Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tessuti Awards 2010...with thanks!

This would have to be one of the best Tessuti Awards we've had so far...or at least we think so!

Thank you again to all 98 entries and finalists who turned up for last night's event...especially our interstate finalists! It was truly wonderful to see your creations up close and to meet you all in person.

A huge thank you goes out to George O'Keefe from Bernina Sewing Centre Chatswood, for your continued support and for donating the Bernina 700D overlocker (valued at $849) for the 2nd Prize in the LBD category.

Special mention to the boys from Jimmyweb - James, Ken and Jeffrey for the wonderful website you created, and for all the hard work and enthusiasm you all put towards fine tuning it and filtering any problems (though few) we encountered. We're very excited about using the website again for future competitions and we know you're already thinking about how you want to improve things. You're truly the best!

We definitely couldn't do this without the judges....we appreciate how busy they are!
-Marnie Skillings opened her second store at 10 Glenmore Rd, Paddington today.
-Steven Khalil has been especially busy after creating this stunning wedding gown for Kate Richie.
-Sue Vanikiotis from Anaessia, had several garments in last night's live finale of Australia's Next Top Model...instead of being there to see it all unfold, Sue still turned up to be one of our judges!!!

And thanks also to Micheal from Table for 20, for opening especially for us on a Tuesday night, so that we could hold our event in your wonderful establishment! The food and ambience was just perfect.

If you would like to see all photos of the event...take a look here.

Hope to see you entering next year!

Oh...What a night!

We're all a little hung over this morning, so excuse me if I only share a few photos of last night's event. We're awaiting the professional photos from Tito Media and will have those up on our Flickr page soon.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Great venue, great night!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Good old Collingwood forever (and a Fabric Feature of the Week)

In honour of my beloved Magpies, I (somewhat indulgently) give you this Fabric Feature of the Week - Captain Ponti White Black Stripe (72% Poly, 23% Viscose, 5% Elastane)

I've written about ponti before. It's a fabulous firm knit that is perfect for a more fitted style of jacket, dress, pants/leggings or skirt. We also have this Black/White version, available in Melbourne only.

Now you know why I love a good black and white stripe. Go Pies!!



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Evie's Village Frock

I am a loooooong time reader of Sugar City Journal and purchased this utterly divine Village Frock pattern about two years ago. It's one of those lovely patterns that is such a pleasure to sew because of its easy-to-follow instructions in a booklet that is put together with all the love and care you just wish you could find in every pattern. And when the kid is all dressed up in her frock, I just want to whisk her away to a flower-filled, country field. Cue skipping and one large wicker basket.

I made this up in a red, yarn-dyed linen that is no longer available. But with warmer days ahead (or so they say), there is an abundance of lovely linen in our stores and online. Tania - a regular Melbourne customer - made up her version in our Medium Bleached Chambray Cotton.

Unfortunately, the pattern is no longer available but email Lynne if you're interested as she kindly said she may have a few left. And check out other Sugar City creations on their Flickr page.

Thanks Lynne and Melissa for creating such a beautiful design!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 Tessuti Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the following finalists in our 2010 Tessuti Awards:


Joanne Altham

Ellen Bland

Vlora Alimi

Danielle Griffith

Jane Gelder

Erika Harder

Laura Keogh


Victoria Stirling-Smith

Hanako Kajiya

Erika Harder

Sue Flewell-Smith

Victoria Nguyen

Sonia Bennett

Gabriel Lee

Due to the high calibre and difficult choice, the judges ended up choosing seven finalists in each category.
The judging panel took into consideration adherence to category guidelines, garment construction and fit, proportions, suitability of fabric to garment and overall concept and design.
Special thanks to our fantastic entrants - all 98 (!) of you (viewed here).

We'd also like to thank those of you who left positive words and comments of encouragement to our entrants. Now that the finalists have been announced, we have closed this feature.

We wish our fabulous finalists the very best of luck. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners after the big night on Tuesday 28th September.


Monday, September 20, 2010


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