Now I have a great, nay, HUGE appreciation for what goes into handmade torchon lace. Take a look at this lace piece being made from fine cotton thread, wound around approx. 89 beautiful bobbins (according to the maker, collecting bobbins is a hobby within the hobby) and manouvered around tiny lace pins placed strategically on top of a template.
I met the lovely Suzanne at the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show and spent some time talking to her about the craft (in between being utterly mesmerized by the method involved). The piece pictured is just one small part of a large, circular tablecloth that she has been working on for several months. The love, time and attention that goes into making lace by hand needs to be seen to be believed. And if you find yourself in the fortunate position of having something so beautiful in your linen cupboard at home, treasure it and never ever send it to the op/thrift shop!
This will be taught by Armando Chant, a wonderful textile designer who has worked for the famous French embroidery house Lesage, and also developed wonderful beaded and feathered designs for Alexander McQueen & Versace.
Wonderful examples from The Darnell Collection of relevant design detailing, kimonos, draping & beading will be featured in all the workshops for students to be inspired, and for reference during the teacher demonstrations.
Our Sue whipped up these stunning new pillowcases in Tessuti's 100% Linen 'White Linden'. Actually, Sue decided to use the linen on one side and our 100% Cotton 'White Jet' on the back. Adding a lovely white cotton guipure lace trim around the start of the flange.
Sue is also making up this linen into a beautiful quilt for her bed, I'll have pictures as soon as it arrives back from the quilters.
Yes - finally - it's happening! After a year of searching for the perfect Melbourne location, with numerous trips down from Sydney, a couple of promising starts, raised hopes and hopes dashed, we are happy to reveal that we have found our newest store in a brand new city. YAY!!!! We are very excited to be joining a part of the creative hub in Melbourne that we've long admired.
And now we roll up our sleeves as there is much to do in preparation for our opening. Here are a few snapshots to give you some location clues and we'll be posting updates in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
It's time to get back to doing what we enjoy best on Sew Tessuti, more pattern reviews!!!
Everyone loves a great t-top and here's a cutie - Vogue 8451, view A.
Georgia made this lovely top in Tessuti's Italian 100% mercerized cotton knit in 'Buttercup'. The only alterations made to this pattern, was when attaching the band onto the sleeve. Georgia did not follow as per the pattern instructions, instead she overlocked the folded sleeve band straight to the sleeve hem edge,stretching the band to make it fit and creating the same gathered effect. Georgia also made the sleeve and neck band slightly narrower than the pattern width - it really suits this light-weight knit and pretty style.
Remember when cutting your self binding for your neck or sleeves, I find it works to cut your band approx two-thirds the measurement of where it will be applied.This stops gaping and gives a nicer finish.But the amount of stretch does vary from knit to knit, so it's important to learn how the different fabrics behave. It doesn't hurt to test your knit before-hand.
Georgia attached her self binding on the fold - overlocking the two raw edges and attaching it to the right side up of the neckline and then turned it over to the inside. Hope this makes sense, otherwise a tutorial is in order!
Update: I did find this tutorial. Note the tutorial is done on a classic t-shirt neckline, but it also works well on this lovely scoop neckline (above) and a narrower band. Hope it helps.
Talented costume designer Janet Hine and the wardrobe department on this seasons 'So You Think You Can Dance' have made some fabulously hot outfits for the show. My personal fave was this peacock number on last Monday's result show - to this other favourite track by Gotan Project - Mi Confesion. You can't see in these pictures - (courtesy the SYTYCD site) the girls bustles were made in our lovely 'Fantail Black' pleated tulle...Oh la la!
Here below are some more costumes in Tessuti fabrics from last Sunday night's show.
Our two day visit to Melbourne and the Stitches and Craft show was a blast! We were most impressed by how well the show was put together by Angela and Ross at Living Creatively. They did a fantastic job of incorporating the LC stamp throughout which give it a fresh, fun and contemporary feel that captured the crafting world as many of us in this community have come to know and love. My favourite new addition to the show was the Incubator section - our very own indie, crafty designers/sewers/artists (and some bloggers too!) lined up together selling and displaying their inspiring wares. It was so wonderful to meet these fabulous and talented people that we've come to admire online.
We were able to meet Jodie from Ric Rac and have an up-close and personal swoon over her wonderful Selvedge Frock.
An absolute highlight was finally meeting Nichola (Nikki-shell) at the Burdastyle and Wardrobe Refashion stands. She is even lovelier in the flesh and I was thrilled to see her in Tessuti's Vincent cotton/elastane made in Burdastyle's Heidi dress.
I couldn't resist buying this magpie necklace , plus bracelets for the girls and the cutest pin-cushion cuff to wear whilst I sew, from Fiona. And then located next to Fiona was Justine, from Mixtape so I stocked up on a few back issues I'd missed.
Crafting is cool (but we already knew that!!!) The new creative wave of the DIY movement is steadily growing with more and more of us shunning mass produced product and instead prefering to make, wear, buy and give handmade products. Here (below) is a sneek peek from a fantastic documentary shown at the Stitches and Craft Show called Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine. In Faythe's book 'Handmade Nation - the Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design', Sabrina Gschwandtner from Knit Knit says "I love making things. I love writing about aesthetic objects and their makers. I love conversations about making things. I love thinking about making things". My sentiments exactly!
I'm so unbelievably glad I had Faythe's book with me on my painful flight back to Sydney. We departed, on schedule, at 5pm only to be told that we had to return to Melbourne after 15 mins in the air because there's 'something wrong with the plane'. Not my favourite combination of words, I must say. One hour later, we were Sydney bound and when we finally landed in Sydney around 7pm, we were stuck on the plane for nearly two hours due to an electrical storm that necessitated the evacuation of all ground crew. Oh yes, it was a loooooong journey back home, but well worth it given all the wonderful folk we met at the Melbourne Stiches and Craft show!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Tanya. After using my gentle powers of persuasion in convincing her to model for me, I am happy to present this post to show just what can be achieved with some basic sewing know-how, a love of fabric and design, and knowing what you want in a garment. Tanya's wonderful caftan dress is made from this Tessuti silk/cotton blend fabric which has a gorgeous, soft, drapey quality that works perfectly in this easy style garment. Not bad for a novice sewer who drafted the pattern herself, tracing off a rectangular caftan top that she has in her wardrobe!
I'm very excited to be heading down to Melbourne next week to visit the Stitches and Craft Show. The show has been given a total revamp by the talented people behind Living Creatively and I can't wait to see and learn in what is sure to be a most inspiring event.
If you haven't already done so, be sure to mark these dates in your diary...
The Luttelerloh Pattern Making Classes were a hit at our Chatswood, Surry Hills and City QVB stores. If you missed out and would like to know more, come along to any of these classes (which run for 1hr) held next week at these Tessuti locations:
City Wynyard - 55 York Street - 9262 1663 Tues 10th - 11am, 1pm and 3 pm Wed 11th - 11am, 1pm and 3 pm
Bondi Junction - 332-334 Oxford St - 9386 9449 Fri 13th at 10.30am,12pm and 2pm Sat 14th at 10.30am,12pm and *1pm (*note: last class has been changed to 1pm from 2pm)
Here's a little introduction video.
You can't see from this pic/video, but we had a few boys turn up too - which is always great to see. I'm also looking forward to doing future posts on any creation from these patterns! Feel free to email me photos or comments.
Meet another long time Tessuti customer, Karen - who pops into our stores regularly -all the way from Port Macquarie.
Here is a great detail Karen added down the centre front of her LBD dress - made from her own dress pattern in Tessuti's black linen - ivory soft grosgrain ribbon - plain and pleated, plus narrow black/white stitch grosgrain threaded through buckle style buttons. A very chic touch!
Ever thought to use cotton press-stud tape as a trim on a garment?
Last summer Georgia created a great effect on a dress she made from Vogue 8232 in Tessuti's Cotton/ Elastane 'Punk Splash Bloom'(sold out), using both sides of this black cotton press-stud tape, found in our stores. Looks great doesn't it?
This was Georgia's first attempt at making up this pattern, (see her latest here) - she found the neckline gaped a bit at the front only. Since the dress was already cut out in this fabric, Georgia created a tuck pleat on either side of her neckline. Recutting the neck facing (as the new reshaped neckline). In this case it worked out great, but it's always best to cut out fitted bodices in calico, before cutting into your precious fabric. This is a really good habit to get into when sewing!
I have more exciting baby news. Today at 12.01pm Emma gave birth to a beautiful baby boy!!!
Zac weighed 8lb1oz (3.65kg) and measured 50cm long. As I don't yet have baby photos to share, I thought I'd post about another wonderful maternity creation by Emma.
Here she is back in November last year at around 6 months in a caftan style tunic top made using pattern McCalls 4968 - view A. The stunning fabric is 100% cotton voile Emilio Pucci print from our last Italian summer collection. The backdrop is Tessuti's crushed cotton/polyamide jersey knit in Grey Marle.
Alterations made to the pattern were shortening of the sleeves, making them 3/4 length. Also Emma reduced the shoulder width and brought in the armhole, she found it too broad across the shoulders. Her original tunic top ended up with drop shoulders - as portrayed on the pattern cover, Emma wanted a narrow and neat set-in-sleeve look...far more flattering!
Congratulations Emma and Mike, we can't wait to meet and cuddle little Zac. We are thinking of you and send all our love.