As you may know, Closet Core Patterns is based in the creative, multicultural, multilingual and eminently stylish Montreal, Quebec. Our entire team are transplants to this amazing city, either from other parts of Canada or other parts of the world, but all of us consider Montreal home, and we feel very grateful to work in such a vibrant and diverse place. We really hope you come and visit once travel is a possibility again, but in the meantime, and in honour of our recent Montreal pattern Collection, we thought we’d turn our Sewist Spotlight onto a few of the many inspiring folks who live here as well!
Neighbourhood: I was raised in Pointe-aux-Trembles but spent my whole adult life in St-Leonard. I’m an East end chick!
Neighbourhood: I live in Laval, just across the bridge from Montreal but I lived in Montreal for the longest time and I work in Montreal in Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.
Languages spoken in your home: I speak French and English at home since my husband is English and my children are bilingual. My mother tongue is French.
How long have you been sewing? On and off since elementary school, but clothes for myself, I only started about 5 years ago when I turned 50 and reassessed my priorities. I decided to focus on myself and started a personal challenge called my “Decade project”. I gave myself 10 years to learn to sew every type of clothing, except shoes! I’m well on my way and I love it, it’s a true passion!
Favourite thing to make? It is difficult to say because I find every new project very exciting. I really enjoy making coats. I spent a 2 week holiday on my Clare coat and I loved that – it had numerous pieces and the way that it all came together at the end – my most involved project so far! I also made the Ellsworth coat in Christine Hayne’s class and a Vogue cape that I love. Bags are also nice to make because they don’t require fitting, so it’s a breeze between bigger projects.
Favourite store (fabric/notions) in MTL? Club Tissus in Laval, which has a very interesting variety of excellent, beautiful and original fabrics from some of my favourite designers. That’s where I found the Roberto Cavalli fabric for my Vogue cape. In Montreal; Tonitex and Globetex for the variety and great prices. Tissus Ronald Asselin for super nice and friendly customer service and to shop for fabric on a budget, it’s a great place to find stretch fabric for muslins. Cava, Trim City and Les Atelier Mademoiselle Julie for rare finds like horsehair canvas.
If a guest was coming to Montreal where would you take them? Guessing it’s a sewing fanatic like me, to a sewing meet-up in Parc Lafontaine or on Mont-Royal. On Chabanel area for fabric shopping. At the Gryphon d’Or Tea room on Monkland for their amazing afternoon high tea. At the McCord Museum, my absolute favourite and their amazing exhibitions on clothes and designers. From there, a quick walk to La Pendulerie Swiss chocolate factory to admire the multitude of exceptional clocks and to savour the best hot chocolate in town. I would also include a nice walk to Old Montreal and the Old Port, stopping to eat at Venice restaurant on rue St-François-Xavier. I hope they’re around for more than one day!
Languages spoken in your home: English, Hebrew and Frenglish
How long have you been sewing? 5 years-ish this time around.
Favourite thing to make? Hmmm my favourite thing is mixing it up, so anything new and unknown. There have been crazes of swimwear, athletic, and woven with each make declared my favourite pattern ever in the heat of the moment. I do particularly enjoy sewing up stripes and playing with chevrons.
Favourite store (fabric/notions) in MTL? J & L sewing accessories. I started going there when I was fresh in Montreal and lived on the other side of town, I still traipse over there with my kids, they have an excellent selection (even boning and underwire) and are so nice.
What do you love most about Montreal? The people. We moved here for my partner’s job seven years ago and I had no idea what to expect. The longer I’m here the more I love it. Good vibes and Frenglish.
How do you make it through the winter? Any tips? Strangely….. this winter I’m absolutely loving it. My daughter is almost 4 and learning to ice skate, and my youngest is a little snow-loving punk so we’re out playing every day. I say get a full-body snowsuit (or make it) and embrace it.
If a guest was coming to Montreal where would you take them? I’m not the greatest host so it’s usually a tour of my neighbourhood. I am lucky enough to be close to the market and the canal (St-Henri) and then they get a list of places they can go visit themselves. Actually, I do usually take people to Jean-Talon to check out the market, there’s a lot to eat there and a few fabric stores. Also, lucky winter guests would get a spa trip.
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga Maisonnette but now Longueuil