Sew Inclined


Barb Longva,
Owner & Designer

Barbara Longva started designing clothing at the age of 5 when her mother Jessie Smith taught and encouraged her to sew. She started sewing doll clothes by hand, and by ten was using her mother's Singer treadle machine to make clothing for herself. Over the years she made clothing and did alterations and repairs for friends and family. In 1993 she opened "Sew Inclined" where she designs one of a kind clothing and hats as well as historical clothing.

Since that time she has designed and constructed costumes for Cape Breton Tourism, Nova Scotia Tourism, Newfoundland Tourism, Marine Atlantic, The John Cabot Society, Cossit House, The Alexander Graham Bell Museum, The St. Anns Bay Players, The Savoy Theatre, and Cape Breton University's Boardmore Playhouse. Some of her theatre productions include, "My Fair Lady", "Oliver", "Charlotte's Web" and "Scrooge." Coming up in 2007, she will be doing "Ghosts," "Annie" and a "Dinosaur Play" for the Boardmore Playhouse. Barbara had the opportunity to work on the movies "New Waterford Girls" and "The Song Spinner" for two other great costume designers, Debra Hanson and Wendy Partridge. In 2006 she was the Costume Designer for a Gaelic Movie, "The Wake of Calum MacLeod."

Barbara sells her one-of-a-kind fashions and hats from her outlet in Wreck Cove on the Cabot Trail from May until November. When you enter her shop, it's a visual heaven - beautiful creations everywhere - and in the back of her shop she can be seen cutting or sewing surrounded by sewing machines, ostrich feathers, boas, fabulous fabrics, furs and trims. It's almost more than the eye can behold!