Seattle is a dark city. It’s not just months of rain and nearly year round grey skies; it’s our uniform (dark hoodie, black North Face jacket), our indigenous music (Grunge by definition is miserable music for miserable people), and our restaurant scene. Brunch in other cities is a fancy affair with white linen tableclothes and sparkling mimosas in sparkling crystal flutes. In Seattle, brunch is hangover food served by the same tatted up hipsters you drank next to at Neumos last night. And let’s not forget how many serial killers have called this area home.
I’m not complaining. I like my town, but it always surprises me when I come across Seattle people, places, and things that buck the dark and dreary trend and represent a more…colorful aesthetic. Enter The West Seattle Fabric Company.
I stumbled upon this exceptionally pretty shop when I was looking for buttons to replace on a duvet cover. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shop of any kind so well curated. Every bolt of fabric fit with the colorful but unfussy aesthetic.
The shop was so inspiring, I wish I’d paid more attention in my own sewing classes as a child, but not to worry, owner Monica Skov makes sewing projects easy: classes for you and your kids, sewing parties, sewing machine rental, and my favorite, the “No School Early Release Day” Sewing Club.
Why not pop in to one of these instant ‘mood elevators’ on the next rainy Seattle day? Look out your window, that day is here!
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young