Eco-friendly fabric store opens in Downtown Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new fabric store dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable products has opened in historic downtown Yakima.

Sewn — located at 25 N. Front St. Suite #2 in Yakima — opened May 14 after months of planning and preparation by owner Sierra Hutton.

“It was a huge leap of faith — and it still is a leap of faith — but the response from the community has been so lovely,” Hutton said. “More and more people are hearing about us and coming in.”

Hutton grew up in Harrah, Wash. and learned how to sew from her mother; she’s continued sewing for the past 20 years.

“I grew up tall and awkwardly shaped, so I decided that I needed to start sewing my own clothes,” Hutton said.

Hutton said she has always loved the feeling of finishing a project and finding the clothing looks exactly how she intended it to look and it fits perfectly.

“You look at yourself in the mirror and you think, ‘Wow, I created this out of a piece of cloth,'” Hutton said. “I think that’s just such an incredible feeling.”

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, she decided to share her passion with others and set up shop on North Front Street.

“I’ve been planning and dreaming about something like this forever,” Hutton said.

In line with the store’s focus on sustainability, it stocks natural fibers, secondhand pieces and deadstock fabrics, which are fabrics left over when fashion houses overestimate their needs.

“We are very focused on being as Earth-friendly as possible,” Hutton said. “The practice of sewing is a quite sustainable practice. You’re making your own clothes and ideally those clothes are made to last.”

Hutton said she’s also available to answer questions and help out anyone who might be new to sewing.

“If you’re a newbie, you can get advice; we have patterns and lots of options for people just starting out,” Hutton said. “If you’re an experienced sewist and you know what you’re doing, we’ve got tools and the materials you need.”

Hutton said she plans to add classes in the next few months to help get more people in the community interested in sewing.

Sewn is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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