Mark your calendars for African Fashion Week August 30 – Sept 2nd, 2018!

Perhaps you’re like me and you love the excitement and inspiration which comes from admiring other artisan’s works. It can really help clear out the cobwebs and kick-start your own burst of creativity.

If you’re needing some new inspiration, or just love to “oh” and “ah” and marvel in the creative genius of others, then consider attending African Fashion Week Toronto, which will be held at the Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto August 30 – September 3rd, 2018.


Continuing in their tradition of helping to celebrate and nurture new/ young talent, Janome is one of the sponsors and will be donating some fabulous sewing machines throughout the event. While that’s exciting enough in itself,  I’m SEW excited because I – yes! little ole’ ME! – have been asked to be a judge in the competition August 30th. Can you believe that?!

Be sure to check out the AFWT Instagram page for more information and some fabulous photos from previous shows, including the video below.

Part of my excitement of attending and participating in this show is that it takes me back (just a few years, lol!) to when I was studying Fashion Design in college. I remember very well the fun, excitement – and the great bundle of nerves – which goes with competing in design competitions. What a treat it’ll be to be on the other side of the judge’s table for once! Who am I kidding? I’ll still be a bundle of nerves trying to choose a winner, lol!

Be sure to check back to Janome Life in the coming weeks as I’ll post lots of photos from the runway and behind the scenes, and of course of the winners and their fabulous new Janome machines.

Perhaps you’ll use YOUR fabulous Janome machine to whip-up something special to wear to African Fashion Week Toronto!


About janomeman

As Janome Canada's National Consumer Education Manager, I'm SEW excited to share my love of sewing, quilting and all things creative with everyone at our fabulous new Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON. Have an idea for a class, or to be put onto our mailing list, E-mail me at
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