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just wondering if there is a BSC in toronto, or eastern ontario. If not, how would one make one?


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    Oct 3, 2011, 12.20 PMby mickeygirl

    I live in Toronto. I use public transit but I would love a sewing club.

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    Dec 18, 2011, 05.24 PMby Saffity

    I would love a BSC in Toronto too, I`m about an hour west of Toronto so it wouldn`t be too far.

  • Purplefan_large

    Dec 27, 2011, 05.39 AMby purplefan

    I looked over at Meetup and the two sewing clubs that come up for Toronto: one is affliated with a sewing business and the other is a quilting group. So as far as I know, there is no BSC out here in Southern Ontario.

    Any chance of making the club an Internet one and say have us each post a Burda project (from current or past issues of BSM/Burda Fashion) photo of an item we’ve made and some text between the 20th and 28th of each month on this thread? Some might want to do themes each month but I’d want to make myself sew a new clothing item or craft each month and be creative with what I do have on hand.

    That way, no one would have to worry about transportation, making arrangements for dependent care, or fuss whether they have the money to show up or arrange a venue. This website would suit.

    We can even go as far as naming ourselves the Golden Horseshoe (Ontario) Burda Sewing Group.

    Your thoughts?

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    Dec 27, 2011, 07.12 AMby sew4my3

    Hello staceyannec, Check out our BSC site here to see if there is a club in your area.

    Happy sewing from your friendly Burdastyle moderator!

  • Purplefan_large

    Dec 31, 2011, 03.50 AMby purplefan

    No BSC is on the club site for Toronto. Oh well, that was worth looking at. Seems there are BSCs meeting up in real life! Happy for them.

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    Feb 15, 2012, 11.28 AMby mickeygirl

    Would we like to start one? I don’t know how to make an internet club.

    If I go to the next Creative Needlework and Sewing show, I am going to make up some flyers or card to put on their message board for people to come to the burda website or call me. This is the hugest collection of sewing enthusiasts around. Surely there are some Burda fans in that crowd.
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      Feb 18, 2012, 04.32 AMby sew4my3

      Contact David by sending an email to answers@burdastyle.com. Put BSC-DAVID in the subject line.

      He will help you get started with a club and send you a club leader packet.

      Keep sewing!

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    Oct 20, 2012, 11.52 AMby mickeygirl

    For anyone one interested. I did find a sewing club in Toronto at a church. It is a Christian group so there is a Christian focus. It is mostly women but a few men do come. So send me a message and I can get you a contact number.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 01.27 PMby melody1234

    Theres also a monthly sewing “stitch and bitch” at The Workroom on Queen west. http://www.theworkroom.ca/ They provide machines. It’s the evening of the second Tuesday each month (free quilting on the last Sunday each month). Message me if you’d like to attend and would like some company!

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    Dec 13, 2012, 03.37 AMby purplefan

    Melody1234, thanks for mentioning that there is another place in Toronto-did not know about this store/workroom. A few years ago, I was thinking ‘where is Toronto’s fabric store area’ and now I know it to be Queen St. W. Imagine, there is a Liberty of London fabric selection…oh wow, how I’d love to make my own shirt from a fabric in that line! Not too fond of the ready to wear items in stores.

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      Mar 8, 2013, 04.39 AMby melody1234

      It’s a really cute shop! I’m thinking of attending their free evening in April.

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    Jan 20, 2013, 11.22 AMby Jill Amanda Clark

    Did this get started? I’m in Toronto and would love to be part of a group of Burda Sewers here. If it hasn’t started, I’m pretty good with start ups and internet stuff or if anyone wants any help. Let me know…:)

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    Jan 25, 2013, 07.02 PMby Jill Amanda Clark

    I emailed Burda but have not received a response yet regarding how to set up a club. Therefore I’m setting one up an online one for all us Toronto area people and see if there is any response. I should have the site ready this weekend but the link will be: http://torontobsc.blogspot.ca/ If we get enough interest, we can arrange meet ups, I have some really funtastic ideas for this group if we can get people out. If anyone is interested or wants to help out, let me know…:)

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    Jan 29, 2013, 11.35 PMby Cassity Potter

    I am from Barrie and would travel to hang out with everyone. I also would support a online group.

    Looking forward to learning!

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      Feb 3, 2014, 06.13 PMby tvandyk2000

      Cassity, I’m in Barrie also – would love to know if there’s a local group here. Maybe we could meet at a coffee shop to discuss the possibility?

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    Jan 31, 2013, 10.51 AMby Jill Amanda Clark

    Hi Cassity, thanks for messaging. I started a meetup.com site today. I think it’s a better option as we can add photos, discussions etc there….you can check it out here: http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Fashion-Sewers/ it will be both online and offline so all are welcome….:)

  • Purplefan_large

    Feb 27, 2013, 06.35 PMby purplefan

    For the Burda sewers in the Greater Toronto area, I noticed that there will be a vintage clothing and textile sale at the Ontario Science Centre this Sunday. The sale is connected to another Toronto meetup group with vintage clothing interests. http://www.meetup.com/Vintage-Retro-Society-Toronto/events/102127492/

    In May, the Textile Museum has its own two-day textile sale.http://www.textilemuseum.ca/join/volunteering.cfm

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    Mar 8, 2013, 04.41 AMby melody1234

    Shoot, I’m sad that I missed that. I’ll have to think about braving the Textile Museum Sale.

    Has anyone seen the Marimekko Exhibit on now at the Textile Museum?

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    Mar 11, 2013, 09.13 AMby Jill Amanda Clark

    The Toronto Fashion Sewers meet up group is going to the textile museum for the Marimekko Exhibit this wednesday. You can join us at http://meetup.com/Toronto-Fashion-Sewers :)

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    Mar 10, 2014, 11.59 PMby purplefan

    Spadina Museum will open a Downton Abbey costume exhibit tomorrow-it will run for a month. Article in the Toronto Star today:http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/03/10/downton_abbey_costumes_at_spadina_museum_in_toronto.html

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    Mar 23, 2014, 07.23 PMby purplefan

    Two upcoming sewing-related events in the Toronto area: Creativ Festival, International Centre-Mississauga, April 25-26 (week after Easter)-http://www.csnf.com/s14_index.html

    Textile Museum will be part of Doors Open Toronto-annual fabric and notion sale usually occurs at the same time-May 24 & 25-http://www.textilemuseum.ca/apps/index.cfm?page=program.detail&programEventId=1257&areaId=9

    Currently at the Textile Museum, there is a kimono exhibit and related talks.http://www.textilemuseum.ca/apps/index.cfm?page=program.area&areaId=3

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      Mar 23, 2014, 09.53 PMby MegH

      Thanks for this! I’ll have to check these out.

  • Purplefan_large

    Mar 24, 2014, 06.14 PMby purplefan

    It’s fun knowing what’s on in Toronto related to sewing, Meg! I am hoping to do a spring or summer textile store visit on Spadina-would love to see the Textile Museum if time allows or another one. Never got around to doing so while working in Toronto in 2007 and museum visits are best enjoyed when not pressed for time.

    By the way, just noticed that the Royal Ontario Museum has a silk exhibit now open:http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/born-of-the-indian-ocean-the-silks-of

    If you are ever on Bloor Street West (131 The Colonnade), visit the gallery at the Japan Foundation (free admission; chat with the volunteer on duty and fill out a comment form). There’s usually an exhibit on-have seen pottery, samurai outfits, someone’s theatre garb (some amazing colours and details), etc.http://jftor.org/whatson/index.php

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    Apr 15, 2014, 06.16 PMby purplefan

    Correction on the Textile Museum’s yard sale-it is on the LAST weekend of May (not part of Doors Open Toronto weekend on May 24-25 as I had posted above.)

    So save the date for May 30 11am-6pm & May 31 11 am-2pm!http://www.textilemuseum.ca/apps/index.cfm?page=program.detail&programEventId=1260&areaId=8

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Apr 17, 2014, 06.08 PMby MegH

      Thanks for this info, I am definitely going to go! Excited to snatch up some unique goodies.

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    May 17, 2014, 12.19 AMby purplefan

    Spring Market will be held in conjunction with Doors Open Toronto from May 24-25. There are some vendors selling small textile items or paper goods.http://www.icontact-archive.com/PtfzIxd9pZUicChuqzcPOabbXgSlOEBu?w=3#.U3TkkOjt0Uk.facebook

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    Sep 2, 2014, 06.12 PMby purplefan

    Toronto-area sewists-maybe you’d like to buy some clothing! Toronto Vintage Clothing Show takes place on Sept. 20 downtown. http://www.torontovintageclothingshow.ca/

    I was looking at the Calendar of Events on the convention centre site and spotted the listing. So there’s time to plan for it!

    Some of the sewists on this website appreciate other decades of fashion!

    In October: Creativ Festival Oct. 22-26 at MTCCC Worth a look for vendors, classes/presentations and of course displays!

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    Sep 17, 2014, 01.02 AMby purplefan

    Just a reminder about the vintage clothing show this Saturday…don’t say you did not know about it!

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    Oct 7, 2014, 01.33 PMby purplefan

    What a treat to see Denise Wild’s tweet yesterday that she was readying for a CHCH Morning Live segment! Welcome to Hamilton, ON! :)

    Fall edition of Creativ Festival will be in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Oct. 24-26. Details here: http://www.csnf.com/f14_index.html

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    Oct 13, 2014, 07.50 PMby purplefan

    Happened to be in my Twitter account and came across news of next week’s fabric sale at the Textile Museum Oct 17-18:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=826055757438887

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    Dec 13, 2014, 07.12 PMby Frenchy-C

    Hello PurpleFan,

    I live in Whitby as well, did you find a BSC near us? Thanks Frenchy

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    • Purplefan_large

      Dec 14, 2014, 04.07 PMby purplefan

      I’m not aware of any BSC groups in the Toronto area except if Jill Amanda Clark’s group (used to be on Meetup and moved to Facebook) is still meeting. One of the older posts in this thread mentioned a store doing a monthly gathering. That’s good for sewists who want to get together.

      Do consider posting any Burda sewing projects in the Projects section-many members view them.

      I’ve been posting fabric events or exhibitions in Toronto in this thread in case area BurdaStyle members happen to be visiting or are nearby.

      I’m in Hamilton. There’s a downtown shop that does a monthly crafting night on last Wed. of the month.

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    Dec 26, 2014, 02.18 AMby Caroline B

    The Jill Clark group merged with the Facebook group Toronto Sewcialists. Occasionally ideas for meet ups are posted and there is a good response rate if you post a question.

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      Jan 14, 2015, 01.27 AMby purplefan

      Thanks for posting on the sewing clubs merger! I only access public Facebook pages but do not use Facebook myself. Toronto has a strong sewing scene. Hamilton has some specific sewing groups that exist if you follow local publications/blogs that might be off the radar unless you know Hamilton or have Hamilton social friends who keep you in the loop.
      There are still fabric shops to see in Toronto plus a return visit to King Textiles on Spadina! Must visit my favorite store for BurdaStyle magazines as well in the downtown core (in the springtime).

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    Jan 14, 2015, 01.18 AMby purplefan

    Jan. 14 morning on Breakfast Television Toronto (CIty)-Jeanne Beker (Edit collection creator, Fashion Television, New Music) will be discussing politics of fashion. Thanks to tweet from Design Exchange, retweeted by BT Toronto:!http://www.bttoronto.ca/2015/01/11/week-of-jan-12-2015/

    Jan. 17-free Saturday talk about Urban Fabric and Urban Ideas at the Textile Museum.http://todesignoffsite.com/events-2/urban-fabric-portraits-of-a-city/

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    Feb 24, 2015, 06.47 PMby purplefan

    Design Exchange in Toronto has an exhibit ending on March 8: Fashioning Life: Wear Your Story.

    An upcoming summer exhibition will feature sportswear beginning in July (per March 2015 issue ad in Toronto Life).

    Textile Museum has a rug exhibition plus a children’s hats and clothing from China exhibit on now. In May, there’s an artist textile exhibition to anticipate. http://www.textilemuseum.ca/

    In late April, the spring edition of the Creativ Festival will be in Mississauga’s International Centre.

    With March Break coming up for elementary and tween students, you might want to see who is offering any sewing programs for creative minds! From the Toronto Public Library’s March Break program, fabric painting-http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT181772&R=EVT181772http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT185715&R=EVT185715

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    Feb 11, 2018, 06.11 AMby 83STUDIO


    Is there a BSC Toronto/GTA meetup happening in 2018?

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