Sunday, February 28, 2010

Party Dress

Gabby in her party dress worn last night. After falling in love with this cute number made by Philippa - Gabby asked if she could have one made up for her in this wonderful Japanese cotton.

Friday, February 26, 2010

They're baaaaaaaack

We've just received a fresh supply of japanese pattern books. As you can tell, we're pretty excited (Nichola especially)...


Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Sew Inn

Saturday marked our inaugural Sew Inn workshop at Tessuti Melbourne.

Interested in joining us? There are still limited places available on the following dates - Mar 18 & 20, Apr 15 & 17, May 13 & 15, Jun 17 & 19. Call the Melbourne store on 9654 4566 for more details.

Soul Kitchen

The 2010 season of the St George Open Air Cinema closed last night with a wonderfully off beat comedy/drama from Germany called SOUL KITCHEN.

'Awarded the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, SOUL KITCHEN is an hilarious, fast paced story of a young restaurant owner whose fortunes take a rollercoaster ride. The food isn't exactly top notch in Zino's Soul Kitchen restaurant, but his clientele remain loyal, until he brings in a talented (but temperamental) chef to improve the fare. Faced with empty tables, Zino's problems are compounded by a girlfriend who insists he moves to China with her, a brother who's always on the wrong side of the law, a developer who will employ any measure necessary to gain the title of the restaurant, and a back strain that leaves him prostrate. Things have a funny way of working themselves out, but before that happens, Zinos is going to have to experience a lot more pain.
Reminiscent of RUN LOLA RUN and LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, with a great cast and featuring a very funky soundtrack, SOUL KITCHEN is a rollicking good ride, and one of the coolest movies we've seen in a long time.'

We agree.... an absolute must see.

Friday, February 19, 2010


For the last two days we've been a little busy at home with our latest addition to the family....a very cute puppy we named Zoey. Our very first dog and pet! Well if you don't count two hermit crabs and a couple of goldfish.

My girlfriend Jody sent me this very photo from her iphone when she spotted her at a local pet store.....knowing that I was on the hunt for a suitable dog for the girls......well how could I resist that face?

We just love her to bits.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Liberty now in stock!...and a New Look 6873 pattern review too...

Just in at all Tessuti stores (and soon to be online), some very, very lovely new Liberty tana lawn prints. Last Saturday, young Alex popped in sporting these super-cute shorts she made up in Emilia's Flowers Aqua.

The pattern is New Look's 6873 in View E.

Her (ahem) second sewing project, she informs me. Very impressive. The yellow button details are just the perfect, simple embellishment.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Blues

One metre of this Prada 100% Silk Satin has been sitting in my stash since last summer! I've been too scared to cut it up...I'm thinking silk nightie....any suggestions?

Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peroux

Inspired by's another lovely female voice.

Enjoy your weekend :)

OTTOBRE design® kids fashion Spring issue 1/2010

OTTOBRE design® is a fashion and pattern magazine produced in Finland. Six issues per year, including four issues of OTTOBRE design® kids fashion magazine and two issues of OTTOBRE design® woman magazine.

The exciting news is that our Tessuti stores will be stocking the OTTOBRE design® kids magazines (in English), with the Spring 1/2010 issue due to arrive soon .This issue includes forty patterns for kids in sizes 62-170 cm.

If you'd like to be notified when the kids issues arrive in store...feel free to email me at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

'Roses for Mary' and for Sue!

I spied our Sue at work last week wearing this cotton leopard print (not ours ...ahem!) A-line skirt that had the hem trimmed with hot pink grosgrain ribbon and the loveliest embroidered pink and green flowers. When I asked her where she got the trim from, she told me that our other Sue (remember?) had embroidered the flowers and added them to her skirt especially! I just love the mix of the pretty with the animal print!

So I emailed Sue straight away to find out more about her amazing sewing machine and how she went about the design etc.....this is what she said:

'My machine is a Pfaff Creative Vision. It's a normal sewing machine as well but also does beautiful work as an embroiderer.

The design is from a CD called Roses for Mary and is the work of Jenny Haskins who is - I think - the queen of machine embroidery. Jenny designs lots of embroidery designs - you will see on her site - and as well is owner/editor/brainchild behind a magazine called Creative Expressions which is a machine embroidery magazine distributed worldwide (which has featured quite a few of Sue's work).

This is how Sue did it:

'I hooped up 2 layers of soluble stabiliser with a layer of nylon organza in between. Then I embroidered the design in the hoop using Robison Anton rayon threads. I removed the hoop from the machine but did NOT take the embroidery out of the hoop. While still in the hoop I got my textile burning tool and using my finest tip I traced around the edge of the embroidery which burnt the stabiliser and the nylon organza right back to the edge of the embroidery. My designs fell from the hoop and I soaked them in warm water to dissolve the soluble stabiliser. When I felt that it was all gone I rinsed them in water which had softener added and then squeezed them out and laid them on a towel to dry.

Then I ironed them and placed them on my fabric and did a small zigzag stitch just catching the edge of the designs and the fabric. (It is much better to stipple them but I just cant get stippling right - need more practice I think)'

Sue (aka Noosa Girl) xx

Absolutely marvellous we've all got machine envy now...?

Learn to make patterns from existing garments @ The Sewing Room

Commencing 22th February 10am to 1pm at The Sewing Room

How many times have you wished that you could have that same favourite piece of clothing over again?

Learn how to make patterns from exiting garments without even pulling
them apart. Make simple alterations to the patterns to make them fit
even better than the first time. Over 8 weeks we will cover pattern
making starting with a simple T- shirt (jersey/knit fabric) through to
trousers. This three hour course is dedicated to pattern making with
all sewing to done outside the class to test patterns. Therefore this
course is designed for experienced sewers.

8 x 3 hour session

To find out more details contact Penelope Leonard here

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Look Mum, no hands pattern!

Appendicitis. As it turns out, not so much fun. But there are definitely some upsides. Mum's food deliveries. I got to stay in bed for quite a bit. I slept. Read. Watched Oprah and Entertainment Tonight (if I wasn't sleeping). And then one day, I found myself staring at that pile of unfinished sewing projects just to the right of the TV. And I thought, oh yeah! that's right, I was gonna make you (and you, and you, and you) . So call it my new, appendix-free, inspired self. No more buying fabric 'til the UFOs are complete (remnants excluded, 'cause there ain't no use fighting the purchase of those half price pearls).

Presenting Finished Item #1 - a super simple cotton voile hail spot (purchased at Tessuti Surry Hills around two years ago. Alas, not in stock but similar hail spots are available) top. Cut two rectangles. Cut out two armholes. Casing along the top. Seam along the sides. Insert Mokuba binding for straps. Cue 35 degree weather forecast. Outfit for stinking hot day sorted (and so easy, I'm ashamed it sat in the pile for that long).


Sunday, February 7, 2010


I think Stella likes her new dress :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Grasshopper Sketch

I'm loving this dress made by Phillipa (her own pattern) in Tessuti's beautiful Italian cotton print Grasshopper Sketch.

Looking for a Bernette 334D

HELP: If anyone wants to sell their 334D/DS Bernette Overlocker or has any suggestions on where I might find one - please email me at

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Birthday dress for Stella

Happy birthday sweet girl ...hope you like your new dress xxx

Made from Tessuti Cotton/Linen Denim, aqua diagonal stripe bias-binding and green vintage button. I used easy dress Pattern J (page 14 and 49) from Innocent and Lovely Girlswear ISBN978-4-579-11194-7- you may find stock of this Japanese pattern book still available in Chatswood.
Note: only alteration - I changed the casing at centre back (for the straps to feed through) instead I added elastic there and made the straps tie at the shoulders.

Hope to get a photo of Stella wearing this soon ;)

Marnie Skillings Sale

To all us Marnie Skillings fans out can purchase her lovely summer collection instore or online at reduced prices - make sure not to forget to also check out these great pieces from last winter. Sooooo tempting :)

Marnie Skillings Boutique is located at 123 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra Sydney
PH: (02) 9369 1791

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pattern Review - Vogue 1026 and Butterick 4980

Vogue 1026

I met lovely Alice last year in our Tessuti Melbourne store, armed with dress patterns and needing some help with fabric suggestions. A shop full of fabric is surely daunting for a non-sewer....I know it's a struggle for those of us that can!!!

So I was very happy to receive an email from both Alice and her mother Jeanette (who made the dresses) letting me know that they were thrilled with the end results:

'After her initial shock at having to deal with sewing georgette silk, Jeanette was very relieved with the results using Butterick pattern 4980 and Alice was also thrilled with her new dress . We were also very happy with the results of the Badgley Mischka pattern Vogue 1026 using raw silk fabric with a contrasting silk trim. Thanks Collette for your guidance'.

Butterick 4980 (Out Of Print)


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Sewing Room - Surry Hills Sydney

I'm thrilled and very excited to let you know that there is now a new sanctuary here in Sydney, in our local Surry Hills for sewing enthusiasts and followers and lovers of fabric, buttons ,vintage patterns, ribbons and braids. Where you can take sewing, knitting, patternmaking, fabric dying, beading, embroidery, fashion photography and computer design classes ( and more), called The Sewing Room.

Join one of The Sewing Room's classes guided by experienced highly qualified instructors. They specialise in one-off sessions or short courses held on weekdays, evenings and weekends. The Sewing Room has sewing classes catering to all levels from the complete novice to the expert. Class sizes are small so everyone can benefit from personal attention.

There is even a sewing class specially designed for guys who want to learn to sew on a button or to alter their jeans. There are more advanced classes for people who want to create a tailored jacket and learn how to sew difficult evening wear fabrics.

You can come to a class to develop your fashion design skills, make your own patterns with an introduction to pattern making classes or simply learn how to alter a pattern to fit you.

Anyone interested in the patternmaking classes - here are the details below:

Patternmaking Classes
Introduction to Patternmaking I
8 x 3 hour session
Starting Tuesday 16 February 2010 10am- 1pm

Patternmaking for skirts
3 x 3 hour session
Starting Saturday 27 March 2010 10am - 3.30pm

Level 1, 8 Hill Street, Surry Hills Sydney
02 93600585
The Sewing Room is located within The Fashion and Textile Gallery - a new centre open to the general public and, or anyone interested in fashion history - here you can check out monthly events and upcoming exhibitions.

Contact The Sewing Room to find out dates and times for courses you are interested in and to book.
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