Category Archives: Fabric stores

ALERT! New Fabric Store

Almost nothing is as exciting as a new fabric store opening in your own locale, amiright?

Circa15 Fabric Store by Sew Maris

Circa15 fabric studio, located in Kirkland, is a darling new shop that is definitely worth a visit. Bright, clean, fresh—these are just a few adjectives you might use when describing it. The owner, Kristen Suzuki, has been open for business for just a short while, but she has created a little gem of a fabric store that is right in my ‘hood.

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

How often do you see an artful notions wall?

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

I love having enough room to actually walk around and see the fabrics! Nice display and layout, Kristen!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Now this guy kinda makes me want to take up quilting. 😉

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Love the classroom space!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Kristen carries a few different indie pattern companies, and will be adding more garment samples. I am pretty sure my DGD would love twirling in this sundress.

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris

Even tho Circa15 primarily stocks quilting cottons, look at these pretty garment-weight cottons. YUM!

Circa 15 Fabric Studio by Sew Maris


Even if you are primarily a garment sewist such as myself, this store is worth a peek. Stop by, say hi to Kristen, and indulge yourself with some lovely new cottons.

Circa15 fabric studio
264 Central Way
Kirkland, WA
(425) 309-9553

Happy sewing!



Bloggin’ in Ashland

My DH and I are off for a few days enjoying our anniversary weekend in Ashland, Oregon. A few plays, some lovely meals, and relaxation are definitely in order.

Fabric of Vision store in Ashland by Sew Maris

Umm, guess what I found? Of course. A darling, eclectic little fabric shop, Fabric of Vision. Just the kind of store I love. Small. Nicely curated. Unique and interesting fabrics. Not.So.Much.About.The.Quilting. Even tho they advertise themselves as a quilt shop and fiber arts gallery, I was thankfullynot overwhelmed by quilty-ness. See all those upright bolts against the wall? Lovely selection of interesting garment fabrics. Also some nice Japanese cottons in the shelves towards the front left corner.

sweater knit fabric by Sew Maris

Can you believe this beautiful sweater knit? Screamed twinset to me, to be worn with jeans, black pants, and black skirts. It is sooooo hard to find relatively stable sweater knits for twinsets in pretty prints. Loads of solids. Loads of stripes. Loads of chevron-y things. Not so many pretty prints. I know I don’t NEED more fabric. But this jumped onto the cutting table and begged me. Begged me to take it home! It was lonely and wanted a good home, so actually it was an act of kindness of my part.


I had a lovely chat with Delaney while browsing thru the fabric selection, and purchasing the sweater knit + a pattern for DGD. So refreshing to meet a young woman who GETS why sewing is cool, and understands fabric. Why buying quality fabric is IMPORTANT. Gives me hope for the universe.

Fabric of Vision store in Ashland by Sew Maris

Check out Fabric of Vision if you are in the Ashland area. I think it is a little gem of a fabric store. It is easy to find, located right on the main drag, E. Main St. Maybe I will have a chance to meet Sandi, the owner, on my next visit.

Happy sewing!






District Fabric: My Kind of Place

Sometimes a new kind of place comes along that hits just the right note. Sweet, but not cloying; fresh, but not cheeky; robust, but not overwhelming. District Fabric.

Hanging wall of District Fabrics

Such a place is District Fabric. Owned and run by the adorable Ms Ashley Portilla, District houses a lovely collection of beautifully curated fabrics. You won’t find everything there. You might not even find what you are looking for. But what District DOES have is wonderful fabric. Soft knit in solids and whimsical prints that want to become tops or oh-so-cozy PJs. Flamboyant silks that want to dance the night away. Denims, some by designers like Calvin Klein, that are dying to become your next pair of pants or pencil skirt. (Because after all, there is no such thing as too much denim in your closet.) Would you prefer to stitch up a blouse? Cute, sophisticated, and unique cottons are on the shelf near the front door, so you might find something that suits you there. Organic cottons? Check. Interesting linens that could be home dec accessories or garments are on the rolls near the door. There are more treasures than you might suspect at first glance in this small shop!

Ashley and Amy

Last Friday Amy of Sew Well and I met up at District. Amy is new to Seattle, and I wanted her to know about this little gem of a fabric store. Don’t you love how engrossed Ashley and Amy are in their conversation about sewing? It is a safe bet that we all will be continuing our chatting and friendship and fabric petting in the future; Friday was just the warm-up.

I had to scoot back to Bellevue, so I didn’t get any close-ups of some of my favorite textiles. Next time. And likely it will be before too long. In the meantime, stop by and say hi to Ashley, and then let me know what you think of District.

Happy sewing!


Eyelet dresses just scream spring

One of my favorite haunts in the NYC garment district is A.K. Fabric Inc, located at 257 W 39th St in NYC. They have a nice selection of fabrics, especially denims, and I seem completely unable to leave without a at least one new piece of denim every time I visit this store. My most recent trip in April was no exception, but this time I also spotted some UH-dora-belle cotton eyelet in a range of pretty colors. I am totally crushing on eyelet dresses for spring and summer right now, especially ones in fresh, bright colors. Look at this yummy blue cotton eyelet with the pretty scalloped edge on both selvedges. Could you have resisted it?

Blue cotton eyelet fabric

My dilemma now is which pattern to use. Choices! Since I only bought 2 3/4 yards, most of the full circle skirt, 50-ish styles are out. All of these patterns in my stash are possible options, tho. I LOVE the wide neckline and asymmetrical front on this vintage Vogue 1043.

Vintage Vogue pattern 1043

This sweet little vintage wedding dress has a darling jacket that buttons in the back. Maybe do the top of the dress in the solid lining fabric, and the jacket and skirt out of the eyelet?

Vintage McCalls wedding dress pattern

I made this dress up a few years ago and love, love, love it. Not sure I would love all those buttons in eyelet fabric, but this pattern is easy and so pretty.

Voguee shirtdress pattern 8383

I like the neckline on vintage Vogue 1137, and if I use it I will definitely add fullness to the skirt.

Vintage Vogue pattern 1137

This New Look 6723 might be my favorite. Make it up with the bateau neckline and change the skirt gathers to soft pleats?

New Look dress pattern 6723

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Any preferences?

Happy sewing!


Elliott Berman Textiles – New York City garment district


Oh the loveliness of this new-to-me fabric store – Elliott Berman Textiles – carrying mostly imported fabrics of top-notch quality. I visited last week during a whirlwind trip east, and I definitely could have spent much longer browsing and buying.  I promise that you will not be able to leave sans purchase, there are just too many beautiful fabrics begging to come home with you. I was restrained only by my pocketbook, not by any lack of gorgeous silk, cotton, viscose, and wool options.

I love this navy, black, and off-white skyline viscose print jersey. I plan to make a simple T to let the print shine, but I may do something interesting with the neckline. Perfect with jeans.


I love white T shirts, and regardless of how careful I am with laundering, they really do not look top notch more than one season. And finding the rightweight, stretch factor, opaque-ness can be a challenge, so naturally I had to snatch up 3 yards of this silky, gorgeous, white viscose knit.  At least enough for 2 Ts. YUM.


I could not resist this ador-a-belle pink and red small floral print for my precious new DGD – in BOTH cotton voile and viscose jersey! I think baby Oona will be getting some smocked dresses and baby leggings sometime soon…sweet!


If you get to New York, please try to stop by this delightful gem. Matthew and Eugenia were so gracious and lovely, and clearly have an eye for the “good stuff”. I don’t think you will be disappointed. And did I mention they will send you swatches? Call and let them know what fabrics/weight/colors you are looking for, and they will pull from their current inventory. Almost like having a fabric personal shopper! 🙂

Elliott Berman Textiles
225 West 35th Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York

Happy sewing!


Fabric shopping in NYC

In case you were wondering why things were a little quiet around here, I was in the Big Apple for a few days with my DD and adorable son-in-law.  Seriously, what is more fun than being in New York? Ostensibly, I was there to help foil a dresser for my yet-to-be-born-granddaughter, and also attend another baby shower that her other G’ma hosted in Philly. But really, it’s all about the fabric in the garment district, isn’t it? 😉

I was looking for a good (read “inexpensive”) source for interfacing, and a local sewing guru suggested I check out Metro Textiles at 265 West 37th. This place is a little hard to find – it is on the 9th floor and around to the back of the building – but is definitely worth a stop if you are shopping for bargains. The owner’s name is Kashi, and he is delightful and more than happy to help. I saw loads of fabrics that I COULD have bought, but I managed to stick (mostly) to my plan for checking out his interfacing prices and quality. A couple of pretty knits did sneak their way into my bag….but that is hardly worth mentioning. Hardly at all.

Who can visit NYC and NOT stop at Mood? It is my go-to place for best all-round fabric selection—they really do have everything. I am currently obsessed with Japanese selvedge denim, and after buying some in the LA Mood this summer, I had to make a similar purchase from the NY location. No, I haven’t sewn up the piece I bought in LA yet. So what’s your point? Fabrics need to rest after they have traveled around the world, and I thought the LA piece needed a companion from NY. Before being cut up into little pieces and re-assembled into something fantastic, which when you think about it must be quite a shocking experience. Even for denim.

Continuing on my selvedge denim obsession, I also stopped at A.K. Corp which is located at 257 West 39th, and bought another similar but different companion piece. It was MUCH cheaper than the denim I bought at Mood, still has the bound selvedge edge, and is a bit lighter weight and darker wash. It looks to me like the piece from Mood is woven with both indigo and natural threads, and the piece from A.K. Corp is comprised of only indigo threads. They are currently both in the laundry, and I am interested to see how they wash up so I can do a more thorough comparison.

I made a quick stop at the Paron Annex at 206 West 40th – they have some faaaaan-tastic bargains in their 50% off selection. But by this time both my DD and I were getting tired,  intermittently soaked by heavy rains, and we still had one more stop to pick up some silk charmeuse for a bridal accessory customer….which means we did not give Paron’s sufficient attention. But this place is a definite must-visit for the next trip.

Another thing I did not get done this trip was finding a good source for “findings”. Things like zippers and waistband stabilizer. There are so many sourcesto explore in New York….but I just couldn’t drag my eight-month pregnant DD around in the rain ALL day. Next time!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen