My girls really enjoyed the whole spectacle of the Tessuti Awards on Wednesday night. They were totally mesmerised by the talented entrants and very keen to 'sew like that one day'. They felt the part in their new skirt in 'Blue Water Garden' and shirred dress in 'Poppy Fields'(will be on the floor and on-line store very soon).
Phew! Our second annual Tessuti Awards was a HUGE success. Thanks so very much to every one who attended as a guest, sponsor, entrant or judge. We were overwhelmed - in the best possible way - by all of the positive comments on the night and in this day that has followed. And the dresses!? An incredible blend of style and originality that surpassed our wildest expectations. And then there was the display from The Darnell Collection, showcasing the evolution of some little and not-so-little black dresses. We're still waiting on some more photos but in the meantime, here are a few images from the night to satisfy your curiosity. I do solemnly swear that a full post, including the announcement of winners, will be blogged tomorrow. Must fly - I've got me some sleep to catch up on...
Sophia: Ciao Jane. How are you? Jayne: Great. Feeling great. And you? Sophia: Fah-bulous darling. Fah-bulous. Did you know the Tessuti Awards were on tonight? Jayne: I'd heard whispers. Isn't there a 'Little Black Dress' category? Sophia: Si, there is. Shame about your dress. If it was black, you could enter it in too...
We're very excited 'round these parts. Stop by tomorrow for photos and announcements of the night including a complete list of winning entrants. And if you're joining us for the big event, we'll see you soon....
This wonderful reversible 55% cotton/45% poly jacquard called 'Infinite' looks divine in this skirt made and worn by Eva.
Eva made up this simple pleated skirt using a pattern from her extensive back issues of Burdamode magazines - I wish I could tell you more ...but, she couldn't remember which one! The bottom band you see at the hem - was a last minute addition. Eva felt her skirt flared out too much at the hem and decided to add this band made from our 100% cotton sateen 'Jet', pleating the skirt hem to fit to the band.
It work out beautifully as this is a really lovely example of a tulip style skirt.
Note: the reverse of this fabric is shown in the backdrop.
Remember I promised some exciting developments regarding this year's Tessuti Awards? Well, the great news is that *selected historic black gowns from The Darnell Collection will be exhibited on the awards night.
Collector and curator Charlotte Smith has amassed an extraordinary collection from Europe, Australia and the USA, encompassing women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Underwear and corsetry, evening gowns, swimwear, handbags,shoes, hats, gloves, jewellery and suiting are just some of the beautiful historic pieces which showcase the glamour and upheaval of fashion over the past two hundred years.
Exquisite design details of lavish beading, embroidery, lacework, boning and draping are an inspiring aspect of the items in The Darnell Collection. Superb fashion garments from influential designers, such as Christian Dior, Madeleine Vionnet and Gianni Versace, are also represented in the collection, as well as lovingly handcrafted garments, including a trousseau prepared by a C19th bride-to-be.
Pieces from this wonderful collection have been in exhibitions around the country, including at the Bendigo Regional Gallery in Victoria and the Queen Victoria Building, and featured in the media, such as ABC’s The Collectors program.
Christian Dior - 1950
Charlotte will be joining us at our awards night next Wednesday 29th October. Thank you Charlotte for allowing us to view this wonderful collection. It's an added bonus and inspiration for all of those attending this year's Tessuti Awards to view some of these beautiful pieces and gain an insight into the enduring allure of black in fashion through the ages.
I was really chuffed to see this awesome wrap top created in the Galaxy Spot cotton/elastane knit made up by the talented Christina. She received this great jersey in our giveaway last month. Love your work Christina!
Although we are in the midst of Spring and we have covered this pattern already, here is a post especially for Cindy .... as promised.
The pattern used is McCalls 4972 - view A (sans patch pockets) made in Tessuti's Italian wool tweed from our previous winter range. The trim used is this crushed velvet trim plus the wool tweed was frayed to trim the edges and sleeves with. See Georgia's other versions here and here.
Isn't this fabric fun? The cotton print is rather aptly named 'Giraffe', and I just love it!
A couple of weeks ago when the Sydney temperatures reached into the mid 30s, Raewin breezed into our Tessuti Surry Hills store looking fabulous in this sundress. It caused quite a stir, so much so that even one of the husbands, waiting patiently on the lounge for his wife (most of us are familiar with this scene!), commented on how wonderful her dress looked.
The pattern used is New Look 6557-view E. There are various neckline options for different bust shapes. Raewin made an adjustment to the fit at the bust by pinching out a little on the pattern piece (to eliminate gaping) and lightly interfaced the midriff panels for more support. Her painstaking effort to match the print at the center back - well worth the effort - creates a really dynamic effect.
Just perfect from head to toe and a really striking look....
We are all getting very excited about this year's Tessuti Awards. We have had an overwhelming reponse so far - particularly in the Little Black Dress Category (who wouldn't want to win a trip to Paris?)
If you can attend on the night (29th October) with your entry, I urge you to register as quickly as possible as entries are limited. Remember the closing date for registration is 22nd October (only 12 days to go!!!).
PS: There has been an exciting development regarding the award night, but more on that soon.
Here, dear readers, is the perfect example of what you can do with...
a) beautiful fabric (we can help you out there) b) imagination c) a good dressmaker (optional if you are one yourself) d) style
It's that fun time of the year when we get loads of fabric requests for formal dresses. Lovely, young girls armed with pictures torn from a glossy mag, looking for something a little bit different. As there are very few places around where you can purchase a ready-made dress for such an occasion, the risk of someone turning up in the same dress is - unfortunately - a distinct possibility and a potential nightmare (ever happened to you? Do tell...).
I've known Stephania since she was a toddler. She used to come into Tessuti with her grandmother Nonna Maria, a wonderful seamstress and a very special lady who sadly passed away a few years ago.
After an exhausting and frustrating time spent looking for a store-bought dress, Stephania and her mum Antonella came into Tessuti to ask advice about purchasing some silk and having a dressmaker make up her dream dress. Together, we picked a stunning 100% silk crinkle chiffon in 'Emerald' and, for the lining, we chose 100% silk satin in 'Aquamarine'. The combination created the most ethereal shot effect which unfortunately you can't see in these photos. And let me tell you that this shade set off Stephania's beautiful green eyes magnificently.
After the fabrics were chosen, we rang Angela from Swish Design to see if she could make up a dress for Stephania in 2 weeks*....aaargh!!! She very kindly agreed - a real feat considering she had a lot of other bridal gowns and formals on-the-go already. Thanks so much Angela!
After we worked out the correct meterage, Stephania and Antonella headed straight out to see Angela in her workroom. Together they talked style, likes and dislikes, while Angela sketched away some ideas. Finally, all three agreed on a style that was appropriate for the fabric and flattering for Stephania. Most importantly, the dress had to include a few things on this lovely young lady's wishlist... a cute bow at the back of the dress and a low v-shaped neckline. And herein lies the beauty of DIY or DIWAD (Do It With A Dressmaker - catchy, no?) - you end up with exactly what you want.
And so, a few fittings, one muslin and one silk dress later...VOILA!
These photos were all taken on her very special night. What do you think? I think she looks so grown up and lovely.
Nonna Maria would have been so proud.
*if considering using a dressmaker, we recommend you organise to see them a month or two before the special event.
Here are the Tessuti lads unloading the Italian shipment a few weeks ago. After months of waiting, waiting, waiting, we get ridiculously excited when the goods finally arrive. This year's stunning selection of fabrics have started to make their way into our stores. For those of you who can't come in to visit us in person, check out our online store as we've been adding (and will continue to add) more stock week by week.
Oh, and this photo below? I can tell you that Greg was definitiely not smiling approximately twenty rolls later....
I just love this waistcoat that Georgia made in Tessuti's 100% Cotton Velvet 'Black Bonnie Stripe'. The pattern used is McCalls 5186 - view D - and she didn't alter the pattern at all!
The little touches added were some lovely glass buttons in black/gold, contrasting lining in Tessuti's Italian silk satin 'Bronze Pois' and crushed velvet trim ribbon in black was used for the back ties.
Check out this little write up about Modern Vests from Instyle and take note of Kate Bosworth's 'Gucci' vest....so cute.
Take a look at what arrived on my doorstep, all the way from Seattle, Washington...
A very special parcel from Christina containing an issue of Patrones . This is the Spanish equivalent to the Burda pattern magazines, only (in my humble opinion) better. What makes it all the more special is that Christina picked this up whilst on holiday in Barcelona, remembering that I had said these were not available here in Australia. It's a very sweet gesture and really made my day!!!
And this issue is particularly fabulous! I managed to get these few pictures of some of my favourites looks and then I took it into work to show (off?) to the girls and - yep - drool, drool, swoon, swoon and now it's on loan. But I want it back soon, y'hear? I do believe that's called 'Sharing the love. With limits.'
Also, a very belated and big thankyou to Geri for giving Sew Tessuti the Brilliant Weblog Premio Award along with these fabulous people. Geri says 'I love seeing all the different garments she posts about', referring of course to the wonderful garments made by our brilliant, talented customers. And so, once again, I want to pass on a big THANK YOU to our pattern review contributors for allowing me to photograph (pest that I am) and share your creations.