Fabric From Seattle
More specifically from downtown Seattle because we didn’t have a car and even if we did, I wouldn’t want to try driving around when I don’t know where I’m going on those packed streets.
First is Stitches Seattle, a small independent fabric store just about a mile from the waterfront, on the west side of the interstate. I actually discovered this place last time we visited Seattle (we have friends that live in the downtown area, so easy to walk to) and spent way too much money. This time I was more picky on purpose because I still have some of the fabric from last time I visited (mostly because of indecision, you know how that goes), and they’re fabric does tend to be more expensive than I usually buy at cheapo Hancocks. This time I found a couple really nice knits:
So, those are nice. But Mr. Husband (could also be Mr. Enabler) promised to buy me some fabric as a birthday present (which was the Thursday before the wedding), and I had noticed as we walked around that a shop downtown specializing in Finnish products sold Marimekko fabric. You know how some people just go crazy of Liberty of London? I don’t care for those tiny flowers, I like my big, bold and graphic prints. Basically, owning Marimekko fabric is a sewing fantasy. It’s very expensive, but also very nice and beautiful. I was actually resistant to the idea of buying Marimekko because it is so expensive, but if you prod me enough on something I want, I’ll go along, even if it is against my better judgement.
The shop girls were very nice and helped me pull down nearly half the bolts off the high shelves until I picked one (side note: this particular store didn’t have a cutting table, so it was really funny watching two of the shop girls carefully measure out and cut 2 yards of fabric with a yard stick. And they were very generous in their cutting, I think because it was pretty inaccurate, so I got a couple extra inches.) But then after all that, Mr. Husband had me go back and pick out a second one. Like I said, enabler.
For at least one of these fabrics I want to make a shift dress reminiscent of the Marimekko dresses from the 60s when they first became popular. I think that kind of dress would show off the print the best. Not sure if I want two of that kind, it will definitely take some time to decide, I don’t want to rush into using this fabric. And test dresses will definitely be in order. This is the second most expensive fabric I’ve ever owned after my wedding dress silk!