Barbara Longva started designing clothing at the age of 5 when her mother Jessie Smith taught and encouraged her to sew. Twenty-three years later, Sew Inclined continues to make one of a kind hats and clothing. Specializing in period clothing and other accessories, whether you are looking for jackets, vests, dresses, purses or hats, there is something here for you. Historic figures like John Cabot have their own hat, among many other styles.

Tapestries and brocades are in abundance at Sew Inclined.  Our contemporary and historical designs are for men, women and children. Medieval, modern or anything in between, we can outfit you in the historical costume of your choice. Adaptations of historic costumes are made for today’s lifestyle, comfortable yet fashionable. Let Sew Inclined design something for you or bring your ideas in and we’ll make them a reality.

Watch “Cape Breton Handmade” with Barb Longva

Visit Sew Inclined at the studio located just before Cape Smokey on the North Shore of the breathtaking Cabot Trail. Find her 7 days a week, making funky hats and clothing. Try one on! Take a look through the featured artwork for sale by other local craftspeople, and enjoy the view.

Stopping at Sew Inclined is one of the highlights of a trip around the Cabot Trail, where people are always met with a friendly smile and conversation. Almost all people leave with a smile on their face which gives her as much delight as creating one of her funky hats.

“I love living in Cape Breton! I’ve traveled many places in the world and I always love to come home. The beauty of this place and the kindness and compassion of it’s people warm my heart and inspire me. My four children, Daniel, Bjørn, Kye and Kirsten are the biggest joy in my life and I thank my mother for teaching me a skill which enabled me to stay in the place I love and raise my family. So if you’re out on the Trail stop in to see us at Sew Inclined and you won’t be disappointed. I would also like to send my heartfelt appreciation to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for all their encouragement and support over the years.” – Barbara Longva