#FabricShoppingOnTour Project | March Update

Hello from snowy Milan! Here I am living and breathing the ethos of the #FabricShoppingOnTour project. I absolutely loved that all I need to do was to check the Milan entry in the Alphabetical City Index and I had all the information I needed at my fingertips.

If you are wondering what this project is all about, here’s a quick summary. Launched in December 2017, I decided to make my small contribution to the sewing community. So I started cataloguing existing fabric shopping guides written by fellow sewers that were already published (no commercial directories allowed, only genuine sewing people), with the link to the original blog and the year it was created. I am also contacting local sewists to ask them to contribute a post on their blog writing about the city they live in.

At the beginning of every month, I publish the latest contributions from the previous month, so we can grow the directory and help travelling sewists to find the best fabric souvenirs while ‘on tour’.

So here are the March updates.

Before we dive in, I want to share with you this hilarious blog post I came across about shopping for fabric in Milan. I only visited one shop really quickly today, but I am pleased to say that I did not run into the dragon lady! However, it was a very strange experience, with four people working in a tiny shop, and one lady pulled the fabric out for me, the other cut it, one wrote the receipt and took my money and finally, a gentleman wrapped it in pink tissue paper. They were all very elderly, very lovely and very helpful (it helped that I had a few basic Italian words), but man oh man, that was over-employment or what? I only bought 1m of black silk crepe for 12 Euros, more as a souvenir than for a specific project, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand…

I’m really excited to bring you two purpose-written guides in March, written by Kat from Kat Makes about Auckland, New Zealand and for Vilnius, Lithuania, written by Julie from SewingJulie. Thank you both for your fantastic contributions.

In addition, we have added 6 new destinations:

  • Athens, Greece
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • New Delhi, India
  • Osaka, Japan
  • San Diego, USA
  • Vilnius, Lithuania

Also, a few new links added for existing destinations:

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Auckland, New Zealand

The total numbers are: 47 destinations, 78 links, out of which 37 are local guides.

Here’s the latest map:

It really makes my heart sing when I get proofs of the generosity of the lovely members of the sewing community, like the many emails from people all over the world wanting to get involved in this project and telling we how useful they find the information I am gathering.

Please continue to get in touch with any links that you might have come across or to your own blogs, and if you would like to write a guide for your city.

Of course, any feedback is more than welcome.

If you want to get in touch about the project, please drop me an email to alex@sewrendipity.com.


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  1. Welcome to Milan. 🙂 I love how in some fabric stores here they wrap the fabric in paper, like in old times. Also read the other article you linked to and knew right away which store she was talking about! 😀

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      1. well, I’m not Italian, but been living here for 10 years. 🙂 Actually had to google that store, haven’t been there. Must check it out some time.


      2. It’s tiny, and not too impressive. But good value, I have been told. I realised today that I don’t like shops with fabric on rolls and being served. I like to rummage and discover.


      3. Me too. That’s why I go to the forementioned shop with the scary clerks and another one called Raponi. If you’re still in town on Monday, go in the afternoon as they’re both closed in the morning.


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