Monday, December 29, 2008

Pattern Review - Vogue 8232



Everyone's favourite Sew Tessuti contributor Georgia has been at it again.... this time with yet another wonderful dress.

Here's one for all the polka dot lovers out there. Did you know that our customers most commonly refer to this movie and Julia Robert's chocolate spotted version when they talk about wanting to make a polka dot dress. It's true and the movie was released 18 years ago!!! See Georgia's other lovely polka dot creation here.




I recall Georgia having a hard time deciding on the Lemon Fuji or Chocolate Fuji Spot to make her version using pattern Vogue 8232 - she eventually settled on the sunny citrus yellow colourway to match some great shoes and later found this fab vintage jade belt to finish off the look! Nice.



Note:The only thing to watch in this Vogue 8232 pattern is the neckline. Georgia has made it once before and found that it gaped - probably too low in the neck - so best to make a calico of the bodice and pinch out any excess evenly, if needed.





Don't forget it's SALE time at Tessuti, you can also take advantage of a 30% discount on cottons, linens and silks on our online store - just remember to copy and paste that funny code!!!

xxx

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pattern Review - McCalls 5398



Need to make a very simple camisole top like Jackie's? Doesn't this version look effective made up in Tessuti's metallic finish,slinky Viscose/Elastane knit aptly named 'Mercury'?

The pattern used is McCalls 5398 - this pattern has been discontinued on the online site , but is still available in Australia and in our stores....although it means it will be deleted after next seasons catalogue comes out.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Boy With A Coin - Iron and Wine

I'm absolutely loving this song Boy With A Coin and video by Iron and Wine. This clip makes me want to take up Flamenco dancing....sigh!



Enjoy!

xxx

Sale now on!



The Tessuti Summer Sale starts December 27th, with huge savings across our range of fabrics.

We have up to 50% off printed and plain cottons, silks and linens and great bargains available in store on our lace and bridal fabrics.

Online Fabric Sale

We will also be offering 30% off all cottons, linens and silks that are available in our Online Fabric Shop. Simply copy and paste the discount code: "SUMMER1D10T" at checkout to receive your 30% discount on any online order from December 27 until sale ends.

Our apologies for the code it reads as summer idiot, we have only just realised it!!! It is a mix of automatically generated random letters and numbers with the word 'summer' in front. Our favourite web guy has been sick, seemingly off his guard and missed it....it's ok, we forgive you Ken.

See you in store.

xxx

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all xxx

Here's a lovely gift Noosa Girl made up for a friend. This fabulous bag was made using Tessuti's 'Silver' silk/metallic duppion and embellished with our diamante buckle and buttons. Great gift idea Sue.... she is going to love it.



MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone.
Keep safe and enjoy the festivities and your loved ones.

Colette
xxx

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Perfect Gift


Stuck for the perfect gift? Tessuti now have Gift Vouchers available. You can buy them from any Tessuti shop or our Online Fabric Store. The vouchers can be used at any of our Tessuti Shops (they can't be used in our Online Fabric Store).

Now there's no excuse for not getting what you want for Christmas!

Tessuti Holiday Trading Hours

The Tessuti shops will only be closing for the following days over the holiday season.

* Thursday Dec 25th 2008 - Closed
* Friday Dec 26th 2008 - Closed
* Saturday Dec 27th 2008 - Open
* * Sunday Dec 28th 2008 - Closed
* Monday Dec 29th 2008 - Open
* Tuesday Dec 30th 2008 - Open
* Wednesday Dec 31st 2008 - Closed
* Thursday Jan 1st 2009 - Closed
* Friday Jan 2nd 2009 - Open

* Sunday Dec 28th - The Chatswood Tessuti store will be Open 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pattern Review - Vogue 1027





Here is a ideal dress pattern suitable for knit fabrics. Emma opted for pattern Vogue 1027 to make up Tessuti's wonderful viscose jersey 'Fireworks'- which she had amongst her stash of fabrics!!! She was waiting for just the right pattern for this jersey, plus it was ideal for her to wear whilst in the early stages of her pregnancy. Note : this is not a maternity pattern, though the empire-line style and bias skirt make this a perfect dress to allow for a growing belly and is stylish too.

Also check out Christina's wonderful version of this dress.Take note of her suggestion for the tie band - Emma didn't have this problem as the wrong side of the jersey print wasn't as noticeably different to the right side.



The thing also to note is that when Emma bound the neck edges with a fold-over stretch binding, the back neck in particular, gaped considerably due to the fabric stretching - hence she put two darts at the back to fix the problem. Fortunately with this print you can hardly notice. Though to avoid this, best to stay tape or stay-stitch the edges. Or as Christina suggests make sure that your stretch fold-over binding is shorter than the neckline. I'd say try about two thirds shorter - have a practise run first to be sure - as it depends on the stretch in your binding tape.





Emma says this pattern is super easy to make and very comfortable to wear too.



xxx

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tafe NSW - Fashion Design Studio Parade 2008



Last month Greg and I attended the Fashion Design Studio's annual graduate parade held at the very hip Carriageworks in Redfern showcasing garments by talented students from Stage 1 through to ranges designed by the graduating Stage 3. It was awe inspiring!

Here are some highlights for you all to see.

Some of the ranges from Stage 3 -















Stage 2







Stage 1 - This is the level of work that the 1st year students reach after only a year!!!! They were asked to use only white/ivory fabric to start with, then dye and print their own designs using Dylon dyes and base it on a culture that depicts painted faces.













I thought the highlight was the amazing eveningwear dresses made out of industrial fabrics by Stage 3 students. Materials used were space blankets, rubber, latex, heavy duty mesh, metal, plastics etc. No silks of any kind to be found!!! Apparently they were were best seen up close, to marvel at the materials and the detailing.

Below is the winning garment by Soeli Pedrozo.













PS.A big thankyou to everyone who left me lovely birthday wishes in the last post, it really made my day.

PPS. I will be back to do more pattern reviews very soon....promise.

xxx

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turning 4-0h!

Me at 6 months, where did the years go ????

I turned 40 today!!! I still can't believe it, but that's enough of that already.

I am more excited about the blog's birthday than mine..... the winner of the giveaway, chosen by the random integer generator is.... Vicki.

Congratulations Vicki! Simply email me at fabrics@tessuti.com.au with details of where to post your goodies.

Thankyou to everyone who left a comment. Your great suggestions have given me plenty of ideas for future posts.
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