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Date: 10/31/10 12:22 PM

has anyone had any luck shopping for fabric in paris, france?
I'm leaving soon and was wondering if i need to look into finding shops....

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Date: 10/31/10 4:51 PM

Lots of us have had fun fabric shopping in Paris, and have posted about it here.

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Date: 11/1/10 5:39 PM

I was just in Paris at the end of June and did a comprehensive Paris fabric shopping post on FehrTrade.com. Though to be fair, there's a lot of non-sewing recommendations in there, too! :)

We're hoping to be able to squeeze in a pre-Christmas trip to visit our friends again, too.

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Date: 11/1/10 8:25 PM

Oh, you like Parfums Fragonard, too! They have marvelous, marvelous things.
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Date: 11/2/10 2:04 PM

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Oh, you like Parfums Fragonard, too! They have marvelous, marvelous things.
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I loooooove Fragonard! I think I've got something like 5 or 6 bottles of theirs now (the majority of my perfume collection!). When I was there this summer, I bought so much they gave me a free tote bag that I now keep rolled up in my handbag. Very chic. (And I was buying early Christmas presents, it wasn't all for me!)

I really like their body wash, too. A bit pricey, but not any more so than places like L'Occitaine or Body Shop really.

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Date: 11/2/10 7:27 PM

I've been to a couple of their stores in various towns, including the Mother Ship in Grasse, and why it is I don't know, but the personnel are always incredibly friendly, which makes the visit even nicer.

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Date: 11/3/10 8:16 AM

There is also :
- Lil Weasel, 1 passage du Grand Cerf (metro Réaumur-Sébastopol, Sentier or Etienne-Marcel) : yarns, fabrics, patterns - I've never been there myself (will go in a couple of days), but it seems a delightful little shop.
- Fil2000, 65 rue Réaumur (metro Réaumur-Sébastopol) : for regular notions
- Hamon, 54 rue de Cléry (metro Sentier) : for specific sewing tools. I plan to buy my extralarge cutting mat there !
Actually, the district is called "The sentier" and it's a "garment" district. There are no fabric stores, though. These ones you'll find in Montmartre, around the Place Saint-Pierre (browse around).

For very cheap fabric, you can go to Stop Tissus (62 bd de Belleville, metro Couronnes). Everything is at 1 or 2 euros / meter. But I've never been there myself (when I go to Paris, I look for special fabric !) so I'm not sure of the quality. Many Parisian bloggers seems to find treasures there, though.

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Date: 11/3/10 11:23 AM

Rose, thanks for the Lil Weasel address! I just looked at their blog and it sounds like a really nice place.

There are fabric stores in the Sentier area. I visited a few a few months ago, but I can't think of any that would be a must-see.

The prices are very cheap at Stop Tissus, but I don't think the fabric selection would be too interesting to someone who doesn't live locally, i.e., to someone with limited time in the city and limited space in her suitcase. (On my last trip, last week, prime space in my suitcase was dedicated to a beautiful 3 kg bag of Valrhona chocolate. )

Milt715, do check out the many excellent reviews here. The store review section is one of my favorite areas of PR. I've found so many useful tips there.

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Date: 11/3/10 3:39 PM

Lil Weasel (wherever did they get that name?) looks like a place you could have way too much fun!

On the advice of a Parisian cousin (who does not sew) I visited a Stop Tissus, and found it really not worthwhile, but I suppose if you were dedicated to rummaging around at length on the chance of scoring something both good and cheap, it could happen.




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Date: 11/3/10 5:20 PM

If I lived there, I could imagine myself doing that! But I don't think it's worth the time of someone just visiting. I didn't see anything that would've merited carrying back home. That linen knit you picked up at Reine, though, sure would have....

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