Seattle Sewing: Chatting and Shopping with Sew Maris and District Fabric
Friday, November 22nd
I am taking full advantage of my current life as unemployed scientist, enthusiastic seamstress. It’s just after 1:30 pm as I close down my computer, dimming the science paper I’ve been trying to write for months (years, really!). I grab my jacket, scarf, and camera, and I hop into my car. I am headed to the part of Seattle called Fremont in search of a new-to-me and relatively new-to-Seattle fabric store called District Fabric. The reason behind the early end to my “work” day: Maris of Sew Maris.
(That’s her above! Doesn’t her love of sewing just radiate off of her?!)
Maris is coming all the way over from her home and studio in Bellevue so that we can finally meet and so that she can introduce me to one of Seattle’s fabric gems. I am beyond excited.
I arrive at District Fabric a few minutes before Maris and get a chance to browse the store. I am more than pleasantly surprised. The space is the perfect size for its selection of well-curated fabrics. I find that there’s just enough fabric to suit most any project, but not so much to be overwhelming. As I browse on one side of the room, I keep stealing peeks at the two gentlemen pulling colorful bolts from the center aisle, all the time wondering what they were up to with all that color!?
Once Maris arrives, the conversation flows easily. Eventually, we also pull Ashley, the owner of District Fabric, into our chatter. (Ashley’s the one on the far right in the first photo, Maris is in the center, and I’m on the left.) We discuss all sorts of things – what Maris’s students are sewing, why I should join the Seattle branch of the American Sewing Guild (I already knew I wanted to, thanks in great part to reading about it on Maris’s blog earlier this year, but I hadn’t yet done anything about it – I blame being new to the area and getting ready to have a baby, but, really, I know it’s silly to keep putting it off!), what it takes to start a fabric store, what we could do to get something awesome going with the Seattle sewing community, and more.
Maris has to run off to a sewing lesson, and I’m left with Ashley and a store full of fabrics. I have long since realized I’m going to leave with something new – it’s just a matter of what.
As I look back over the store, the bolts of sequins fabric really stand out to me as something not only fun and perfect for a dress for the upcoming holiday season but also a great new-to-me challenge. I quiz Ashley on how exactly she would go about sewing something covered in sequins, and I decide it doesn’t seem that bad. I happily commit to this minty-coraly ombre knit covered in clear sequins.
I pay my bill, but I don’t seem to be leaving. I just can’t stop chatting! Finally, I throw my new fabric into my bag and take my leave with the promise to myself that I’ll make more of these little meet ups happen.
Here’s to having just the right amount of sparkle during the upcoming holiday season, to making new friends, and to getting out and exploring this new city I call home!