Fabric Shops in Athens

Yesterday a funny coincidence occurred – at some point during the day I had the idea of helping travelling sewists, who would like to buy  some fabric on their trip to Athens, by giving directions to the relevant shops.

And as I checked the statistics of my blog later on, I saw that someone had stumbled upon my blog with search term “fabric shops in Athens”. Sadly, that person had to leave empty-handed.

I will not point out all the shops one by one, as they are all very conveniently gathered together in a small pedestrian street in the center of Athens. This makes it easier for the travelling sewists to get their shopping done without putting too much pressure on the non-sewist co-travelers. The latter can either take plenty of photos of the nearby tiny but nevertheless picturesque Kapnikareas church or get dizzy in the busy shopping street Ermou.

The first map shows directions from Monastiraki metro station, blue and green metro lines run there:

The second map shows directions when coming from Syntagma metro station, blue and red line:

Once you are in Kalamiotou street, it is impossible to miss the fabric shops because all of them have rolls of fabric presented right outside their doors. You can find everything from home decor fabrics to fake fur and silk.

You will notice that most of them have no price tags at all and this is the tricky part. Basically they can ask you any price they want, so I suggest taking a look at several shops and ask for prices for similar fabrics, to get a better picture first. You can try bargaining, which will probably be successful, especially if you buy more than one fabric, something pricey or just a large quantity.

I cannot promise that the shop assistants (in most cases actually owners) speak fluent English, but for sure they will try to help you as much as they can.

The prices generally are rather good in my opinion, you can expect to pay around 6 to 10 EUR/m for doubleknits, synthetic charmeuse and stretch cotton sateen. Silk fabrics are around 18-25 EUR/m.

For more fabrics and notions, there are a few good shops here, in Perikleous street (notice that it is just around the corner from the previous shops), directions starting from Syntagma, via Perikleous to Kalamiotou:

There is also one shop in Ermou street, Kalaviotis, that has buttons, linings, zippers and other notions. You have to go downstairs to the underground level to find these things, as on the ground floor they sell some garments, Crocs shoes, umbrellas and underwear (don’t ask me why such a selection!) The address is Ermou 8 and it is in the beginning of Ermou street when coming from Syntagma Square.

I will try to remember to take my camera with me the next time, to illustrate this post with a street view photo.

Here are a few photos of Kalamiotou street and the interior of one of the shops:


I hope this helps!

Holidays And Some Missing Buttons

Hello from Athens!

I hope the contents of this blog will soon match its title – all the photos and the majority of the garments so far have been made in Estonia during my three-month long holiday. Now I am back in Athens, but I don’t know when I will be able to show something I actually made these days, as I am usually sewing in the kitchen and there is no air condition. Which means I cannot sew anything right now. Or at least not anything that needs concentration and precision. Maybe I should use the time to make some bed sheets?

As I got back to Greece, we decided with my fiance that the best we can do with the last week of August is to go on holidays (don’t hate me!).

So I thought, haha, great, I will take the sundress I made from the fabric I got from Copenhagen with me, and illustrate the blog with some photos taken with some amazing Greek landscape in the background. The dress only missed a few buttons I didn’t have the time to sew on in Estonia and that I DEFINITELY had packed with me. But as I wanted to quickly sew them on before leaving for holidays, I couldn´t find them anywhere. And as it comes out they have vanished from the face of Earth because my mother cannot find them anywhere in Estonia, either.

So the poor dress stayed at home and I hope my mom will still find the buttons from the shop in Tartu. She suggested cutting the buttons I already attached, off and getting some others from Athens, but I guess I am too stubborn, so I’d rather wait. Anyway, the chance of taking the photos during the trip has passed.

We visited the southern part of Peloponnese peninsula, Monemvasia, Elafonissos, region of Mani and the southernmost point of mainland Greece, Cape Tainaron or Cape Matapas. I often get the feeling of suffocation in Athens because of the crazy traffic, crowds and lack of greenery but outside Athens, Greece is a magnificently beautiful country. The few photos here cannot pass on the real beauty of nature and I am trying to keep it a sewing blog after all, but I hope this little detour will be forgiven.

Somewhere in Mani area

Just to remind you that this is not a travel blog after all, I am going to show you some of the fabrics I managed to take with me from Estonia. Unfortunately I had to leave some goodies behind, because even after I had paid for extra luggage weight, it was still too heavy.

In the first photo, the really shiny piece of fabric is stretch jersey that I am planning to use for some details on a black party dress. The plissé fabric is waiting to be turned into a long, maybe strapless, dress. The brown-grey-black fabric is a thin polyester jersey, I can see it as a top for winter, that would match any colour of trousers.

In the middle, the white fabric with butterfly and flower print is a stretchy cotton-polyester mix and next to it, blackish blue stretch denim.

The last photo shows some heavier stretch jerseys, that I am thinking to use for Burda February 2012 model 117B.

Unfortunately the beige fabric is slightly heavier than the other two (I am planning to use three colours, not four) and now I am not really sure, whether I should try to find something thicker to replace the black and lime or something thinner to replace the beige. I am afraid mixing different weights of fabric will not end up well on that dress.

An last but not least, a glimpse of the poor sundress that stayed home for holidays: