Welcome to the world of Canadian sewing!

So what do you know about Canadian sewing, eh? Not much? That’s ok because it’s that time of the month where we take a virtual trip around the world to take a quick introduction to the sewing community in a new country.

As autumn is fast approaching (just kidding, it’s already here) I thought we could visit the country that in my opinion does it best; Canada. When you think of autumn, doesn’t everyone think of a gorgeous red maple leaf and cosy nights by the fire? Canadians are great at that and I benefited from it myself having been to Toronto about 4 times at last count.

Sadly during all my visits there I wasn’t yet fully into sewing so although I visited the fabric district I didn’t fully appreciate it! Never mind though as many of the businesses featured here have international shipping….!

Yes, Canadians are great at sewing for autumn and winter because they’ve simply had so much practice! Cosy and functional sewing patterns are a common theme but that’s not to say Canadian sewing isn’t in full bloom in summer. Quality fabrics and simple but effective lines are a given in Canada and I love the prints the sewists featured here use! Ready? Let’s go!

5 patterns to sew

  1. Gilbert Top by Helen’s Closet – this is such a gorgeous versatile shirt from one of my favourite Canadian sewists. I love the 70’s vibe of the sleeves!
  2. Sienna Maker Jacket by Closet Core Patterns: another very popular Canadian pattern maker, I love that all these patterns are also available in French as they’re based in Quebec
  3. Tudor Blouse by Stitch Witch Patterns: magical patterns for the modern maker, this is a relatively new pattern company but I love the statement sleeve on this blouse
  4. Fraser sweatshirt by Sewaholic: I really like this cosy sweater, perfect for autumnal evenings. Check out Sewaholic for really lovely, functional patterns ideal for winter – I really like the look of the Minoru.
  5. Sofia top by Victory Patterns: both minimal and vintage, Victory patterns in Toronto have nailed the 2020 trend of shirring with this top/dress!

5 stores to shop

As well as online, the fabric districts in Canada are the place to be! I didn’t fully appreciate Toronto’s fabric district at the time but am already planning my next trip. In the meantime here’s some fab independent stores to shop from Canada….

  1. Blackbird Fabrics: the awe-inspiring independent Vancouver juggernaut that is Blackbird Fabrics is led by Caroline who you will know from the Love to Sew podcast. These guys set the standard for dressmaking fabrics not only in Canada but in my opinion overseas too!
  2. Fabricland: full of cosy knits, I love how Fabricland organise their fabrics by collection and colours as well as fibre.
  3. The Workroom: from their base in Toronto this indie store ship a gorgeous curated collection of patterns and modern prints.
  4. ThreadCount fabrics: based in Manitoba, I especially love this small business’ STUNNING collection of flannels – so Canadian!!
  5. Textile Museum of Canada: I really wanted to include these so that anyone visiting Toronto soon goes – not only do they have a fascinating collection, their store stocks lovely fabrics and artsenally made objects. Their shop is currently not online, but details in this IG post comments of how to order by phone if you would like!

5 sewists to follow

  1. @benzmakes has a lovely style, mixing a jewel and neutral palette within a minimalist wardrobe. Also, I so admire her consistent insta aesthetic which I always really struggle with!
  2. @jennisewssomething has a really gorgeous vintage style with beautiful sundresses and really cute blouses
  3. If you like knitting you’ll love @beckymarkus who makes gorgeous jumpers to match her beautiful sews
  4. Sylvia at @theravelout is one of my favourite sewists on instagram right now. Her makes are always a gorgeous pairing of fabric and pattern and you can rely on her for thorough, honest processes of her makes.
  5. I am constantly inspired by the makes @Acornandthimbleco comes out with. She rocks a jumpsuit make and loves a dress, just like me!

5 hashtags to follow!

Looking to follow more Canadian sewists? Here’s 5 tags to follow:

#blackbirdfabrics

#canadasews

#ontariosews

#vancouversews

#quebecsews

I hope this has inspired you to try out some Canadian patterns and hashtags! Join next month for another introduction to the world of sewing in another country!

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