Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cape. Cute.

Here's some cute for you. A little cape that Melbourne regular Helen made for her granddaughter Scarlett (my how she's grown!). The pattern is 'M', from this Japanese book:


The outer fabric, a navy self-patterned wool, is unfortunately sold out but the Liberty lining - Orange Emilia's Flowers - is still available in our Melbourne store.


Friday, June 22, 2012


On now, instore and online.
For more details, click here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

And now, a word from our sponsor...

Well, technically it's a thanks TO our sponsor. It would be remiss of us if we didn't give a shout out to Skiddoo, who are very generously sponsoring our first prize in this year's Tessuti Awards. In case you missed it, it's a trip...for two...valued at $ the world.

Never heard of them? Skiddoo gives you the largest selection of flights anywhere online and all in one place. There are no credit card or international booking fees meaning that with Skiddoo, you can find your perfect flight at the best price.

You can check out their website at

Skiddoo. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Gabby

We've had a pretty amazing response to our Gabby Dress Pattern. Here's my version made up in The New Order, a Japanese rayon.

I used two panels and interlined the front and back.
Oh I do love me a trans-seasonal frock...

If you've made one, we'd love to see it uploaded onto our Tessuti Group Flickr page.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Greetings from Julia - 2011 Tessuti Awards winner

Yesterday, we announced the 2012 Tessuti Awards and in a stroke of serendipitous timing, we've also just received this lovely email from Julia, last year's winner. She and her husband Robin (he's a keeper - read on) are currently enjoying her prize - a trip for two to New York.

Hello from New York!
Wanted to shoot you an email to let you know what a fabulous time my husband Robin and I are having in New York!

It's not just the city that never sleeps, it's me too. There's just so much to do! We've seen five broadway shows, gone to a Yankees game, eaten slices of pizza the size of my face, checked out the museums and sights and gone for runs through central park. 

But that's not even the best part. Robin gave me his blessing to dedicate as much time as I liked to all things fashion and sewing and so a monster was unleashed! I've been to over ten fabric and notion stores, my very first being Mood where I almost started hyperventilating the moment I walked into the store. We shopped down 5th avenue where most of the couture stores now permanently have my finger prints stained on their shop windows. We have devoured the garment district and SOHO and my lowered bank balance is evidence of my time spent there. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw the beautiful Schiaparelli and Prada exhibition which was so beautiful and so inspiring.
One of the highlights of this trip was having a two hour private lesson with the fabulous Gretchen from "Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing".  Meeting her and learning from her was such a delight and one that could only happen in New York. 

Being in New York you can feel the buzz of opportunity and brilliance and its vibe is infectious. I'll be coming back to Melbourne super inspired and ready to create. Thank you so much Tessuti Fabrics for this amazing opportunity that I will never forget! I still can't believe I'm here!

All the best,

Julia xxx
Thanks so much Julia for taking the time to drop us a line in the midst of all that NYC loving, living and shopping.  Oh I remember it well...*sniff*...
PS This year's first prize is a trip for two (valued at $5000) to your destination of choice - anywhere! Where might you go if you win?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

2012 Tessuti Awards - entries now open!

It's on again! Now in it's fifth year, the annual Tessuti Awards is a design and dressmaking competition where the only credentials for entry are a joy and appreciation of sewing, fashion, creativity and, most importantly, fun!

In 2012, we're expanding the competition and inviting people from all over the world to enter our online event. Unleash your inner designer with this year's category Spots and Stripes. Be inspired by this playful theme and create a dress suitable for daywear incorporating spots, stripes or a combination of both.

This year, we're thrilled to be welcoming a brand new sponsor - Skiddoo. Thanks to Skiddoo our fantastic first prize is a trip for two (valued at $5000) to your global destination of choice. Once again, the lovely George O'Keefe from Bernina Sewing Centre - Chatswood is sponsoring our second prize - a Bernina 700D Overlocker (valued at $799). And special thanks must also go to Melbourne artist Emma Leonard for this year's beautiful poster illustration.

For more details on how to enter this year's Tessuti Awards, go to

Good luck, happy spots, cheery stripes and great sewing! We can't wait to see your creations.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pattern Review - Vogue 1261

Julie from Bernina Chatswood wore this latest creation at their last Bernina Club meeting. It's Alice + Olivia top pattern Vogue 1261 (view C) made up in our printed viscose/elastane jersey Promises To Come . All 3 styles in this pattern are fabulous, definitely a great winter pattern.

The top hem was finished off with a 2.5mm twin needle hem and this purple stretch fold-over binding used to finish off the neck and sleeve binding.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Gabby Dress in Winter Mode

For those of you thinking that our Gabby Dress pattern is only suitable for Spring/Summer, think again!

Here it is in a pretty spotted silk crepe de chine made up by Ruth. She's styled it up for winter with opaque tights, scarf and leather jacket (not shown). I love it cinched in with a narrow belt too!

Don't forget our giveaway here. Ends June 9th!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Gabby Dress Pattern - now available!

Finally! The Gabby Dress pattern is ready to purchase here for AUD $6, ready to print at home on your computer.

The pattern is suitable for all sewing levels, novice to advanced and is particularly suitable in soft drapy fabrics with some body eg. medium weight cottons, and silk, rayon or polyester crepe de chines.

The pattern  comes in sizes XS, S, M and L similar to Australian sizing 8,10,12 and 14 and offered in two lengths short (as above) and longer (here). The Gabby dress above is made up in size S (size 10).

Fabric, Tear-Away Vilene, Thread
Shorter length: (112cm) - 1.75mt, 1.75mt, 1.80mt, 1.80mt
Longer length (112cm) - 2.15mt, 2.15mts, 2.20mt, 2.20mt
Shorter length (140cm) - 1.60mt, 1.60mt, 1.65mt, 1.65mt
Longer length (140cm) - 2.00mt, 2.00mt, 2.05mt, 2.05mt

Do remember to secure the neckline with vilene shields as shown on an earlier post.

Feel free to send us photos of your versions of the Gabby Dress, we'd love to see them.

NOTE: Giveaway - For anyone purchasing the pattern before June 9th, I'd like to offer one lucky reader a chance to receive a length (2.20mtrs x 130cm wide) of this Poppy Print - 100% silk crepe de chine as a giveaway. Definitely enough to make yourself a Gabby Dress in (or something else if you prefer). If you've purchased the pattern, leave me a comment below with your name and I will put you in the draw. I'll announce the giveaway recipient on June 11th.

Congratulations Madelaine! Please email your postal address to and we'll send your fabric out to you. Happy sewing!

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