Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fabric Feature Of the Week - Black Ruffle Tulle

Want to embrace your inner ballerina?

Our Black Ruffle Tutu has 3 layers of gathered frill . You can create a casing from the gathered/shirred top (approx 12.5cm wide and non stretch), insert elastic....

...put in on, and twirl! Just like Janet.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Introducing Ten Pegs

I'm really excited to see our Sew Inn class regular Margaret, has started up her own sewing blog called Ten Pegs. It's looking fabulous and I'm sure she'd love to hear from other sewing enthusiasts and bloggers....don't be shy, pop over and say hello and welcome her to this fabulous online community! I know she'd be over the moon to hear from you.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

New York

So y'know you can win a return trip for two to New York in this year's Tessuti Awards? I've recently returned to a very diminutive feeling Melbourne after a couple of weeks there and am completely smitten, head over heels in love with that city. And sew so I know this is a sewing blog, but can I just take a moment to make a few sewing and un-sewing related observations/tips?
Century 21 is great if you're seeking that big label bargain. But man how it broke my heart to see those (yes) heavily discounted designer garments crammed onto those racks in a shopping environment that can only be described as most unpleasant. I lasted 15 minutes before I left empty handed.

Camper shoes are really bloody cheap in the US compared to Australia.

Purl Soho is quite possibly one of the prettiest stores I've ever had the pleasure of being in.

I'm stating the bleeding obvious, I know, but Mood Fabrics is a must-visit. There were a lot of unpriced, unlabeled fabrics and the sheer volume makes it hard to browse (staff advise you to 'step down' from the stools if you try to look at higher shelves) so allow plenty of time. And if you're travelling by air and purchase 2.5m of a heavy double-faced, felted wool, know that it will contribute significantly to your luggage weight allowance being well over the allocated limit.

A Bloody Mary at lunch time can really sustain you quite well for a solid afternoon of shopping.

In the flesh, Ryan Gosling is just as cute as he is on screen. But shorter.

Sibella Court's A Stylist's Guide to NYC is my top travel book recommendation if you want to find some Manhattan retail gems (not to mention that elusive good coffee).

The Empire State Building took only 14 months to build. And the view from the top is mind-blowing and well worth a trip to get your NYC bearings. Oh, and if you pre-purchase your tickets for the observation deck you'll save yourself a helluva queue (the City Pass is exceptional value).

Even if you don't have a high appreciation of fashion and happen to be in New York between now and August 7, go see Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met. The couture-ambivalent fella joined me and was as mesmerised with it as I was. It's dark and beautiful and melancholy and inspiring and tragic and crowded, but totally worth it.

Alexander Wang - I love (but can't quite afford) you.

Stella Dallas Living (281 N 6th St, Williamsburg) offers an overwhelmingly fabulous selection of vintage quilts and fabric remnants that are off the beaten track.

If the weather's conducive, walk as much as you can. The things you will see...

This Barbie foosball table was strangely appealing. The US $24,999 price tag? Not so much.

What's not to love about Spandex World?

Khloe and Lamar is (are) really rather tedious. God knows, in my jetlagged state I watched more episodes than I probably needed to. On the flip side, Chelsea Handler and Bill Maher are my new heroes.

There are an awful lot of French Bulldogs living in NYC.

Central Park is awesome. And very, very big.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Vogue 8413 in Detective Ponti

Here's another lovely version of a jersey dress from Vogue 8413 made up by Georgia in 'Detective Ponti Jacquard' - 89% Rayon 9% Nylon 2% Spandex. This time Georgia lengthened the sleeves, added some height to the sleeve head and gathered it, finishing off the sleeve with a cuff detail and added more flare/a-line to the skirt. Like her earlier version , Georgia added a binding to the back neckline for a nicer finish and left out the back zip as the jersey had enough stretch to pull it on.


P.S There may be a little of this jersey left at Tessuti Surry Hills.

Seam Allowance Guide by Hollie

Have you seen this?

No longer do you have to measure and trace around each individual pattern piece. Hollie has invented a great solution, the Seam Allowance Guide, which will do it for you while you cut out your fabric!!!

Perfect for:
Japanese Pattern Books
Burda magazines
Marfy Patterns
or on patterns you've created from existing garments etc.

Visit Hollie's website to order your own Seam Allowance Guide by the end of this month and be in a draw to win a $200 Tessuti Gift Voucher.

What a clever little gadget!!! Why didn't I think of this first ;)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giveaway: Win a Beautiful Kores Bag

I've just been introduced to bag designer Kalina Molina who has kindly offered to give away a bag to 2 of our lucky readers. Simply head over to Kalina's website http://www.koresbags.com, have a look around and then come back here and tell me in the comments below which bag you would like to win. We'll draw two winners at random next Wednesday 1st June 2011. Simple!

Kalina Molina is a Brazilian designer who came to Sydney via NYC 5 years ago. With an eye for colour and design, Kalina had the brilliant idea to re-use the artwork skins from large outdoor billboards to make fashion forward, durable bags and computer covers. For the most part, these billboards are turned into landfill once an advertising campaign is over. Through this creative recycling concept, Kalina has produced a range of totally unique pieces, each of which represents a slice of urban history.

Kalina has worked for over a year developing and perfecting production techniques, and last month launched a full range of bags under the label Kores Bags, kores being the Portuguese word for colours. On offer at http://www.koresbags.com messenger bags, computer bags, iPad bags, wallets, shoulder bags and even some very cool evening clutches.

Pity I can't enter!!!

PS. Unless you are willing to pay for the International postage, it's only available to Australian readers...sorry!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tessuti Awards 2011

Want to win a return trip for two to New York? This year's 1st Prize is even bigger, valued at $5000.

For more details on how to enter this year's Tessuti Awards, go to www.tessutiawards.com.au.

Special thanks to George O'Keefe from Bernina Sewing Centre - Chatswood for donating the Bernina 700D Overlocker (2nd Prize), our media sponsors Burdastyle and to Melbourne artist Emma Leonard for this year's beautiful illustration (above).

Go on then, and happy sewing!

Pattern Review - Burda 9564

There's nothing quite as lovely as a soft pinwale cord for childrenswear in winter and if it has a teeny tiny spot all over, all the better!

Rebecca chose our spotted indigo Japanese 100% Cotton Corduroy Domo Grape to make up a dress for her cute daughter Eva, using Burda 9564. The only alterations made was to cut a size 4 with the length of the size 5, Eva's a very tall 3 and a half year old!

I just love the pleated front with button detailing and cute gathered sleeves. Little Eva rocks the whole look with that cheeky grin and fabulous stripey tights...super cute!

Thank you Rebecca for emailing me these pics.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sneak Peek...

...at a cape in progress. Just putting it out there so that I finish the thing!!!! Happily it's coming along nicely :)

Stay tuned x

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2516

Sorry about my brief disappearance! I've been busy working on new arrivals, uploading them on the online store and sorting out the final and very exciting details about this year's Tessuti Awards (to be launched very soon!)...so you can say I've had my hands full!

Which also means I've got quite a few pattern reviews and creations backlogged. So here goes one of them:

Recently new Tessuti staff member, Libby just loves our gorgeous Japanese cotton's and recently made up Unfocused Dream in view F from skirt pattern - Simplicity 2516.

The cotton works really well in this flared panelled skirt style and is perfect for any season. Libby says no alterations were made to the pattern - so this is definitely a quick, easy and satisfying sewing project to try folks!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fabric Feature Of the Week - Butterscotch Pudding

Found some wonderful inspiration in last Saturday's fashion section of the Good Weekend magazine, images from Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter 2010/2011 collection.

Makes me think of our stunning acetate/wool blend tweed Butterscotch Pudding. Got to love a classic black and camel combination!

images courtesy of style.com


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fabric Feature Of the Week - Spotted Tulle

If you're still in the bridal mood/mode since The Royal Wedding, I thought I'd share with you this gorgeous dress made from spotted tulle. Just perfect to be made up in our Ivory/White Flock Spotted Tulle , also available in White/White and also in Black/Black, suitable for evening wear.

Image (source)

Note: Silk Flowers can be made by Bradford Potters.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pattern Review - McCalls 6027

Hands up, how many of us are still wanting to make up summer clothes despite the obvious change in weather? Me! me! me! ... and so it seems is Charlotte, who wore this dress to work today. Charlotte say she'd been keen to finally make up our Japanese 100% Cotton 'Kobe Cream Static' (back in stock) in pattern McCalls 6027

The pattern's a fabulous flared dress with princess seams and scooped neckline, there is also an option to add godets for added fullness. Charlotte made up view D (without the godets) with the cap sleeves shown in view B. Charlotte says she only took it in slightly at the waist, the rest is as per the pattern and was very easy and quick to make up.

A great dress pattern and definitely one to add to the pattern collection!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The. Other. Dress

To follow Lisa's post... I had to also include the other dress Catherine Middleton changed into later that day for the private evening reception held at Buckingham Palace.

Another stunning creation by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen paired with a cropped angora sweater.

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