Monday, March 29, 2010

Cherry Drops Full Circle Skirt

Saw this great full circle skirt on Annie today at Tessuti Surry Hills. This simple pattern is the skirt part of Vintage Vogue 2902. No alterations were made except it was shortened by approx 9cm - due to the fact that Annie could only fit this length into the width of the fabric and a simple bias binding was added to the waistline, which sits just at high hip....rather striking in Tessuti's printed medium weight lace knit Cherry Drops....don't you think?

A big thankyou to Annie for posing for me today :)

Gathers and Pleats

A very busy weekend sewing up some garments....more details to follow.


Friday, March 26, 2010

"Excuses" by The Morning Benders

My daughter Gabby found this great song...we thought we'd share.
Enjoy your weekend everyone


Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders "Excuses" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stylish Dress Book 2 - pattern 'C' and Linda Linen

Introducing my latest favourite top...worn two days in a row actually...eek!

Seriously this has to be the most comfortable top I own, other than this one. The pattern used was 'C' from Stylish Dress Book 2 made up in our gorgeous 100% linen Linda Aubergine Grey.

I have to admit that I can't take all the credit, as I have already seen this made up in the same style and fabric by a regular Tessuti Chatswood customer and I absolutely fell in love with it. Thanks Yolanda! Like her I raised the neckine, gathered the centre front instead of doing the pintucks in the original version. I also pivotted the bust darts out of the pattern as I felt it didn't need it. My favourite details have to be the ruffled hem and tie-back and the linen of course, it's wonderful to wear.

I'll be making this pattern up again (and again), definitely in a dress version and I may try wearing this as it gets cooler with a fitted long sleeve top beneath it - like styled in the book.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Dates for beginners Sew Inn classes @ Tessuti Surry Hills, Sydney

Anyone interested in learning to sew? Our wonderful Sew Tessuti contributor Georgia, is very keen to start teaching what she knows at Tessuti's Sew Inn classes.

First up Georgia will start teaching the basics, from threading a machine, various stitches, seams and hems, to reading a commercial pattern and working out what size to cut and learning to lay them out onto fabric, ready for cutting. Soon enough Georgia will have you sewing up creations like this , this and eventually this and this!

Here are dates for Georgia's classes at Tessuti Surry Hills, Sydney - 110 Commonwealth Street - PH: 02 9211 5536.

Short course beginners classes Saturdays:
May 1st - learning the basics and how to chose a suitable pattern for a novice sewer.
May 15th - how to read a pattern, preparing for cutting and start sewing a top (top pattern will be provided).
May 29th - learning the basics and how to chose a suitable pattern for a novice sewer.
June 12th - how to read a pattern and preparing for cutting and start sewing a top (top pattern will be provided).

These beginner classes will cost $75 for three hours (11am - 2pm) and groups will be limited to a maximum of 5 students, you can book one, two or all four classes. Sewing machines will be supplied, but you bring your own scissors, pins, thread, and tape measure. Or you can also purchase these from the store on the day. There is a special class discount of 15% off any purchases made at Tessuti on the day of the class.

To book classes call the store on 02 9211 5536. You need to pay at the time of booking and a fee may be charged if you cancel and your spot isn't taken up by someone else. All the details will be emailed to you when you book. Check out The Sew Inn, in action at Tessuti Melbourne here.

PS. Look out for the pattern review on Georgia's dress (pic) coming up in a post, later in the week.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Competition Time!!!!


Exciting new competition brought to you by Tessuti Fabrics and BurdaStyle and boy is it a quick one! You have until April 2nd to send in your garments to be entered to win an invitation to have you garment modeled on the runway of the Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne, a $500 Gift Voucher from Tessuti Fabrics, a BurdaStyle Editorial Feature by Nikkishell, and a pattern of your choice from BurdaStyle!

Use one of these patterns:
Anda Dress
JJ Blouse
Jorinde Jacket
Ellen Pants
Marie Skirt

Create your garment and upload it to BurdaStyle, include a detailed description of your garment such as how you altered the pattern, any techniques you used, your fabric choice and any other details you think we should know. Email a photo of it to by 11:59 pm EST April 2nd include ‘Stitches & Craft Melbourne’ in the title, in the body of the email you must include your user name, garment title and link to the project on BurdaStyle.

Here are the rules:

• You must be a registered member of to take part.
• You must make a garment using only one of the above patterns.
• The garment must be an Australian size 10-12 or 14-16 (this is to ensure that we can hire the correct size of model to show off your garment)
• The garment must be made using fabrics from - from old or current Tessuti stock.* If buying any current fabric simply copy and paste the discount code: "TessutiFabrics&BurdaStyle" at checkout to receive your 15% discount on any online order (excludes bridal/eveningwear) or mention the Tessuti/Burdastyle Competition in store to receive your 15% discount on fabrics only (excludes remnants, already discounted fabrics and bridal/eveningwear).Discount offer ends at close of competition April 2nd.
• The pattern must be altered in some way. You may use any techniques you desire.
• You may enter as many garments as you like.
• Open to everyone worldwide (void where prohibited) provided you follow the rules above and if you are under 18 have the consent of a legal guardian

Tessuti Fabrics is located at the following addresses:
Surry Hills Tessuti Fabrics – 110 Commonwealth St. | 02 9211 5536
Chatswood Tessuti Fabrics – 20/369 Victoria Ave. | 02 9415 3357
Sydney City Tessuti Fabrics – 55 York St. | 02 9262 1663
Melbourne Tessuti Fabrics - 141 Flinders Lane. | 03 9654 4566

If you are unable to visit any of the locations you can purchase your fabrics through the online

$500 Tessuti Fabrics Gift Voucher
Editorial Feature Story on by Nikkishell
A free BurdaStyle pattern of winner’s choice
Organic Cotton BurdaStyle T-Shirt
Coats & Clark 50 Spool thread set

$100 Tessuti Fabrics Gift Voucher
Organic Cotton BurdaStyle T-Shirt
Coats & Clark 50 Spool thread set
BurdaStyle gift bag

$50 Tessuti Fabric Gift Voucher
Organic Cotton burdaStyle T-Shirt
BurdaStyle gift bag

Part 2
Entries will go into a slide show on BurdaStyle, Members will have 2 days to vote for their favorites

The top 3 finalists from each pattern choice will be chosen by 06 April and notified on 07 April. The winning garment must then be sent by Express Post to Melbourne for display at The Stitches & Craft Show.

The Show
Your garment will be presented in an on stage fashion parade each day at The Stitches & Craft Show. The parade which will be presented by Nikkishell will start with an introduction to and Tessuti Fabrics then each pattern will be shown in its original form in calico and discussed before being followed by the competition garments. The description of your garment will be read aloud to show how you arrived from the original to your final piece.
Visitors will vote for their favourite garment by means of a voting box. All votes will be counted and the overall winners will be announced on the last day at the Show as well as on the BurdaStyle, Tessuti Fabrics and The Stitches & Craft Show websites.

Insurance and Responsibility, Tessuti Fabrics and The Stitches & Craft Show will take great care of your garment but cannot accept any responsibility for loss, damage or theft to whilst the garment is in their care. If insurance of any kind is required, this is your responsibility and at your cost.

Shipping information
Complete shipping information will be sent to you at the time you are notified that you have been selected as a finalist. It will be up to you to telephone Nikki on (03) 96544566/0425868450 to ensure receipt of delivery. No liability will be accepted by, Tessuti Fabrics or The Stitches & Craft Show for the failure of the postal system to deliver the garment on time. You will be required to send details of how you would like your garment returned and a money order/stamps to cover the cost of return. Garments can also be collected from the Tessuti store in Melbourne or Sydney.

Finalist garments must be available for any future requirements by BurdaStyle, Tessuti Fabrics and Stitches and Craft.

Should you have any questions regarding the competition please telephone Nikki on 0425868450 or email

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pattern Review - Nani Iro Colourful Cloth Book (D)

Last week, I sewed up this top from a piece of Sorrento Stripe that I had sitting in the stash. My fabric choice was made, quite simply, because it has three features that I find irresistable - it's linen, it's striped and it's (predominantly) black.

The pattern is a variation of 'D' from Nani Iro's Colourful Cloth Book, a gorgeous collection of simple styles for women and girls, with a couple of bag patterns thrown in as well. My fabric piece was considerably smaller and narrower than the recommended meterage, so I shortened both sleeve and overall length to accommodate this. I also decided to leave off the pockets because A) I didn't have enough fabric and B) getting the perfectly round curve that is pictured would've broken my spirit and quite possibly have resulted in yet another UFO being added to the pile.

For the back contrast detail, I just used the reverse side of the fabric.

The sleeves presented my only challenge. The pattern calls for a 2cm seam allowance but because I'd shortened the overall length, I didn't have much room to play around with. Instead, I chose to bind them with a polycotton binding which caused them to stick out. Quite a bit. 'Trumpet-y' was a word that sprang to mind. To overcome this, I created a pleat and button detail which bought them back in nicely. And thankfully.



This cheeky smile says it all! Happy birthday baby girl....we love you.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feature Fabric of the Week - Yama Navy Flower

Gorgeous soft Japanese cotton voile Yama Navy Flower ...very reminiscent of the French floral prints ..... is now available online and in store.

PS. Soft Grey Mokuba lace available at Tessuti Chatswood only.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Teegs' Ceylon Dress

How utterly gorgeous is this? Tegan of Ink and Spindle recently visited us with her Ceylon Dress pattern in hand. After some browsing, our Chickory Lulu Linen screamed out as the perfect choice.

Someone on their Ink and Spindle Flickr page commented that she looks like Alice in Wonderland. Agreed.

Check out more great Colette Patterns here.


Monday, March 1, 2010

The Sew Inn @ Tessuti Surry Hills

Here's some great news for our Sydney customers. By popular request, The Sew Inn will be starting at Tessuti Surry Hills this month. We're keen to run various sewing classes from time to time and create a community style environment in the store where you can work alongside like-minded sewers, share tips and learn new skills. On Tuesdays and Thursdays (if there is enough interest) we'll have sewing classes facilitated by the talented Georgia. She's very excited about teaching what she knows about sewing and helping you create similar garments to her creations from earlier posts.

Upcoming classes are:

Perfect Dress Vogue 8184 - Basic sewing skills required.

Class dates: Tuesdays - March 9th,16th and 23rd.

This is a great pattern and silhouette for a summer sundress, vintage 50's inspired frock or stunning cocktail dress as there are six variations to choose from. In the first session, you'll make a calico muslin of the bodice and get assistance as needed to help adjust the pattern to suit your shape. The following two sessions will allow you to cut out and sew your dress.

3 x 2.5 hour sessions (10am-12.30pm)



Easy McCalls 5050 - Beginner or Basic sewing skills required.

Class dates: Thursday - March 11th and 18th

Georgia has made this top pattern up into a longer sleeved version, jersey t-top and into a summer dress. You can choose which variation you would like to make.

2 x 2.5 hour sessions (10am-12.30pm)


Note: groups will be limited to a maximum of 5 students and sewing machines will be supplied. You'll need to bring your pattern (also available in store), suggested fabric and notions to complete your style choice. If required, Georgia can provide guidance regarding suitable fabrics (you'll need to arrange this prior to class), fabric scissors, pins, thread, tape measure etc. If you forget something, you'll be able to take advantage of a super special class discount of 15% off any purchases (excluding patterns) made at Tessuti on the day of the class.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book early. A 50% deposit will be required to secure booking and if you need to cancel a fee will be charged if we cannot fill your place. To book into Georgia's classes or have any queries please email Colette at

PS. Look out for future evening and Saturday classes at The Sew Inn. I'll post details here on the blog very soon.
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