It was perfect timing to follow Lisa's earlier post on Janet's ponti knit jacket, with this ponti two-tone fitted Herve Leger inspired tank dress made by Sarah. Here Black and Ecru ponti were used ,a matt thickish knit perfect for this style dress. Not only does it sew up like a dream, it's suitable for a range of garments. Check out also what Katherine from Bloom Sews made in our Charcoal Marle ponti.
This multi pieced dress is Sarah's own pattern....she's quite the skilled patternmaker after 3 years spent studying at the Whitehouse Institute and has a real penchant for knits in particular. I'm sure there's a signature knitwear label on the horizon, sometime in the future, but for now we're happy to have her working with us at Tessuti.
Remember this pattern review? I mentioned that Janet had another one in the works. Presenting Version 2 in our viscose/polyamide/lycra Canary Berry.
For this one, Janet narrowed the sleeves for a tighter fit. I love this - so much so that within thirty seconds of her walking into the store, I had it on. The ponti fabric is great - very stable and firm - and also perfect for pants, tube skirts and a fitted style of dress. In addition to yellow, it also comes in a light shade of green, turquoise and black (available in-store only).
And don't forget to check out our Tessuti group pool on Flickr. We've recently uploaded some new pics from some very clever Melbourne customers...
Our daughter Claudia woke us up at 6.30am this morning to ask 'Why is the sky orange?'. This dust storm stretches over Sydney as far as Newcastle and Wollongong, the skies are a blood orange and it's an eerie sight!
Although this may be a natural phenomenon, it brings home the Climate Change issue to everyone!
About a month ago I received a fantastic email from Heather, a Tessuti online customer all the way from Pennsylvania, USA!
It's always nice to hear from our online customers, and to put a face to the name. Heather also kindly let me post this picture of her fabulous cowl-neck fitted dress made from Vogue 8413 in our Charcoal Chinchilla.
Heather said in her email that she has been inspired to have a go at patterns after seeing them reviewed here on this blog. I think this time Heather, you'll be inspiring plenty to give this great dress pattern a go...thankyou again and I hope one day soon you'll get to visit our stores personally!
What a fantastic weekend! Here in Sydney we got a real taste of summer with perfect sunny days and beautiful balmy nights. We enjoyed eating fish and chips at The Boatshed with great friends and the girls even had there first swim of the season!
It was a perfect weekend too, to take photos of a sweet young lady in the maxi dress I made her for her birthday. I decided to make it in our lovely 100% Cotton Waves and Bubbles to go with the fabulous orange bauble sandals her mum bought for her, from Sambag.
I made a super easy and quick shirred bodice dress (no pattern required) - a great dress for all ages. I simply cut the 140cm wide cotton once the length for top part of dress and shirred 12 rows across the bodice - folding over the top and starting the first shirring row approx 1cm down to create a frilly edge. Then cut double the desired length for the gathered frill at the bottom and gathering it onto dress part. I also used our japanese cotton bias binding in Aqua Stripe for the contrast straps and edging on the hem of frill. Nothing to it and would look great in any length and works well in a jersey too.
In these busy days with the lead up to the Tessuti Awards and preparing for the arrivals of our Italian and Japanese shipments, I haven't had much opportunity to catch up with Georgia to have our fun photoshoots/pattern reviews in and around Sydney....I'm really looking forward to more planned through the coming months.
So with the warmer days ahead and all the gorgeous summer prints due in soon, I thought it was time to post Georgia's gathered skirt made in one of our Japanese cotton prints that she finished at the end of last summer.The pattern used was New Look 6594, a super easy gathered skirt with yoke waistband. The New Look catalogues are now in all our Tessuti stores and their patterns are all only $10.50! Allow a week for us to order the patterns in for you (we can also mail them out to you).
Georgia made the gathered version up in Japanese cotton 'Navy Skylights' (sold out) - she adjusted the pattern slightly by adding an inverted pleat to the centre front and back and making a double hem facing at the bottom of the skirt. Georgia edged the top of the double hem and bottom of yoke with a fold trim (cut on the straight grain and without piping cord) made from a contrast fabric 'Indi Sushi' similar to our 'Imazu' spot range. It adds a nice touch doesn't it?
Enjoy your weekend everyone :-) xxx
Ps. Forgot to mention that Georgia's great top is a shorter sleeved version from this pattern in our Italian 100% mercerised cotton knit in 'Plum Delight'.
Here is an update for our regular Tessuti Surry Hills customers - who've been wondering where Reegan has disappeared to. She's very well and been kept busy looking after her beautiful baby boy Liam, who's already almost two and a half months old... he's too cute!
My first pattern review. When you work with the likes of such talented and productive ladies, you can only make excuses for so long before it's time to pull the finger, dive head first into the stash and start sewing, dammit. And so I did. Over two nights. And this was what I ended up with - a super-comfy, easy-to-sew, easy-to-wear dress. The pattern came from what is hands-down our most popular Japanese pattern book for adults,Stylish Dress Book 1, pattern 'E'. It's the one on the cover...
This was my first foray into the world of Japanese sewing books and due to the simplicity of both dress and pattern, I had no trouble following the illustrations. Tracing the pattern out and adding the 1.5cm seam allowance (a most important detail) seemed like the most time-consuming aspect of the journey. I used a fine, pinstripe cotton/linen blend from our $10 p/metre selection (sadly sold out, but we've many similar fabrics in stock that we can happily suggest).
Highly recommended, both book and pattern. The only change I'd make next time around would be to add some length so it finishes a little closer to my knee. In this book, the patterns are all made to fit one height (160cm) which is what I am. So if you're anything over and above that, keep this in mind.
Firstly, apologies for the crappy photos. Our Melbourne days have been bleak and rainy of late, and natural light has not been in abundance. And the fact is, demand for these books is so high that if I wait for brighter days, there's a good chance they'll all be gone. So, unless noted, here's what's currently available. We're expecting to stock up our online store in about three weeks time, so if you'd like to order one before then, please contact our Melbourne store and we can do a phone transaction for you.
More books have been ordered and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as they arrive. Be sure to pop back tomorrow for a pattern review from our most popular japanese pattern book - The Stylish Dress Book 1...