September 6, 2016

Four Resources For Budding Designers


The Toronto Maple Leafs turn 100 this season, and for all you budding young designers, you have the chance to help Leafs Nation celebrate this milestone in ~style~

The Leafs and the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) are selecting two designers to create a capsule collection in honour of the Leafs’ centennial. So if you’ve always dreamed of seeing your design on real clothes, this is your chance!

But before you sketch out your best ideas in hopes of nabbing the $25, 000 grand prize and the title of  Toronto Maple Leafs Design Challenge Champion (that’s basically the design equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup), here are four resources for up-and-coming designers that might help.

We’re teaming up with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) to select two local designers to create a men’s and women’s capsule collection to launch exclusively at the Toronto Maple Leafs store powered by Real Sports apparel in September 2017! The designers will use the NEW Leafs primary sweater as inspiration and will work with sports apparel experts Mitchell & Ness to bring the collection to life. Oh, and the two winners each receive a $25,000 prize. The contest runs until September 26. Once the finalists are selected you will be able to vote for your favourites! For more information on the contest check out

Burda Style is a great resource for design students on a budget. They offer a bunch of cheap and (and some free!) patterns for beginners to download, have a helpful forum section and post fun DIYs on their blog.



If you ever don’t know how to do something—whether it’s a smokey eye makeup look or smoked meat casserole—search up a tutorial on YouTube and we’re sure you’ll find some helpful guidance. Sewing and designing are no exceptions! Creators like Much Digital Studios’ LookUnderHere and her collaborator WithWendy have tons sewing tutorials that are easy to follow and learn from.



While there is a subscription price for Lynda, they do offer a handy 10-day free trial. The site has video tutorials for different programs that are essential for aspiring designers. With help from Lynda, you can learn how to master Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, two important tools of the trade.



If you prefer step-by-step guides with detailed photos and instructions, learning from blogs might be more helpful for you. Two bloggers we love are A Pair And A Spare and Cotton And CurlsBoth blogs have comprehensive DIYs and are major sources of creative inspiration.


And for even more tips and tricks on how to take the Toronto Maple Leafs Design Challenge by storm, watch the video below! Liz Trinnear visited the Mitchell & Ness headquarters and got the inside scoop from the brand’s designers on how to craft your best design!

Posted by Celina Torrijos in Fashion
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