Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sewing Technique Classes - Learn how to insert an invisible zipper and attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine.

NEW to Tessuti Sydney stores are sewing technique classes - these classes run for 2 hours and are aimed to help sewers fine tune their existing sewing skills and to help learn how to achieve a better finish on garments, by teaching some great industry techniques and sharing valuable tips. PLEASE NOTE: These classes are NOT suitable for absolute beginners, all students must have some sewing experience and know how to thread a sewing machine on their own.

If you'd like to learn how to successfully insert an invisible zipper and also learn how to attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine, this is a class you don't want to miss!

Learn how to insert an invisible zipper and attach your zipper to facing with your sewing machine.

What you need to bring:
Thread (any colour)
Tape measure or sewing gauge
Thread Clippers
Fabric Scissors
Pen (to take any extra notes)

Cost: $50

Teacher: Jenine
Spots are limited and all bookings are made online:
Tessuti Chatswood Saturday May 2nd ( 10am - 12pm) - FULL
                                - Saturday August 22nd ( 10am - 12pm) 

Tessuti Surry Hills  - Saturday August 29th (10am - 12pm) 

This class is ideal for our Libby A-line Skirt and Chloe Pants pattern.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A How To: Print-at-home and Copy Shop patterns

For many of our pattern buyers, the print-at-home PDF version can be a great source of bamboozlement if you've never been down that pattern-buying road before. And so with that in mind, we've put together this blog post for those of you who might like some more info on how it's done. Don't worry - while it can sometimes be a little time-consuming (especially the first time), there are great sewing pleasures to be had with this instantaneous method of purchasing patterns.

All our patterns are available to purchase and immediately download from the pattern section in our online shop

Before you buy a digital pattern, be sure you have a PDF viewer. Adobe Reader is the most popular option so if you don't already have this, you can download and install it for free at

Once you've completed your purchase, you will receive an email like the one you see below.  If you can't find it, check your Spam/Junk folder.

Click on the link which will take you to a screen that looks like this:

Immediately save your preferred file/s to your desktop or somewhere easy to find. Depending on your software of choice, the 'Save' screen may appear differently to that pictured below. 

I've acumulated quite a few PDF patterns over the years so it's a good idea to create a folder so that all your digital patterns can be saved to one place.

Next up, getting ready to print. Make absolutely sure you set your file to print at 100%. If you have any of the other features turned on, your pattern will print at the wrong scale.

To ensure that your settings are correct, print out your test square page first and check that it measures accurately at 10cm x 10cm.

If it all looks good, go ahead and print out your pattern. When assembling your tiles, trim borders as required and match up the letters and numbers as per the layout guide. 

Use sticky tape or a glue stick (as I have done below) to join your pages together. I prefer to work in rows like this...

...and then join the rows together at the end. 

When it comes to print-at-home patterns, love (and patience!) can sometimes be lost. Especially when the pattern is a big one like our Lily and Eva dresses and the Ola Tunic Top. When you buy our digital patterns, you'll always get two pattern files - a print-at-home copy for the method I've shown here AND an actual size copy shop version. If cutting and pasting induces great feelings of fear/dread/repulsion/impatience/scorn, then go with the copy shop version. All you need to do is find a print shop that can do plan printing (for architects, town planners etc.) on a toner based large format plan printer. You'll need to provide them with the necessary sheet sizing and this info can all be found on the pattern product page. When looking for a print shop, do shop around! I've spoken to customers who've paid as little as $6 and as much as $20 per sheet!

If you have any more printing tips/links or can recommend some reasonable print shops, please feel free to share in our comments section.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anzac Day public holiday - all stores closed

Lovely customers, please note that all our stores are closed for Anzac Day tomorrow. Melbourne and Chatswood will be open on Sunday 26th from 11am-4pm.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW :: Our Georgie Top Pattern!

Georgie Top in Magenta Rising
Sewing friends, meet our latest pattern - the Georgie Top! This simple, t-shirt style top is designed for woven fabrics and features a high neckline, bust darts and back neck opening. The top comes with two sleeve options - short or bracelet (7/8) length sleeves.

There are two binding options for Georgie including the exposed sleeve and neck binding pictured above and below. 

If you prefer, you can also do a concealed neckline binding and a regular sleeve hem (as recommended for the longer length pictured below).

Longer sleeved Georgie Top in Beige Dotted Night (similar to Ocean Commotion)

Suitable fabrics for Georgie include light to medium weight linens or linen blends, rayons, viscose and silks.

Georgie Top on Dark Day's Bloom

The Georgie pattern is now available in both PDF print-at-home/actual size and hardcopy format. Hope you like her and would love to hear your feedback if you sew her up.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alex's wedding (and getting by with a little help from her friends)

Here's a feel-good story for sewing beginners. The bride pictured here is our gorgeous customer Alex. She's been attending sewing classes with Bernadette Doherty for only 3 years and when Alex became engaged a year ago, she knew instantly that she wanted to make her own wedding dress. Alex chose a lovely beaded tulle lace from our Surry Hills store and made it up during classes using a combination of different patterns from Bernadette's collection.

The other lovely part to this story? The bridesmaid's dresses (variations of New Look 6699, made in our Charcoal silk satin and matching georgette) were made by her sewing class buddies Libby and Cathy.

The perfect sewing story of patience, love and friendship (and for more images of Alex's wedding and dresses, check out #alexandleontietheknot on Instagram).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Our NEW Pattern - The Ola Tunic Top!

As always, we're super excited to be finally introducing our latest Tessuti pattern - The Ola Tunic Top! This loose tunic-style top pattern comes complete with three style options and features magyar sleeves and exposed bindings on the neckline and sleeve hems.

Here's the Ola Tunic - Version 2 (minus patch pocket) pictured above and below. As you can see, running striped fabrics horizontally on one half and vertically on the other gives a lovely subtle effect to the top.

Truth be told this pattern was due out quite some time ago and Sheryl pattern tested Ola for us more than a year ago! At that time, she chose to make it up in Silva Stripe crinkled linen (top - sold out) and a blue gingham checked linen she purchased in France (below). Her most recent Ola make (above) was in our in Japanese cotton blend seersucker stripe Reading In Darkness (sold out).  And so with that fairly extensive pattern gestation, we're very happy to finally be able to share Ola with you!

Ola Tunic Top - Version 1 (above - made shorter in fine checked linen.
There are three versions of Ola to try - plain (Version 1), two-tone with contrast patch pocket (Version 2), and a three contrast version with floating patch pocket (Version 3).

Ola Tunic Top - Version 2
 Contrast A - Nickle Crinkle Linen
Contrast B - Silver Crinkle Linen
Ola Tunic Top - Version 3
 Contrast A - Japanese Cotton (sold out)
Contrast C - Black Hartford Linen

Our Ola Tunic Top is ideal for woven fabrics including linen, lightweight wool, cottons, viscose and silks:

Just as a final aside, some astute sewers out there (as we know many of you are!) might note that this pattern looks similar to our Zoe Top. While it does share some similarities - namely the magyar sleeves and general shape - there are some important differences. Ola's neckline is designed as a boatneck style. It also has a lot less fullness under the arm to allow for heavier fabrics. And of course, there are three fabulous versions available to you, giving you the opportunity to mix and match fabrics and designs.

Please note that due to the Easter long weekend, hard copies will be available in our Melbourne store from Tues 7th April.

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW - Shibori-inspired silk/cotton voiles!

I instagrammed these beauties yesterday because they've wedged themselves deep into my fabric-loving heart. All are 30% silk/70% cotton voiles, and - yep - all gorgeous. 
Fuzzy Diamonds
Three Sided Tears

While I mull over which of the three designs to choose and what pattern to make it up in, I've gone  on a pinning frenzy (as you do).  Check out our Fashion Love board for those pictured below, plus a few more to get me started.


And if the clothing idea fails, how gorgeous are these Shibori curtains?


Friday, March 13, 2015

The Great British Sewing Bee - Series 3 Finale

The bad news? In seeking out this final episode for you, I inadvertantly found out who the winner was. Thanks Google, you all-encompassing search engine you....

The good news? You can watch it here and not make the same mistake I did! Enjoy. x

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More Alice Beauties

We are seriously flipping out at ALL the beautiful versions of Alice out there! Thank you for officially making her our most popular pattern ever.

Here's Suzannah in not one but two gorgeous Alice creations. She made this one (featured above and below) from our designer silk Pinky the Cat (also available in beautiful blue).

Pinky The Cat
Blue The Cat
And because one Alice never feels like enough, she also made this beautiful soft version in an apricot cotton voile....

While we're Alice-ing, do please go and check out Sophie's version over on Ada Spragg. Picture-proof that repurposing soft furnishings can be a mighty fine thing! She's even got a pattern giveaway going on...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Selected hardcopy patterns to be discontinued

To make way for ALL the new 2015 range of Tessuti patterns, we've decided to discontinue some of our exisiting range, in hardcopy only. Once these are out of print, all patterns will still be available in PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions.

Stay tuned for new patterns coming very, very soon!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ruby Cubed = Triple Love

I started on my first Ruby late last year and due to some binding shennanigans, promptly stalled. You would think that by virtue of editing our patterns I'd be pretty good at following the instructions, right? Erm, this time no. Sewing with silk is not without its challenges but the thought of unpicking was unpalatable enough to cast the project aside until I felt better up to the task.

So the next time I went back to Ruby it was with a different fabric. I was lucky enough to grab a small piece of this swoon-y silk crepe de chine and really, I couldn't imagine using it for anything BUT a Ruby Top. So with my first version still incomplete (and armed with that powerful knowledge of what NOT to do) I managed to nail it second - and sloooower - time 'round.


With Ruby Mark II, I was totally inspired by Leith's lovely linen version and later saw Rachel's beauty over on Instagram. I used a navy and black linen/viscose from the stash and lengthenend it by 50cm for a dressier look to wear with heels. I've lightened the pic below so you can see the gingham check a little better.

With two successful Ruby's under my belt in my closet, I now had enough confidence to re-visit Mark I. She's made up in Sunflower Oceano (also available in this yummy colourway) which is a magnificent satin-backed crepe de chine. 


Yep, the print is pretty damn lovely but the inside of this fabric matches it every bit in the feel-good stakes.

And while I'm obsessed with all things Ruby, here's a pic of Colette's latest dress version made up in Graffiato Rosso silk crepe de chine.

Ruby love? Yeah, just a little...
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