Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pattern Review - Vogue 8430

I've been saving this post for winter which is now - can you believe it?! - just around the corner.

Lyanne, another longtime Tessuti customer, is shown here wearing a stylish unlined jacket she made from pattern Vogue 8430 (March Tilton) in our beautiful lightweight Italian double sided Wool/Cashmere in 'Olive/Charcoal Pastel'. This fabric is still available at our Chatswood store.

Aside from looking rather fabulous, even better is the fact that Lyanne made no alterations to the pattern. Music to the ear of any seamstress, don't you think?


Monday, May 25, 2009

Esmod - Patternmaking and Sewing Evening Courses

A variety of six to eight week programs are offered in a range of fashion industry related areas at Esmod Australia. There are only a few spots left in the courses below - contact them here to book a spot.

INTRODUCTION TO PATTERNMAKING & SEWING SKILLS (8 week program, Wednesdays 6 – 9pm)

Next Course Commencement: 5th August 2009

This course is taught by a French patternmaking specialist and is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of patternmaking and garment assembly in a focused and hands-on learning environment. Students will apply a range of techniques such as block development, dart manipulation, familiarisation with a variety of silhouette alterations and patternmaking terminology and symbols. Aspects of construction such as cutting, laying, fusing, yokes, pockets, waistbands, fastenings, inverted pleats and basic collars will be explored and applied to sample garments. Students will use domestic Bernina/Bernette sewing machines and Juki industrial machines to test their patterns and apply professional finishes to their garments. Industry suppliers of textiles & trims will be indentified and students will complete garment research files on different styles.

PIECES A MANCHE (Intermediate patternmaking and sewing skills - 8 week program, Wednesdays 6 - 9pm)

Next Course Commencement: 27th May 2009

This program extends students basic skills in patternmaking and sewing to sleeved and lined garments. A French patternmaking specialist will lead you through a series of skilled methods used to create and make shirts, bodices and dresses.

We're open. Let's celebrate, shall we?

To celebrate the opening of our new Melbourne store, we're having a wee celebration this Saturday 30th May. The shop will be open on this day from 10am, but drinks and nibbles and discount door prizes will only be on offer between 2 and 5pm (closing time). Go on, come in, 'cause if we haven't already we'd love to meet you. And if we have, well, we'd be mighty pleased to see you again...

Ground Floor - 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pattern Review - Simplicity 3786

Georgia's done it again! Here's yet another great shirt, this time made up in Tessuti's beautiful 100% Cotton 'White Hail Spot' - in View D from Simplicity pattern 3786 . Georgia's only adjustment to this top/shirt pattern was to shorten the length by approx 8cm and omitting the centre back shirring and instead took in the side seams for more shaping almost down a full size.

What a difference it makes seeing this pattern made up....I wouldn't have looked at this pattern twice ,had I not seen Georgia's gorgeous version. I think it's probably due to the fact that I couldn't see past views A, B and C - I'm no fan of a mock wrap top! The best thing about Simplicity pattern 3786 has to be the 3 different versions of this sweet pin-tucked front blouse.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Sewing Tuition with Bernadette Doherty

Attention everyone! I have just heard that Bernadette Doherty who is a very well established dressmaker, with 25 years experience ,has decided that she would like to pass on some of her experience to those who would like to improve their dressmaking skills.

Bernadette would love to hear from anyone interested in taking classes, also feel free to let her know what you would like to learn - if interested fill out this form.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pattern Review - Simplicity 4701

Hello readers. Lisa here - Tessuti's Melbourne manager. Welcome to our very first pattern review out of our swanky, spankin' new store. Readers, meet the lovely Janet who popped in during week one wearing a beautiful jacket that she'd made from the sort of pattern illustration that fails to make you look twice. We got to talking and (lucky for us), it turns out that she works close by and loves to sew. We feel this may be the start of a long and lovely friendship.

Janet's first Tessuti creation is this great skirt made up in our Rye stretch corduroy. The pattern Janet used is an old favourite - Simplicity 4701 -view D (OOP).  

An incredibly easy skirt in a timeless, flattering design. We like!

L x

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Burdastyle Sewing Club at Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne


Nichola is organising the very first Burdastyle Sewing Club at our newest store - Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne.

It's a great chance to meet other sewers, fabric lovers or Burdastyle enthusiasts.

This meeting is limited to 12 spaces, so if your interested to attend please email Nichola at to book a spot.

Where? - 141 Flinders Lane (near Russell Street), Melbourne.
Tel: (03)9654 4566

When? - Thursday May 28th

Time? 6pm - 9pm

What to bring....

· A finished project

· Details of or ideas for your next project-picture, pattern, fabric ideas etc

· Your current project if you wish to work on it

· Your sewing machine if you plan to sew

· Anything else you would like to show and tell, books, mags, patterns etc.

· A gold coin donation to go towards tea, coffee and biscuits etc.

At this meet we will discuss the following....

· Upcoming topics

· Ideas for things we’d like to learn

· Our next meet

You will be able to buy fabrics on the night and will receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Monica's Tweed Jacket

Local Melbournite Monica has been a long time customer of Tessuti's, making quick visits to one or two of our Sydney stores when she can. Mostly, Monica makes a special trip to check out our latest arrivals from the European designers.

Monica was also the very first customer to walk into our brand new Tessuti Melbourne store on our first trading day, to say hello and check out our gorgeous new space in the old ragtrade district in Flinders Lane.

Monica popped in later to show us one of her creations from her Sydney purchases - this jacket made from our Italian Wool/Lurex Tweed (picked up from our Surry Hills store) and trimmed with beautiful Swarovski crystal beads in different shapes (bought in Hong Kong), bow-tie front shirt in 'Silver' 100% Silk Duppion and a panelled skirt in Grey Wool Flannel. I wish I could tell you what patterns Monica used, but says she drafted the patterns herself, using bits from her extensive pattern collection.

It was lovely to see you in Melbourne Monica - I'll be sure to bring you back more delicious fabrics from our next buying trip at the end of June.


Tessuti Pool on Flickr

Nichola has started a Tessuti Group Pool over on the Flickr site - here you can upload any of your creations made using Tessuti fabrics.

Join in, we'd love to see your creations.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More Vogue 8451 in Merino Jersey

If you haven't already, check this out. Emily Kate has well and truly mastered Vogue 8451. In these pics, she has made the top using Tessuti's 'Merino Jersey Grey' , a lovely soft merino wool 1x1 rib knit.

I'm thrilled to be posting our very first pattern review out of Melbourne and we look forward to many, many more. There are quite a few already in the pipeline, so stay tuned...


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Katherine's stylish new jersey tops

Katherine from Blooms Fabric Obsession created two fabulous simple, yet stylish tops with our beautiful Viscose/Cotton/Elastane jersey knits. I just love what she did with our Storm Scratching and in a recent post, a nice touch using a Liberty cotton print was added to an assymetrical top - made up in our Boat Shed.

Really lovely.


Friday, May 8, 2009

drum roll thanks....

The winner of our $100 gift voucher is...

...Emily Kate!

Congratulations! Emily Kate, please get in touch with us and let us know how you'd like to claim your voucher.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Your responses were fantastic.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Anaessia - Spring/Summer 2009/10

Check out the lovely Spring/Summer '09/10 collection from Sydney label Anaessia, designed by Sue Vanikiotis, at last month's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

In this parade you can see our Skull Duggery cotton and dreamy Fantail Pleated Tulle all made up in some to-die-for frocks...


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Melbourne - some final pics...

Ah yes, another post about Tessuti Melbourne (I promise, normal blogging will resume shortly). Just wanted to show you some more shots which give a far greater impression of the magnificent space we now occupy in Melbourne. Customer response has been fantastic and we've met some great fabric-loving folk. To celebrate the opening of our newest shop, we're offering a $100 gift voucher to one lucky reader/customer/comment-er, to be redeemed in our Melbourne store ONLY. All you need to do is leave a comment offering your suggestions of what you like to see in a fabric store. Comments will be received until 5pm AEST on Friday 8th May and winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Good luck!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Melbourne, we're open for business...



After some loooooooong days, late nights and early mornings, we opened for business in Melbourne on Saturday 2nd May. Shop details are as follows:

Ground Floor - 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph. 03 96544566
Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm
Sat 10am - 5pm

Thanks to all those lovely customers who popped in for our first day of trade. We're so looking forward to opening those doors again tomorrow...

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