Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Feature Fabric Of The Week - Full Digital Bloom

NEW in store in time for Spring! Printed 100% Cotton - Full Digital Bloom. This lovely lightweight cotton with sateen finish is ideal for skirts, tops, shirt dresses etc.

Pattern Review - (Unknown brand) Vintage pattern 4902

Georgia picked up this vintage pattern in Vinnies recently. It has no date or brand on it, only that it was printed in the US. My guess is that it's from the 30s or 40s. What do you think?

Georgia made the pattern up in Japanese 100% cotton Navy Hanataba. The dress was cut as per pattern, the only adjustments made were to shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length, eliminating the centre front fold and instead of a self belt to draw in the dress, Georgia added a self casing to just above the waist with self drawstring. Interestingly the original pattern came in half sizes?

One thing we do know about this pattern is that this 14 and a half is closer to today's standard size 10 measurements!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pattern Review - New Look 6808

New Tessuti Chatswood staff member Libby was spotted (!!!) in this top made up in Japanese 100% cotton Multi Yuki (sold out) in View C from New Look 6808 top pattern. The only changes Libby made was to shorten the length and take in the shoulder seam at the neck edge. A definite hit in the store last weekend and Libby says she has plans to use this pattern again.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lovelace dress for Claudia

I made this lace dress up for Claudia to wear to a wedding on the weekend, as there's a serious lack of suitable special occasion dresses for 12 year olds!!!

The dress was simple and very quick to make. For the bodice, I basted 100% Nylon two-tone chantilly lace 'Lovelace' onto 'Rosa Pink' silk satin and gathered the lace and a slightly less gathered silk satin together for the skirt. The armholes and neckline are trimmed with black silk georgette and to highlight the trim I added a black belt made from our lovely soft Mokuba grosgrain ribbon range.

To be honest Claudia's dress was inspired by these cute ballet style shoes!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tessuti Awards 2011 Countdown

There are now only 5 days left to get your Linen and Lace dress entries up on the Tessuti Awards website!!! Get cracking sewers!

The judges are going to have a difficult time choosing from these fabulous entries so far.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Help....Fabric Needed!

This is a call out to anyone who may have a small piece in their stash, (approx 50cm) of this Large Zig Zag Italian Knit for a local dressmaker who needs to purchase it desperately!

Email me at if you can help.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chambray Ruffled Skirt

Check out this darling raw edge ruffled skirt made up in 100% Cotton Chambray Japanese Ocean over at Wink Designs.

Sydney mum, Marina made use of the yarn-dyed nature of the cotton by leaving the ruffle hem edges raw, creating a contrasting edge and securing the frayed edges with a contrast zig zag top stitch.

It's these little details that make all the difference!

Enjoy your weekend folks!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kristy's TNT Dress - New Look 6968

This great dress caught my eye over at Lower Your Presser Foot. Kristy made up our lovely textured printed Japanese cotton (out of stock), which she had tucked away in her fabric stash! New Look 6968 pattern was used and Kristy managed to get the dress out of 1mtr of fabric (112cm wide) ...incredible no?

A definite winner!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pattern Review - McCalls 5884 (OOP)

Here's another great project from Lynette. Aside from the style itself, what's not to love about the words 'pussy bow blouse'? The pattern is the recently OOP McCall's 5884 - View C.
Lyn made no alterations but did say that if she was to make it up again, she would take some volume out of the sleeves.

It's smart and pretty without being too girly. Her fabric choice - Jolly Rogers Green - also gives the garment just a little more edge.

Cue inner pirate, in a gloriously subtle kinda way...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to Successfully Launch Your Own Fashion Line @ Tessuti, Melbourne

To coincide with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Tessuti Fabrics' Flinders Lane store is very pleased to be hosting this event - How to Successfully Launch Your Own Fashion Line.

In this workshop, you’ll learn business and marketing secrets to help launch your own fashion line on a shoe-string budget, how to price your designs for maximum exposure, where to find commercial manufacturers, and a five-step plan to get your designs stocked in large retail chains.

Date: Tuesday 6th September 2011
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Tessuti Fabrics - Ground Floor, 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Cost: FREE (Normally $197) - Free as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival
Registration: You MUST register online to attend the workshop as places are strictly limited.

Contact details can be found here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Le Coutureve Knit Dress

Have you seen this fabulous creation over at Le Coutureve?

Yellow is so hot right now and just perfect with our Large Ups and Downs knit. Lovely work Passiona!

PS. check out Le Coutureve's great giveaway here.

Tessuti Fabrics In Vogue!

Check out page 199!

How exciting, Tessuti Fabrics gets a mention in September issue of Vogue Australia!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Homemade and Simple Sewing For Kids.

Cindy sent me more lovely images of her children wearing Tessuti creations made up from Japanese pattern books. For Imogen, Liberty Lantana cotton/wool Junya Shirako Pink was chosen to make up a pretty smock dress - Pattern E from Happy Homemade Kids Vol.2. Cindy cut the 110cm size for Imogen, who is turning 5 this month. This sweet dress is trimmed with black/white gingham binding trim and hot pink topstitching. Cindy also made up a little pair of pants for Ethan in a black wool and cotton denim that she bought last year from Tessuti Chatswood. This fabric washes really well and looks adorable with his old man cardi from Seed. The pant pattern is from Simple Sewing For Baby by Lotta Jansdotta, which is full of very cute and simple patterns for babies.

thank you Cindy!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lang Linen Yarn/Pattern Book Giveaway winner!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment in the Linen Yarn and Lang Pattern Book giveaway!

The lucky recipient (chosen via Random Generator) is.......lorraine.

Congratulations Lorraine! Email me at with your details.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

3 Day Remnant And Sampling Roll Sale

We're bursting with remnants and remaindered sample rolls so this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (4-6 August) EVERY store is having a 3 Day Remnant and Sampling Roll SALE.

ALL remnants will be priced at $10 or less and sampling rolls (compositions and meterage unknown) will be priced at $10 per roll, regardless of fabric length. Come on in and grab yourself a fabulous bargain. Please note stocks are strictly limited.

Online shoppers - get a mystery remnant on all orders over $50 till Midnight Saturday 6th August (sizes, composition and colours will vary).

Hoo Hoo Blue in Hair Spray!

Hoo Hoo Blue makes an appearance in Hair Spray The Musical - Australian production!

Photo courtesy The Daily Telegraph.


*Last chance to enter our Linen yarn and knitting book giveaway. Comments close end of day today!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Suzy's Latest Creations

Here's another great email I received last week, this time from Sew Inn regular, Suzie:

Hi Colette!
As promised here are my holiday photos wearing my lovely Tessuti creations! In the first one we're at the Beverly Hills Hotel celebrating my husband's birthday.

The pattern for the Missoni dress is Burda 7352 - I joined the top and skirt together as one piece, omitted the drapes & invisible zipper and used wide elastic sewn between the dress and the lining to hold it up (so easy!). This pattern is a fantastic basic.

The "Pokemon Nights" dress is in NYC just before dinner one night (Jack (my lovely 8 year old) was the photographer and I think he didn't do a bad job at all). This strapless dress pattern is based on the "Une Souris Dans Mon Dressing" strapless dress from her blog. This fabric is beautiful to sew and has a nice denim feel - I think it would be fantastic in shorts as well. I piped the band at the top, the waist band and the pockets with black satin bias binding (from Tessuti's as well).
Love Suzie x

Thanks Suzy. I'm sure you've got us all inspired (and excited) about getting into some summer sewing again!


*Don't forget to enter our latest giveaway. Comments close end of day, Wednesday 3rd August AEST
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