quilting skills. Tenderfoot couturiers and their shoemaking elves also master Janome machines, seam-trimming sergers, and cover seamers. With individual attention for each student, The Make Den prevents accidental self-cocooning and ensures better sewing form. Located in DIY-centred Bloordale Village above 69 Vintage Collective, the sunny studio sports large windows that offer views of a verdant garden and cavorting flora.
The Make Den
Alison Broverman of the National Post reported that "sewing machine phobia melts away" in The Make Den's studio. There, in a space resembling a 1950s kitchen, founder and Ryerson University grad Irene Stickney interweaves sound sewing principles and time-saving tricks into her workshops. Subjects range from an initial, embroidered letter of introduction to sewing techniques and the otherworldly style of Lady Gaga. Several of the Den's instructors can also be seen gliding through the streets of the city in their own outrageous, hand-sewn matching creations as members of the Deadly Nightshades fashion-and-cycling posse.