Monday, August 24, 2009

Pattern Review - Flashback New Look 6112

You may have seen this gorgeous textured wool around on here and also featured here in our Tessuti Group on Flickr.

Margaret from Canberra made up this fabulous 100% wool 'Quagmire' in a simple unlined jacket from an old favourite New Look 6112 pattern (circa 80-90s) which is out of print. This is a perfect example why we all should take another good look through our pattern stashes at home. Refashion them, so to speak, and save a bit on buying new patterns.

The original pattern was designed to be made up in a medium to heavy weight wool for coats. It's worked out perfectly in this relaxed jacket, very similar to the styles you usually find in the Japanese craft books - so simple and unstructured - the real focus is on this exquisite textured wool instead. Margaret omitted the facings on the fronts and back neck, instead hemming back the front edges and neckline, along with the sleeves and hems.

Worth noting too, everything seen here is made by Margaret, the checked tunic top is made up in a seersucker wool blend, one we had earlier in the season paired back with straight leg pants made up in our Chocolate heavy pure linen. Even Margaret's necklace was made from a textured jersey knit - similar to one made by Nichola over at Nikkishell.

Thanks again Margaret, look forward to seeing you what you create with your latest purchases very soon;-)


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Stitches and Craft Show In Sydney!

If your free this week, come by and see the Tessuti Fabrics fashion parade, especially for Sydney's Stitches and Craft Show @ Rosehill Racecourse.

Also on parade will be some of the finalist from last year's Tessuti Awards.

You must go and say hello to Nichola and the girls at the Burdastyle and Wardrobe Refashion stands.

You may even spot me watching Drella New York or Handmade Nation and definitely hovering around the Incubators stands on level 4. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pattern Review - Burda 7836 (OOP)

Another beauty from Janet. Unfortunately, the pattern is OOP but she only purchased it back in July so you might still be able to find it around the traps. It's Burda 7836...

The jacket is made up in Bianco Lucrecia - our gorgeous, creamy, wool/polyamide double knit. The only modifications made were the addition of pockets and the back tab.

She also applied three 34mm buttons, instead of the five smaller ones recommended on the pattern. Janet's a snap-fan, so instead of button-holing she added snap fasteners at the front.

Easy, no? Janet is so thrilled with this one, she's got another version in the works. Stay tuned...

L x

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tessuti Awards - the Melbourne affair

On the night of August 13th, Tessuti Melbourne hosted our own little prequel to the main event. The aim was to give our Melbourne customers the opportunity to join in the fun that is the Tessuti Awards, with a chance to win a trip for two to Sydney. Given that notice was short and we've only been in Melbourne for three-and-a-bit months, we were thrilled to have eleven entrants take up the challenge and create their inspired versions of the Vintage LBD. Congratulations to our winner, Victoria, and second and third place holders, Bianca and Holly. Victoria and her model Stephanie will be flown up to Sydney for the big night, enjoying a two night stay at the fabulous Blacket hotel in the heart of the CBD.

In addition to a trip to Sydney, Victoria's dress wins an automatic place in the final of our Tessuti Awards Vintage LBD category, giving her the rather enticing possibility of winning the grand prize of a trip to Paris. Check out the awards website here for more details on how to be a part of this great night. Places are very limited so be quick!

On behalf of everyone at Tessuti Fabrics, I'd like to say a special thanks to our judges on the night - Melissa Kramer from the fabulous Thread Den, and Ben Smith - designer of womenswear label Anon. Women..

And to all of those who submitted and modelled a garment, thanks so very much for taking the time and making the effort. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did!

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Tessuti Awards Registration - now open!

For those of you interested in entering this year's Tessuti Awards, registration is now open here. Mark it in your calender - Weds 2nd Sept - 'cause it's shaping up to be a fantastic night.

Please note that if you're entering the LBD comp being held at our Melbourne store this Thursday, you do not register online. Registration forms are available in store or on the night. Phone 03 96544566 for more info.

I received some very exciting news today from George O'Keefe at Bernina Chatswood. They have decided to upscale the 1st prize in the Smart Daywear/Eveningwear Category to a Bernina 230 sewing machine valued at $1699!!!!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Things I loooove about Italy

walking cobblestoned laneways (and the shops on either side)...

Balconies that make you want to call out to Romeo, Romeo...

Picture postcard scenes. Everywhere...

Views looking up...

Views looking down...


Everyday places that still give you goosebumps...

The cute combo that is a vespa and a man who looks like he's stepped straight out of The Sartorialist...


More (Missoni!) fabric...

Still more fabric (coming soon to a store near you)...!


PenelopeRED Sale on Etsy

Penelope from the PenelopeRED label wanted us to know that she will be having a sale on all stock listed on her Etsy store! Every item is reduced by at least 10%-20%.

To claim an extra 5% off the sale price, just email the word TESSUTI along with details of the item you want to buy to or get in touch with Penelope through Etsy.

check it out.
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