YAKIMA, Wash. – A new fabric store dedicated to ecological and sustainable products has opened in historic downtown Yakima.

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

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

Hutton grew up in Harrah, Wash. and learned to sew from his mother; she has continued to sew for the past 20 years.

“I grew up tall and shapeless, so I decided I had to start sewing my own clothes,” Hutton said.

Hutton said she always loved the feeling of finishing a project and finding the clothes to look exactly what she wanted and fit perfectly on her.

“You look at yourself in the mirror and you’re like, ‘Wow, I made this out of a piece of cloth,’” Hutton said. “I think it’s such an amazing feeling.”

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

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

In keeping with the store’s focus on sustainability, it stocks natural fibers, used parts, and unsold fabrics, which are fabrics left out when fashion houses overestimate their needs.

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

Hutton said she was also available to answer questions and help anyone new to sewing.

“If you are a beginner you can get advice; we have models and lots of options for beginners, ”Hutton said. “If you’re an experienced seamstress and know what you’re doing, we’ve got the tools and materials you need.

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

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

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