UK and Paris in April
Taking my first trip to Europe specifically England/Scotland and Paris in April. Would like to shop for fabrics. Looking for shop names, directions, addresses etc. Can anyone steer me to the best locations? Looking for lingerie fabrics, wools, cottons, laces, want to see everything.
Hello Sherry, lucky you taking a trip like that. I live in the UK so what parts will you be visting? Janet
*Janet thanks for your message. Yes, I actually won the airfare for 2 to Europe. We are flying into London for a few days,then will be in the Cheshire area on our way up to Scotland. Details still not finalized for actual dates. Any information you can pass along would be great and much appreciated and perhaps I can arrange tours etc. around the fabric shopping?
*Here are a couple of way-out-of-town suggestions:The Cotswold Woollen Centre at Filkins between Lechlade and Burford weaves medium weight fabrics in mostly quiet colours. You can buy fabric by the metre or made up into clothes, have tea or watch the weavers. Reid and Taylor weave top quality wools and cashmeres largely for export. They have a mill shop at Langholm which is due north of Carlisle just over the border into Scotland
*Sherry. If you go to Carlisle, do go to the Linton shop, Shaddon Mill, not far from the station. They sell Chanel tweed, very cheap, and they are ever so kind, have been there several times, don't miss it, also Reid & Taylor have fine wools. I hope to go to Linton in 2 weeks.When in London go to John Lewis store. I'll find some other good places and write later.Lis in Denmark
*When in Paris, take the subway to MontMartre to see the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) cathedral. Then browse through the shops in the streets at the base of the hill. I found a couple streets where every other shop was a fabric store! Came home with a few pieces of silk from Lyon.
*These are great suggestions! I hope there are more to come as I am planning a trip as well.David Coffin has a list of London tailor shops that all sell high quality shirting fabric in his Taunton Press book on shirtmaking.
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