Thursday, July 30, 2009

Too jetlagged to post

Hi there! We got back last weekend, and I'm still struggling to get over this I'm really missing the warm weather, although coming home to 18C days isn't bad. I promise to post pictures and news about of our trip as soon as this fog in my head clears.

So instead I'll send you over to Katherine who has made a comfy gorgeous jersey dress in our Purdie Blue Charcoal in Vogue 8530.

Great legs.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2009 Tessuti Awards

Tessuti Fabrics, that treasure trove of designer silks, wools, linen, cottons and blends from the great fabric houses of the world, has watched the creativity and craftmanship of its many customers grow over the years.

We are continually blown away by many of the garments designed and made by our customers, so we'd like to take the opportunity to publicly recognise the design skills and ingenuity of people who pursue fashion just for the love of it. There are plenty of awards for designers and manufacturers already working in the fashion industry, but Tessuti wants to recognise the up and coming young designers and the individual talents and clever creations of 'home couture'.

* The Tessuti Awards is an annual event, first held in 2007.
* 2009 Tessuti Awards will be held on Wednesday 2nd of September starting at 6:30pm.
* Registration to enter opens August 10 and closes August 28.
* There will be 2 categories; Vintage Little Black Dress & Smart Day/Evening Wear.
* Both categories are open to Tessuti customers, both young and old, male and female, fashion students and all sewers.
* Our Melbourne store will hold a special pre-event Tessuti Awards night on the 13th August. We are calling for entries in the Vintage Little Black Dress Category ONLY. Winning entrant will score themselves and a friend a return trip to the awards night in Sydney, including automatic entry into the finals competition of the Tessuti Awards. Please visit or call our Melbourne store for more information.

Entries are invited from fashion and design students, home sewers, tailors and anyone with a passion for fashion, fabric and perfection. Visit our registration page for more information and to register for the event.

There are two categories in the 2009 Tessuti awards. They are:

1. Vintage Little Black Dress Category. Prizes include:

* 1st Prize: a return trip to Paris supplied by Tessuti
* 2nd Prize: $500 Tessuti gift voucher.
* 3rd Prize: $300 Tessuti gift voucher.

2. Smart Daywear, Eveningwear Category. Prizes include:

* 1st Prize: Bernina Bernette 92c sewing machine valued at $799, courtesy of Bernina Sewing Centre, Chatswood.
* 2nd Prize: $500 Tessuti gift voucher.
* 3rd Prize: $300 Tessuti gift voucher.

Follow this link for the rules.

Tessuti Awards will be held at ESMOD Australia, 2 Short Street, Surry Hills, on Wednesday the 2nd of September 2009, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Judging will commence at 7pm.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pattern Review - Vogue 8511

I am shamelessly pinching this post from here. But I have the lovely Liesl's permission and for that I thank her. I've seen this dress in the flesh and I can vouch for the 'so chic' factor. Working alongside Liesl frocked up in this number, it would be fair to say that I felt more than a little dowdy. The fabric she used is Tessuti's Taka Bubble Fruit, 100% cotton, and selling fast.

Liesl says this of her new favourite LBD...

What? You can't expect me to be working at Tessuti and not be making up dresses in their gorgeous fabric, now can you?

Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 8511, view B
Fabric: 1.8 metres Japanese Cotton Print from Tessuti Fabrics (141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne), bodice lined with orange rayon lining
Notions: 22" zipper, hook and eye

This would have to easily be my pattern of the year. Hands down, no competition whatsoever. I loved making this dress, and love wearing it even more. It's so comfy, yet so chic! I feel very French whenever I wear it, which is just the most awesome feeling! But what's even more awesome is the amount of compliments I get whenever I wear it. This dress is a hit!

Even better than the dress is the fabric. The cotton was an absolute dream to work with. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun making a dress. To save it from becoming a bit too twee, I added my own special touch: I put in an open-ended jacket zipper, to give the dress a slight 'rock' edge, and it definitely makes an impact.

So, it's a big 10 out of 10 from me. The pattern was challenging enough to keep me from being bored, without becoming too much of a stress. The front skirt has some nifty side pleats, with a box pleat in the middle (fun!), and some darts in the back. I love doing darts! It really is a wonderfully versatile pattern - you can easily make a whole range of dresses, ranging from simple and classic to bold and crazy, depending upon fabric choices and skirt length. In fact, my next project will be making use of this pattern again, but let me assure you, the dresses could not be any more different! Watch this space!

Thanks Liesl!

L x

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pattern Review - New Look 6853

In Melbourne today, the weather forecast went a little something like this...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers. The chance of thunderstorms with hail during this afternoon. Brrrrr, says I.

Hopefully, this pattern review will go some way towards warming those of us in the midst of a southern winter. Janet's back with this furry little number - New Look's 6853, View C - made up in our Charcoal Mix.

Janet sewed up the vest in a size 10 (the smallest size available) but says "a size 8 would've been perfect if I wanted it to sit like the image on the pattern cover." As it turned out, she had to lap the front and added snap fasteners to close it. She also made the belt from view D and folded out the neck edges to create a lapel. This has the added benefit of showing off the vest lining - Black Lucrecia, our enormously popular Italian wool/polyamide double knit (sold out - in black - in our online store but limited stocks are now available in Melbourne, Bondi and Wynyard stores. It's also available in cream).

Janet describes her vest as 'comfy and warm'. I'd think I'd also like to add 'clever, stylish and very cool (in the warmest possible way)'.

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