This weeks feature fabric of the week is Tessuti's Italian Viscose/Cotton/Elastane jersey Aerial Camouflage...a drapey smooth knit with a wonderful all-over print in green, black, purple, teal and taupe on a grey background. Ideal for tops, tunics, dresses, scarves and skirts.
Back by popular demand.... a FREE film screening of Gillian Armstrong's Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives Of Florence Broadhurst When: Wednesday 9 June Time: 6:00-8:00pm. Where: The Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics' School Of Arts 280 Pitt Street, Sydney - Tel (02) 92627300.
*Almost nothing about Florence Broadhurst was as it seemed; few guessed her age, let alone her origins.
The flamboyant design pioneer was born in outback Australia in 1899 and by her mid-twenties she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai, later running a fashion boutique in London's Mayfair, reinventing herself as a painter and charity queen in Sydney. But it was with her last incarnation - as a designer of bold, exotic wallpapers - that she shook up conservative Australia and made her mark.
In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals the many lives of one larger-than-life woman, whose prints are now in huge demand internationally.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers including biographer Helen O'Neill, whose beautiful book Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives (Hardie Grant Books) was published in 2006, actress Judi Farr (who portrayed Florence Broadhurst in the documentary) and a representative from Signature Prints (custodians of the Florence Broadhurst design library and owners of the exclusive world-wide commercial licence to the library).
No.... your eyes aren't going funny!...it's this lovely fleck print in our Italian Viscose/Cotton/Spandex jersey called Red Berry Spot. Georgia used this drapey knit to make up View B in Vogue 8413 , the pattern suggests using fabrics like Crepe, Interlock Knit, Gabardine, Lightweight Flannel, Double Knit and Lightweight Tweed. I think it's a fabulous pattern for knits, don't you?
For this dress in jersey, Georgia omitted the back darts,zipper, front pleats and added more flare to the skirt. Instead of the back neck facing suggested, self binding in the self fabric was trimmed on the back neck edge but the front cowl neck edge was overlocked as pattern recommended. Georgia says this wonderful jersey makes it a very comfortable and easy dress to wear.
PS. This Italian knit also comes in Green Moss Spot - these two prints are only available in Tessuti Melbourne.
Feel like rummaging through our fabulous $10/mtr fabrics? There's all sorts of gems amongst these designer sample lengths of suitings, stretch knits, taffetas, cottons and great base cloths. All Tessuti stores have a selection....yay!
So whilst Tessuti Fabrics turns the ripe old adult age of 18, down in Melbourne town we'd like to celebrate our own little milestone - The Big 1.
It's been a good year. Nay, a great one. The store has evolved exactly as we'd hoped it would, and when I think of those early (and quiet!) days working alongside Colette as she imparted her fabric/retail/sewing wisdom, it makes me pretty proud to know how far we've come in such a short space of time. Oh, we've met some great sewing folk from Melbourne and regions beyond. And at the risk of sounding uber-cheesy, we couldn't have done it without you.
And so to both mark the occasion and say 'thanks', from 12-3pm on Saturday 22nd May in our Flinders Lane, Melbourne store only, we'll be offering discount door prizes on all fabrics (excluding remnants) to all our customers.
And lastly - tissues please - I'd like to thank, big time, my awesome Melbourne staff who've been with us pretty much from the start (or until we were busy enough to take them on!). To Nic, Leisl and Hannah - I hit the employee jackpot with you guys. It's a joy.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment regarding Tessuti Fabrics marking it's 18th year in business...it was very encouraging to hear from you all! Plus it's nice to know that as daggy as our first shop was, the fabrics kept you coming back!!!
Now for the exciting news - congratulations to .....
Simone (Brisbane) & Amy (Sydney) - our two Australian winners.
Time has surely flown since our first fabric stall in Chatswood, waaaaaaay back in May 1992. I never imagined that I'd still be here selling fabrics all these years later. Back then, I vividly remember (as I was furiously stuffing rolls and remnants into the back of my little hatchback) wondering if anybody would seriously be interested in buying these cast-off fabrics from Mum's collections past. A couple of hours later I was racing back to the factory for more stock. Fast forward eighteen years and four stores later, and I suppose the answer is a fairly resounding 'yes! Sadly I don't have any *photographs from that day but it's etched in the memory forever. And back then, serving those first customers at that wobbly trestle table, the seed was planted and now I can't imagine doing anything else.
And so, in order to mark Tessuti's coming of age, we'd like to offer a special giveaway - a Japanese pattern book of your choice from our collection, for two Australian and one international customer. Simply leave a comment below (include an email address if you're a non-blogger, and mention somewhere in there where you're from eg. Aust, US) before Friday 14th midnight AEST . The winners will be chosen randomly.
* this is the earliest photo I have from our first year, a small temporary store in Victoria Plaza ( we sure did use up a lot of calico!!!) and Katie our very first Tessuti employee.
Special thanks to SugarLove Weddings for permission to reproduce their dreamy images. SugarLove Principal Photographer Bradley Patrick is responsible for these ones you see here. If you're nuptially (word?) inclined - or just plain romantic - do check out their blog too.
Check out Sarah's leggings made up in Tessuti's black stretch velvet (also available in other colours). The pattern is from a leggings block that has no side seams. If your looking for a similar pattern you could try Burdastyle's Carol.