Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pattern Review - New Look 6010 (modified)

Lovely Georgia has just finished making this silk/cotton blend Light Fireworks blouse and it's a beauty!

The pattern used was New Look 6010, and as you may have noticed there have been some modifications!  Georgia loves to make an otherwise great pattern, even better and more importantly more suited to her tastes.

For this pull-on blouse Georgia eliminated the button placket (she's not a fan of sewing them), so instead extended the yoke/bib seam line on the front pattern piece all the way down to the hem, making sure to add seam allowance to that line. Re-cutting and squaring off the curved edge of the yoke/bib pattern piece, cutting it on the fold. Next creating a new rectangular centre front panel piece that measured approx 52cm wide and the correct length to match the length of the shirt, this was gathered and added at the bottom of the new yoke/bib front. Lastly Georgia took out the fullness at the bottom of the sleeve pattern and instead of putting a tuck in the cuff as the pattern suggested, she added a simple cuff that was wide enough to get her hands through and narrow enough to sit at her upper arms if she wanted to push them up.

But I fear if I explain how Georgia sewed up the yoke/bib piece, to end up with the fold edge at the slit opening I may confuse you all!

If you really want to know how this pretty blouse was put together and learn how to make one up for yourself, come along to Georgia's Bring Your Own Project classes, she'd be happy to teach you (not recommended for absolute beginners)!

The new Term 3 dates for Beginners and Bring Your Own Project classes are now up online. Book early to avoid missing out, spots are limited.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pattern Review - Gabby Dress Pattern

Here's Bella again, this time in a dress she made up at her sewing classes. The fabric she chose for this dress is our Japanese 100% Cotton He Said Ok.  This simple dress pattern is just perfect for when you want to whip up a quick dress - the pattern consists of one front, one back, sleeves and binding for the neck and just pulls over the zip required and no darts either!!!

I'm currently working on the Gabby Dress pattern, to have it available (very soon) for purchase in PDF form from the  online shop. This way the pattern can be sent to you via email as a file, then all you need to do is download and print it at home.

This loose fitting a-line style dress pattern is ideal for any sewing level and is best suited for fabrics with some softness and drape eg: silks, rayons, cottons etc and will be available in sizes XS, S, M and L

It's a favourite around here, I've made this dress up in silk crepe de chine and my girls have a few versions too.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Butterscotch Pudding? Meet Vintage McCalls 9347

This dress is what I like to call 'A Nice Save'. Out of curiosity, how often do you believe a garment – mid-construction – may in all likelihood be heading towards the dark destination that is Disasterville (or Wasteoftimetown). And yet, you soldier on, well and truly focused on that initial concept, right in the beginning, when you put the fabric and pattern together in your head. And damn, it looked reallllly good (in your head). And yeah, we all know that sometimes the final result may very well not live up to that image, but we forge on anyway and then, mid-creation, we try on our work-in-progress, and (oh shit) it’s not quite what I had in my head mind. But we sew on (and on), maintaining the faith, and try it on again (and again) thinking it just may work (or not), so let me just set in this sleeve (again), adjust the sleeve length and alter the hem and, oh thank god, it actually worked out just how I wanted it to. Yeah, this frock was one of those.

I've loved this fabric - Butterscotch Pudding - since Colette did this post and had been quietly contemplating the perfect pattern for it. So I had a stab at View C, Vintage McCalls 9347 (here's one), sourced from the stash. 

I'm rather partial to the simplicity of the shift frock. They are classic, reasonably straightforward to sew, super comfortable and flattering. I underlined the dress with our 100% rayon, my first time using that lining method and one I'll definitely be returning to.The only adjustments I made with this particular pattern were a minor lowering of the neckline (man, vintage patterns border on strangulation where these are concerned) and, as ever, a substantial lopping of the hemline. I also lapped my zipper and had the gods of good pattern-matching looking over me as I did so.


Yep, nice save.

For a limited time until May 13th, we've reduced this fabric to $29/m. All stores have stock but you can also purchase online here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Marina Jacquard in Vogue 8232

Libby is wearing one of my favourite cotton jacquards from our last Italian summer collection Marina Jacquard (sold out), this beautiful navy textured cotton made up beautifully in classic pattern * Vogue 8232

Libby sent off some of this fabric to Melbourne's Buttonmania, for a narrow self covered belt to be made, it finishes off the dress perfectly!

* Although this pattern is discontinued, we can order this Vogue 8232 in for you on request - please call the Tessuti stores. Definitely a great dress pattern to have in your collection!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Featured in Shots! Real Weddings - Lawrence Geor creation.

Here are stunning *images of Rod and Michelle's wedding held at the gorgeous chapel at Kincoppal Rose Bay and reception on Fort Dennison.

Michelle chose talented Sydney dressmaker Lawrence Geor to create her classic and elegant wedding gown and lace over -jacket. The beautiful lace jacket with incorporated train was made up in Tessuti's Jolie Corded Tulle Lace and was worn over a elegant and simple sleeveless 100% silk duchess dress. Later for the reception, Michelle took off the lace over-jacket and added a wide belt covered in the same lace, to the dress.

The dress and wedding are featured in this month's Shots! Real Weddings magazine.

*Images - Cameron Bloom Photography

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Polka Dot Sewing Boxes for Mothers Day!

 Aren't these sweet? Just arrived in all Tessuti stores, lovely retro style polka dot sewing boxes! 

*Available in two sizes and in colours Red, Fuschia or Black.

Smaller sewing box - $19.95
Larger sewing box - $27.00
or you can purchase the two sizes for $44.95

These would make the perfect gift for Mothers Day! 

*available for a limited time only.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ruche Fabrics opening in Launceston, Tasmania...this Thursday!

Have you heard the news about a fabulous new fabric store opening in Launceston, Tasmania?

We have been talking to Trish Hargrave for several years now, it's been a dream of hers to open a fabric store in Tasmania. Finally it's a reality and ready to open this Thursday April 19th (from 10am)! Do pop in, the shop is well stocked and ready to go!

Ruche Fabrics
108 George Street,
Launceston 7250
Tel: 0409 307 613

Well done Trish! The shop looks fabulous, we wish you all the very best.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Melbourne Sew Inn dates

We've just released Melbourne Sew Inn dates for the second half of 2012. Here are the available dates and all bookings must be made online here:

Saturday 21st July - Bring Your Own Project (with Vanessa)
Saturday 4th August - Japanese Patterns for Beginners (Suzie)
Saturday 11th August - Bring Your Own Project (with Vanessa)
Saturday 25th August - Pattern Fitting & Modification (with Vanessa)
Saturday 15th September - Sewing With Knits Without An Overlocker (Suzie)
Saturday 29th September - Bring Your Own Project (with Vanessa)
Saturday 13th October - Pattern Fitting & Modification (with Vanessa)
Saturday 27th October - Bring Your Own Project (with Suzie)
Saturday 3rd November - Advanced Class (with Vanessa)
Saturday 17th November - Bring Your Own Project (with Vanessa)
Saturday 1st December - Pattern Fitting & Modification (with Vanessa)
Saturday 8th December - Japanese Patterns for Beginners (Suzie)

Using Japanese Patterns for Beginners is 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 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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Burdastyle 07/2011 Oversized Top in 100% Silk

Lovely Lenka has made another version of the Burdastyle 07/2011 Oversized Top, this time using Tessuti's Italian digital print silk satin 'Round and Round' for the lower front piece and Italian silk georgette 'Animal Love' for the upper front to back piece.

The combination of the two silk prints work really well, together with the detail of black satin bias binding used to finish off the neck, sleeve and seam edges. This pattern made up in silk is stunning, and could work really well with a plain solid and sheer in a variety of colours or simply one colour way.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lappi Indigo Spot Shorts - New Look 6120

Here's a cute pair of shorts my daughter Gabby finished off at the end of term in her sewing classes with Bernadette Doherty. We had the perfect weather on Good Friday, so these shorts made their debut, down at the lovely Mornington Peninsula!

Gabby has always wanted a flared retro-style short so she chose our soft brushed cotton/elastane Lappi Spot in Indigo Blue and this old New Look 6120 (circa 80's), I had in my pattern stash. The pattern was perfect for this style and ideal for a novice sewer. Of course, her sewing teacher insisted Gabby make up a calico first and some minor pattern adjustments were made, such as extra fullness taken out, shortening of the pattern and the side pockets left out. This pattern will now be the base of many shorts to come.

A great result, especially as her interest in sewing is gradually growing, to her delight and mine!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pattern Review - Simplicity 3964

Am I crazy? I had second thoughts about posting this pattern review, seeing that the temperature has dropped suddenly...brrrrrr! It was literally 5 days ago that I wore this top, one sunny and perfect day for the road trip with Greg and the girls, down south to Melbourne for Easter celebrations with family.

Here I am at our pitstop in Holbrook wearing a new top I made using our Liberty of London cotton lawn - Wiltshire Olive and Built By Wendy pattern - McCalls 3964. I've had the pattern in my collection for a while and have been inspired to make it finally after seeing this version on Pinterest.

For my top I cut the size 12 and made some minor alterations, like eliminate the gathers at the front yoke edge near the armholes - here I placed the pattern pieces together and recut the armhole. At the back I redistributed the gathers to the centre back, instead of gathering close to the side back as the pattern stated, it looks a lot nicer this way and I lengthened the top by approx 5cm.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and that I had one day to wear it out before putting it away for next summer!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pick A ... Winner!

Thank you for all the comments regarding our March giveaway!

Congratulations Cirque Du Bebe
Email me at with your postal details and this pretty piece of silk will be on it's way to you!
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