Finding and shopping in a fabric store was quite an adventure. As it happened, one of the fabric stores I had found on the Internet, Fratelli Bassetti, was a short walk from the Pantheon. And it was very easy to find, except that the storefront was so unassuming. You climb stairs to the level above the street level. And then, oh, my.
One room was full of men's shirting. One was full of men's suiting while another focused on women's suiting. And there was an entire room of silk. My son took this picture of his wife, Laura, and me discussing my interests (and budget!) with this charming salesman.
It was a little nerve-wracking to shop there because they spoke just a little English and I speak no Italian. Nevertheless, they were gracious and helpful.
I purchased two pieces in the end - black and white cotton shirting and a piece of the silk charmeuse you can see in the above photo.
Here is the shirting for Vogue 1414.
I understand that this week's Project Runway features the final contestants visiting Rome for inspiration. I hope they visit this wonderful shop!