Monday, January 26, 2009

'Pom Pom Day' Silk Peasant Dress

To go with the heatwave we just experienced in Sydney this weekend, a post about making an easy sundress is in order.

Here is Georgia's peasant style dress she made up this summer to go with the fantastic ballet flats she picked up at Di Nuovo in Paddington.

The fabric used was Tessuti's 100% silk twill 'Pom Pom Day' (from our Mad Cortes silk range) and the pattern used for the basis of this dress was McCall's M5050.

Originally Georgia wanted to use Vogue 2978 pattern , but found it had too much volume in the top half of the dress - for her liking, so decided to use McCalls 5050 instead.

Georgia emailed me the step-by-step alterations she made to this pattern:

1. I usually make XS but because I wanted extra fullness I made the M plus I added an extra inch at the centre fold on the front and an extra inch and a half at the centre fold on the back.

2. To convert the pattern from a shirt to a dress I added 2 1/2 inches front and back and I added a 4 inch double hem (my dress finished just above the knee.)
For added detail and weight on the hem I inserted pale blue satin bias ribbon into the seam of the double hem.

3. Casing for elastic
I measured the front and the back of the dress 5 inches from the top of the front, just below the bust. Then I cut 2 lenghts of fabric 4 inches by the width of the front and back. I stitched the two pieces together then I turned under the top and bottom edges and remaining sides and pressed.
The casing was stitched 5 inches from the top of the front of the dress at the top and bottom of the casing making sure that the casing and dress seams were aligned. Then I stitched one row an inch from the top of the casing and 3 rows every 1/2 inch. I cut one length of 18mm elastic to fit my under
bust and two length of 10mm elastic to fit my waist. Finally I inserted the elastic and secured the ends.

Voila.... my take on a summer silk peasant dress.

Check out Georgia's lovely silk satin top in one of last year's posts.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Quick Buttonhole Service in Alexandria

Meet Mick from Quick Buttonhole Service. He's been providing a buttonhole and stud service to the ragtrade and public for the past 30 years.

* Keyhole Buttonholes
* Normal/Plain Buttonholes
* Studs
* Jean Studs
* Eyelets
* Rivets
* Bar-tacking on Jeans

I went to visit him just before Christmas as I needed 35 jumbo silver eyelets for a school production backdrop. I dropped it off first thing in the morning and it was ready that afternoon....fantastic service!

Be sure to take in your correct coloured thread buttonholes, just in case Mick doesn't have your exact colour in stock.

Industrial Keyhole Machine

Industrial Stud Machine

Industrial Bar-tacking Machine

Quick Buttonhole Service is now at it's new location at 22 Botany Road Alexandria. For years he was situated in Mary Street, Surry Hills.

Trading hours are MON - FRI 8am to 4.30pm. Phone: 02 96992050

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Olivia's tunic + some of my favourite Japanese sewing pattern books for kids.

Sew Tessuti was in need of posts featuring some sweet little creations and by chance, Kylie from Tamworth emailed us these pictures of her cute daughter Olivia wearing a sweet tunic made from this popular Japanese craft book. Little Olivia looks divine ...indeed.

#Style L in Girls Style Book was used for Tessuti's Kenji Blue. Kylie was so happy with the end result,that she is keen to make another creation ,using the red colourway in this print.



Thankyou Kylie for showing us Olivia's new top, it's really inspiring. Stay tuned for Olivia in her 'Fat Rice' shirt and muslin wraps for little sis Amelia...really soon!


If you're a little apprehensive about trying out these pattern books (available on our online store) - if you'd rather browse through them )....don't! If you can sew, you must give these a try, even beginners can follow the very clear diagrams. Most of the patterns are very simple designs and quick to make. The big pattern companies should take note, the patterns are great and the styling is exceptional and up-to-date.

Here are some of my favourite books containing some wonderful girls patterns (the measurements refer to height) - to look out for:

Simple Natural Baby Dress - babies (60-70cm) toddlers (75 -90cm)

Girls Clothes - (90 -120cm)

Girls Sassy Clothes - (90 - 130cm)

Innocent and Lovely Childrenswear - (100 -130cm)

Girly Style Wardrobe - (100 - 140cm)

Handmade Girls Clothes - (100 -140cm)

Girl's Holiday Clothes (130 - 150 cm)

There are a few containing patterns for boys. Here is my pick:

Boys and Girls Clothes - (80 -110cm)

Boys and Girls Standard Clothes - (100 - 130cm)

New York Style Kids Clothes - ( 3 - 8yrs)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Kokeshi silk faille.

I just love silk faille, it has a subtle silky lustre, the right drape and weight(40mm) for dresses and skirts. Due to it being a little pricey even in a plain, it's rare to come across it in a print.

Hence we were very lucky to find this printed silk faille Kokeshi.I just love the colourway. Kelly is seen here looking fab at our Surry Hills store, wearing this stunning silk in her own pattern for a simple sleeveless dress with self tie belt.

...and again in Home Beautiful.

More press this month on page 51 in Home Beautiful. Great bags made up in The Grove - on floor (out of stock) and Nouveau Purple cotton knit.


Tessuti in the press - Real Living

In this month's Real Living magazine - page 60. Pretty boho patchwork curtain made from an assortment of cotton prints and stripes, including this Lolly Pop White from Tessuti stores.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pattern Review - Vogue 2986

Here is a post that is probably a month overdue, but better late than never!

Meet Trish, a long time Tessuti regular, here at our Wynyard City VIP night wearing a wonderful jacket made up in Fruit Swag using Micheal Kors Vogue 2986 pattern - sans welt pockets. It's a great classic jacket pattern.

Apparently Trish has a thing for pears!!! This cute crochet necklace was a gift from her daughter - who is always on the look out to add to her mum's collection.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy 2009.

Wishing all our friends and readers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
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