Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Great British Sewing Bee - Season 4: Episode 1

Grab your preferred beverage of choice and enjoy! We'll post links to further episodes over on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Anita's Self Drafted Top and Skirt

Anita (who prepares all your online orders) made this fabulous, bias cut, eight panel skirt with side pockets in our Italian cotton corduroy 'Flockette Spot' (limited stock available Tessuti Surry Hills only). The camisole is made up in textured 'Crimped Nero' silk (available Tessuti Surry Hills and Melbourne).
The rather fabulous rainbow coloured, metal teeth zipper was picked up overseas.
Both camisole and skirt patterns were drafted from two of her favourite RTW garments. If you live in Sydney and are interested to learn how to draft a pattern from your favourite garment, join one (or two) of our 'Take A Pattern from Your Favourite Garment' classes at Tessuti Surry Hills store. The possibilities are endless!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Teal Brooklyn

Here's my version of our latest pattern, the Brooklyn Coat.
After swathing myself (yes, you swathe a LOT when you work in a fabric shop) in every one of our new boiled wools, I finally chose Teal because (a) It's not black (b) It looks excellent with black and (c) LOOK at that colour!
The collar is closed with this fancy pin. I'm 160cm (5'3") so I made the Petite size, and shortened the sleeves by a couple of centimetres so that they finish just above my wrist.
With its raw edges, this coat really is a cruisy, quick sew. Remember, there are no buttons, no buttonholes, no overlocking and no lining so once cut, this is easily a straight 2-4 hour sew (depending on your skill level).
So what do you think of those back pockets? Most people (myself included!) have done a double take on them but let me assure you that after wearing it for a week, they've served some fine purpose in the phone/keys/dog treat department. And hey, if butt pockets on a coat aren't your thing, you can always leave them off.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

NEW :: Brooklyn Coat Pattern

Twelve months ago to the day, we released our Sydney Jacket pattern. The response was phenomenal (thank you!) and we hope you love this new pattern just as much. 
Brooklyn Coat in Plum Tepore
Meet our Brooklyn Coat. This oversized, boxy design features dropped shoulders and a fold over collar with front and back patch pockets. The full length sleeves are finished with a turned cuff. 
The raw edge coat can be worn loosely open or secured with a decorative pin for extra toasty neck warmth. It really is the perfect cover up for the autumn/winter months and ideal for layering too.
Brooklyn Coat in Slate Tepore
The Brooklyn Coat is best made up in boiled wools and also suitable for ponti, boiled felted wools and neoprene fabrics. The pattern is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions and pattern includes Australian sizes XXS through to XL.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NEW :: Helga Shirt Pattern

Meet Helga - our latest Tessuti pattern! About ten weeks ago we put up this photo (below) of Helga on Instagram
Helga (the customer - not the shirt ;-) had taken her pattern - modified to suit her shape - from an original Silva design that she'd purchased in one of her boutiques many, many years ago. And this shirt was the beautiful result. After publishing the photo, we had SO many requests for the pattern that we decided to answer the call. So here she is, named after our inspiration (of course!).  

This oversized shirt is a winning combination of loose, comfortable and stylish. The pattern includes two options - collarless (View A) and mandarin-style collar (View B). 
Helga Shirt in Black Crush
Features include a swing back and side seams that angle to the front and finish with a clever stepped hem.
The shirt can be easily dresssed up or down, and looks great with both skinny or wide legged pants. Suitable fabrics for the Helga Shirt include linen, cotton, lightweight wool, wool crepe and firmer silks (e.g. dupion and taffeta).
Our Helga Shirt pattern comes with all sizes (AUS sizing) XXS, XS, S, M, L and XL included. 
Due to the width of the back pattern piece, only sizes XXS, XS and S can be cut out on narrow width fabrics (112cm)

The pattern is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions and pattern includes Australian sizes XXS through to XL.

Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 In Season Silk Comp winners!

Earlier today on Instagram, we announced the prize winners for our 2016 In Season Silk Sewing Competition. So big, shouty CONGRATULATIONS to our major prize winners below!
Reannon's dress does a spectacular job of showcasing this digital print in all it's autumnal glory. The pattern she used is Vogue 8827 (very sadly OOP) View C.
The simple drape and fall of the silk complements the dress' full length and exaggerated lapel to perfection! It was the winning combination of simple, classic elegance that made this our favourite entry.
Second prize went to Debbie with her knockout bias cut dress featuring shoulder cut outs. And self drafted, no less. The fit is SO beautiful - go check out more photos on her blog over here.
And in Third Place - with her 'dress of swishy swishyness' - is Rachel! The fitted bodice and full skirt give this fabric a whole other fresh, fun look. She used a vintage 80s pattern and more details and pics are on her blog.
You can see all the submitted garments over on our In Season Pinterest board. Thanks to EVERYONE who entered and we hope you enjoy wearing all of your wonderful makes x

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ruby's wedding dress, made with love

We received a lovely email from newlywed Ruby and promptly ooh-ed and ahhh-ed over the gorgeous photos attached. This dress! And made by her grandmother no less...

Hello lovely Tessuti staff!
A quick email to thank you for your fabulous service and advice while picking fabric for my wedding dress. Special shout out to Dalwyn who made it all happen! My grandmother made the dress using fabric from your Flinders Lane store.
The outer fabric is our Ivory Deco Lace (also available in black and red) and the lining is our Off White Vanity. Both are currently in stock in Melbourne and Surry Hills.
Beautiful photos are by Whitewall Photography.
Congratulations guys! And thanks so much for sharing these images with us x

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEW Audrey Shirt Pattern

Meet our newest pattern, the Audrey Shirt

Japanese 100% Cotton - Black Supesu (also available in grey and navy)
This lovely collared design features a clever tie-front detail that is both flattering and stylish. The side ties extend from the curved back hem. The shirt has a six button opening and three quarter length sleeves with a bound split detail. 

Liberty Of London tana lawn - Navy Summer Time
A huge thanks to pattern tester Donna who made up the Audrey Shirt pattern in Japanese cotton seersucker Blue Ripple Square (sold out). It's still available in this colourway and limited stock of the Black Ripple Square is available online and at our Tessuti Chatswood store.
Suitable fabrics for the Audrey Shirt include lightweight linen, cotton lawn/poplin/sateen, crisp silks (taffeta and dupion) and cotton blends. Not suitable for lightweight silk or voile. The pattern is now available in both hardcopy and digital PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Classic Mandy Stripes

These two Mandy's that I made back in 2013? They're still going strong and still worn often. The Mandy is very much the top I like to wear when I don't want to think about the top I'm going to wear and ticks those TNT sewing boxes that are Quick. Comfy. Eaaaasy.
And because I will always covet the perfect stripe, I went straight in for our Japanese
Mimasu Wide Line cotton jersey when it arrived recently with this range.
I made a couple of small, simple modifications. These included lengthening the arms by 10cm and taking 7cm from the centre of both front and backs. It's a very boxy style so if you are going to take out as much as I did from the width, make sure you can still get it over your head. I also cropped the length from the original pattern too.
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