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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.