Monday, January 31, 2011

Back To School Pencilcases #2

School's back! At the start of another school year I love to make the girls new pencilcases. This year I made them up in a laminated cotton I bought on our trip to Japan along with these nifty zippers and tape measure ribbon I picked up there too.

I'm making enquiries to see if we can stock these products.Fingers crossed!

PS. I sure hope these help the girls keep things organised...ahem!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boys in (Hoo Hoo) Blue

This one's for the boys. Hoo Hoo Blue, made up in a shirt for Louis...

...and shorts for William.

Very cute fellas. Very cute indeed.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Magnolia Square - Independent designer market

Visit Magnolia Square this February at Paddington Town Hall and enjoy a curated line-up of local and travelled talent, showcasing fabulous craft, great design, fashion, food and a whole lot of style!

Retailers at this Sydney show will include Bronnie Masfeau, Rustic Coast, Myrtle and Moss, Niki Catalano, Klei, and many many more!

Event details:

Paddington Town Hall
Cnr Oxford St and Oatley Rd,
Admission $5/ children free

Mark these dates in your diary:

Friday, February 25th - 10am -9pm
Saturday, February 26th - 10am - 5pm
Sunday, February 27th - 10am - 4pm

For enthusiasts of design, creativity & seekers of inspiration or to find out about upcoming 2011 Magnolia Square events happening in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide visit their snippets blog!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pattern Review - McCalls 6080

I bet some of you may have totally overlooked this tunic dress pattern in the McCalls catalogues? Yep, I sure did!

Pretty sure Georgia's version will make you take another look! View B in McCalls 6080 was used to make up Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn - Bourton Pink (still available in Chatswood).

Alterations Georgia made to this pattern:

- shortened the sleeves by 10cm.
- instead of tucks at the back, gathers were made instead.
- added 10cm to the length of skirt and a wide double hem was created, this adds a nice weight to the skirt.
- 1.5 inch wide ties( approx 96cm long) were added to the side seams. The ties add a great look to the tunic by pulling back some of the fullness slightly or for something different ...
- Georgia added a threaded loop just below the slit opening, so that the ties can be threaded through the front to give another look altogether!

Makes you wonder doesn't it, what you can be achieved when you take another good look through those pattern catalogues and tweek a little? Or better still, join in Georgia's Sew Inn classes and she'll teach you how!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

More wonderful Tessuti creations...

Received another wonderful email from one of our customers, this time from Helen who sent me these photos of her latest sewing projects in Tessuti Fabrics. Helen says:

"...I made an outfit for my 6 week old granddaughter, Scarlett. Here is photo of her wearing a little romper suit and hat made from your Liberty fabric bought in the Melbourne Store. I used Simplicity 2388 for the romper and 2629 for the hat. Making a hat which fits has been a challenge as I’m finding the ‘mop’ hats are all too big and covered her whole face however, the ’48 vintage pattern worked well. Buttons at the back allow for adjustment and it can be laid out flat when washed and ironed.

Secondly, I made a top for myself from the lovely cotton voile called ‘Water and Ice’ also purchase in the Melbourne Store. I have been experimenting with the Japanese pattern books when making things for myself (and my grandchildren) and find even though I’m a bit on the large side they turn out OK. For this top I based my pattern on Happy Homemade Vol. 3 pattern B-2. The fabric is lovely and cool to wear in the hot summer weather"

Beautiful work Helen!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pattern S (Happy Homemade Vol. 1) in Liberty

Pamela came in wearing this sweet singlet top. The pattern is View S from Happy Homemade Vol. 1 and the only change she made was to eliminate seam allowances.

Her chosen fabric - Daisy Dobby, a Liberty tana lawn - is unfortunately sold out but really, it'd look good in any colourway. A lightweight linen would work perfectly too.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pretty Butterfly Skirt

Cherry emailed me a picture of her daughter Evie, wearing this gorgeous skirt made with only 0.25cm of our Fantail Pleated Tulle in Blush, gathered onto a satin elastic casing. Simple as that!

Evie calls it her 'butterfly skirt', I think this is the by far the prettiest butterfly I've ever seen!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Introducing Sew Indigo

Introducing a fabulous, brand new sewing blog to add to your faves list called Sew Indigo.

I was lucky enough to meet blogger Suellen in store at Surry Hills today and we chatted about sewing and her love of Vintage/Retro Sewing Blogs and was keen to discover more out there in blogland. I could think of a few, Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing and Sew Retro.

If you know of any others, leave Suellen a comment below or better still drop by her blog, say hello and pass on any links you may have. Whilst you're there have a look at this lovely creation Suellen made up in our Missoni knit (this colourway has sold out) from the Drape Drape 2 pattern book. Pretty gorgeous isn't it?

Swimming Paisley goes formal

image credit: Josie Lee

This gorgeous dress is by local Melbourne designer Pamela Usanto.

The skirt is made up in our ever-popular cotton/elastane Swimming Paisley and was worn by Ashleigh Cummins at the 2010 AFI Awards.

image credit:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feature Fabric of the Week - Queen's Quartz

Here's a stylish little tunic dress made up by Melbourne customer, Phoebe. The fabric is our Queens Quartz (50% Linen, 40% Viscose, 10% Polyamide).

She used her own pattern but for a similar design you could try Vogue 8468 or Simplicity 3532.

Effortlessly sweet and chic, especially paired with leggings or tights.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pattern Review - The Pendrell Blouse in Little Bow Black

Kylie from Canberra has made up this pretty ruffle sleeve top in our 100% cotton Little Bow Black using The Pendrell Blouse pattern.

Kylie says:

"Okay this is THE BEST thing I've stitched. Ever. I can't wait to make another - such is my love for the Pendrell!! Thanks Tasia for such a brilliant pattern. I usually hate to gather anything, but the sleeves worked beautifully"


"the fabric was honestly the nicest cotton I've worked with. As soon as I spotted it I knew it would be perfect for the blouse, which needed something with good drape..."

We love this! Yet another great example of perfect pattern to fabric match.

The Pendrell Blouse pattern is available for purchase from this great Canadian sewing blog - Sewaholic. Have any of you made the Pendrell Blouse pattern...we'd love to see? Drop a link or your comments below.

Thank you again Kylie for allowing us to use your images.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Please donate to Queensland Premier's Appeal and the RSPCA

We've all been glued to our TV sets watching horrific scenes from one of the worst natural disasters to hit our neighbours up north. If you want to help, you can donate to the Queensland Premier's Appeal.

From now until the end of January, we're offering a scissor sharpening service (tailoring scissors only - $10 per pair) and will donate all proceeds to the appeal. Tessuti Fabrics will also match the final amount and add this to the appeal. So bring your scissors into one of our Sydney stores* and we'll handle the rest.

*Allow 5 days for sharpening service. Please note we cannot sharpen left-handed scissors. Offer not available in Melbourne.

PS. Importantly also, we won't forget to give to RSPCA as well!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Strapless Celestial Top using McCalls 6038

I made this strapless top for Gabby using the bodice pattern from McCalls 6038, only adding a gathered frill (9cm deep) at the top. The frill hides the elastic casing underneath and the navy cotton torchon lace trim adds a nice contrast to Liberty Of London cotton tana lawn Celestial Blue ( still available at Tessuti Melbourne).

I lengthened the bodice approx 5cm and made a casing at the hem for 9mm elastic. Another similar version can be made using this pattern from Burdastyle.

Liberty Kitty Grace Dress

Here's another lovely version of pattern E from Stylish Dress Book 1, made up by Stephanie in Liberty of London 100% Tana Lawn Cotton Kitty Grace Aqua (now only available at Tessuti Melbourne)

We're all very excited about the latest summer Liberty Of London collection arriving at the end of Jan/early Feb. Included are beautiful seasonal prints and some pretty printed silk/cotton voiles too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flower Salad Leggings

Still on the subject of swimwear fabric. If sewing swimwear seems daunting, whip up a pair of leggings instead! Here's a pair I made today (in less than an hour) for Claudia in Nylon/Lycra Flower Salad. This is a side seamless pattern, so quick and easy to make.

Instant hit, I tell you! I've never seen Claudia get into a piece of clothing so quickly, which she styled together with this denim shirt, ready for her photoshoot with big sister Gabby.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sewing swimwear: I haven't. Have you?

I've never sewn a swimsuit before but it's on the 'To Do' list. That's in part due to some fairly exorbitant retail prices out there, but also - and simply - for the challenge. And if you've seen Colette's last post, you'll know that we're currently carrying a pretty spiffy range of swimwear-suitable fabrics. As with my general fashion preference, I'm rather taken by the more vintage-y styles and Burdastyle's Alison is one of my favourites. There's also a pretty tempting selection of original vintage swimsuit patterns out there amongst the myriad of online sellers. As for the larger commercial pattern companies, Kwik Sew would have to be my pick of the bunch. The selection is by no means huge but there's a better variety which includes both modern and practical styles.

They've also produced this PDF with swimwear sewing tips. For some other useful links, you might try these:

- Ten Tips for Sewing Swimwear Fabrics
- Sooz's post on sewing lycra
- On Pins, Needles and Stitches
- Katherine's helpful posts on adult and kids swimsuits. These posts led to link below.
- Stuart's Pattern School - learn to make your own one piece block and create your own one piece swimsuit...great site
- Video series - How to Design and Make a Custom Bikini

So, have you got any swimwear pattern or sewing tips and links that you'd like to share?

NEW ARRIVALS - Printed Swimwear Fabrics in store and online.

Aren't they something?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2406

Belinda, a busy mum and Tessuti online customer from WA, kindly sent me pictures via email of these two lovely dresses made up in Cynthia Rowley pattern Simplicity 2406. The first is View B made up in Japanese cotton Hokko Ocean Bloom (sold out) and below, View D made up in printed 100% Cotton Python with contrasting straps and two-tone tie belt made using a plain black cotton.

The only alteration made was to take it in slightIy as Belinda found the pattern a little wide for her slight frame, so in the View B (above) darts were added in the back and in the View D Belinda took it in slightly in at centre back.

I've had an eye on this pattern, after seeing a similar sleeve detail over here. Thanks Belinda for the photos and inspiration....I've just bought the pattern!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fabric Feature Of The Week - 100% Silk Twill Walnut Floral

A quick post tonight...I think the aftermath of New Year's festivities have finally caught up with me!

More McCalls 5050, this time made up by Margo in 100% Silk Twill Walnut Floral. Seems this pattern is still quite popular and as usual without the elastic added around the waist/bodice and sleeve hem edges. Simple and quick to make.
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