Fabric Shopping in Malta.

During our honeymoon, we dashed from Italy to Malta for a few days. It’s a special little place packed with so much history and culture. We drove around the main island and also took the car ferry to Gozo. The waters are amazingly pristine and clear. I had a few pics up on Instagram.

There doesn’t seem to be many fabric shops around, judging by a quick search on the internet. Many textile shops are interior decorating stores. The best seems to be JB Stores which are a chain of department stores in Malta. Anyway, we didn’t have much time for fabric shopping, so we made a quick dash to one of the JBs on the morning of our flight out of the country! We stayed at St. Julians, so Iklin was the closest store.

JB Stores (Iklin branch)

English is an official language in Malta, as is Maltese. Nearly all the signs are in English, or have English translations anyway (apart from street signs). So much easier to get around, find places and buy things!

Being a department store, JB has lots of different sections, and they didn’t skim on fabrics and haberdashery – a whole floor is dedicated to it. There were all kinds of fabrics, at very reasonable prices. Pity we didn’t have much time there – MS had to remind me a few times we had to get to the airport and there would be traffic – oh it was so hard to walk away from the store empty-handed! By the way, traffic to the airport was BAD!!

Greatest invention: Google Maps. Finding the store was a breeze. The sign on the main road helped too.
Greatest invention: Google Maps. Finding the store was a breeze. The sign on the main road helped too. As is a husband who is a good driver – people on the roads in Malta are crazy!

 

The entrance is at the side street.
The entrance is at the side street.

 

A whole floor of fashion fabrics? Yes please!
A whole floor of fashion fabrics? Yes please!

 

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And so we rushed to the airport. Lucky for me, the newsagent inside the airport stocks heaps of sewing magazines!

Burdas!
Burdas!

 

Italian ones.
Italian ones, some dedicated to plus sizes.

 

More sewing mags, all with patterns attached.
More sewing mags, all with patterns attached.

 

I bought BurdaStyle Easy and Ottobre. It's the first time I've come across either of the magazines. I can buy BurdaStyle locally, but not the Easy edition, which is way more suited to my current sewing skill level.
I bought BurdaStyle Easy and Ottobre. It’s the first time I’ve come across either of the magazines. I can buy BurdaStyle locally, but not the Easy edition, which is way more suited to my current sewing skill level.

 

I shall point out that I’m not this selfish wife who drags her husband around the country to look for fabric stores (or am I? Haha). Well, MS got to see a model store in Florence too! 

Florence model store

 

So that concludes ALL the fabric and sewing-related experience in our honeymoon (Italy and Malta). I’ve been so busy since I came back, but hopefully I can start doing *some* sewing soon!

 

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