I just found out about you. What is 49th Apparel all about?
We are a Canadian company in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario that designs and produces high quality, simple and straightforward sleepwear - mainly pajama sets and nightshirts for men and women. We don't do a lot of styles but what we do, we do really well! We've been making pajamas since 1992!
We believe in making things that last. Daryl, our founder, follows the rule his "Pops" taught him..."if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right!"
Our sleepwear is built to last. It is not uncommon for our clients to tell us they have been enjoying their purchases for 5, 10 and even 15 years...that is a lot of sleeps!
Where do you make your garments?
Our small batch production takes place either in our workshop located in the back of our Womenswear store (which also carries primarily Made in Canada clothing) on Queen Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario or in Toronto, Ontario. We believe it is important for us to support our local economy and in turn our Canadian businesses. Producing here in Sault Ste. Marie and in Toronto, while WAY more expensive than having our sleepwear made overseas, allows us to be much more "hands on" and work closely with local production. (Daryl actually cuts every item himself!) We love having the opportunity to make everything here locally in Ontario!
What size should I order?
Well that depends!
We believe that pajamas and nightshirts are made to be worn and should fit loose so they're comfy for sleeping and lounging! This is why we offer multiple sizes in every style we make. After over 24 years of making pajamas and nightshirts we have found that sizing is an important and personal issue.
We know most people can fit into 2, maybe even 3 sizes of a particular garment so we advise that if in doubt ...it IS sleepwear and bigger is better! We often hear "they look so big at first but often after washing properly and wearing they are just right!"
Our patterns are cut a bit extra in body length, sleeve length and pant length to allow for 4-5% shrinkage if cared for properly.
How do I care for my 49th Apparel Sleepwear and is it preshrunk?
Caring for your purchase is easy - just a cold water wash with like colours and tumble dry low. NO boiling (excessive hot water) and NO baking (excessive hot dryer). Heat is what usually ruins garments!
After washing you may want to give your item a slight press as most of our products are cotton and will show the wrinkles, which we like! If this pertains to you, go ahead with a warm iron.
We do not usually preshrink our garments before you get them , unless specified on tag and product description.
We have allowed for some shrinkage in the patterns as mentioned above.
Where do you get these beautiful fabrics and those cool "wood" buttons?
Our fabrics come from all over, usually through a fabric importer in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. We make every attempt to support Canadian companies. Unfortunately, very few fabrics are milled here in North America anymore.
Our signature buttons which look almost exactly like wood are not wood at all, as wood will not launder well. They are a 100% natural material that lasts for years and age beautifully!
Is flannel too warm to sleep in?
Too warm is a matter of preference. For some, yes, flannel is too warm to sleep in, for most people it is not. We design and produce a lot here in Northern Ontario where it's cold for a BIG part of the year (as it is in most other parts of Canada) and we get SNOW - lots of it! So, flannel keeps us northern Canadians warm and cozy, all year round!
We have found that people purchase and use our sleepwear for a multitude of purposes, not just to sleep in. Our clients have told us that our sleepwear is perfect to wear it around the house and it's often the first thing they change into when they get home from work at the end of the day!
We also know lots of customers who wear our sleepwear at their cottage all year round, even in the summer on those chilly lakeside mornings with coffee!
Do you make sleepwear in lighter fabrics that are not flannel?
Yes we do!
Its relatively new for us but has been met with great success. We now produce our classic sleepwear styles in crisp cotton shirting's. Coming soon in linen for those summer balmy nights.
My husband wants a night shirt , do you sell them to men and do they actually wear them?
Absolutely! And not just for older more mature guys we find that there is a whole new generation of younger men that enjoy wearing a nightshirt.
The origin of the nightshirt is simply a longer version of a man's day shirt that he would have worn during business hours...made longer and slightly looser for sleeping. That is really what our nightshirt is. A unisex garment for both men and women.
I am a larger woman will these fit me?
Yes they will. If you are curvy in the bust and hips then a 49th Apparel nightshirt is definitely the way to go!
Our nightshirts are based on a man's cut and we have found in our many years of perfecting this pattern that women really respond to the ease of it. Like a nightgown but not at all fussy and still cool!
Younger women of all sizes and shapes love wearing them all year round.
We also have found that every so often a woman who is expecting will either pick one up for herself or receive it as a gift!
It is great to hear how our Nightshirt carries them through the "growing" stages of a pregnancy and right into nursing and after. The vintage style in particular has been called a "lifesaver" by one client in western Canada.
Where can I buy your products in person? Are they available at other stores?
Currently, 49th Apparel Sleepwear is only available through this website or at our Queen Street Store in historic downtown Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario, Canada!
We also do the "One of a Kind" Show and Sale in Toronto every winter - check our Facebook or Instagram accounts for dates and details!
What if I order an item and it does not fit or I don't like it?
No problem! We accept returns and exchanges.
Simply follow the return policy information here and we will do everything we can to keep you happy!