…and I don’t have the photo to prove it!
Does a meet up really happen if there’s no photographic evidence?
Last Thursday Cation Designs, Morgan of Crab & Bee, Meris of The Fabric Alchemist, and I met up for brunch at Lola in downtown Seattle. Cation Designs was in town for a few days, and her visit was the inspiration for our little get together. I’d met her back in the Bay Area a year and a half or so ago at a meet up at Cañada College, but I’d never met either Morgan or Meris. To say I was excited would be an understatement.
We were supposed to meet at 10 am, but I was running late from an earlier appointment with baby girl. Really late. As in everyone had waited and waited and then given up on me and ordered their food already really late. But, the restaurant was awesome and took my order as soon as I was ready, and my food came out at basically the same time as everyone else’s (the Garlicky Baby Beet Salad is delicious, by the way).
After brunch Meris had to get to work, but the rest of us had a bit of time to peruse Seattle’s fabric selection. We knew we were about a mile away from both Stitches and Our Fabric Stash, but Meris’s parting recommendation was for us to check out the Pacific Fabrics in SoDo.
I’m glad we listened to Meris. I hadn’t found a good notions store yet in Seattle, but it was because I’d never been to Pacific Fabrics before. This place has it all. Even YKK zippers, which my old go-to for notions in the Bay Area did not carry. They also had a large selection of waterproof fabrics (hello self-stitched Gortex running gear), designer cuts at deep discount, and every other kind of fabric one might want, from home dec to swimsuit fabrics. I was good though and only picked up a random, somewhat beat up and therefore over 50% off Oliver + S School Days Jacket and Coat pattern, which I think will be super cute on baby girl next winter as she’s hopefully making the transition to bipedal. I resisted any and all fabrics because we’re currently in the process of moving. In fact, I should be helping to pack boxes as I type (shh!). I haven’t mentioned it yet, but we after months and months of searching, we finally found the perfect house! Yay! But, it means I’ve decided nothing new is allowed to come in until after the dust has settled and the current stash has been organized. Cation Designs and Morgan both bought fabric though, so I got to vicariously share in the rush of buying new fabric anyway.
As we were leaving, we decided we had enough time to stop by Our Fabric Stash before we each headed our different ways. Our Fabric Stash is a bit different from your typical fabric store. They sell fabric and patterns and random sewing things from other people’s stashes. Because I’m a curious sort, I spent quite a bit of time quizzing the owner (?) on how their business operated. Curious yourself? Here’s the deal. If you have stash you’re looking to unload, you start by paying them a $25-a-year membership fee. Once you’re in their system, you can then bring them the items you’d like to sell. You price your items yourselves, and they display everything for you. If someone buys something from your stash, you get 49% and Our Fabric Stash gets 49%. The remaining 2% goes to charity. It seems like a win-win-win. You get an audience to offload the portion of your stash that no longer appeals to you, Our Fabric Stash gets merchandise to sell without having to fly around the globe selecting stock (though that might not be a bad thing…), and charities get a little something off the top.
Again, fabric was bought by the group, but, again, I abstained. I did find another Oliver + S pattern though, which also came home with me. The Tea Party Sundress and Playsuit. This time for $2. I should have put the same ban on patterns as I did on fabric! But, I love thinking that baby girl will be a sundress laden six-month-old this summer and a properly outfitted for the rain one-year-old next winter.
All in all it was a great day. I hope Cation Designs will find more excuses to visit Seattle, but, until then, I plan to take full advantage of knowing two more wonderful local sewing bloggers.