Saturday, May 31, 2008

Winter's arrived...Pattern Review Burda 8292

The perfect pattern review for the 1st day of Winter '08 would have to be this Burda 8292 coat ( View A ) made up by Georgia in Tessuti's 70% Wool 20% Polyamide and 10% Cashmere Flannel Coating in 'Turquoise'.

The only adjustments Georgia made to the pattern was to take the coat in at the seams from just under the bust to the hips ( Georgia wanted a more semi - fitted look to the coat ). This is Georgia's first attempt at making a coat!! She has done a really amazing job.

Once the jacket was put together - Georgia had it professionally pressed and for a more professional finish - key-hole buttonholes were done on an industrial keyhole machine. You can also have this service done at Quick Buttonhole Service - 22 Botany Rd Alexandria Sydney 2015 (02) 9699 2050 (call Mick for details and prices ).

And don't you just love these fabulous black 30mm buttons? They are some of the latest from Tessuti's Winter button range.

Georgia got a headstart on a coat in time for the cold if you are thinking of making a new coat this Winter ....get into Tessuti.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Pattern Review - McCalls 5060

Donna kindly emailed me these photos of her wonderful long-line jacket made up in one of Tessuti's Japanese cottons called 'Origami Blue'. This fabric was divine and came in 3 other colourways. The bad news is that all shades have since sold out... but the good news is that next summer's range of Japanese cottons are due in store end July. There are many more stunning prints like this one.

Donna wrote:

"This jacket is McCalls 5060 view A. It is a fitted, lined jacket with princess seams with side seam front pockets. The seams are topstitched. I didn't make any major changes to the pattern apart from fully interfacing with Whisperweft. I also used the bag lining method described in "Jackets for Real People". This method is completed on the sewing machine and was first taught to me by the wonderful Robyn Nixon.

The jacket is made in a Japanese cotton that you carried a couple of summers ago.Shoulder pads from Tessuti. The sleeve heads were eased using the bias interlining from an old tie. The buttons are also from Tessuti and were selected by my (then) 9 year old son. I think he has very good taste."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Refashioned 80's style leather jacket

Kara, our newest Tessuti staff member, has made the funkiest leather skirt out of a leather jacket ( circa 'Thriller'- Michael Jackson period !!!!) that she picked up at St. Vinnies for $5 !!!

Kara simply turned the jacket upside down, using the bottom band of the jacketas the waistband of the skirt (it has a belt that can draw in the waist). She cut just before the very broad shoulders to create the hem of the skirt.

Et voila! A very cool skirt that wouldn't look out of place at fab stores like Pretty Dog in Newtown or Incu in Paddington.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Crushed Velvet Trim

A perfect trim for any outfit this winter would have to be Tessuti's crushed velvet ribbon in these 3 shades of Black, Merlot and Steel.

You will find these at Tessuti Surry Hills, Chatswood and City Wynyard.

New delivery of sewing pattern aids @ Tessuti

Since our last post about the Spot'n'Cross paper - Fashion students and avid sewers were very excited to be able to get this great paper in 10mt lots. It has many great uses and hence sold extremely fast.

In the last week we have had a new delivery at all Tessuti stores of this paper along with pattern cardboard (sold by the sheet) to transfer those favourite tried-and-true patterns onto.

Note: If anyone would like me to look into the cost of posting a roll of Spot'n'Cross pattern paper interstate let me know.

Burda World of Fashion 3/2008

The latest Burda World of Fashion 03/2008 issue is available at most newsagents or Borders bookstores.

Some of my favourite patterns from this particular issue is Jacket 104

You must see Tany's wonderful creation from this pattern - with a review and tutorial.

Blouse 108

and this sweet Dress 115.

Inside this month's issue is a wonderful selection of bridal dress patterns.

and finally for little girls there are some adorable and very simple kids patterns like this Pinafore top 131B and Bloomer shorts 132B.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Pattern Review - Vogue 8181

While we are on the topic of jersey knits (see yesterday's post) - I am so pleased to show you all this stunning knit dress.

Donna came into Tessuti a couple of weeks ago and I remember chatting with her about this great Vogue 8181 pattern. Donna wanted to make up view C for a special occasion coming up.

She chose Tessuti's grey, heavy-weight viscose elastane for the main body of the dress and decided to use our metallic silver viscose knit for the bound and inserted shirring at the neck and sleeves.

Donna says "The metallic fabric is a much lighter-weight than the
body fabric and went together easily. The heavy weight grey was terrific for skimming,rather than clinging, but would be too heavy for the trim.

Changes to the pattern include shortening the sleeves,lengthening the dress and making a full bust adjustment. This was a bit trickier than usual due to the raglan sleeve. The extra fullness went into the gathering under the bust. There are gussets under the arm which are fiddly but allow quite a close fit for a raglan. Made me feel quite Princess Mary.

The metallic trim looks very luxurious and, I think, adds the drama of a big piece of jewellery".

A big thankyou to Donna for showing us the finished result - it's absolutely gorgeous and so beautifully made.

Note: Donna didn't add the shirred panel around the hem - I agree that the gathered neckline and sleeve detail is all that is needed in this pattern.

Viscose/ Elastane Jersey Knit

Tessuti stocks many wonderful plain & printed knit jerseys in wool, cotton or seen here ....the very popular Viscose/Elastane blend.

This wonderful jersey has the most wonderful drape and is an ideal knit to wear all year round.

Here Eva has made a simple must-have item a t-top in 'Black Polka' and trimmed it in plain black trim. Simple but effective.

Note: this fabulous velvet flocked mesh knit below is in stock again at all Tessuti stores.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My Spot Velvet Jacket.... finished!

Here finally is my jacket in Tessuti's 100% cotton velvet in 'Navy Spot'. The pattern is drafted off a favourite jacket of mine. ( It may be a future Tessuti pattern to download - once I have graded it to other sizes .... do you think this is a style you might like to make ? ) I am really happy with the way it has turned out and I have worn it a few times already. This velvet fabric feels very luxurious and I love the tiny spot print.

You may remember my little mishap when cutting this velvet out!!! You may be wondering how I got around the fact that I cut the front and back in different directions?

Well ..... I had a small piece left over after cutting my jacket out. I hesitated about tossing this piece out and decided to keep it ....just in case. It's very lucky that I did! The left over velvet was big enough to cut out a two piece yoke and the back piece was flipped around and cut to allow for the yoke - the back hem became the yoke edge seam.

I really love this fabric and I had held onto it for a while waiting for the colder weather to make it up. So I am very pleased that it worked out this well.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ali McGraw inspired crochet hat.

I am very excited about finishing my first crochet hat for my gorgeous girl. It reminds me of the crochet hats that stunning Ali McGraw wore in the 70s. Of course my daughter doesn't know who she is ( some of you might not either! ) - so I've included a picture of her too!!! I'll have to hire 'Love Story' and watch it with Gabby one of these days. She loves a tear jerker like her Mamma.

This lovely crochet pattern comes from the 'Learn to Crochet' guidebook by Patons -which has 20 easy projects for those new to crochet. The pattern is #7 Jet Beanie In Treble. I found this pattern very easy to do - I finished it in 2 nights. Very satisfying and great for Gabby to see that I do finish some of my ( many) projects!!!

I used Patons 'Jet' - 70% Wool 30% Alpaca in shade 104 - which I bought from Tapestry Craft - down the road from our Tessuti City stores. I love the cosy knitting section on the lower level ( needlework/tapestry section is on ground level) and they have the most wonderful selections of yarns, books and accessories.

I have only just taken up crochet and I have almost finished this fun granny square blanket for a friends baby.... I got the inspiration from this gorgeous crochet blanket on Flickr.... it started this renewed love for crochet knitting.

Monday, May 19, 2008

If only...

If only I could own these Isabel Marant shoes ....and this Mayle Camila top found on the lovely and inspiring Impulse Seattle.

Pattern Review - Two versions of Vogue 8420

Emma made this loose-fitting tunic dress using pattern Vogue 8420 firstly out of 100% cotton 'Pink Birds'- although the pattern says that it is suitable for † Moderate Stretch Knits Only. The scoop neckline makes this easy to pull on without requiring a zipper.

Emma modified the pattern by lenghtening the tunic into a dress and eliminated the elastic casing at the front - preferring to gather it in with its self belt.

Stretch fold-over binding was used on the neckline edge - this helped the neckline sit better as it gaped a touch after Emma self-lined the tunic with the upper front facing ( as is in this pattern )

This pattern has a few sleeve variations and here view B was used.

Emma lengthened the sleeves and omitted the self-lined upper facing in this wonderful wool knit version below - made up in 100% wool 'Licorice Stripe'. Tessuti stocks a great range of wool knits in all our stores.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

EVEN more of Vogue 8196

Here is more of fabulous Vogue 8196 pattern - view B. Made by our talented contributor Georgia in Tessuti's 100% Cotton 'Black Hail'. The inserts on the waistband and sleeves are done in a wool lace Georgia purchased a while ago from Tessuti. These inserts are trimmed with black 9mm velvet ribbon and the lovely black lace trim on the bottom edge of the waistband insert and hems are from our trim selection.

I was a little bit unsure of the sleeves in this blouse pattern - much preferring the shorter puffy sleeve version in view A. But after seeing it here - I have changed my mind.

This blouse looks stunning in black with the black lace trims and it would look gorgeous in white also - trimmed in the same fashion - very fresh and pretty for next summer. Tessuti also carries this 100% cotton hailspot in White... with loads of gorgeous white laces to choose from.

The only alteration to this pattern was - adding a satin ribbon at the sides to tie in the back. The wool lace stretched a little when it was sewn onto the woven cotton - so the ribbon tied at the back not only helped with the slightly loose waist insert but looks very sweet as well.

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