Going to Paris!

Tomorrow morning (very early) I’m taking the train to Paris! It will be my 6th time in Paris, so I’m going to try not to buy more than 1 garment and instead focus on buying fabric and notions for projects I have planned:

  • Pale pink stretch fabric (at least 50% stretch) for my Embellished Bustier
  • Boning for the Bustier
  • Embellishments for the Bustier
  • Red lace for the Red Lace Dress
  • Lining fabric for the red lace dress (either a little lighter than the lace or a little darker, to make it stand out)
  • a nice metal chain to finish the Muff I made for my mom last christmas but couldn’t finish because I had too much else going on… (haha, she’ll be so surprised!)
  • Blue and white striped lightweight knit (to make a “copy” of my favorite sandro shirt, cause I’m wearing it to death)
  • Tweed for a Chanel-like Dress
  • Fabric for the Dark Green Dress
  • Fabric for the Red Dress
  • Little plastic animals for an awesome DIY Toy Animal Rack (check it out!)
  • Zippers

These are in the “if something catches my eye”-category:

  • Fabric with a cool print for the Lucille Dress (no idea what I want it to look like, just going to see if I find anything)
  • Blue and white striped jersey to make a basic bodysuit (to wear with skirts and jeans)
  • Jacket or Coat fabric
  • A trim for the underskirt of my floral dress

Ok, I know that’s a loong shopping list, but I’m counting on not finding all of this stuff. Which isn’t so bad, because I’m going to New York in a month to visit family and friends, so I’ll be able to shop in that fabric district too :)

You might have heard this before, but the Montmartre quarter, right at the base of the steps to Sacre-Coeur, is the best place to go fabric shopping! The first time I went I was a little overwhelmed (that’s why I’m making a list now :)), there’s so much to choose from!

Another place I’m going to look for stuff is the Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville (or BHV). On the lowest floor there’s all this stuff to remodel your home or build stuff and they also have tons of little hooks, handles and closures for bags. My favorite thing about this corner is that the parts are loose in little wooden boxes, so you can pick them out from there, and that process makes me feel like I’m in one of those “by the pound” candy stores :) I might buy some handbag handles here, because I’m not a fan of fabric handles, and these notions are hard to get in Switzerland. Switzerland may be beautiful, but it’s not the most DIYer-friendly country (at least not when it comes to sewing or advanced jewelry making).

As for packing, I want to pack as many “me-made” items as I can (while still leaving room for all that fabric! phew…) :)

Well, I’m off to clean my room and pack!

Almost forgot: Happy 4th of July! We celebrated last weekend with the Swiss-American Club :)


2 thoughts on “Going to Paris!

  1. Hi! I came upon your post when googling special sewing items in Paris… You seem to have so many projects going on- that’s great! This is really random.. But I need to buy my friend from LA a small present and she’s into sewing and fashion. Do you know if there is anything “special” to Paris I can get her, like from those Montmartre stores? Thank you

    • Hmm, I can’t think of a specific item, the thing I like about montmartre is the wide selection of fabrics! I guess it also depends on what your friend likes to sew and what the stores near her don’t have. I think the more “special” things I found were sewing notions at the porte de vanves fleamarket. Some stands have old beltbuckles, others vintage sewing notions like bias tape or buttons, and there are also some vintage magazines (if she likes that style). The fleamarket is open on the weekends, you’d have to go early though, because they start closing the stands around noon. Hope this helps!

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