Friday, June 25, 2010

On now!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


If you're strolling the city streets of Melbourne, you really - no, really - must check out l'uccello. Established and run by Kim Hurley - visual merchandiser extraordinaire - l'uccello is the kind of store that you 'ooh' and 'aah' and then 'ooh' a little bit more over. Before discovering this place, I had never seen such a concentrated collection of vintage sewing/craft beauties so gloriously displayed in one place. Simple things that are equally divine for what they are, how they look and the history behind them.

Why don't they package and display zips like this anymore?

Vintage crochet cotton anyone?

And the buttons. Oh, the buttons...

And there's a blog too!

The Nicholas Building
205/37 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3ooo

Thursday & Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm


Monday, June 21, 2010

So cute it hurts

They don't come much cuter than this....

Project Details
Pattern: Pinafore from Ottobre Magazine 1/2007
Fabric: Ryder Denim from Tessuti Fabrics
Super cute kid: Photographer's own

Love your work Leisl.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tessuti Fabrics at the Classical British Awards 2010!

Designer Joe Challita sent me a lovely email with these images of TV presenter and violinist, Myleene Klass, who hosted the Classical British Awards 2010 in May. This dazzling yellow dress was made up in a vibrant silk duppion purchased at Tessuti Surry Hills. Myleene Klass was voted best dressed and made it on to the cover of Hello magazine and numerous UK newspapers.

Congratulations Joe!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New dates for The Sew Inn - Melbourne

From July, we'll be running the Melbourne Sew Inn classes on Fridays and Saturdays - NOT Thursdays as previously advertised. New dates are as follows:

Friday July 16th
Saturday July 17th
Friday August 6th
Saturday August 7th
Friday September 10th
Saturday September 11th
Friday October 8th
Saturday October 9th
Friday November 12th
Saturday November 13th
Friday December 10th
Saturday December 11th

The Sew Inn will be held in Tessuti Fabrics' Flinders Lane store during shop hours one Friday (10-2pm) and one Saturday (11-3pm) per month. Refer dates above.

Workshops cost $80 for four hours and groups will be limited to a maximum of 5 students. Please call 96544566 for bookings.

More info here.

Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement about new classes, coming soon...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More Simplicity 3786 and Sew Inn Classes dates...

Georgia's stuck with this tried-and-true pattern to make up our Italian 100% Cotton Voile 'Cherry Melon Coffee Spot'....lovely.

Also dates for the next Sew Inn classes with Georgia (Tessuti Surry Hills) are:

Sat June 19th
9.30 - 12.30 Bring your own project (1 spot available)
1.30-4.30 - Beginners class

Sat 31st July
9.30 - 12.30 Bring your own project
1.30-4.30 - Beginners class

Sat 14 Aug
9.30 - 12.30 - Bring your own project
1.30-4.30 -Bring your own project

Sat 28 Aug
9.30 - 12.30 - Learn to Make Dress Vogue 8184
1.30-4.30 - Learn to Make Dress Vogue 8184

Sat 11 Sept
9.30 - 12.30 - Beginners Class
1.30-4.30 -Bring your own project

Sew Inn Classes cost $75 for three hours and bookings are essential - by calling Tessuti Surry Hills on 02 92115536.
Note: if bringing your own project, please discuss your project with Georgia before coming to class. You can contact Georgia with any questions via email at

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 8489

Can you make out Susan's notes on Vogue 8489?

F: Nice. Neck too low - need insert. I've made the bodice a little too big and too long. Also need to make the dress a little longer so need 150cm wide (fabric) minimum.

Obviously Susan intends to make up this pattern again - notes on the pattern cover are a great way to remember pattern adjustments - always difficult to remember alterations made months and months before. Do you do this too, if not have you any tips?

Ps.The dress looks lovely made up in Tessuti's 100% Spun Rayon Jersey Wildberry Bush (OUT OF STOCK)

Wanna work with us?

We're looking to fill a full time position in Sydney. If you love fashion, have sewing and retail experience and want to work for us, please email your CV to (Attn: Matt/Greg). You must be available to work weekends.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pattern Review - McCalls 5569

Back in December, one late summer afternoon just before Christmas, I received a distress call from a friend of mine. Our girls had decided to give each other a hair cut. With craft scissors. I present you with Exhibits A and B - photos taken, while my daughter slept, on the night of the crime...

I must say it was a pretty cool hairdo in an urban chic, mullet-y, funny kinda way. But a pixie cut was in order given one side was long and the other, as you see, short. Very short. Two days into the super cute new 'do, she looked in the mirror and said 'I look like a boy'. Much reassurance, the promise of a new dress, longer hair and six and a half months later, the dress is done.

I used McCalls 5569 and made up a size 6 so that she could get another few summers out of it. The fabric is our 100% cotton Dinner Stripe.

Oh, and the one panel on the back that doesn't match up? That was just because I could. Sometimes a little bit of mismatch just goes, y'know?


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jean Bas in Wool/Silk

Jean Bas in this jacket (her own pattern) made up in Tessuti's Giorgio Armani Wool/Silk printed jacquard from two seasons ago... a stunning jacket don't you think?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pete's Special Chocolate Mousse Cake

There are those special moments when you come across someone truly generous of spirit. One such lovely person is Pete, who delivers parcels,fabrics etc to our Chatswood store. Pete and the Chatswood girls share a love for shows like Masterchef and My Restaurant Rules. The girls assure me that whilst they're casually chatting to Pete about cakes, recipes and cooking programs, they're also serving Tessuti customers....hmmm!

Anyway I'll let Pete's email (to me) explain how the whole thing came about...

Dear Colette,

Peter here. I am so happy that you are pleased with the cake.

Thank you for the compliment. I enjoy the challenge of replicating recipes and offering friends and family the eating experiences I enjoy.

As much as I would like to take all the credit for the cake, the "hidden talents" are the result of having a passion for weekend cooking and following great recipes. Jenni (Pete's wife) was responsible for the "tessuti". My idea but Jen's execution. She has the talent.

As you may be aware, this cake featured on Masterchef last year and is the creation of Adriano Zumbo. All I did was take up the challenge to replicate and luckily for me succeeded. We need to share our successes.

The decision to take the time to make the cake for the girls came about due their effortless pleasantness and their interest in the Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules programs. We would often have a quick recap of the shows while I was making a delivery. Of all the people I have contact with in my job I can honestly say they are the most easiest to get along with and are always polite and happy. I think they are great. I had great pleasure in making the cake for them.

As for the cake layers they are as follows, from bottom to top. (not exactly the same as Zumbos layers)

Cinnamon Sable Base
Two textured apple (a mixture of apple cooked in a caramel until soft and translucent and apple quickly sautéed in orange rind, ginger and sugar than flambéed with cognac)
A layer of jaconde sponge
Cherry or blackberry mousse
A layer of jaconde sponge
Caramel..............................................................was not too happy with this layer this time. Had a gel texture rather than a chewy, soft one. I know what I did wrong this time
Jaconde again
Thicker layer of the mousse.
Finally, a fine dusting of cocoa, topped with tempered white chocolate curls.

The outer of the cake is made from jaconde sponge, (the "white" part) and a cigar paste. To make the outer requires the cigar paste to be made and spread over a tray. A pattern is made then the tray placed in the freezer for about 20 mins. The jaconde sponge mixture is then spread over the top of the paste then baked. You end up with a "pliable" sponge. To get a "logo/text" in the sponge requires the logo/text to be piped onto the tray, in reverse, then having the jaconde mixture spread over. The text piping is done by Jenni. Her effort and talent makes the cake even more special.

Again, it was a pleasure to put the time and effort into the cake for the girls. I think they are wonderful.

Pete S

I personally think this cake looks better than the original and can honestly say that everyone that tasted it was blown away.

So what do you think all........ should Pete give up his day job?

Phillipa's Wool Racer Dress

Here's another one of Phillipa's own creations, she calls this panelled tunic made up of a combination of Flannel and Felted Wools - The Racer Dress....has a touch of Mary Quant about it, don't you think?


Thursday, June 3, 2010

New - Village Jersey from Liberty of London.

We're very excited about finally receiving our latest arrivals from Liberty of London. Along with some wonderful new winter selections of tana lawn, we are now stocking Liberty's Village Jersey. This 100% Cotton Knit is a wonderful drapey jersey suitable for dresses, tops, skirts and cardi's etc and available in these stunning seasonal designs....just perfect to brighten up our dreary wet winter!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grey Boiled Wool Knit Cardi.

Meet Janette, another regular Tessuti customer and avid fan of any wonderful textured jersey knit and who also happens to make the most wonderful shawls, jackets and cardigans, amongst other things. Popping into Tessuti Chatswood today, Janette was wearing this stylish shawl collared long-line cardi, made from our Italian boiled wool knit in Grey Marle. The simple pattern is her own clever creation, very similar to these two styles from Vogue patterns - only with added patch pockets and neck band edging.

Thanks Janette... we look forward to seeing more of your work...don't we?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Advanced classes @ The Sew Inn, Melbourne

So here in Melbourne, we'd like to dip our toes into some more advanced sewing classes and we need your help. What kind of classes would you like to see? Are there any technical aspects - big or small - that you'd like to learn? Does a mid-week 45 minute 'lunch and learn' session appeal? We'd love - nay, we NEED - your feedback.

As a precursor, we're offering two special demonstration (and free!) classes this coming Saturday 5th June in our Melbourne store only.

* 11-12pm - Adjusting a commercial pattern to fit
Begin with a calico garment cut from a standard pattern . We will demonstrate the fitting process and show how alterations are transferred accurately to the pattern
* 12:30-1:30pm - Stylistic variations applied to a fitted pattern
Using the pattern from the aforementioned class, we'll show you how to make several variations.

Feel free to comment here or send us an email to
Thanks in advance.


Coloured Sugar - Pleated Tank Top.

I know I's officially the 1st day of winter...and I finally finished this tank top (from this trusty pattern) made up in printed silk/cotton satin Coloured Sugar....for a special chick xxx

I'm in desperate need of a crafty weekend finish all of my UFO's!
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