On a recent work trip to Connecticut I discovered a wonderful gem- Cate’s Sew Modern. The review below includes my thoughts on the store as well its wonderful owner. If you find yourself in the great state of Connecticut, I would recommend you stop by!
Located on the main artery, connecting one charming Connecticut waterfront town to another, is one of the best new sewing stores I’ve had the chance to visit. I had the great opportunity to meet Cate and spend the afternoon at her fabulous sewing oasis on a recent trip to the East Coast. Cate’s Sew Modern is just that- a fresh new place that immediately feels like home. This adorable store packs a big punch with fabrics, notions, and patterns galore, plus classroom space and plans to showcase machines in the future. You will find a great selection of quilt & apparel fabrics, suitable for any level of sewist from the traditional to the modern maker. She has a packed schedule of classes available, complete with sewn samples. This detail was super helpful as I was trying to choose between several summer shirt patterns on this visit.
The best part of this store is most definitely the owner. Cate brings passion, pride, and perfection to this little shop- all of which is evident the minute you step through the front door. Her knowledge of every bolt of fabric is impressive, right down to the carefully washed samples she provides to show how the material will perform once laundered. This level of detail and knowledge makes a visit to Cate’s more like a master class in garment planning. Like so many of us, Cate has had a complicated love affair with the sewing arts, and when her career life got thrown a curveball, Cate decided it was time to move forward with sewing full-time. In the short year, she has been in business; she has amassed a large following of sewists. And it’s not hard to see why- Cate’s affinity for both sewing and people make this a perfect career choice.
The next time you find yourself on the East Coast, make sure to wind through Connecticut and stop at Cate’s Sew Modern. This fantastic shop & owner will not disappoint.