19 December 2014

Fabric Shopping in Paris

Fabric shopping in Paris

As promised, here's a round up of the fabric shops we visited in Paris a few weeks ago:

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in ParisFabric shopping in Paris

Anna Ka Bazaar
17 rue Jean Beausire, 75004 (metro Bastille)
I fell head over heels in love with this delightful boutique, run by the same people who design Atelier Brunette fabric. It’s teeny tiny but everything in there is so well curated, from pretty stationery and Japanese books to fabrics and trims.

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Lil Weasel
1 passage du Grand Cerf, 75002 (metro Étienne Marcel)
Freya was a bit concerned as I dragged her through the red light district looking for this shop, but suddenly we turned a corner into a magical arcade with a glass roof and decked out in fairy lights and all was well. Lil Weasel occupies two shops opposite each other. One is dedicated to knitting, with shelves brimming with beautiful yarn. The other focuses on sewing, with a gorgeous selection of fabrics, trimmings, and indie patterns.

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Marché Saint Pierre
(metro Anvers / Barbès-Rochechouart)
The area just South East of the Sacré Coeur is bursting with fabric shops. Many of them sell “coupons”, pre-cut lengths of fabric, with the length and price attached to them. There is tons is choice and it’s a great way to pick up a bargain, although does mean rummaging through piles and piles, which get messy very quickly!

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Sentier area
(metro Sentier)
There are quite a few fabric shops around this area, some selling high end fabrics at similarly high prices, others for a steal. Be warned that some sell wholesale only, so it’s worth asking their minimum metrage (is that a word?) when you go in. Be sure to pop by Maison Sajou while you’re there (47 rue du Caire), a boutique stocking their own range of beautiful vintage-inspired haberdashery. And if you’re peckish, I stumbled upon this Kosher cafe where the very welcoming Harry made me the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever eaten… yum.

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Brin de Cousette
2 rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 (metro Charonne)
A lovely shop offering a wide selection of sewing books and indie patterns, as well as fabric, sewing machine hire and workshops.

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Mercerie de Charonne
69 rue de Charonne, 75011 (metro Ledru-Rollin)
A great place to stock up on buttons, ribbons and bias tape in all the colours of the world.

Fabric shopping in Paris
Fabric shopping in Paris

Malhia Kent
19 avenue Dausmesnil, 75012 (metro Ledru-Rollin)
If you’re after something special, this place is a real find. They produce fabric for haute couture fashion houses, and sell remnants at bargainous prices. We got a bit high-pitched in here, swooning over Chanel-style pieces (although if you’re dry cleaner-averse like I am, you may not end up buying much). Be sure to check the baskets near the front of the shop for small scraps which they’ll sell you for under a euro – great for making accessories, or just stroking lovingly.

A huge thank you to Carmen and Julie for showing us around Paris.

Have you been fabric shopping in Paris? If you know about other places we should visit, please do share in the comments...

18 comments:

  1. Yes I only went to Lil Weasel but I loved it!! So much beautiful french designed and made fabric. And the sales lady could speak English.

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  2. It's my dream to go fabric shopping in Paris! Thank you for featuring some of your favorites as a reference :)

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  3. wow! and I thought we had it good in London!

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  4. I visited Anna Ka Bazaar when recently in Paris and loved it. I'd also add a couple of great places in the Marais area: the gorgeous IE Boutique (which has amazing block printed and other cotton fabrics, haberdashery and handmade childrens' goods) and also Ma Petite Mercerie where you can browse for fabrics and patterns (and they also run classes)......

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    1. Those two shops sound great - I'll have to return to Paris soon to check them out :)

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    2. La Petite Mercerie was a pop-up and is only online now.
      Tissumarket rue du Sentier is a fabulous shop for designer ends .
      The stitching fair , L'Aiguille en Fete is held every February . Their web site has details.

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  5. So jealous, I'm Evernoting your post so if I ever make it Paris I'll know where to go, thanks.

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  6. Wow I totally love your creativity. Would love it if you could check out my newest fashion post!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

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  7. Wow! I LOVED shopping in Paris when I was there a few years ago... the selection is just so gorgeous! I was very new to sewing when I visited, so I'm pretty anxious to go back now that I'm fabric-obsessed! :)

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  8. Gutted I decided against coming to the Paris meet up, you guys had so much sewing fun. These shops are awesome, I need to book a Eurostar ticket now.

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  9. Wow I want to go to Paris now. I would have to take my machine too, I'd hate having to wait until I got home to sew something!!

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    1. You can rent time on a sewing machine at Mon Atelier En Ville , in the Sentier , not far from the fabric shops .

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  10. I'm leaving for Paris in two days, so I'm totally in love with your post - my husband on the other hand ;)

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  11. Brilliant post. I have thought for a while that it would be nice to have a central reference point for fabric shops in holiday locations. I came across a lovely one in Rome last year whilst lost and since searched in vain for others when we've been away.

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  12. I have been living in Paris for years (not any more but I often go there) and have a file full af addresses, depending on what you are looking for.
    PS: cannot comment as an OpenID with a link to my blog? http://sophiedentelles.canalblog.com/

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  13. Oh thank you! I'm going to Paris in September and I'm so looking forward to buying some unique fabrics.

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  14. hello! i am looking for some garment manufacturers in and around Paris.
    can some please guide me on this. i m really lost!
    thanks!

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