Sunday, October 31, 2010

Making Time For Lacy Linda

I've recently re-joined Bernadette's general sewing really is the highlight of my week! I get two blissful hours to myself, hang out with some lovely ladies and get to finish all of the UFO's that are piling up around here. One just project, is this skirt my daughter Gabby has been begging me to finish.

I made up Maisie Black Bloom cotton/nylon lace (also available in red and navy) in Burdastyle's Linda skirt pattern. I altered the pattern slightly by making the circular waist larger, to be gathered onto the waistband – this added fullness and was ideal as I didn’t want to line the skirt. I also widened and cut the waistband in two pieces to add a gathered frill to the top, to give a high waisted look. Instead of interfacing the lacy band I basted silk organza to both sides of the waistband for added stiffness.

This thicker lace was perfect to leave raw edged at the hem…I was worried baby locking the edge (like to ruffle) would be too fussy. Do you think a self-covered skinny belt made up in this lace….would be an idea?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spring (ha!)

Here in Melbourne we're bracing ourselves for some pretty wet weather over the coming days. Bummer if you're heading to the races. But if conversations with recent customers are any indication, there are more than a few of you planning a four day long weekend filled with sewing aplenty.

And, speaking of racing, remember this post from earlier this year? Kellie Odell won Fashions on the Field at Caulfield Cup Day a few weeks ago in the same Anaessia dress made up in our Swimming Paisley.

The Melbourne store will be closed for Cup Day (Tues 2nd Nov).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 8488 in Kenya Mint

Here's another great summer dress pattern -Vogue 8488 - just perfect for today's lovely Sydney weather.

Raewin made view C up in our 100% Cotton lawn 'Kenya Mint' (only available in Tessuti Melbourne). Mark this pattern's a keeper!

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend

Friday, October 22, 2010

Exposed Metal Zippers and Hong Kong Binding.

Have you noticed garments in the stores lately that have an exposed contrast metal zipper? I must confess I haven't quite warmed up to this new fad, but whether you like it or's become a bit of a feature on dresses and skirts in particular. If you go for this look, I prefer when at least the zipper is not so contrasting, like here on this skirt Georgia made recently.

This skirt is made up in Tessuti's Indigo Navy 100% Cotton - Osaka Snow Flakes and without a pattern. Georgia made irregular pleats around the body from her rectangular fabric piece to fit a shaped facing and then added the metal trouser zip to the outside. At least this way it's easier to put a zip on a skirt!

Check out the Hong Kong binding Georgia used to finish the seams and that's a finish I can relate to!

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My/Our/Her/Your Fave Top

As it turns out, Our Fave Top has become, for many of you, your fave top too. Since we uploaded the pattern, we've had over four thousand downloads! I've just made another two. Here's my cropped version in oh-so-lovely Liberty of London Village Jersey in Fujio Black (still available in Melbourne. Also available in Navy).

Margot from Chatswood made up hers in our poly/rayon knit, Number Six...

Mrs. T - Evie's most excellent teacher (don't let the snoozin' bear in the background fool you) - made hers in our wool knit Aerial Camouflage (sold out)...

And Nichola made this mini-me version for Evie's birthday. The kid loves hers as much as I love mine and would wear it every day if she could. Like mother....
See Nic's post here for instructions on how to reduce the pattern size for kidlet versions.
There are a few more versions out there in web world and blog-land. Have you made one too?

PS Colette here....let's not forget Katherine's fave top version made up in a woven!

Mum's 70th birthday!

Just had to mark our mother's special birthday today.....she's a groovy and funky 70 year young, mother and grandmother...and we absolutely love her!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pattern Magic 1 - NOW IN ENGLISH!!!!

This wonderful Japanese patternmaking book - Pattern Magic 1 - is now available in ENGLISH...hooray!

Note: Pattern Magic 2 available in English - March 2011

Monday, October 18, 2010

Suda Berry Check Top

Yolanda popped into our Chatswood store to pick up her order of self-covered buttons to finish off this top, made up in our lovely Japanese cotton Suda Berry Check. I couldn't wait to photograph the top with the buttons added on so I convinced Yolanda to model it for me right away! It looks great as is, but I'm sure it looks wonderful with the self buttons. The frill edge to the tab adds a great finish too.

Yolanda self drafted this pattern off a favourite top - there is a similar style tab front dress in this Japanese pattern book (dress V).

I really admire Yolanda's casual and feminine style. Remember, she's the one who inspired me to make this top.


He's here...

.... safe and sound! Cute little Caesar Fox was born today weighing 3.38kg.

Huge hugs, best wishes and congratulations to Matthew, Meagan and big sister Stella.


Beauty of the Internet

Priscilla is an online customer living in Brazil....she placed an order for our Ivory Guipure Lace - Circular Medallion after falling in love with this wedding dress...after a nervous delay by Brazilian customs, it got to her in time...phew!

This is what Priscilla had to say:

I've received the fabric and the dress came out as I wanted. Thank you and Tessuti Fabrics for selling all around the world. That's truly the beauty of globalisation and happiness! I'm sending you a picture of the dress, with the Australian lace

You look gorgeous Priscilla and thank you for the great photo.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pattern Review - Vogue 1152

Ever wondered how Vogue 1152 turns out? Think you'll be sold on this pattern after seeing it here (as a top), and now Georgia's version made up in our 100% Cotton Voile Peanut Butter and Honey.

To avoid showing that much cleavage the neckline was raised by 5cm and the centre seam was eliminated (cutting it on the fold instead) and lastly, the hemline was squared off. To combat any sheerness issues with this lovely Italian voile, Georgia made an underslip in this same printed cotton to wear underneath.

A perfect Spring frock!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Drape Drape 2

We've been stocking Japanese pattern books for a while now but if ever there was one we had to call a bestseller, this is it - Drape Drape 2 (follow up to - wait for it - Drape Drape). Our first delivery sold out in days and we've just received fresh stock.

After I saw Nichola's first version of this dress....

(and her second, here), I had to have a go. The fact that it's one pattern piece - plus arm and neck bindings - makes this an absolute winner. I made my first version from a tie-dyed viscose spandex blend (sold out).

My second version is in Purdie Stripe, another viscose/spandex blend and a fabric I've had my eye on for ages.

Between Nichola's versions and mine, I can almost feel a Tessuti uniform coming on...

Drape Drape 2, I think I love you...


Saturday, October 2, 2010

NEW dates for The Sew Inn @ Tessuti Surry Hills

Take a look at what our beginner sewers have been up to after attending a few of The Sew Inn Classes with Georgia at Tessuti Surry Hills...isn't this impressive?

Margaret has already made a yoked a-line skirt from Liberty of London Tana Lawn, a silk satin dress and this Nani Iro top (above) using Virgo Taupe.

Cathy has made up Vogue 8413 in our Liberty Of London Village Jersey (still available at Tessuti Melbourne). Cathy has also made a tunic top from McCalls 5050 and this yoked a-line skirt.


If you too, would like to brush up on your sewing skills or want to learn to sew here are the NEW dates for the next Sew Inn classes with Georgia (Tessuti Surry Hills) are:

16th October: 9.30-12.30pm - Bring Your Own Project (Full)
1.30-4.40pm - Beginners Class (Full)

30th October: 9.30-12.30pm - Bring Your Own Project (Full)
1.30-4.40pm - Bring Your Own Project (Full)

13th November: 9.30-12.30pm - Beginners Class
1.30-4.40pm - Bring Your Own Project

27th November: 9.30-12.30pm - Bring Your Own Project
1.30-4.40pm - Bring Your Own Project

11th December: 9.30-12.30pm - Bring Your Own Project
1.30-4.40pm - Bring Your Own Project


$75 for 3 hour class. Payment must be made in full prior to class, preferably when booking in. One week's notice is
required to change to another class, if vacancies are available. Cancellations without notification will result in the forfeit of your class and payment.
To book call Tessuti Surry Hills - 02 92115536 or email us at

Equipment List:

Sewing Machine (Tessuti have sewing machines but you can bring your own if you wish)
Scissors for cutting fabric
Measuring tape

Note: If you are 'Bringing Your Own Project' please email (teacher) Georgia on, so that she can make sure what you intend to make is appropriate for a class environment and your sewing ability.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tessuti Awards 2010 Video

Thanks Ken x
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