Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's SALE time!

07.08.08 - SALE HAS NOW ENDED.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Greetings from Europe.

Hi everyone. I am currently in Europe with Greg and the girls on our annual fabric buying trip.

In the mad rush to get ready for this trip I neglected to do a post about sorry. It was a little crazy before we left. I have to admit that it´s nice to get away from wet and cold Sydney and have some time out with the family.

Our first stop is 4 days in Austria - currently we are in beautiful Salzburg - it is so picturesque. Then we are onto Vienna before leaving for Italy.

As soon as we settle down a bit with our family in Turin after our visits to the Italian mills - I will try to post some news and pictures about some of our great finds.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Christine Jonson patterns - 526 Wrap Dress

Wow! It's been toooo long. I still haven't got my computer back ...bugger! So I have to make do with a laptop I've borrowed.

I need to get into the mode of regular posts again and I can't put it off any longer. It's not that I don't want to share some news with you. It's just that since my long hiatus - I don't know where and what to start with!!!

I think the pattern reviews are always a favourite . So I'll give you the latest from Donna and the wonderful Christine Jonson patterns.

The first I'd heard of these patterns was when Donna sent me these photos of her great jersey wrap dress made up in Tessuti's 'Mod Cats' jersey knit. I must say that when our customers are looking for jersey, they usually want to make a wrap dress a la' Diane von Furstenberg.

image from Net-A-Porter

image from Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Donna wrote in her email:

This dress was made using the viscose elastane Cat print from last summer.
It washes and wears beautifully.The pattern is #526 from the range by Christine Jonson. These are available on the net and are designed specifically for knits, particularly 2-way stretch knits.

I have shortened the dress (looking at the photos I think it could be shortened some more) and have changed the sleeve to elbow length with a band. The bodice is self lined, giving a smooth edge, but I also added clear elastic to the edge for support. It was quite difficult to cut out as the pattern wasn't straight on the grain - so required a bit of juggling for things to line up!

Christine's patterns are really good and have a ready-to-wear cut which is much closer fitting than the big 4."

How fabulous! The fit is fantastic and I've forgotten how wonderful that printed jersey is.

In fact last week Donna dropped by to show me some of the 'Christine Jonson' patterns she has ordered on the net. Not only are the styles great and up to date
- the instructions inside are very easy to follow with great simple diagrams. There is also an explanation about different weights and types of stretch jerseys - what to look for in a quality jersey (good recovery etc) and how to gauge what size to make up for your type of jersey.

It also made me think that if I am seriously considering making some of my patterns available to download (still haven't worked out how to do that yet!), all these very important details need to be there. I'm going to have to put some real thought to it.
There must be another way to share some of my fave patterns with you all (cue suggestions)?

I also agree with what Christine Jonson has to say about ready-to-wear sizing. Have you also noticed that if you go by the measurements on the back of the more familiar commercial patterns, they never fit properly? It's very frustrating - that is why a calico/muslin is ALWAYS a must!!!

xxx nice to be back!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Open for (online) business!

Hello strangers. Sorry for the posting drought. We are having some major headaches with our home PC that will hopefully be sorted next week. So that's the bad news. The good news? Our online shop is now open for business! We'd love you to check it out and let us know what you think.


Note: our online Tessuti store is still in its early stages and will soon be showcasing a lot more product. Keep visiting to see the latest additions.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Feature fabric of the week - Noguchi printed cottons

The arrival of these 'Noguchi' designs in Black and Yellow on 100% cotton oxford has brightened my mood has been so dark and wet in Sydney this week!!

This 8.7 ounce weight cotton is ideal for making totes , covering a chair or cushion ,creating a great wall canvas or if you are really daring make this up into a coat!

You will find these at Tessuti Surry Hills, Chatswood and Bondi Junction. They are also available in our online store: Noguchi Black, Noguchi Gold.

Note: All Tessuti stores will be closed on Monday 9th June.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

a little bit of wannabe 'Sex and the City' @ Tessuti

So, there's this little movie coming out tomorrow. You might've seen it advertised , talked about on the odd blog here and there, seen it advertised, oh - I don't know - about a thousand times! Yep, there's definitiely a 'Sex and the City' buzz around town and we at Tessuti have got the fever big time! It opens here in Sydney tomorrow. I can't wait to see it but may have to wait a little 'til all the madness dies down!!! The only sessions that seem to be available are the 10.30pm showings (and that clashes with my blog-reading/writing time!). For a bit of fun, I thought I'd post some of our latest fabrics that share similarities with the awesome clothes worn by Carrie and the girls. And some suggested patterns too.

All the photos below have been sourced from Australian Instyle magazine...

Even though I've only had glimpses (albeit frequent) of the movie in mags and trailers, I just know that this look (above) is one of my favourites. I love this coat and I nearly screamed when I found this stunning print from one of our local designers!!!! The fabric is 100% cotton basketweave 'Green Rapture'. Does anybody have a pattern suggestion for this coat?

If you love Carrie's red rose print vintage look, this fabric is 100% silk duppion 'Carrie's Bloom'. My suggested pattern for this one would be Vogue 8231 (this pattern is still available in Australia). All you need to do is extend the peplum. You can also attach the skirt to the top to create a full piece dress.

For Miranda's retro print dress, we've got this gorgeous graphic print that is 100% cotton ' Silver Squares'. My suggested pattern for this dress would be Simplicity 3744. In this cotton weight, the sleeveless option would be best or try Vogue 8319.

If anyone has any other pattern suggestions, I'd love for you to leave a comment. This was so much fun I think I may just have to post some more fabric and pattern options after I see the film.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Japanese sewing & pattern books

I popped into Kinokuniya bookstore in the CBD last week. I wasn't sure what I was looking for but headed to their 'sewing' section towards the back of the store (near the fashion magazines). I have been itching to try out these wonderful Japanese craft books and have been so inspired by all the wonderful creations out there on other blogs.

So finally this is what I decided on (Girls Style Book) was soooo hard to choose. I wanted them all!!!

I am now far better prepared with all the great advice I was given... thankyou!


Feature fabric of the week - Cotton 'Coloured Rice'

100% Cotton - 'Coloured Rice' ...available at all Tessuti stores. See more great photos of this fabric in our online store: Coloured Rice.

New arrival of textured dress fabrics

Here is a sneek peek at the latest wonderful textured weaves and appliqued dress fabrics just arrived at all Tessuti stores.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Happy 7th Birthday to my very special nephew are the sweetest.

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