Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Toronto Creativ Sewing Festival

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Creativ Sewing Festival in Toronto. I haven't been to the creative in quite a few years. The problem with sewing shows for me is that they never seem to change with the times. There is always the same old things to see. Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the show but I was disappointed there weren't more independent pattern companies for fashion. I really wanted to pick up some victorian patterns.

Some of my favourite blogs about sewing have to do with retro styles and sewing. Blogs that I read on a regular basis are We Sew Retro and Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing. I was also disappointed that there was nothing at the show that represented retro fashion, steampunk, or victorian corsetry. (At least nothing I found while walking around the show) Farthingales Corsetry from Stratford, Ontario was at the show with a table. However, they did not bring any of their wonderful patterns or corset making supplies with them. They were just simply there to teach a corset making course. Perhaps I will take a course in the future but they are very expensive.  I think I would learn quite a bit from the course even though I am an experienced seamstress so it might be worth the money.

Most of the Creativ Festival revolved around quilting, jewelry making, or knitting and crochet. The problem I have with that is that the only hobby I have right now is sewing. And I am not much of a quilter either even though I know how to. The thought I had after walking around the show was that I need to branch out and try some new crafts! Maybe I will try some jewelry making first and then I will give crochet a go. I would love some pretty crocheted shawls and arm warmers!

I did manage to find some very pretty Halloween fabrics and quilt patterns while wandering around the show...

My favourite part of the day was watching a fashion show by the local fashion school. Some of the students were very good. Most of the designs were classic with a bit of a twist. 

And a great selection of fabrics at Lens Mill. 

All in all it was a nice day looking at pretty fabrics and other shiny stuff. Hopefully Gertie will be there next year. I love her books! 


  1. That look like a fantastic sewing exhibition, especially with the local fashion school presenting their current talent

  2. Thanks for sharing. Loved the pics. Wish I could have gone with you and made a day of it. Too far away for me thou.

  3. Thank you both. It was a good show. I think my problem is I'm comparing it to sewing shows I went to in the 90s in Washington State. They were huge with far more fashion related booths. Maybe the trend is no longer sewing fashion? Maybe people prefer to quilt now? I thought I saw Sandra Betzina walk by in the crowd but not at a booth. I would have liked to talk to her. The seminars were free in the 90s. Now they cost an arm and a leg. But the admission to the show was still very reasonable. Only $15.

  4. That surprises me that it didn't feature more renaissance, steampunk or vintage stuff. I've always been told that Toronto has a good alternative fashion scene, although admittedly I've never experienced it when visiting.

  5. Yes we do have a fantastic alternative fashion scene. Next time you find yourself in Toronto, check out the Queen St. W. Fabric district. You will love the fabric and notion stores there. Most of the goth stores have closed now but there are still lots of nice vintage stores on Queen W. And some stores that sell new vintage style dresses like Damzels. Also check out Kensington Market more vintage stores.