Thursday, 2 June 2011

Parisian Fabric


Sorry it's taken me a few days! I've finally got some good pics of my Parisian fabric haul. One thing I would say is if you are going to Paris, remember that fabric has a weight when packing! We sneaked through, but my shoulder told me the next day that I was probably ove my weight allowance...

So, onto the good stuff. I was quite restrained all told. Given all of the fabulous fabric that there was there, I think that only buying four pieces was almost miraculous!

The first piece of fabric is a relatively heavy weight cotton. It's really heavily patterned, so I've taken two shots to give you an idea. 

I think that this hasn't fully picked out the brightness of the pink - it is quite pink! However, I love it and I think that it would be a fantastic dress - was thinking a slim cut with a high neck and cap sleeves - if anyone has any recommendations let me know!

The next fabric I have picked out as a pendrell blouse - I've been eyeing these up for some time now and I think that the dainty print would be perfect:

I'll have to make a muslin for this one though - I only have a metre and a half, so I don't have much room for error!

The next one is beautiful, the picture doesn't really do it justice (might have helped if I'd ironed it...)  I'm not sure what it wants to be yet - I'm thinking something elegant and classical to match the pattern. I'll have to see what jumps out at me.

The next one is a bit less elegant and classical...

It might not be quite so classically elegant, but it makes me smile! I think it would make a great bag, not least because it's very heavyweight. This was bought off of the roll, so it was quite a bit more expensive. I only bought half a metre, and I'm currently undecided whether to make a cath kidston style bag:

or... something different. Again, feel free to give me inspiration!

In case anyone is going to Paris, the "coupons" have little tags on the edges telling you the price and the composition of the material, like so:

I'll be washing the fabric and doing some sewing soon - I'll keep you updated!

Night for now x


  1. Definitely a Cath Kidston style bag, it would look cool! Or you could use it as a liner on a denim bag.

    Great looking blog, and thank you for your comment on KnittedBackTogether x

  2. I love the first and the third ones. I've never been to Paris before. I hope I go there soon. Is fabric cheaper there than in the UK? I'm looking forward to seeing your makes. Goodluck!!

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for your comment, fabric is cheaper in Paris as long as you can find a "coupon" you like - the three meter pieces are only 10 euros, whereas over here I usually struggle to find anything much less than £6/meter.

    I'm still leaning towards a Cath bag, I just need to get my friend to lend me hers to draw around...

  4. Hey Star, thanks for the support. Have you had any luck with your friend's bag yet?

  5. Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

    I think a CK style bag would be a perfect use for that gorgeous fabric.