Fabric Shopping in Vienna

Although it seems that this year Estonia forgot to apply for summer weather and we have watched the whole June go by pretty much like October, there have been so many things to do that I haven´t even had the time to say a few words about the rest of the trip to Vienna in the end of May.

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As some of you may remember, I also visited Austria last year exactly the same time, and I loved the country. I felt that there were so many things left to do in Vienna that it deserved another trip this year, and to sum it up, it might easily happen that I will go again next year.

Because it was the first time for my travel companion to visit Vienna, we did some of the must-see attractions as well, like Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere. The latter has several works by Gustav Klimt, so it was no problem for me to go and see them once again.

Apart from this, we also rented bicycles for a day, which gave us an opportunity to see the city from a different angle; visited the Prater amusement park and some great exhibitions at Albertina, saw a rather touristic Mozart concert (mostly for the venue – the Golden Hall of Musikverein) and checked out the oldest zoo at Schönbrunn. In addition to that, I could not leave Vienna without making a purchase at the famous Komolka store.

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I will not repeat my last years description of the overwhelming experience, but it was truly overwhelming even for the second time. Some examples below:

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I bought two fabrics and matching linings:

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The first is a turquoise-gold-white bouclé at a very good price (just EUR 7/m) and a matching lining and the second light blue-beige very stretchy net-like fabric with a matching stretch lining. By the time of writing this, the first one is nearly finished as a Chanel-inspired jacket and the second one will become a dress one day.

I think my love for Vienna is only growing, visiting this beautiful city (and wonderful Austria)  may easily become a spring holiday tradition for me.

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Lucky in Austria

Hey there!

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!

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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.

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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.

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Anyone recognize the shiny zig-zag print jersey? It is the fabric used in Burda May 2013 issue for this dress:

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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!

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And as I was strolling around the streets in Linz, I came across this little dress:

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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!

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