The largest sewing studio in Canada

Created and operated by Laurie Allan Franks, La Movida opened its doors in 2013 as a creative applied arts studio specializing in teaching kids how to sew.

Our goal is to get you started with sewing (or get you better at it!) in a fun and professional environment. We focus on clothing construction and fit, but also offer classes for bags & accessories, garment alterations, home decor and “sew” much more!

We offer the only sewing classes for young people in the city and, we are the largest sewing studio in the country. We believe that having a creative life fosters intelligence, pride and excitement in your daily life. We offer a beautiful space in a creative community that is both friendly and inspiring where people can explore studio time in our sewing lab space through workshops, classes and special events.

The studio is fully equipped with 18 top of the line sewing machines, 3 sergers, 4 cutting tables, as well as a small retail for fabrics and notions. Most of our classes are very intimate with no more than 6 students per class, providing personalized instruction and attention for each student.


La Movida provides a creative outlet, nurturing the undeniable satisfaction that comes from making something yourself from scratch.

Our classes encourage patience, passion, problem solving, three-dimensional thinking, body mechanics and physical awareness.

While working creatively our sewers develop hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity and fine motor skills. Each time they enter the studio they learn how to express themselves and their individuality.


Laurie Allan-Franks

Laurie has many years of experience as a fashion designer, age appropriate art instructor and established business owner. Her experience in fashion design industry began when she established the successful design house La Movida Designs in 1990 which created three lines per year and sold throughout British Columbia and Alberta for seven years. Laurie was responsible for all designs-concepts, illustrations, flat drawings, pattern drafting, sample sewing, materials research, costing, manufacturing, promotion, marketing, training and administration.

She participated in over a dozen fashion show as an event coordinator, contributing designer and featured in style and fashion section of the Vancouver Sun, Province and Georgia Straight newspapers.

Her passion for education, art history and children expanded into a career as children’s art instructor and business owner. Her extensive range of experience and in curriculum planning, fashion design and education makes La Movida Fashion Academy the premiere business in this field in Vancouver.

At La Movida Fashion Design Academy, Laurie has the ability to combine her technical skills of sewing and fashion design with her passion for teaching and creative eye, to inspire a new generation of artists, fashion designers, and future CEOs, at any age.

Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood & Jean Paul Gaultier.

Phebe Ménard

Phebe is an exceptional sewer and our lead instructor for the last 3 years. She graduated from Blanche Macdonald in the Fashion Design program where her passion and knowledge of sewing and pattern making flourished effortless. Her teaching technique has the solid foundation of spending many hours working with her mother in her daycare.  She enjoys working in groups of all ages, leading them to achieve personal goals in a fun and positive environment.

Favorite Designer: Dior

Nasrin Damroudi

Nasrin is a fashion designer originally from Tehran, Iran. With a two-year program in sewing and pattern making, she built a strong background in understanding how to construct clothes for women’s bodies. She graduated in Fashion Design from LaSalle College and presented her first collection at Vancouver Fashion Week in 2018 where she introduced her brand to fashion lovers for the first time.

Favorite Designer: Vivienne Westwood and Issey Miyake.

Wilfred Dy

Wilfred Dy is a Fashion Designer specializing in pattern making, dress making, and tailoring.

Will became a fashion designer at a very young age which gave him a broad perspective in fashion. Over the course of his career, he combined his Couturier background and his interest in Fashion and Creative Portrait Photography. With more than 32 years of experience in the industry, Will has succeeded in a variety of career opportunities. Besides launching his own bridal collection, he was also an instructor in multiple well-known Fashion Design Schools in Vancouver.