Patch opened just over three months ago, but owner Chris Pasquet has already gotten to know some of her regular customers. Patch’s popularity has been on a steady incline.
The shop sits on Robie street in the North End of Halifax. Patch is a great stopping place whether you want to buy fabric, learn to sew, or simply browse the patterns.
“I had no idea how seasonal the business would be,” says Pasquet.
Pasquet anticipated January and February would be the busy months, when Halifax is coldest and people are looking for unique indoor activities. To her surprise, people have been coming in with the intent of crafting handmade gifts for loved ones. Pasquet thinks personally made presents are a great idea.
“Receiving something that you know someone has put that much effort into, to me, is really special.”
Pasquet says the sewing workshops have been especially successful. “People are really excited about them,” she says. “They’re all project based, as well as skill based.”
Many students in the beginner workshops have never touched a sewing machine before. That’s good news for me – I’ve always wanted to be able to make my own clothes!
“You come in and you work on something with the instructor,” explains Pasquet. “All of the classes come with some free rental time in the workshop, so you can come back and practice.”
The workshop is also available for rental by the hour.
Pasquet sources fabrics internationally – mostly from the U.S. and U.K. She seeks and picks out the fabrics personally.
“I only sell natural fibres,” she says. “But honestly, I just go with what I really like.”
Patch’s knit fabrics have been popular since they are hard to find elsewhere in Halifax.
“I’m really proud of the ones that we’ve sourced.”
Robert Kaufman’s chambray anchor fabric sold out within a week – typical East Coast taste!
“I think what the Crafters are doing is nicely complementary to what we’re doing here at Patch,” says Pasquet. “It’s about handmade, it’s about supporting local… it’s about beautiful things.”