Travel Tuesday: Fabric Shopping in Paris, Part 1

After last week's post, I had a request to share my favorite fabric shops in Paris. I already wrote about my favorite spot a few weeks ago, but here are a few more spots to hit if you find yourself in Paris and need to add to your stash!

The first thing to know, is that there are a few independent shops, and there is a "fabric district" much like we have here in some US cities. The fabric district is called Place Saint-Pierre and it is just to the east of the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. Not to be confusing, but not only is the district called Saint-Pierre, but many of the shops incorporate "Saint-Pierre" into their names. So don't let that throw you! Like any fabric district, it can be hit and miss and is best saved for a day when you are up for hunting, digging, and dealing with crowds of people.

Some of the shops in Place Saint-Pierre are nice fully developed shops, and some are more like discount and remnant shops. You will see the word "coupons" on many shop fronts. This is a variation of the verb "couper", which translates to "cut off" in English. This is their word for remnant! A remnant to these shops is 3 meters or less, but many of the shops specialize in these 3 meter remnants and have piles and piles of 3 meter cuts. In the photo above, you can see a sign that says 3 meters, 5 Euros, which is roughly $6 or $7 depending on the current exchange rate. Clearly this is a good deal, but much of it is crap, so choose wisely!

Other shops are full shops that offer everything from buttons, to patterns, to all kinds of fabrics. My two favorites are Moline Mercerie, pictured above and in the two photos below, and Marché Saint-Pierre, pictured at the top of the post. Moline Mercerie is a delightful shop that is much like the shops I'm used to going to here in the states. It is clean, organized, and full of high-quality goods. I was happy to see many designers I knew there, as well as many that were new to me.

Marché Saint-Pierre, pictured in the two photos below, is a massive, 5 floor store that has every kind of fabric you can imagine, and even has things like towels, bedding, drapes, and more. It is overwhelming and ranges dramatically in price from high end to budget yardage. It is the size of a department store and I saw very little that I knew there, which is exciting when you want the adventure of shopping for something you didn't even know you needed.

Another favorite in the Place Saint-Pierre is Reine, pictured in the two photos below. They have a lovely selection of Liberty Lawn, and was the only spot in the district where I found patterns from the big four: Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, and Simplicity. They also had a huge collection of Burda patterns, and other European brands. They also have the most wonderfully weird mannequins on the fabric tables, that clearly were purchased in the 1960's. They are spectacularly spooky and I'm sure haunt many nightmares!

Next week I will focus on my favorite independent shops that are outside of the Marché Saint-Pierre district, so stay tuned for those!

All photos shot by me