This is one for the craft lovers amongst us. Right at the foot of the Butte de Montmartre, the hill on which the Sacree Coeur is perched upon, is an area inhabited by material and haberdashery shops. Down every little alleyway you find shops selling everything from thick brocade, flimsy chiffon, bold prints, delicate prints, zips, ribbons, thread… in short everything you could ever imagine.
The two main shops are the Marche St Pierre (according to their website the biggest fabric department shop in the world) and Reine, but on top of that there are a multitude of little shops, most of them selling coupons (samples) at insanely low prices. You have to shift through a lot of junk to find the gems, but as a bargain hunter, I actually get a kick out of it.
I can spend hours there dreaming up different little dresses I could make for my daughters. Only about 10% of of the ideas I have had have actually been realised but I do love dreaming! And who knows, there might be a time in my life where I will have lots of free time to spare…..