Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tess wears Simplicity 3503

Meet Tess. Prior to joining us in Melbourne as our newest staff member, she was quite partial to rolling around in not much at all. Not so now. She's very happy in her first outfit ever - Simplicity 3503 (View C) - made up in our Paisley Negative.

Being limbless and all, she needed some help in sewing it up so Nichola kindly offered her assistance (thanks Nic). And though she can be hard to read, I can assure you that Tess is very happy.

So to mark both Tess' arrival and her unmitigated joy (take our word for it), we're offering this viscose/elastane jersey at half price for a limited time only.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pattern Review - Burdastyle 07/2011 - #116A

I've had this oversized top pattern , marked 'TO MAKE' ( I have a long list of those!) in my July/2011 issue of Burda Magazine.

Then I spotted lovely Lenka wearing this very top made up in Soft Grey Uru - Knit at work last week! If you like slightly looser and unstructured clothing then this pattern is fantastic, really flattering and super quick to make, says Lenka. As you can see on the Burdastyle website, this pattern looks great made up in a silk crepe de chine or cotton voile!


Don't forget to check our our Blog Birthday giveaway here - closes end of day AEST Thursday 1st December.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2282 (and Happy Blog Birthday to us!)

Georgia whipped up this red/ivory spotted A-line dress in our latest arrival - Yacht Spot Jacquard - Red using dress pattern Simplicity 2282.

The simpler version minus pocket flaps or peplum was cut, with a few alterations made to the pattern. These included widening (by 12cm) and lowering (by 5cm) the neckline as well as redrafting the facings to fit. Georgia said there was far too much fullness in the head of the cap sleeves so instead she used the cap sleeves from New Look 6824 pattern (without ease).

The dress bodice was a little long in the body so Georgia took out 1.5cm at the waist. In order to eliminate some fullness at the waist (created by the pleats being folded outwards), she instead alternated the pleats to fold inwards creating a simple solution to the problem!

A fabulous dress for this fabulous fabric which also comes in a Navy/Ivory colourway.

And so, to mark our 4th blog birthday (which slipped pass without us noticing!) we'd love to give away a 2.5 metre piece of this Yacht Spot Jacquard to two lucky readers. Please leaves us a comment below, and don't forget to tell us which colourway you'd prefer - Navy or Red - as we're giving away one of each (that's one colourway per prize winner).

Comments close AEST Thursday 1st December. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Have dress, will dance.

A sweet, simple frock for E. To say that she loves this dress is an understatement. The pattern - M - is from this book...

...and the fabric is our linen/viscose White Check (also available in black at our Melbourne store only). I finished the sleeves off with a simple gathered lace trim.

Bob (camera hog that he is) digs it too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2363

Without fail for the last couple of years, customers ask me about suitable summer maxi dress patterns. Here's one I really like at the moment- Simplicity 2363.

I think this pattern ticks all the boxes, particularly because the dress isn't too voluminous, has side pockets, a really flattering bodice plus there are long/shorter length and sleeve/sleeveless options as well. The only tricky part to this pattern is in the armhole to bodice area, getting this finished neatly is a must!

Georgia made View A in our 100% Cotton Butterfly Night (sold out) cutting the size 10 as per pattern and no alterations were made (double bonus).

The ideal maxi summer dress!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vogue and McCalls Pattern Sale Now ON!

One party frock down, one to go! Now it's time to work out what to start making for our Tessuti Sydney Christmas party next month, the pressure's on I tell you.

Perfect timing actually as starting today and until 29th November is the half price *Vogue Pattern Sale and **McCalls - Buy One get One Free Offer! Only available for stock patterns.

* Vogue - available instore - Tessuti Surry Hills and Tessuti Chatswood only.
** McCalls - available instore - Tessuti Chatswood only.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vintage Simplicity 7798

As a follow up to yesterday's post, here's a little more about my party frock. I've had a shift dress on my mind for a while now and then I saw this pic of Gwyneth Paltrow in a trash mag and really, really loved the colour and simplicity.

The pattern stash yielded this vintage number - Simplicity 7798 - and the fabric I chose was Red Crystalline (but really more of a burnt orange), a fabulous rayon/polyamide/spandex ponti knit.

As with most vintage patterns, there were a few alterations to be made. I lopped heaps off the length (nothing unusual there) and needed to take in the side and shoulder seams. Zip was eliminated (bonus!), sleeves were shortened, and I lowered the neckline because I'm not so much into the turtleneck thing, especially in spring time.

I hadn't planned on adding buttons, but these bronze-y ones worked perfectly and the dress felt rather plain without it.

Having never sewn them before, I must say I'm rather partial to the elbow darts...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Melbourne staff Christmas party: Longrain

We got in early for this year's Melbourne Tessuti staff Christmas shindig. This year, we chowed down at Longrain and yes, it was goooooood.

But this isn't a food blog, so you want to see our party dresses? Here's Evelyne in Vogue 8755 (oh, the detail)...

Brianna in a very Issey Miyake-esque number from Pattern Magic 3 in our Blueberry Ponti...

...Nichola in an original, smokin' strapless number...

...Trish (our newest staff member and clutch afficianado) in a Lip It Baby skirt and viscose blend top...

...Suzie in a fabulous original ensemble made up in Tessuti fabrics from past and present..

...Colette in McCalls 5578 made up in Eclectic Pink (stay tuned for a more detailed blog post on this one)...

...and me in a vintage Simplicity made up in my new fabric crush, ponti. I'll post more pics and details about this dress in a separate post tomorrow.

Thanks to all the ladies for rising to the frock-making challenge. But most especially, thanks for being such a joy to work alongside and helping making this year such a fun, creative and inspiring one.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Eclectic Fever

Whilst I'm putting the finishing touches on my party dress, here are a couple of great creations from the same Italian cotton - Eclectic Blue and Pink.

Georgia made up a peasant skirt. The fitted yoke was cut from this pattern with three tiers added for the skirt. The first tier is a rectangle cut up the full width of the fabric (140cm wide), the second tier is two rectangles the full width and the last tier is 3 rectangles. With approx 4.20mtrs of Black Pom Pom Bubble Trim added to the hem of the skirt.

Then there's this sweet a-line dress made up by Kristin (from Vancouver, Canada) for her etsy store - Mette.

Thanks to Kristin for the lovely images.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A postcard (well, sort of) from New York

Laura, 1st Prize winner of the Little Black Dress category in the 2010 Tessuti Awards, sent us a lovely email together with these photos about her winning trip to New York.

Hello Tessuti!

It's Laura Keogh. I won the little black dress section of the Tessuti Awards last year. I spent 2 amazing weeks in New York, I saw the sights, went to all the vintage markets I could find and met some amazing people. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for that opportunity. I'm sort of still on my NY trip, after 2 weeks in NY I flew to London, travelled around Europe and now I'm living in London for 6 months working as a studio assistant at a fashion label, and it was all thanks to the Tessuti Awards for getting me here!

I've attached a photo of NY at night taken from waters edge in Brooklyn and one of me on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The winner for this year looks amazing, she will have the time of her life in New York like I did.

Thanks Laura.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fabric Feature Of The Week - Eclectic Pink

I've chosen Italian 100% Cotton Eclectic Pink to make up for our Tessuti Melbourne Christmas party next week (yes, can you believe it?). I simply love this print, it's going to be perfect for a simple dress. I'm taking inspiration from one of my favourite Aussie labels Gorman.

Stay tuned for photos on the night!
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