Meeting Montreal’s Sewing Bloggers

pattern swap

My husband is getting pretty tired of hearing about separating zippers and wool crepe. So I was very excited about the first Montreal Sewing Bloggers’ Meetup. We were seven sewists at the meetup. Not bad,  especially on a very cold and rainy Saturday.

We started out with coffee at Caffè mille gusti. The service was great and the owner was super friendly. Also, cannolis! Mmmmmm. Then we had a fun pattern and fabric swap. Check out the damage.

pattern swap
Look what everyone brought to swap! Not much room for coffee on those tables.

I got two nice patterns for myself. A nice pencil skirt from Burda (view C is calling me), and an Anne Klein jacket. I also have a big box of homeless patterns for the next meetup. Ah, the 1980’s!

Patterns from the pattern swap
This is what I took home from the pattern swap: Burda 4400 – Misses Gored Skirts and Vogue 2047 – Anne Klein Misses Jacket, Skirt & Pants.

Then we did the tour of Saint-Hubert. Luckily for my budget, we mostly stuck to the more affordable fabric and notion stores. It was great fun. Heather of Closet Case Files knew all the shops and took us around to her favourites. I picked up a bit of pretty cotton shirting for only $6/yard. I also saw some really nice wools, but couldn’t decide what I wanted. And I think the other sewists convinced me I need a cape. I do need a cape, right?

Cotton fabric
What I picked up on Saint-Hubert: lightweight cotton shirting in white with a turquoise print.

I am so excited to find a group of people who are as excited about sewing as I am!  So excited that I forgot to take photos. I’m such a bad blogger sometimes!

Who was there?

Shannon (me) of The Finished Garment
Suzie Suzie’s Sewing Story
Catherine of Ramble On Cat
Heather Lou of Closet Case Files
Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist

Everyone was so nice! Really! I’m not sure what it is about sewing that makes people so incredibly nice and friendly, but it’s awesome. And of course no one complains if you want to talk zippers and wool crepe.

I think we should definitely have another meetup and Vicki from Another Sewing Scientist and Map the Sewintists suggested somewhere with a terrace next time. But when? Suggestions for dates welcome!

And though we were only seven of us this time, there were other bloggers that just couldn’t work last Saturday’s meetup into their schedule. Hopefully they will be able to make it next time. Here are some of their blogs, in case you are looking for more local talent.

Caroline of Sew-Eng
Emily of La Bobine filante
Sophie of L’effet Créa
Véronik of St-Denis Yarns
Jennifer of Family Buzz
Mémère of Graine de mémère

(If you are looking for more bloggers to follow, but quilting is more your thing, you can find a list of Montreal modern quilting bloggers on the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild website.)

Do you know any other Montreal sewing bloggers? Or maybe you are another Montreal sewing blogger? Let me know who I’ve missed in the comments so I know who to invite next time!

Author: Shannon Smith

Data scientist, journalist, sewist, hiker, modern quilter, slam poet, and mum of four. My best friends are trees and my favourite food is granola.

16 thoughts on “Meeting Montreal’s Sewing Bloggers”

  1. That blue fabric is lovely! As was meeting the crew. Such a treat. Definitely must do another meetup, maybe later in the summer when we are starting to sew for the fall? Thanks again for organizing!


  2. Again, thanks for organizing the event! C’était super, pouvoir échanger avec vous toutes! Et revenir à la maison avec 3 nouveaux patrons 😉
    And thank you Heather for the “guided visit” to St-Hubert fabric stores!


  3. Thanks for arranging the meetup Shannon, it was fun. I had been enviously looking at photos of the recent meetups in NYC and London, and never thought there would be one on my doorstep. Lovely to meet everyone, count me in for the next one 🙂


  4. Hey Shannon – it was a great way to spend a nasty cold and wet Saturday, and the weather just meant we had an excuse to go to Poutineville to warm up for dinner!

    I should tell you that I bought 2m of that white and turquoise cotton as well, so we’ll have to do a show-and-tell when we’ve both used it.

    Looking forward to the next one!


  5. I girls! I’m a new sewist and I would like to go to your next meeting-pattern exchange- fabric buying- coffee date!
    It sounds great and a lot of fun. I was king of jealous of the reunion in LA and NY on the blogsphere… and then, I see there was one in Montreal!!! but I miss it… bouh.. next time!


  6. Hi! I know this was months ago! But I’m a montreal quilter (I’m from Australia originally) and I’m pretty excited to see so many awesome local blogs! I had no idea! I’d love to meet up sometime too if you do again.
    Cheers W


  7. Hi! It’s great to see that people are still sewing! I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find pleater tape and four pronged pleater hooks for making my own pinch pleated drapes. I used to make them and can’t find them anymore. St.Hubert St. perhaps? Thanks


  8. Hi! It’s great to see that people are still sewing! I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find pleater tape and four pronged pleater hooks for making my own pinch pleated drapes. I used to make them and can’t find them anymore. St.Hubert St. perhaps? Thanks


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