Friday, July 13, 2012

New stock of seasonal Liberty!

Take a look at these stunning new seasonal Liberty (100% cotton) tana lawns...

Now in store and very soon to be online.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clever knitwear

Check out this stylish, simple and toasty jumper/scarf set made up by a Melbourne regular. The fabric is Berry Weave and perfectly suited to this slim-fitted style. The scarf fringing was achieved with some creative thread-pulling, and the jumper hem was finished with a single line of crochet.

This fabric is also available in Fire Weave, Human Weave and Forest Weave.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our first Tessuti Awards entry, plus a new contest feature

Woo hoo - our first Tessuti Awards entry is in! Thanks Lena Merrin and best of luck. Don't forget... the earlier you submit your design/s, the longer the voting eligibility period for our Visitor's Choice Award.

Also this year we're really excited to be launching a new feature for all entrants. We're giving you the option to sell your dress or re-create the dress for anyone who may covet your design.

When you enter:
  • you have the option to display a 'Want This Dress?' notice (see screenshot above) which indicates that you are available and willing to sell this dress or re-design it for others.
  • people will be able to contact you through a contact form on the website. Your email will not be displayed to the public.
  • you can liaise and negotiate with anyone who contacts you. 
  • from your profile settings page, you can turn this feature on and off as required (if you have too many inquiries!)
PLEASE NOTE Tessuti does not charge a commission for any dress purchases made. Any arrangement to purchase or recreate a dress made for the Tessuti Awards is strictly between the entrant and the purchaser and Tessuti Fabrics takes no responsibility for any issues arising from agreements made via this feature. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Skirt of Spot

As we worked behind the scenes in the lead-up to the Tessuti Awards, there was much discussion, planning, conversations, ideas and thoughts around the theme of 'Spots and Stripes'. Stripes, I've always loved 'em (and always will). Spots, on the other hand, take 'em or leave 'em. Until now.

Earlier this year, I started weekly sewing lessons with Vikki Leigh Martin. Really, I just got so tired of hearing that little voice in my head - mid-project - saying "Lisa, I'm sure there's a better way to do this" (or, conversely, "you *&%$! fool...why did you just DO that!?"). And let's not forget the fact that now - for at least a minimum of two hours a week - it's just me and my sewing machine. Sewing. We're good like that. I've gone right back to beginner basics and, being predominantly self-taught, have already learnt so much. This skirt was my first project proper, and is modified from this (OOP) Simplicity pattern, part of Vikki's Start to Sew 1 course.

The back zipper is lapped (my first lapped zip!) and the skirt has a kick pleat (my first kick pleat!). The fabric is Lappi Black Spot, a cotton/elastane that provides the perfect weight for a fitted yet comfortable pencil skirt. It's fully lined with a stretchy, crepe remnant from the stash.

I've got some more spots on the go (this time, a top), along with another (spot-free) skirt. Stay tuned...

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