Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pattern Review - McCalls 6907/6188

Nasrin made this special gift for Lilly, who arrived safely on Tuesday, using Tessuti's Italian *Big Jagged Pink wool knit and McCalls 6907/6188 pattern. The pattern is super easy, using only 2 pattern pieces - the bear measures 16 inches (40cm) high.

* Big Jagged Pink has sold out - these colourways are still available.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2588

Meet Hannah. She works in our Melbourne store and is otherwise known as The Remnant Queen for her talent (and thriftiness!) in transforming half price remnants into sweet little numbers. Here's a perfect example - Simplicity 2588 - made up in Osaka Snow Flake.


Book Week Costume

I made this Dorothy dress for Claudia from a (now discontinued*) McCalls pattern about 3 years ago. She still loves dressing up...bless her!

The dress (just between you and me) probably won't fit her for much longer. The shoes were made with love by a friend. They're from St. Vinnies, sprayed with glue and dusted with ruby glitter, and she's all set for Book Week.

Zoey would have made a perfect Toto don't you think?

I tell you, it's times like this I wish she could stay little for just that wee bit longer...


*McCalls and Simplicity have a fabulous range of costume patterns.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 8630

Our very own Nasrin from Tessuti Chatswood store, is eagerly awaiting news on the arrival of her first grandchild this week.... very exciting!!!! To calm the nerves, Nasrin's been keeping herself busy sewing and last Friday wore this latest creation into work. Using this wonderful Italian double wool knit from a few winters ago - she'd kept this knit in her stash thinking it might be made up into a suit, but then this Vogue pattern came along!

Custom Fit Vogue 8630 was used. Did you know that the Vogue Custom Fit patterns include separate pattern pieces for bra cup sizes A, B, C and D?

The only alterations made was to round off the collar peaks, eliminating the back split because the double knit had plenty of stretch and normally Nasrin has to add approx 2" in length to her bodice pieces cause she's longer in the body....but this time the pattern was just perfect. So for those of us not fortunate to be long waisted.... should check for this.

The Vogue Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale ends this Sunday!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Love your overlocker

A few months ago I purchased an overlocker on eBay. My first. A Bernette 334DS. I drove all the way out to Trentham to pick her up and then pranged the fella's car on the drive home. Once I'd paid the insurance excess, my bargain purchase turned out to be not so much a bargain after all. So as you can see, my overlocker and I, we didn't get off to the best start. After I had her serviced, I had the best intentions to work her out but damn if that 'how to thread' diagram didn't completely scare the life out of me. And then I heard about Bev Thomas' Get to Know Your Overlocker class at Camberwell Sewing Centre. The first thing Bev taught us is - bless - how to thread your overlocker. You should've heard the collective groans as she went around the class and snipped threads so we could all start from scratch. And wouldn't you know it, it's not that hard after all. By class end, I'd even learnt to do a rolled hem!

I highly recommend this 3 hour session for anyone who is more than a little intimidated by the elephant overlocker in their sewing room. Check out the newsletter on the Camberwell Sewing Centre website for class dates.

And while I can't quite say that me and my Bernette are as yet the best of friends, I do believe this is the start of a beautiful friendship...


PS if you know of any similar classes interstate, feel free to share in the comments!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Your questions answered...

Ken, our web guy wanted to add a post here about this years Tessuti Awards:

'There's been a couple of questions raised in the Tessuti Awards comments about the voting and I'd like to take an opportunity to address a few of them.

One Vote Per IP

We wanted to make sure that the voting was fair, from the outset. So while you can vote more than once, at the end of the competition we will scrape the database to delete multiple votes from the same IP address (recording your highest vote for each dress, per IP). You'll still be able to vote from work, home, school etc, and your friends and family can vote, but ultimately only once per IP.

We've had thousands of votes already, so every (unique) vote counts!

The Displayed Vote vs Actual Vote

We wanted to keep the actual winner of the Visitor's Choice a bit of a suprise, so the votes displayed (from highest to lowest) only show the average rounded rating, but in the database we keep the rating as a decimal rating. What this means is all the dresses with 4 hearts are grouped together and displayed in any order, all the dresses with 3 hearts are grouped and displayed in any order and so on. This should give some hope to those entries that are close to the top.

Also, because the displayed heart rating is a rounded average, there might not be a lot of votes difference between two dresses. For example two dresses with 4 hearts might have averages of 4.21 and 4.19 hearts.

The ranges are...
5 Hearts = 4.5 - 5
4 hearts = 3.5 - 4.5
3 hearts = 2.5 - 4.5 and so on.

Visitor's Choice Voting

Keep in mind, the Visitor's Choice is just a bit of extra fun, an excuse to show off your collective creativity to your friends, family and the sewing community.

The winners of the Visitor's Choice voting will win a Tessuti Voucher. The voting does not effect who wins the major prizes of two trips to New York. The finalist for the two main prize categories are chosen by a panel of judges using the criteria set out on the Judging page of the Tessuti Awards website.

Need Help?

Finally, if you need help with using the Tessuti Awards website, or uploading photos, please contact me at ... good luck everyone!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hooded Scarf

I'm loving this adorable hooded scarf made up in Dash Check Brown by quilting/knitting/stylish crafter/blogger Christie over at Pigeon Pair.

Thanks Nic for sharing!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Tessuti Awards 2010 Update

So far, we've had thirteen entries uploaded onto our Tessuti Awards page. At this stage, we have around seventy people registered to enter so we're looking forward to seeing many more dresses to come. With two fabulous trips to New York, a Bernina overlocker machine and Tessuti vouchers up for grabs, those are pretty good odds for a prize, no?

So if you're umm-ing and ahhh-ing about whether or not to give it a go, I say do it! There's still time, so get sewing!


Vogue BUY 1 GET ONE FREE Sale!

From (today) 16th - 29th August Vogue are offering you this terrific value offer - Buy 1 Vogue pattern and get a second pattern (of your choice) for FREE!

Now's the chance to stock up on some great new patterns!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fabric Feature Fabric of the Week - White Russian Floral

Just new into stores and online is this 100% cotton print White Russian Floral.

Here it is (made up by Georgia) in Vogue 8380 (view B).....pretty isn't it?

And it comes in this colourway too.

(VERY) LAST MINUTE UPDATE: There are a couple of spots available in the next Sew Inn class with Georgia, this Saturday 14th August at Tessuti Surry Hills (9.30am - 12.30). If you're interested email Georgia at

Tessuti Laces and Trims featured in the Spring Issue of Cosmopolitan Bride

Tessuti's beautiful guipure, chantilly and corded laces (below)

plus our stunning diamante motifs and trims, featured beautifully in the latest Spring issue of Cosmopolitan Bride.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ultimate Wedding Planning Party - Tickets on sale now!

You might be interested in this if you're planning a wedding.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Ultimate Wedding Planning Party on September 15, 2010 at the Sydney Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House.

This year there will be 2 sessions :
The Lunchtime Session from 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ $50 per ticket includes:
Champagne and canapes, access to all wedding exhibits and displays, bridal fashion show and a gift bag valued at $500

The Gala Evening Session from 6:00pm @ $80 per ticket includes Champagne and canapes, access to all wedding exhibits and displays, wedding planner seminar (Starts at 7pm), bridal fashion show and the gift bag valued at $500. Attendees will be in the running for a chance to win the honeymoon of a lifetime, flying business class to Likuliku Lagoon Resort for five nights, courtesy of Coral Seas, V Australia and Likuliku Resort Fiji.

To purchase tickets go here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Sew Inn (Melbourne) - Saturday 7th Aug

We've had a couple of last minute cancellations and now have two spots available for this Saturday's Sew Inn class (11am-3pm) at our Flinders Lane store. If you're interested, give us a call on 96544566.

Greece 2010

I know this may be a little self indulgent, but I couldn't resist sharing a video my daughter, Gabby put together of images and some footage of our time on the beautiful Greek Islands. She's discovered a passion for Greek music as well....Opa!

Let me know what you think?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fabric Feature Fabric of the Week - Tokai Blue Pansy

Have you seen our latest Japanese fabrics yet?

Here's Tokai Blue Pansy. I've seen see it made up here in this great hooded dress by one of my favourite bloggers Very Purple Person - isn't it a fabulous print and colourway and you can see the bordered edge print in all it's glory!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Butterflies in flight

Another Frock Up In Colour entry by Sky Haylock from NSW.

First Tessuti Awards 2010 entrant

It's exciting to see the first entry in this years Tessuti Awards.

Danielle Hewitt from the ACT has entered this silk satin and silk chiffon creation for the Frock Up In Colour category.

Don't forget to cast your votes!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tessuti Awards 2010

Registration for the 2010 Tessuti Awards is now open!

This year, we're expanding the Tessuti Awards and inviting people from across Australia to enter our event online.

There are two categories - "Little Black Dress" and "Frock Up In Colour". All finalists will be invited to Sydney for final judging and two winners will each win a return flight to New York.

As an extra special incentive, we're offering the first five entries submitted to each category a $100 Tessuti Fabrics gift voucher. All you need to do is sign up to enter and upload your garment photos onto the Tessuti Awards website. Remember, the earlier you enter the greater the voting period of time your entry has in our Visitor's Choice Award. The Visitor's Choice Award allows website viewers to vote as many times as they like for their favourite dress. The garment with the highest votes in each category will win a $500 Tessuti Gift Voucher.

Enter now! Go on.
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