I just got back from the most enjoyable week in Austria!
Hard to choose what to start with, because I had an amazing time, spent three days for sightseeing and art galleries in Vienna, visited Salzburg and Linz and also some of the most beautiful little villages as I went cycling. In addition to all that, there was some serious fabric shopping, plus “regular shopping” and shoe shopping! Sounds like too good to be true, I know. I am still going through the photos and find it hard to believe it happened to me 🙂
It felt nice in Austria, because although Estonia is really flat (the highest point is 318 m above sea level), the plants and trees and the greenery reminded me of Estonia very much. The mountains were just a breathtaking addition!
A few photos of the beautiful country, before getting to the main point – the fabric shops!
I had prepared myself with the necessary addresses for fabric shopping and because I didn`t want to totally lose it, decided to go for the famous Komolka in Vienna and Anton Baumgartner in Linz. I did have some insider info as well…
So, Komolka in Vienna is one of the shops (there are at least two in Vienna) that sells fabrics often used for Burda magazine creations.
The shop took my breath away at first. It is two floors of heavily fabric-stuffed space and the great thing is that they have something for everyone – from cheap offerings starting from 7€/m up to seriously expensive silk and lace (over 100€/m). I have never seen so many types of silk fabric before and also the lace is just unbelievable.
It was hard to decide what to leave and what to take, because also in the affordable price range there were so many beautiful fabrics.
After a lot of thinking I decided to get a dressful of intense green pique and enough of stretch sateen in bold print for a skirt.
A few days later I had a similar overwhelming feeling at Anton Baumgartner in Linz. What I especially liked about this shop is that they have marked the fabrics that have been used in Burda magazines and I could spot several of them even before seeing the marking.
The price range here was a bit narrower, starting with 15€/m for fun cotton prints and ending also at around 100 €/m for some silks, but I would say most of the fabrics were at around 25-70€/m.
Anyone recognize the shiny zig-zag print jersey? It is the fabric used in Burda May 2013 issue for this dress:
Unfortunately they had only 1.5 m of it left, and the dress requires 1.70, so I either have to pick a different pattern of make the top version of the pattern.
Another fabric I couldn´t resist was a synthetic Burberry printtaffetta that instantly gave me some ideas of how to use it, so of course I couldn´t leave it there!
And as I was strolling around the streets in Linz, I came across this little dress:
It is the Just Cavalli dress that I was lucky enough to find the fabric for it in Helsinki! I went into the shop and checked the dress out and I guess I will more or less copy the original because it is the best way to show the really loud and original fabric.
Close ups from the fabrics I got will be here ASAP too, but that’s it folks for tonight!
AN UPDATE – here are the close-ups, finally!