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!
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!
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"
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?
Kylie from Canberra has made up this pretty ruffle sleeve top in our 100% cotton Little Bow Black using The Pendrell Blouse pattern.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
A quick post tonight...I think the aftermath of New Year's festivities have finally caught up with me!
MoreMcCalls 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.