Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Picchu + Krejberg Linen Skirt

Lorraine came into our Surry Hills store wearing this fabulous linen houndstooth Picchu + Krejberg skirt she bought in Melbourne.
Isn't it clever ? Looks complicated but it's simply caught in the just the right places to give a great effect.

This is very much the style of Silva Guanta clothes ( who also happens to be my mum ), understated , simple but with a twist.

And we can't go past without mentioning the fabulous Robert Clergerie shoes.*sigh*

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Horizontal stripes - Burda Pattern 8627

Maria came into our Surry Hills store just at the moment I happened to be there with my camera handy. Which I always carry with me now (just in case !).I know I'm becoming a right pain...but I wish I had started this blog ages ago and had a record of the great Tessuti creations that have come into our stores. Better late than never!

I love the simplicity of this Burda 8627 pattern which she has made up in our Cotton/ Elastane ' August Night Stripe ' and particularly that she used the stripes horizontally. I much prefer stripes this way ( except in pants ) and contrary to what they say - they do not make you look bigger. Especially narrow stripes like these. Very flattering indeed. In fact there is an interesting article about different ways to use striped fabrics and grainlines that I found via one of my favourite blog sites .

The detailing at the back is interesting and Maria has added a gorgeous ceramic button....nice touch. The pattern was not altered at all and in fact Maria has made it before and there is also a long sleeve version for an easy unstructured jacket. This would be great in a light weight or textured wool.

Alot of our customers tell me that they love the fit of Burda patterns in particular their pants so I have now decided to stock Burda patterns again.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Easy dress

Emma made a very quick and easy dress out of this print for a summer holiday . Using the full width of the fabric ( it is 150cm wide ) for the dress. Which meant she had a centre back seam - no side seams. Emma cut her dress approx to knee length including hem allowance.

She then gathered the middle section of the centre front and back. Then added a *trim around top edge of the dress and straps. Using a tie belt made in the same fabric to draw in the waist. Voila! a very quick & lovely sundress for summer. No pattern required.

* Note : the trim edge is actually insertion trim and has been joined together on the straps to cover bra straps.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Sartorialist and

Here are some great looks for Winter from The Sartorialist on the site .

Tessuti has just the fabric to create these looks.

Winter in store

We have all been waiting and finally our fabulous stock of winter fabrics from Italy are in all Tessuti stores now. Alpaca/ Wools , Cashmere / Wools , Wool Crepes ,Wool Suiting , Tweeds , Wool Jerseys , Boucles , Two- Tone Coatings , Boiled Wools and much much more. Come in and see for yourself.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mesh Velvet Flock Top

Here is Eva in her 'Nightscape' nylon mesh top worn at our Tessuti Chatswood store today. I love this print and the black velvet flocking detailing( around the waist area). Eva has made up this fabric in a straight tube skirt and a long sleeve version of this top (that's how much she loves it !!!!) and I can see why. The neck, hem and sleeves are edged in a plain black knit jersey. Eva is constantly creating great pieces out of Tessuti fabrics and always manages to have just the right stunning accessory to go with them!


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gift from the heart

What a lovely gift Emma made for her friends baby's christening. Here it is made in Tessuti's Japanese linen/cotton 'Rice Paper White '. Trimmed with our Hessian coloured ric-rac braid with her name embroidered (using her fabulous Bernina 1630) on our Italian 'Cream' linen twill.

What a gorgeous gift for a lucky little girl.....I'm sure she will treasure it always.


Evie's new pants

We have just had a lovely visit from my cousin Lisa and her daughter Evie. They're from Melbourne. Six days went by far too quickly and we had a great time together. Whilst entertaining little Evie, Lisa and I managed to tick off a few of the things we had talked about doing together. One of the things we have tried to do and haven't managed in the past is to have a stitching session together.

Lisa is relatively new to sewing. She has made some wonderful softies for my girls and a lovely patchwork skirt for Evie (I will show that in a later post) but wants more experience with sewing clothes for Evie and herself. So last night she whipped up these fun pull-on pants for Evie in the Cotton 'Silhouette Tales' and Cotton 'Black Spot'. How divine are they? At the moment, Evie's rather partial to skirts of the twirly variety but she was very happy to jump into these which made the process even more satisfying! There's nothing quite like pleasing the fickle tastes of a toddler...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Summer pleated skirt by Sabine

We enjoy it when Sabine comes into our Chatswood store wearing one of her latest creations . Here she has made a fabulous pleated skirt from an old Burda pattern 2688 in our 100% Cotton 'Crime Scene'. The name definitely doesn't suit the will have to ask Adrian about that one!

Who would have thought by looking at this pattern cover that it would have turned out as lovely as this. It's proof that you have to look beyond poor styling in some pattern books and take more notice of the technical drawings instead. Not forgetting that ideal fabric choice plays a big part too!

Sabine's BWOF blouse

Here is a great blouse pattern from BWOF 07/2007 - Style 101A. Made up by our Chatswood customer Sabine who only uses Burda and Burda World Of Fashion magazine patterns (found at most newsagents) . Sabine even managed to find a perfect black/grey and white cotton print at Tessuti similar to the one used in the mag! I think the fit is fantastic don't you?

Sabine loves the blouse so much she has bought some lovely silk seersucker in black to make one like this.

To see more wonderful creations made from Burda World Of Fashion magazines check out Christina's blog.


Friday, February 15, 2008

Feature fabric of the week - Silk Ombre

Ombre (which kind of means shading in French and what we would call tie-dye but a more stylish version) is very hot at the moment. Prada was the first to use ombre in their 2006 clothing and accessory range. You may also remember Bec Hewitts' bridesmaids in stunning Alex Perry silk ombre dresses in shades of pinks to yellows. The fabric has featured prominently overseas for the upcoming Spring/Summer collections and will be a great style trend for brides/bridesmaids, special occasion and formal wear.

Tessuti (Surry Hills and Wynyard stores only) now stock 100% silk chiffon and georgette ombres in approx 14 different shades ( with more being added ) . The glorious colour combinations are as follows:
Reds to Orange - "Fire"
Browns to Greens - "Chartreuse" (picture 4)
Orange to Teal -"Teal"
Plums to Blues - "Damsen" (picture 3)
Greens to Aquas - "Breeze" (picture 8)
Terracotta to Teal - "Fresco" (picture 1)
Ivory to Nutmegs - "Nutmeg"
Cameo Pink to Blush - "Tea Rose"
Smoke to Truffle - "Truffle" ( picture 2)
Lemon to Pink - "Gelato" ( picture 5)
Coral to Pink - "Cerise" ( picture 6)
Aqua to Bluette - "Blue" ( picture 7)
Platinum to Smoky Black - "Charcoal"

They are impossible to swatch up so I thought I would include some pictures in this post. They absolutely need to be seen to be appreciated and look truly amazing when made up.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Beattie's debut

Beattie used to work at our Chatswood store and since leaving she completed a fashion and textile design course at the University of Technology . She has finally realised her dream of starting her own label and seen above are her gorgeous reversible dresses made up in our Italian cotton jersey. Beattie has screen printed the fabric with her own design and they were launched at the Kirribilli Markets last weekend. We wish her lots of luck!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Silk Satin and Vogue 7387

I have since found out that this pattern - Vogue 7387 has been discarded , but am sure some of you may have it in your pattern stash!!! But it is a great example of a stunning dress style from Vogue patterns made up in our 100% Silk Satin ( which we carry in lots and lots of colours - ask to see our Silk Book if you don't see the colour you are after - in store )- Emma used the Silk Satin in colour Menthe and she looks divine.... & how perfect are the Witchery shoes!!!

xxx Happy Anniversary Em

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Need a dressmaker?

One of the questions we are most often asked in our stores is "Can you recommend a good dressmaker?" Finding someone to make that special outfit for whatever occasion can be a fraught experience. It's one thing to find someone, but can they create your vision and will it FIT (oh yeah, for all the good dressmaker tales, we've heard some bad ones too!)? Here at Tessuti, we are happy to provide recommendations. But it's important to remind you that a recommendation is generally based on a good personal experience and who/what works for some may not work for others. With this in mind, we like to advocate visiting more than one dressmaker before you make your choice. Ask to see some samples of their work, see if they'll meet your budget and time-frame etc. As a head start, look out for any new posts about any of the dressmakers (linked on the sidebar ) and pictures of satisfied customers wearing their wares.

Bernadette Doherty - dressmaker

Bernadette Doherty is a fabulous dressmaker on the North Shore in Roseville - 10 mins from our Chatswood store. Bernadette has over 25 years experience in the fashion industry and specialises in made to measure bridal, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, eveningwear or special occasion. You can view many more of her creations on her new website.


Friday, February 8, 2008

Tessuti Soft Furnishings

Not only are Tessuti fabrics suitable for garments...they also look great made up in soft furnishings. Emma made these up for her new home in our 100% Cotton 'duckegg eyelet' and notice the fabric under the lovely flower plant? See it also here!
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