Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sew Tessuti's birthday giveaway

Today is Sew Tessuti's 1st birthday! Starting this blog has been such an amazing experience and the cherry on top - without a doubt - is every comment and email and introduction from a customer, reader and blogger out there, everywhere. And so to celebrate this auspicious occasion, I'd love to giveaway these Tessuti fabrics to one lucky reader:

2mts X Colored Rice- 100% cotton ideal for skirts or dresses.

1 mt x Entertaining Elephants - this 100% cotton print is just too cute for words.

2mts x Coloured Sugar - this is a silk/cotton blend fabric with a satin finish.I've seen this made up in tops, skirts and maxi dresses. I just love this retro print.

If you'd like to be in the running, all you need to do is leave a comment about a favourite past post or what you would like future posts to be about. Competition closes Monday 1st Dec at 10 pm (AEST time).

All entries will be numbered from order of comments and I will use the random integer generator to choose the winner, announced on Tuesday Dec 2nd. International entries are welcome too!

Thanks again to all our readers. Get commenting and good luck!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lauren's Silk Duppion Rosette Dress.

What a thrill it is to see the end result after our customers leave our stores with their purchased fabrics.

In Lauren's case, for an upcoming school formal she had seen a gorgeous dress in the stores. However the pricetag was outside her price range, even more so when made in 100% polyester.

The advantage of being a sewer, she realised that she could make it herself. And what a fabulous job she did! And isn't it fantastic to see someone so young sewing?
Lauren emailed me this gorgeous photo and wrote:

'Dear Colette,

Here is a photo of my formal dress as promised. I used the silk duppion in 'Flesh' and used McCall's Pattern M5095 for the bodice. I didn't use any pattern for the skirt but rather just used twice the width of the material ( 3 metres) and gathered it. I also created the rose by rolling and scrunching the material and just catching it into place.

I would like to thank you and your staff at the Chatswood store for helping me choose the material.'

Anytime Lauren and well done on a fabulous formal dress.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pattern Review - McCalls 4591

Can you make out the little face in the ultrasound photo of Emma's little bub? incredible, isn't it?

This is the beginning of progress posts on Emma's pregnancy and some pattern reviews thrown in as well. Here is the glowing mum to be, back in September when she was just starting to show a little bump at 5 months in a dress she made in Tessuti's 100% viscose georgette 'Indigo Floral'.

To create this wonderful dress , Emma used an old favourite blouse pattern - McCalls 4591, adding a gathered skirt (using the full width of this 140cm wide fabric and cutting twice the desired length) which was added to the shortened blouse - the seam sits at high-hip level and changing the sleeve edge to a narrow casing for elastic instead of a cuff. The tie-front extensions in this pattern are a lovely detail and work particularly well in this dress - particularly when they're not arranged into a bow - like the pattern stylists suggest! The lace you see around the neckline is from the camisole worn underneath.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Baby news at Tessuti Fabrics

Sorry everyone - I needed a little blog break last week. The Tessuti Awards took up a lot of our time and energy over the last few months and I have a backlog of posts, pattern reviews and stuff to catch up on and post about but where to start?

OK, here's what we think is the most exciting news - two of our Tessuti managers, Emma from Chatswood and Rebecca from City (Wynyard) are expecting. They're only a month apart with Rebecca due in February and they are looking gorgeous, absolutely glowing and are very excited about becoming mums for the first time. Here they both are, (below) at our Tessuti Awards last month. Also in the pic is Cindy who used to work at Chatswood, and is due any day now and awaiting a new little brother or sister for gorgeous 2 year old, Imogen.

left to right: Cindy, Rebecca and Emma

Emma's been very busy sewing up some stunning maternity wear (these pattern review posts to come next) and Rebecca still has loads of energy for her ballroom dancing and costume-making. These are incredible and need to be shared as well.

PS. In other very exciting news...the 27th of this month will mark Sew Tessuti's first birthday. I can't believe it - even hubby Greg thought that my interest would peter out after a month or so. Ha! And I'm still lovin' blogging soooo much. So stay tuned for another celebratory giveaway towards the end of the month. Hey, it'll be our birthday but you get the presents!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tessuti Fabrics sew-in labels are back!

This earlier article on sewing prompted me to reorder our Tessuti Fabrics sew-in labels again.They were very popular in the past , but I had been a little slack in ordering them again after we changed our logo a couple of years back. Now they're back and look fantastic!

So, with every purchase of Tessuti fabrics (& on our on-line store as well), you will receive these labels to add to your beautiful creations , to help give it that professional touch! The labels are woven
(not printed) on lovely quality satin ribbon.

Happy sewing.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Albino - colourinable t-shirts.

With only 46 days to Christmas....aahhh....we here are starting to get working on gifts for loved ones.

Here is a really fabulous idea for crafty kids and for gift giving.

Check out this very clever and cool site Albino - colourinable t-shirts , for children aged 5 - 16 yrs, created by a husband and wife designer team.

Their online site is really cool with a huge selection of designs. My girls had fun choosing for their little cousins (aged 6 and 8) although it took a while finally deciding - they wanted them all. They settled on the Dart Frog and Owl Butterfly and the colour schemes suggested (you can also choose your own). Within no time they arrived ,beautifully packaged and presented , in the post all the way from Greece (of all places!!!) Including the t-shirts, fabric markers, practice booklet, and necessary instructions.

Worth mentioning too, is the quality of the t-shirts....fantastic.

The girls couldn't wait to get started on them and had lots of fun. Now they want one for themselves!!!

Don't they look great? We also repacked them back into their groovy little boxes ready to be giftwrapped for Xmas.

PS. I'll post them being modelled by their lucky cousins after the 25th December.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Feature fabric of the week - Sofia .

Here are two reasons why I chose 'Sofia' for this week's feature fabric.

I spotted it made up in these new drapes in Matt and Meagan's sunroom last fabulous do they look?

plus in this extra cute dress for Stella (made by Grandma xxx)

Hope you all have a great and relaxing weekend.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fashion Flashback - my fifteen minutes of fame c.1990

Alas no, I didn't go to the Melbourne Cup today - I was working. This is me in 1990 (!!!) after winning Fashions on the Field at Randwick's Spring Racing Carnival. And on viewing this pic, it would be fair to say that racewear trends have certainly changed. Back then it was all about big hair, big hats, big gold jewellery and BIG shoulders. Oh, and throw a big bow in there for good measure as well. And what did I win? A week's stay for two at Marina Mirage in the Gold Coast (the good old days of Christopher Skase!), a magnum of Bollinger and a bottle of Fendi perfume. Not bad, but not quite the SAAB convertible that this year's Fashions on the Field winner will score. Check out some gorgeous 2008 Derby Day looks here.

I lucked out in our Tessuti cup sweep today. Did you back a winner?


Monday, November 3, 2008

On-Line Tessuti Awards Competition results.

So sorry folks, for keeping you all in suspense. We are still on a bit of a high over here from Wednesday nights event.

Thankyou to everyone who took part in our very first On-line Tessuti Awards .

1st place and the $200 gift voucher goes to Lily from Armidale.

This clever young lady , who is 17 years old and absolutely "passionate about sewing and fashion" (sounds like our kind of girl) made this stunning silk creation in 100% silk duppion, lace appliqued tulle and fully lined in silk organza.

I chose this dress because, it's just perfect on her. It could be worn to a school formal or any special night..... infact, it's something I'd love to wear to this year's Melbourne Cup. It's so beautifully made with the bow at the front adding a simple and elegant touch.

2nd place and the $100 gift voucher goes to Katherine from Queensland.

Katherine from Blooms Fabric Obsession made up Tessuti's 'Green Rapture' in this enchanting strapless cocktail sundress with tulle underlay and ribbon belt. This wouldn't look out of place in the next Sex and the City movie!!! You can see her construction post here.

3rd place and the $50 gift voucher goes to Megan from Newcastle

Megan made up Tessuti's 'Indi Sushi' Japanese cotton print that she bought earlier in the year. She drafted her own pattern - this is what Megan had to say:

"My jacket pattern is one that I picked up at a pattern making class I did a couple of years ago, and have adapted to get a better fit/ changed style. I changed the sleeve for this jacket, and adapted the collar from Vogue 8284 (actually a Vogue Woman Collection one that Mum had). So in the end it’s a real bitsa!"

It's fabulous Megan.

Congratulations to our winners. Email me to let me know whether you would like to use your gift vouchers in store or on our on-line fabric store.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Winners are grinners.


Tomorrow I will finally announce the winners of the On-line Tessuti Awards.


Little Black Dresses on the Red Carpet......

These are just some of the amazing LBD entrants on the night.

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