Thursday, February 26, 2009

Italian Missoni Knits.

The latest arrivals of these Italian Missoni wool knits are so divine and are walking out the door,even our staff have gone crazy for them.

Here's a simple sleeveless tank dress made by Sarah in Missoni Outdoors - the neckline and armholes are finished with Tessuti's fold-over velvet stretch binding in Black.

I think this yummy wool knit would also look great made up into unlined coats, sleeveless longline vests, tube skirts, scarves - even great in pillows and throws. Only problem is which colourway to choose?

Update: These knits have now sold out.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I can now share with all our regular Tessuti Wynyard customers, these lovely photos of Rebecca's gorgeous little boy.

James was born last Wednesday, 18th Feb at 9:24pm. Weighing a healthy 9lbs 11oz(4.4kg), 55cm long and is "really loving his food", says proud dad Micheal!

Rebecca is now home and recovering well after the birth. We can't wait to meet adorable little James in person, when mum finally drops in for a visit.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Feature Fabric Of The Week - Fantail Pleated Tulle.

I'm absolutely in love with this weeks feature fabric of the week. Tessuti's 100% nylon pleated tulle 'Fantail'- available in Ivory, Beige (a pinky champagne shade), Blush Pink and Black. Newly arrived at Surry Hills, City Wynyard and Chatswood stores only.

This pretty, soft tulle looks amazing gathered in a voluminous skirt - perfect for a wedding, formal occasion or recreated into a vintage dress, reminiscent of the 50's.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pattern Review - Vogue 8380

We spent an enjoyable afternoon at Emma's 'High Tea' baby shower, held at her parent's place a couple of weekends ago. Here she is, looking an absolute vision in this dress she whipped up for the occasion.

The pretty printed fabric is Tessuti's 100% silk crepe de chine 'Blue Floral Blooms' (in stock) and the contrasting strap/tie is 100% silk textured weave in 'Mink'. Emma made this stunning maxi dress using one her favourite dress patterns - Vogue 8380 - view B.

Emma (who is due next month) added to the length of the dress (slighty more to the front than the back - to allow for her gorgeous belly) and also to the length of the bodice to allow for her other blossoming bits!

At the waist inset, just under the bodice, Emma added slightly more to the width and flared the pattern out at the lower sides to allow for more comfort and room. The tie for the casing (which forms the straps) was made longer too....and here you have a perfect breezy maxi dress.

Emma received fabulous and very useful presents from family and friends, along with some lovely handmade gifts. Above is a lovely throw/travel baby blanket made by Emma's mum, from Tessuti's Animal House and Beige 'Multi Stitch Stripe' cotton, trimmed with reversible two-tone spot, double-sided satin ribbon. Just too cute for words.

I only wish that I looked this good pregnant!!!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Help support Victoria's bushfire victims.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many affected in last Saturday's horrific bushfires throughout Victoria.

Support the victims of the bushfires by shopping at Coles on Friday.

Coles will donate this Friday’s (13 Feb) profits from its 750 stores nationally to the Government’s Bushfire Appeal Fund in partnership with the Red Cross.

Customers will also be able to donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund at all Coles stores. Donations can be made at all Coles supermarket checkouts from today.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kreativ blog award

A huge (belated) thankyou to Cindy and Josie, for nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I'm deeply grateful and flattered and enjoy both of your blogs, always checking in to see your latest posts, but have been a little slack in the commenting department....sorry!

The aim is to spread the word about other wonderful blogs out there. I'm supposed to nominate another 7 blogs that I enjoy ... but since I've wasted precious time fluffing around with my hopeless computer, just about everyone on my fave's list ( and I have more than 7) have received this award -and if they haven't... they should.

Infact, I can't get enough of fabulous crafty blogs, particularly the sewing kind. I'm sure there are loads more out there that I haven't discovered yet or forgotten to add - there just aren't enough hours in the day!!! I'd love to hear from you if you have a sewing related blog or know of one that inspires you to sew, that isn't on my list, and I will add them.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Fashion Design School - Esmod Australia

ESMOD, the famous French fashion college founded in Paris in 1841, with colleges in major world fashion centres including Paris, Tokyo and Berlin, opens in Sydney next week.

Esmod Australia offers accredited full-time & part-time Fashion Design and Technology courses, short courses for industry professionals and people looking to explore their creative potential.

Starting 2nd March. See here for details. Overseas study exchange opportunities available.

VISIT: Campus Open Days
Feb 14 & 15, 2 Short Street, Surry Hills, 10am - 4pm daily

The new Sydney campus opens on Valentines Day weekend. Indulge your love of fashion and visit them!

Beautiful vintage couture exhibition (free entry), fashion information sessions, fashion drawing demonstrations and video presentations of fashion shows from the ESMOD colleges around the world.

SEE: Sense of Occasion: Glamour Gowns Of France and America.
The Fashion Gallery, 2 Short Street, Surry Hills

Extraordinary antique and haute courure gowns spanning one hundred years from 1880s to 1980s, explore the notion of 'the grand occasion'. Weekdays 10am-4pm, entry $5, conc. $3.

DO: Introductory Fashion Design Workshop,
Saturday Feb 21, 10.30am - 12.30pm or 2pm - 4pm

Develop your fashion design skills, expand your design ideas and visualisation techniques. The ESMOD 'methode' incorporates the dressmaker's mannequin and design sketching skills for a three dimensional design process, resulting in accurate and creative fashion designs.

Places are limited for these hands-on 2 hr design and drawing sessions. All equipment provided. $20/session.

To register email

Friday, February 6, 2009

Latest Japanese Cottons

They're here .... and available at all Tessuti stores.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Online Fabric Sale - ends tomorrow.

The ONLINE SALE will end tomorrow.

Keep an eye out for the fabulous new Japanese cottons, which will be available on the Tessuti Online Store - in the next few days.


PS. The in store sale will end soon as well.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gotan Project - Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)

Here's another favourite video and song - Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) by Gotan Project.

Couldn't you picture dancing to this, wearing this dress?


Summer highlight - St George Open Air Cinema.

This is the absolute best thing to do on a warm, balmy summer's night in Sydney.

Last Friday night we went along with friends to see Burn After Reading at the St. George Open Air Cinema - it's a great black comedy directed by the Cohen brothers and with an awesome cast. Definitely not your typical Hollywood flick.

The screen going up after dusk.

I'm really excited about the preview screening of the Secret Life Of Bees. I have just finished the book and I'm hoping the movie's as good.

Have you seen any great movies lately? Do share......

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Emilio Pucci silk jersey - 'Geometric Retro Print'

This is another belated post.....Late last year, Nasrin - one of our very regular and long time customers, joined the Tessuti staff and we are absolutely thrilled to bits. She is an extremely talented sewer, with a wealth of knowledge and usually turns up to work in her own creations.

The latest to blow us away was this tunic dress. This simple design was drafted from her own pattern and made in this gorgeous silk jersey Emilio Pucci print (from our last Italian shipment) that we named 'Geometric Retro Print'. You can read about the history of this amazing fashion house and their distinctive signature prints here.

I absolutely love the self tie belt with the tassled ends.

Nasrin was very clever to use the smaller repetitive pattern (seen around the hem of the dress), which was printed along both sides of the selvedge. She cut and re-applied it, by hand, down the centre and hem of the sleeves and also just under the neckline - creating a great effect - almost 'boat-neck' like.

A belated welcome Nasrin and well done, your silk jersey tunic is favoloso.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Meet the lovely Jess and more McCalls 5050

Meet Jessica. Does she look slightly familiar? She should - she's the spitting image of her mum Georgia.

This post had to follow the last pattern review of this peasant dress also made from McCalls 5050. Georgia whipped up this shorter version for Jess in Tessuti's 100% silk habutai 'Sun Gold'. Jess told me that when she first saw the fabric after her Mum purchased it, she wasn't particularly taken by what she saw. Needless to say, the final product changed her mind and she absolutely loves it! Just goes to show that (a bit like judging a book by it's cover), you can't always judge a fabric by the bolt. If you know what I mean...

Thanks Jess for popping into Surry Hills to show us yet more of your Mum's fine work.


Damn computers.....I hate them!!!!!!

I'm still here readers, I've just been having more troubles with my home computer. The girls spent some time on it over the school holidays and we received some very nasty bugs, that sent my harddrive to the scrapyard for good - just as they started back at school last week and I was eager and catch up on my backlog of posts.

I'm borrowing a friends laptop while we decide whether to convert from PC to MAC. In the meantime get ready for my backlog.....
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