Monday, March 31, 2008

What NOT to do when cutting velvet





Today I wanted to do a post about how to cut and fuse a jacket. In this case, I was using a velveteen cotton that I have been saving for this winter. In my haste to cut the fabric and get it to the Garment Fusing Service before having to pick up my girls from school, I made a terrible faux-pas! I'm ashamed to admit it, even though I know that it happens to the best of sewers. I will post about it tomorrow as I'm still feeling quite raw about it. Oh, and just to rub salt in the wound is the fact that the fabric has sold out! AAAARRRGH!!

Can anyone guess what I did wrong?

Pattern Review - Vogue 8184 - cocktail dress



I wasn't sure if I should include another review of Vogue 8184 especially since we've had posts about it here and here. But this dress is too stunning not to include in this blog as it is a wonderful example of the versatility of this pattern.

It looks absolutely perfect in Tessuti's Armour Flower, Italian satin stretch black/red floral. In this version of Vogue 8184 Georgia made some slight changes. Firstly the notch in the self band was removed.



A layer of netting was added underneath for slight fullness - it was cut the same as the skirt pattern only longer and fuller and then gathered at the waist and attached to the bodice facing and underlining of the skirt.



In this version - rigalene boning was sewn into the side seams of the inside facings for extra support and Georgia used our elastic bra straps...very Dolce and Gabbana.



Georgia's beautiful vintage diamante necklace and bracelet - which used to belong to her mother - completed the look and ....



last but not least....how perfect are these Robert Robert shoes?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pattern Review - Vogue 8229





This great Vogue pattern 8229 started it all.... I mean started this Sew Tessuti blog. I had always liked this pattern and thought I'd go on the internet to see if there were any reviews on it. That's when I stumbled upon Christina's versions of both styles in 3 different ways and her wonderful Assorted Notions blog. Then I discovered the whole world of blogland and became hooked!!!! What a great community it creates with like-minded virtual friends sharing and admiring each others creations. It is so inspiring to see some very talented and creative people out there - of all age groups and sewing levels - and it is just the thing to get us sewing...because if they can do it, so can we!!

So I decided to start Sew Tessuti and contribute by showing all of our talented Tessuti customers and their wares, adding pattern reviews (not to be mistaken with the great Pattern Review site) and keeping everyone updated on what's new at Tessuti - with some inspiration and sewing tips thrown in. The tips are coming...I just can't keep up with all the great creations that come through our stores. But I would love to hear from you and to find out what you would like to know more about.

Back to the Vogue 8229 review ....when I went to visit the girls at 'Sit'n'Sew', Margot was wearing this great pattern!!! This time I got to see view A made up with the ruffle, which initially I thought I wouldn't like but after seeing Margot's dress I do! She has done such a fabulous job. Margot made it up in our 100% textured cotton 'Putty Slub', a medium weight cotton. You probably can't notice the raised textured weave in this fabric which is what gives it the look of slubbed linen. It is a great base cloth for all garments and we stock it in a few different colours.



Then she used our very popular 100% cotton mesh with appliqued cotton bias trim embroidery for the neck facing. Margot also made a matching sleeveless vest in the mesh to be worn over the top of her stylish dress.





I will definitely be making up one of these for our upcoming buying trip to Italy in June.






Worth a mention is that Margot won 3rd prize in our 2007 Tessuti Awards with this great outfit. We will be letting you know about this year's event very soon. It's going to be very exciting and much bigger than our inaugural event last year. Expect some very big surprises!!! Stay tuned for that....and keep September free in your diaries - the exact date TBA.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jersey and Leather = Fabulous



Funnily after posting about a jersey knit pattern from Vogue patterns earlier - I found that The Satorialist has posted one of my favourite images of his - of this fabulous jersey dress... it's also a really great photo.

What a great thing to team back with jersey - soft leather. We stock two fabulous viscose/poly knits called 'Diva' and 'Enigma' which would be ideal for this. The 'Diva' only comes in Black and is slightly heavier than the latter, and 'Enigma' comes in Putty, Anthracite Grey and Black.

The best place to buy great leather hides in all colours and textures is at NSW Leather. They have warehouses in most states in Australia and also one in New Zealand, where you can purchase leather hides direct.

Pattern Review - Vogue 2091




Meet Ann - who has been a Tessuti customer from way back when we started. Ann also attends the sewing classes at Sit'n'Sew' in Forestville - Sydney. None of the girls taking part in the lessons that day knew I was popping in to take photos of them at work. I must say I was impressed how great they all looked in their creations made up in previous classes. After all their hard work it is great to be able to show them off to one another - especially as they have seen them from start to finish. But the best bit is completing these great outfits with just the right accessories....it really completes the whole look. Don't you think? There are more to come from the girls I photographed that day in later posts... stay tuned.

Here Ann has made up our Italian Viscose/Elastane knit 'Zee Stripe' in Vogue 2091 in view B. This pattern has been in the Vogue pattern catalogue for a while now and should never be discarded.... this is a timeless and simple dress for jersey knits. Most of our customers that have bought this pattern have had great success with it and use it again and again. All 3 of these styles could be used as a great top pattern as well.





And the finished look.... a great shawl/scarf, lovely black bead and pearl necklace, textured belt and lace-up shoes. Very much The Satorialist look....just minus the Paris or Milan settings.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Feature fabric of the week - Sequinned silk georgette



Take a peek at Tessuti's sequinned silk georgette....isn't it fabulous?. It has the most wonderful drape and look . You can see it made up in this stunning dress in the latest April issue of Vogue Australia. This decadent fabric comes in 4 colours:

Black/Silver/Gold
Matt Gold
Matt Black
Matt Silver

Blk/Silver/Gold

Matt Gold

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Autumn in Sydney



There is a definite change in the weather and the light. I can tell now when I take photos of our customers wearing their Tessuti creations - I noticed it today taking a photo of a fabulous shirt worn by Georgia (in our 2 tone cotton embroidery anglaise). You definitely must stay tuned for that one..... it's beautiful.

Then I thought I should take photos of our beautiful city of Sydney and the spots that I love( like showing a friend around your city ) and add a post about them every now.

So here is a part of Sydney that is beautiful any time of the day. This is sunset at Lady Macquarie's Chair in the city centre adjacent to the gorgeous Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens along the harbour with part of the city skyline behind. It is a truly stunning spot.....and unfortunately my little camera can't capture it all .... from here you get the most spectacular view of Sydney's harbour ... it always blows me away.

xxx

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sophie's new butterfly dress


Remember my post about our incredible 13 year old customer Sophie and her wanting to refashion her mothers old skirts into dresses for herself? Well here is the end result.... Sophie kindly emailed me the images of her great new dress - from start to finish. I'm glad she took photos!!!

Firstly Sophie measured the same distance up from the hem (all around) to finish at the bottom of the peak of the yoke.Then Sophie cut at that line removing the triangular yoke on the top of the skirt and kept the frill around the edge of the yoke and the skirt part.

The skirt before

Sophie wanted a stretch knit for the bodice - after we showed her a couple of colours - she chose a perfect Turquoise in Tessuti's Viscose/ Elastane 'Orbit' knit.

Sophie's new dress

For the straps Sophie used the frill on the edge of the yoke on her mums skirt - and attached it to our 100% cotton soft webbing fold - over binding ( we stock this in approx 12 colours ). The finishing touch was adding large orange buttons from our button range. Cute touch with the pink criss crossing of the thread Sophie.

strap and button detail

Sophie took all our suggestions on board and did a FABULOUS job on her first refashioned dress .It also goes to show how creative Sophie is.....she wasn't even aware that there is a whole craze about refashioning your old (but good) clothes. See here and here.

Stay tuned for more creations from Sophie.

xxx

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bridesmaids in silk prints





Here is another great silk print from Tessuti used in these stunning bridesmaids dresses. These dresses are beautifully made up in our Italian bubble silk print with a plain teal silk satin used to make the straps and trim around the waist - it's a lovely touch. I'm sure these bridesmaids will be wearing their lovely dresses again.

The brides and bridesmaids dresses were made by Emma Laue who makes wonderful creations and also happens to be the beautiful bride you see here!!!! WOW !

Glorious silk prints

1

2 and 3

4

5


I wanted to show some of my favourite silk prints we have at Tessuti at the moment. Aren't they just lovely?

xxx

Monday, March 24, 2008

Feature Fabric Of The Week - Flannel Wool



Arrived in store at Tessuti Surry Hills is the scrumptious neon coloured 70% Wool 20% Polyamide and 10% Cashmere Flannel Coating - a medium weight wool with a slightly brushed napped finish.

Shown from left to right - Turquoise, Emerald and Cobalt - the intensity of these yummy colours didn't quite come out in the photo. These wools are just the thing for creating this great look. I am also working on the toile/ muslin for this great vintage coat pattern I have and now can't decide on the Emerald or Cobalt for me??? Great thing all of these colours work well with black!!!

note: I will post pics of the Hot Pink and Purple in this Wool Flannel as soon as it arrives.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter to all xxx



Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter.

xxx Colette and all at Tessuti Fabrics.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pattern Review - Vogue 8291



Here is a great example to show that by making slight adjustments to a great basic pattern you can end up with a gorgeous top like the one Georgia is wearing here.

You remember Georgia earlier in her other wonderful Tessuti creations? Well here she is in our Black Fanfloral cotton print made up in Vogue 8291. Georgia has used style A and altered the pattern by shortening the length approx 15cm and adding 5 rows of shirring at the waistline.... For those of us with not as small a waist , you could add the shirring detail at the high hips ( as in style B).

Then to create the sweet puff sleeves Georgia shortened the sleeves and slashed it through the middle to add approx 7cm - to give the sleeve more fullness and added a teensey bit more to the sleeve head. The finished sleeve length is approximately 20 - 25cm.Lastly a row of narrow elastic was added about 2.5 cm above the sleeve hem edge.

I have to say that I am going to have to copy this top ( I hope you don't mind Georgia )as this is the kind of style that I am loving at the moment - the 3/4 sleeves version would be great too.





xxx

Learn to sew, the way it used to be done.



Due to interest in these sewing classes - Rudolf has decided to start another 'Traditional Tailoring Techniques' 5 week course starting 26th April.

Rudolf is located in Surry Hills, just a few minutes' walk from Sydney Central Station. On-street parking is available in the area. Go here to find out more and learn to sew, the way it used to be done.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Silva Guanta's new Mosman store







Silva Guanta has relocated in Mosman to it's new location at 681A Military Road PH: 99603926. There are also stores at St Ives and Double Bay. This newest store is just divine ..... and stocked with fabulous labels such as :

Transit (Italy)
Sita Murt(Spain)
Private Sachen (Germany)
Visage
Black
Baxter + Rose (New Zealand)
and Silva Guanta ...of course.

See also some exquisite jewellery from Italy, France and Germany.

As of next season Silva Guanta will be stocking a select range of Robert Clergerie shoes and an exciting new line of clothing and handbags from Italy.

Note for a limited time only - the old Mosman location at 629 Military Rd is clearing end season stock from summer and winter at very discounted prices! Get in quick.

xxx

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Farewell Laura



It's funny who you run into while you're filling up for petrol. We bumped into Laura and her boyfriend James who were off to a party. Laura has just finished working for us at Tessuti Chatswood - to start an exciting new job working for a leather manufacturer Julio Valdes - assisting him in design and pattern making. Laura had spent sometime doing work experience with Julio in her final year at the University of Technology Sydney where she studied fashion and textile design. She did so well too - becoming one of 3 finalists to go to Paris last year in the Lancome Colour Design Awards and her graduating range in the end of year UTS parade was a real standout. We know that Laura is destined for great things and we wish her all the very best in the future. And yes Laura....this definitely isn't goodbye.



I have to mention too - of course - that here Laura is wearing a gathered skirt she made in Tessuti's 100% silk crepe de chine *' Big Beige Check '. This skirt is very easy to make ...no pattern required. Just cut 2 rectangles of fabric ( front and back )- the width of the fabric ( this silk is 112cm wide - finished width at hem should be approx twice the width of your hips ) add an invisible zipper and gather the waist to fit onto your waistband. Tres Facile!

PS not forgetting that clever James ( who is an artist and sculptor ) made his cool vest from leather he salvaged from an old sofa.

* this silk also comes in a blue/red/ black colourway.

xxx

Leafy Black Shirt Jacket

Eva below has made a lovely little shirt jacket in Tessuti's 100% cotton ' Leafy Black ' from our Japanese cotton range. Great print isn't it ? You can also see it made up here and here.



The pattern Eva used is from Burda World of Fashion Magazine 06/2007. Eva very cleverly used the pattern from the bodice of this dress to make it into this great shirt jacket.





I couldn't decide ...with or without the belt? What do you think?

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