Monday, July 6, 2009

Europe Post #1

What an amazing, yet tiring trip! I still am in the process of going through all of the photos that I took, but here are the ones related to fabric and fashion. I'm going to have to do this in two posts--it'll be too long otherwise.

Paris fabric stores:
The general area around the Sacre Coeur in the Montmarte (a bit seedy) was full of fabric stores:

Tissus Reine:

I had to get a picture of these dolls from across the street. I was scolded in French when I took out my camera while I was inside of the store. The dolls wore outfits that were created from fabric on the tables. I thought it was a really cute idea, and then later saw it's inspirational source at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (will show in second post).

I snuck a couple on the 2nd floor. A wall full of buttons, bias tape in a plethora of colors and prints on rolls, other notions, fabrics, patterns, etc.

Marche St. Pierre:

Photos from first floor. Sorry that I didn't take more on the other floors!

Excursion to Laduree on Champs Elysees:

Delicious little things! I'm determined to make my own macarons.

Pistachio, Citron, Currant, Coffee

Musee Des Arts Decoratifs:
A must go! I actually enjoyed it more than the Louvre, which is right next door. The Arts Decoratifs building is the one next to the carousel, and the Louvre continues in the wing to the right of it.

They had a wonderful temporary exhibition of Toulouse Lautrec and Madeleine Vionnet. I'm going to post the photos from Vionnet in a separate post to keep things a little easier to follow. I was absolutely awestruck by her work.

Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp street market:
Filled with food, cheap clothing, plenty of fabric stalls with actual stores behind them. I went into a few of the main stores, and they were tightly stacked floor to ceiling with fabric.

I really wish that I had taken more photos.


  1. Ooooh, I adore those miniature dolls, I went to that fabric store when I visited Paris and I WANTED THEM! Sounds like you were very lucky to be able to snap pictures of them!

  2. Wonderful shops! I just love Paris! I definitely plan on living there someday. :)

    Oh and Laduree is one of my absolutely favorite place in the world. The passion fruit and chocolate macaroons are the best...haha...but pistachio is up there too.

  3. Thanks for sharing!
    We've just got back from Amsterdam and now I wished I paid Albert Cuyp Market a visit. Wish I could sew like you, then I would buy more cloth for dressmaking :)

  4. Oh my goodness. I'm hyperventilating looking at those pictures!! Thank you. Just found your blog via pattern review. Love it! You sew beautifully, and make lovely fabric choices.