Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mission Maxi Modified

I do love me a frock, especially in summer time. I've been struggling to find a maxi pattern that suits me because most designs that I'm drawn to seem to suit the tall and small-busted, of which I am definitely neither. A few months back, I purchased Jamie Christina's Mission Maxi and it's a great design in addition to being super (super) quick and easy to make. I originally made up View A in a remnant from the stash...

... and then - inspired by something I saw in retail-world - decided to make it again with modifications. I left the top part as is because both the fit and the racer back are perfect. Then, from the underarm, I angled the pattern out and created a curved hem as seen below. I also shortened the length by a good 30cm at the hem's highest point.

I made two versions, the first (trial) in Dark Cat...

...and the second in In the Works (both sold out).

This year, Tessuti has carried our best range ever of printed jerseys and I don't normally do patterns more than once (same goes for books I read) but I can feel another one coming on.

And in this final post for 2011, Colette and I would like to wish you all a fabulously happy 2012. Thanks for reading us!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Pattern Review - Vogue 8723

Hope you're taking sometime out during your holiday breaks from work, school, etc to whip up some beautiful creations from your fabric collection.

Tessuti Chatswood staffer, Nasrin made up this dress using Italian silk/cotton Banana Gate (sold out) in Vogue 8723 during the Christmas break!

An easy pattern that required no alteration and best of all it has a bodice pattern piece for bra cup sizes A,B,C and D ...fabulous!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2444

Georgia has made up another fabulous ponti knit dress, this time in Italian digitally printed You Are Here in Simplicity 2444.

The sleeveless version was made with slight modifications such as raising the waistline seam, leaving the bodice darts open at the top, self binding added to the neckline and armholes and due to the stretch in the ponti, the back zip eliminated.

Due to the panel print (pattern repeat) being 81cm in length, for a dress longer than this, choosing a dress with a waist seam is necessary. By top and tailing the panel print Georgia has created a really gorgeous effect!

There is no doubt, Georgia is one clever lady!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Letter of Love

We found this very sweet love letter written to us in today's Sydney Morning Herald.

Sally Howes, we love you too.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sale Now On!

Grab a bargain and look stunning in 2012!

From tomorrow Wednesday December 28th, it's sale time at Tessuti. *With up to 50% off, we've discounted our beautiful range of Italian fabrics, linens, Japanese cottons, Liberty Tana Lawns, wools and local designer ends.

*Instore sale excludes buttons, haberdashery, trims, linings and lace.

For our online customers and for a short time only, we're having an ONLINE SALE giving you 20% off purchases over $100. This special offer is strictly limited and must end 12am AEST, 9th January 2012.

Simply copy and paste the code SEWINGGOLD into the promo box at the check out.

*Online sale excludes all laces, gift vouchers and Sew Inn Classes.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday trading hours

During the Christmas/New Year holiday period, all stores will be closed on the following days:

Sunday 25th Dec
Monday 26th Dec
Tuesday 27th Dec
Sunday 1st Jan

Monday 2nd Jan


To view regular trading hours, visit our website here and select your nearest store.


Best wishes to all our customers and readers for a fabulous Christmas
and a New Year filled with all good things (and lots of time to sew!)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Painapurra Creations - Butterick 5603 and Simplicity 2081

Hi Colette - Tracy here in Perth

(Remember me? - I made the Primaluna fuschia coat!)

Thanks for your comment on my blog - I've been meaning to send you pics of the Painapurra creations!
We call them the "Hawaiian Honeymoon" outfits.
I received the first lot of Painapurra with the aid of your gift voucher, then loved the texture & it's amazing retro look so much, decided Paul had to have a shirt too!

Each year we get together with other Thunderbird car owners for a Pancake Breakfast at nearby Floreat Beach. Our outfits were a hit!
My dress is retro Butterick 5603 and Paul's shirt is vintage Simplicity 2081 (a perfect match to his vintage Hawaiian shirt measurements).

Thanks again for the gorgeous fabric - it makes a striking statement

All the best til next time

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stretch Silk Satin Vogue 8413 (view B)

Meet bubbly and really lovely Norma, who visits us regularly at Tessuti Chatswood and Surry Hills always on the look out for something 'fabulous and different'! Here she is looking positively gorgeous in this cowl-neck dress made up in our Italian digital print 'Blue Night' (sold out) silk satin stretch. The pattern used is Vogue 8413 pattern (view B).

Pattern Review - McCalls 5796

This is Gabby's Design and Technology creation for school. The brief was an age appropriate garment for a child. Gabby chose McCalls 5796 to make a dress for her little cousin using a combination of cottons - Eyeballing Yellow and Liberty Of London Betsy - Tana Lawn

Gabby made up this dress as per pattern, the only alteration made was to the bodice. The bodice sat very wide on the body, so to bring it in (a great suggestion from her sewing tutor) Gabby added two pintucks to the centre front and then recut the bodice facing to fit. Little contrasting buttons were sewn down the centre front as well as back and embroidery anglaise trim around the hem to add lovely details.

Gabby was initially daunted with gathering all the tiers and making the straps neatly, but the extra sewing classes Gabby has been attending with Bernadette Doherty have been extremely helpful, not to mention enjoyable.

Stay tuned for the Gabby's 60's inspired dress made in our silk/linen...coming soon

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Melbourne Sew Inn Dates

We've just released 2012 dates for the Melbourne Sew Inn, including some new classes offering more specific needs. For all available dates and booking info, click here:


Using Japanese Patterns for Beginners
A class specifically aimed at helping students understand how to use the wonderful range of Japanese sewing pattern books currently available. Students bring their own project (book, fabric, tracing paper, highlighter pen, pencils and sewing things) and Suzie will help you locate and trace your pattern pieces and then interpret the diagrams in the book for construction. Students are welcome to begin at home if they feel confident and use the class to focus on whatever part of the process they are most concerned about. Students can email Suzie before the class or ask Tessuti staff if they need help in selecting a project or suitable fabric.

Sewing With Knits Without an Overlocker for Beginners
While an overlocker is an ideal tool for sewing knit fabrics, a home sewing machine can achieve great results with simple knits. This class is designed for those who may never have sewn with knits before and would like to start with simple projects such as T-shirts, jersey dresses, leggings or knit pants. Students need to bring their own pattern and fabric, or if the project is simple (such as a plain T-shirt) they may bring an existing garment to make a pattern from, along with pattern paper and drawing things. As there are a wide range of knit fabrics with very different properties (degree of stretch, drape, elastine content and so on) students should seek advice from Suzie or Tessuti staff prior to the class on fabric suitability, or purchase at Tessuti on the day.

Advanced class
This is an unstructured class in which you can receive advice and instruction to help you with any project. You will be able to tackle problems relating to garment details such as zips, collars, sleeves, bindings, casings, insertion of boning and anything else that presents difficulties in constructing the garments you want to make. Attending students should have some experience in sewing garments. Take advantage of the tailoring skills of your instructor who has teaching qualifications and 20 years experience in a made-to-measure workroom.

Modification of a Commercial Pattern
If you are able to sew your own garments but experience frustration with producing ill-fitting garments this workshop will enable you to adjust a bodice or dress pattern to fit exactly (no pants or sleeves this time). To prepare for the workshop you will need to cut out your pattern (perhaps it will be one that you have previously used and know that it needs some work). If in doubt, make sure the size you cut is too big rather than too small. Cut a calico (or scrap fabric) garment from this pattern. Do not cut pockets, facings or sleeves but bring the entire pattern to the workshop. Sew the calico together using a big stitch and even a contrasting thread so that seams can be unpicked quickly if necessary. Please be aware that the fitting of your calico will take place in the shop during business hours and ensure that you wear a close fitting t-shirt and leggings if your calico won’t cover as much as you would like. As well as your calico and pattern you will need pins, measuring tape, ruler, a sharp pencil, eraser, paper scissors, fabric scissors, magic or sticky tape, needle and thread. If you have a grading ruler, tracing wheel or coloured texta pens these can also be helpful.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Makers' Journal

The Makers' Journal is a brand new range of patterns being locally produced by Pamela and Jo-Anne. Pamela is a long-time Tessuti Melbourne regular and frequent appearance-maker on our blog. Over the last six months she's been coming in, buying fabrics, and returning with all manner of gorgeous things including these knickers and bloomers...

...and this super-cute bunny bag.

They've also got some clothing patterns in the pipeline so keep an eye on their shop and blog, which also features some handy sewing hints including this one on how to attach knicker elastic.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Disco Navy Dress

Initially intended for last night's Xmas bash, this style was made up again in our stretch sequin Disco Navy and looked quite the party dress for Gabby's birthday bash instead!

The dress is fully lined in 100% jap silk.

Tessuti Sydney Christmas Party @ L'Etoile

This year we headed down to Five Ways Paddington for our Tessuti Sydney Christmas Party. Pre-dinner drinks at Christo's Bar and fabulous dinner across the road at L'Etoile. Once we relaxed with a few drinks, I forgot to take individual outfit shots and the all important group shot! However we managed to corner celebrity and executive chef, Manu Feildel for a few photo's.

Here's Greg and Matthew looking chummy with their new friend! See more photo's of the night here.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Here's our gorgeous girl celebrating a special birthday. She just loves this new dress made by her nonna in a piece of Japanese cotton Hokko Bowtie Black, found in my fabric stash. The pattern is drafted from her favourite dress, similar to McCalls 6102. If you're after a junior version, try McCalls 6098.

Gabby wants this style made up in Disco Navy for our Tessuti Sydney Christmas Party coming up this Friday. Stay tuned - it's looking great so far!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Julia and Minoru

Julia, our 2011 Tessuti Awards winner, recently got in touch with us to share her latest project - Sewaholic's Minoru Jacket. The lining is our 100% cotton Bone Bling, sold out online but we do have a wee bit left in our Melbourne store if you're interested.

Isn't it fabulous? For more pics and details, pop on over to Julia's blog.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Simplicity 9499

Matching PJ pants for the man and boy made up in Raito Wind (also available in black). The pattern is Simplicity 9499.

Jules calls them 'Blue Heaven'.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spot the Winners

Since we started this giveaway with a creation by Georgia, I thought I'd finish with another. The truth be told, I have a backlog of Georgia creations to share with you and I just can't keep up!

Here's a striking sundress in one of our Italian digital printed stretch cottons - Into the Movement. Somehow this amazing collection hasn't been added to the online store. I'll be sure to add some photos soon.

This dress consists of a combination of patterns Vogue 8184 for the bodice and Simplicity 2588 for the skirt. Of course Georgia made sure to line up the outer pleats on the skirt with the princess seam line on the bodice!

Now for the exciting news...the winners of the Yacht Spot Jacquard are:
2.50mtrs of Red - Samantha
2.50mtrs of Navy - Sew-4-Fun

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at and let me know which address to post your fabrics

PS Thank you for all your comments
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