The fabric district is located in the Monmartre area, in the shadow of Sacre Coeur, which sits on the top of a hill overlooking the rest of Paris. Sacre Coeur was also high on our to-do list (and probably our favorite monument in Paris) so we headed for Monmartre on the second day of our trip. We arrived very early, and had Sacre Coeur almost to ourselves for a few minutes. If you have been to Paris, you know how rare it is to be anywhere that isn't jam-packed with people, so the solitude was a treat in itself.
After seeing Sacre Coeur and exploring the area behind it (where there are are lots of artists ready and waiting to do portraits) we headed down the hill into the fabric district. There are lots and lots of shops, but most of them are fairly small (though so packed with merchandise it spills out onto the street!) I only went into a few, as I was more on the lookout for trims and notions rather than fabric, and it seems that those aren't sold in the same stores in Paris. Many of the stores seemed to specialize in a type of fabric: home decor, silks, etc.
I found some notions (more on those in a later post) but I did end up buying one piece of fabric as well, from Paris Tissus. They had a few bolts of Liberty of London cotton lawn for the great price of 15 euros a meter, so I could not resist buying a few meters. The print is not extremely Liberty of London-ish -- it's a little looser in style, and has less detail than what I associate with the brand. But it *feels* like Liberty of London lawn, so I think it probably is. And I love the colors!