Carmen and I are organising an international meet-up in Paris over the weekend of the 18th – 19th May 2019.
On Saturday 18th, we’ll be touring Paris’ fabric shops and ending the day with a group dinner / drinks. On Sunday 19th, we’ll be starting the day with brunch, visiting the exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient” at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, and heading out of town to visit the Bennytex fabric warehouse (check out Annie Coton’s blog post, it sounds amazing).
Sign-up is now open (to give us an idea of numbers to expect for planning purposes): Sign Up Here!
A quick note to say that everyone is very welcome, and you can attend as much or as little of the weekend as you like. I’m conscious that two reasons people sometimes don’t feel comfortable attending meet-ups are anxiety and mobility. If you would like to join us but have any concerns do get in touch with me and Carmen. I’m already thinking that we should have some group shopping trolleys ready as when I attended the previous Paris meet-up Carmen organised in 2014 I got carried away buying heavy wool fabrics and could barely carry them!
♥ What? ♥
A free-to-attend meet-up of people who love to sew, in Paris.
Following in the footsteps of the 2014 meet-up organised by Carmen, Paris Sewcial / Paris Coud will be a chance to get together with an international group of sewcialists and to explore Paris’ fabric shops.
♥ Itinerary ♥
The planned itinerary for Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th May is below. Attendees can feel free to dip in and out, attending one or both days, or parts of the day.
Saturday 18th May
10:30 – 11:00: Meet in Montmartre
We’ll be meeting in Square Louise-Michel, located below the Sacré-Cœur and in the heart of the Montmartre fabric shopping district.
Multiple metro stops including Anvers, Abbesses, Pigalle, and Château Rouge are located within ten minutes’ walk from the square.
11:00 – 17:00: Explore Paris’ Fabric Shops
We’ll spend the day exploring Paris’ numerous fabric shops. A map will be provided to help attendees navigate the city, and we’ll visit the shops as a group, or number of smaller groups, dependent on the number of attendees.
17:00: Dinner / Drinks
We’ll carry on the conversations over a group dinner / drinks (location tbc dependent on number of attendees).
Sunday 19th May
11:00 – 12:30: Brunch in Montmartre
We’ll start the day by returning to Montmartre for brunch and chatter.
13:00 – 15:00: Visit to Musée Yves Saint Laurent
At 13:00 we’ll visit “Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient” at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent. It isn’t possible to book a tour on Sundays, so we’ll be joining the queue outside the museum. A visit to the exhibition takes approximately 90 minutes. It’s also the perfect opportunity for a stroll past the Eiffel Tower, which is located 15 minutes walk from the museum.
15:00 – 18:00: Visit to Bennytex
Those willing to join us in a trip outside of the city centre on the hunt for fabric will catch the bus to Bennytex fabric warehouse. The journey is approximately one hour each way by public transport. For more info about shopping at Bennytex see Annie Coton’s blog post.
We’ll start the journey back from Bennytex at approximately 17:00, with attendees back in the city centre for 18:00.