Isabelle of Kitty Couture has a great guide to shopping for fabric in Paris on her blog. So does Charlotte of Chinese Frogs in Paris. I was lucky enough to have a day to get over jet lag in Paris recently and what better activity for jet lag busting than fabric stash building!
As Isabelle and Charlotte say, most of the fabric shops are in Montmartre. I was there on a glorious spring day, and the view of Sacré-Coeur was delightful.
There are a lot of small shops in this area, some focused on home decorating fabrics and others on dance and costuming as well as general fashion fabrics. I was there on a Monday and only one or two shops were closed, or didn’t open until after lunch.
Gorgeous spring fabrics were filling the shops. Just as well I needed winter fabrics! My suitcase was not really suitable for serious stash building!
The winter fabrics were mainly found in pre-cut 3 metre lengths at places like Les Coupons de Saint-Pierre, Les Gentlemen des Tissus and Sacré Coupons. Two pieces came back to Australia with me.
The darker blue fabric is a heavy weight wool mohair mix, just right for a winter coat for Felicity that I plan to make in Sherry’s sew-a-long. It took a ridiculous amount of room up in my suitcase…
The lighter grey is a delightfully soft, printed polyester knit with a fluffy white thread randomly swirling over the top.
And, as you can see, the prices were certainly right!