To Europe to Europe, I’m going to Europe

Pardon my post title. I did not know what else to name this post.

I am going to mainland Europe ( I like to think of myself as an Islander here in the UK) end of July, for three weeks, and I have plans of going to Belgium-Netherlands-France, maybe squeeze in Germany. More specifically I am thinking Antwerp- The Hague – Amsterdam- Paris and finally Cologne if my cousin has some spare time. She’s a doctor, and apparently Doctors are overworked in Germany.

In Belgium, I do not have plans to do alot of fabric shopping because last time that I went to visit my cousin in Antwerp, I did not really see any shops worth going back to. I am not saying they are not there….they probably are, but I did not know where they were. Is anyone reading this post based   in either Brussels or Antwerp who knows of cool fabric hide outs?

In the Netherlands, I will be based at the Hague. I have already asked my cousin what it will cost me to go to Amsterdam in both time and money, and am glad to say, not a lot. I have heard Amsterdam has some lovely fabric shops so I shall make a stop there. I have grand hopes of visiting Kantje Boord and murdering my bank balance. For those of you who don’t know what Kantje Boord is, it is a shop near Amsterdam that sells impossible quantities of lingerie fabrics and notions. You can see a review of the shop here.

I will also be meeting Sandra in Paris. The plan is to go to Montmartre, and possibly Sarcelles, a  market were fabric could be obtained for less than 2 euros….now that’s more up my street. You all know I’m cheap right?

Like I mentioned before, Germany depends on my cousin’s availability, but I am sure if I do go there, I won’t be buying anything as I would have assassinated my poor bank balance in Amsterdam.

Is anyone going to be round those parts during the last week of July and early August? It will be nice to meet other bloggers in those cities. I am shamelessly reaching out here people…..I need to be plugged into the fashion hideouts in those cities matrix style. So please please please, pretty please, if you live in any of those cities, and fancy a meet-up, do let me know, and I shall try to budget my fabric spending money to accommodate more expeditions.

Oh God, does anyone know if it is at all possible to make a post invisible to one person only? I think the peace Chez maison Dibs will be rocked if Mr. Dibs reads about my shopping plans…….


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  1. June 30, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Non puoi perderti l'Italia, se vieni in Europa! eheheheh

  2. June 30, 2012 / 9:19 am

    Go girl! Sounds very exciting. x x

  3. June 30, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Your Euro trip sounds exciting ! Sandra told me about your planned meet-up, I'll be glad to join. Also, please let me know about your fabric shopping in Amsterdam, as this is a city I would like to visit too 🙂 See you in Paris.

  4. June 30, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    That sounds fantastic!! I'm not jealous at all!!!… 🙂

  5. June 30, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    I'm super excited for you!! What a fabric buying adventure….

  6. June 30, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    i hope you have a wonderful time!

  7. July 1, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Luckily my husband doesn't read my blog, so he doesn't quite know how often I buy fabric (although I thought he was going to have a heart attack when we moved and he saw how huge my stash is!). I hope you have a great time! When I was in Paris last summer, I LOVED the fabric shops in Montmartre! I found such gorgeous fabric on the cheap!

  8. July 1, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    I think we married women need to create a blog that our spouses know nothing about, so that we can share our purchases and planned purchases online with no danger of outraged husbands. It would be open to anyone who needed it, like The Room of Requirement, only it would be The Blog of Requirement. Sound good anyone?

    And I want you to know I am officially jealous of your trip.

  9. July 1, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    Maybe next time. I want to come to Italy just to eat ice-cream.

  10. July 1, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    lol. I am mega excited

  11. July 2, 2012 / 12:00 am

    See you. Can you come to Amsterdam too? If not, I will give you the low down of the shops I go to.

  12. July 2, 2012 / 12:00 am

    hahahhahhahahahaha…..I believe you 🙂

  13. July 2, 2012 / 12:02 am

    I can't wait. Funny that all my trips to places are now dominated by the possibility of uncovering fabric shops

  14. July 2, 2012 / 12:02 am

    Thanks Madalynne

  15. July 2, 2012 / 12:03 am

    hahahhahaha. My husband keeps making little noises about my ever increasing fabric stash. I tend to ignore him though.

  16. July 2, 2012 / 12:04 am

    I think you might be on to something here with the Blog of requirement. lol.

  17. July 9, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Hiya Dibs, I used to live in Brussels and also didn't find too many sewing or fabric shops. But there is one small recommendation for your eurotrip: a shop called Atchoum ( in rue des Renards, Brussels (

    It's a fantastic shop, mostly beading-related but they sell some trim and binding, a bit of fabric in the back room and a few handmade clothes. If you have a spare bit of time, you should check it out!

    Hope you have an awesome time on the continent!

  18. July 23, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    Hi there, I hope this reaction is not too late. If you're still in the Netherlands, you mentioned that you're staying in The Hague. I live in Rijswijk which is very very close to the Hague. You can visit the Hague market which is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. There you can find fabrics for good prices. Kantjeboord is the best shop ever to find lace! I'm planning to go there one of these days too ;-). If you have the time, ask your cousin to bring you to Utrecht. There you can visit the special fabric market which is held every Saturday from 09.00 AM – 01.00 PM. Girl, that's my favorite fabric market, they have lots of nice things and the prices are from low to high, I'm sure you will go crazy ;-), I always do LOL!

  19. July 23, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    Oh and of course the addresses, the Hague market is located at the Herman Costerstraat and the fabric market in Utrecht at the Breedstraat and open from 08.00 AM instead of 09.00 AM.