Get Halloween Sewing!

Halloween is a great time to DIY and putting together a stand-out costume doesn’t have to require years and years of garment-making expertise! With a little creativity and a few key tips, it’s easy for anyone to craft a creative costume.
Here are 5 tips for beginner sewers who want to make a notable Halloween costume:

  1. Choose ‘no-fray’ fabrics
    When you work with fabrics that don’t fray, costumes are as easy as cut-and-go. Look for felt, vinyl, pleather, and flannelette. Once cut, the raw edges won’t unravel, so the finish will look pro even if your skills are not (yet!).
  1. Find existing pieces
    Instead of sewing an entire costume, use clothes you already own as a base (or hit your local thrift shop) and build the costume on top of that. Having less to put together will save you time for extra trick-or-treating.
  1. Use a sewing machine that’s easy to work with
    Look for a sewing machine with features that are suitable for beginners. The Brother NQ900 sewing machine has speed control, an automatic needle threader, and an easy-to-load bobbin. A machine that’s easy to work with eliminates frustrations, so you can spend more time crafting your costume.
  1. Find creative ways to customize
    “Glue gun” is not a four-letter word when it comes to a homemade Halloween costume. Anything goes! Add studs, appliques (the Brother NQ900 has a sideways-sewing feature to make this super easy), or trim to your piece. Many sewing machines have the ability to embroider different fonts, so adding words or monograms to your costume is also within reach.
  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself
    Halloween is about having fun, and a DIY’d costume is a bragging right! So get creative, and don’t worry about little mistakes that only you will notice.

– Denise Wild

TV personality, sewing, DIY expert

La Movida Sewing Classes!

I’m not sure I’d classify myself as a crafty person, but I have a few hobbies that would fall into the artistic category! I LOVE knitting, like to dance, and even enjoying making my own journals out of paper scraps. But one skill that evades me is sewing. And I don’t just mean I can’t do it, I mean that I full on break down into tears every time I bring out my sewing machine because I just can’t figure out how to make it work! It’s a complex beast that I can’t quite figure out and I’m overwhelmed by all the buttons, doo-dads and whatchamacalits. Even with a machine, I can hardly show a straight line. I won’t even get into the disaster that was attempting to hem a pair of my husband’s pants.

While out on a dog walk the other day, I came across La Movida Design Studio, and my interest was piqued. Inside the brightly coloured studio, there were tons of fabrics, artwork and designs plastered on the wall and I was greeted by a friendly staff member. They offer classes to teach even the likes of me how to sew, with their clients ranging in age from age 8 to age 80! La Movida teaches everything from fashion illustration design to sewing and knitting too! Classes run throughout the week and you can either sign up for groups, personal lessons or even drop in to one of the scheduled classes. They even offer an easy location to purchase lots of cool bits and bobs for your favourite sewing pattern.

They also offer summer day camps for kids where they leave with something they crafted themselves, be it a backpack, scarf, or even a cool pencil case!

I’ll be signing up for some La Movida classes as part of my quest to be more crafty this summer. That, and to stop crying each time a pant leg hem comes loose! –Assistant Editor, Kelly S. Thompson


Do you love thrifting? Do you love to recycle? Do you love altering your clothes into unique creations? Then you should check out the next Swap-O-Rama-Rama Vancouver event!

What is Swap-O-Rama-Rama?
Swap-O-Rama-Rama ( is a clothing and craft supply swap in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. A series of DIY stations will be on-hand to unleash your creativity including screen printing by Blim ( and sewing stations by Plush On Main ( Take as little or as much as you like! All remainders will be donated to local charities.

When & Where:
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
11:00am to 4:00pm
Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
(Paid parking is available in the MOV parking lot or there is also free street parking all around the area.)

$6.00 at the door or $5.00 in advance via Paypal ( plus a bag of clean clothes and / or a bag of craft supplies to swap.
(leave with all the clothes and supplies that you can carry!)


What to bring to Swap-O-Rama-Rama?
Clean, gently-used clothes and accessories: jackets, pants, shirts, skirts, shoes, gloves, belts, accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, bags, wallets and hats. Children and men’s clothing are welcome.

Craft supplies: Fabric, notions, trim, yarn, left over pieces from that project that you never made, etc.