Friday, August 31, 2012

Pattern Review - Vogue 8602

This winter I came down with a complete colour crush on teal. Not turquoise (too light), not aqua (too green), not peacock (too blue). Just teal. Inspired by a pic I saw somewhere, I decided to make this super simple skirt that is Vogue 8602 (view A). Looking at the photo above, you'll be happy to know I've since given that hem a good and hearty press.

I've had the pattern for a while and I see it's now out of print but you can still get it online. And can I just say it's a bloody great pattern that totally lives up to the 'Very Easy' tag. The recommended fabrics call for something in a lighter weight (see Nasrin's linen version of View C here), but I chose this lush wool/cashmere Pelorus Coating because I wanted the skirt to sit with a bit more fullness.

Now yes, unfortunately, this fabric is sold out but the good news is we've sourced some more from a local designer and currently have limited stock available at Surry Hills and Melbourne only. Ask for 'Aqua Deep'. And given how lush and special the fabric is (it has a beautiful sheen) I simply had to line it in no less than a silk. For that, I chose a black and white crepe de chine - Square Eyes.

The pattern calls for a centre front seam. Why?...I do not know, so this was eliminated. I also shortened the overall length by about 8cm and used an invisible zip instead of the suggested dress one.

Yeah, pattern winner.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Knicker making class @ Tessuti Fabrics, Melbourne - Sat 10th November

Hot on the heels of our Freddie Vest class, we're pleased to announce a new class featuring another pattern from The Maker's Journal...

TRIED & TRUE knicker making class
Saturday 10th November
@ Tessuti Fabrics, Melbourne
Cost: $90 (includes tuition and one copy of the Tried & True Knicker Pattern)

Please read the following details carefully as we do not offer refunds or transfers on cancelled class bookings: 

Pamela will begin with an introduction and review of the different ways you can trim your knickers followed by a hands on HOW TO attach knicker elastic session.  The TRIED & TRUE knicker pattern has been developed for lightweight woven fabrics, If you'd like some assistance with fabric selection Pamela will be on hand (from 10am) before the class begins to help out. Please do not select silky satin type fabrics for your first project as they are particularly difficult to handle and sew.

This class is best suited to sewers with an intermediate to advanced skill level and includes laying out the pattern and cutting your fabric, attaching knicker elastic, straight stitching, zig-zag stitching, working with elastic and ribbons (depending on how you trim your knickers) and hand sewing.  Each step will be demonstrated and Pamela will then be on hand to guide you as you complete your project.

The pattern comes in sizes 8-14 and is included in the total cost of the class. Body measurements are listed below: 

Body Measurements     Size 8      Size 10     Size 12     Size 14
Bust                                 81cm        86cm        91cm        96cm
Waist                               63cm        68cm        73cm        78cm
Hip                                  93cm        98cm        103cm       108cm 

Class will be strictly limited to 5 students and bookings must be made online here (please be sure to select the correct class. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pattern Review - Vogue 8766

Meet Shirley, a stylish and talented lady that I'm lucky to sew with most weeks in sewing group. She turns up to class wearing her latest creations in fabulous colour combinations and styled with the coolest accessories to match.

This lady makes me want to add more colour to my wardrobe! I'm trying to convince her to start up a blog so that we call share her accessories/shopping tips.


Check out one of my favourite colour combinations here. This dress is made up in our Sprite Ponti knit in Vogue 8766 (view F).

The dark magenta sueded bag and fabulous gold/crocheted bracelet were purchased in New York and the purple glass bead necklace was made by the lady herself.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Over the years, and after reading numerous blog posts about good times at Sewjourn, I finally had the opportunity to experience it for myself. Lisa and I joined a bunch of ladies - some bloggers, others not - for a three day feast that involved stitching, chatting, sharing, quilting, eating, laughing and some pattern feedback for which I am most grateful. Add to this everything else that gives you those warm and fuzzies, and all I want to do is get back there again. To sew in such a space and place, with such great company, is really a wonderful thing.

Thanks for the great time ladies! Look forward to the next time.

PS Over the weekend, there were three Lily Linen Dresses sewn up. Each one was modified in some small way, and we'll share a blog post about them soon. The pic above is a sneak peak of Lisa's sleeveless version in Como Black Out linen. Stay tuned...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Consider him helped

Thanks everyone for again helping Adrian! The giveaway winners, as selected by the man himself, are:

Katherine H - Potion Commotion (black/white printed ponti)
Paula McKinnon Foote - Gotham Skyline (viscose/elastane jersey)

Congrats! Please email your address to or send a message via Facebook.

We had plenty folk leaving suggestions on our Facebook page. Have you liked us there yet?

Take our word for it - if you could see Adrian behind the fabric, he'd be smiling.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Help Adrian

Back again after the success of our last Help Adrian post, here are two fabrics from a recent shipment we've received. There's a fabulous drapey polyester/elastane jersey (above) and black/white printed ponti (below).

Can you come up with a great name for the fabrics pictured above? If we choose your suggestion, you'll receive two metres of the fabric you've named! Name one or name both, we appreciate any suggestions.

Comments will close 11:59pm Thursday August 23rd AEST.

Pattern Review - Vogue 8780

Have you noticed this pattern in the latest Vogue catalogue? I have totally overlooked this one...until now! 

Bernadette has made up our Japanese Tencel/Wool Jersey Asphalt Stretcher in Vogue 8780  pattern (view A). Bernadette didn't leave a raw-edge finish on the hem as per pattern, instead added a twin-needle stitch hem. A much nicer finish for this gorgeous soft (and warm) jersey jacket!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Lily Linen Dress Pattern available now!

It's ready! The Lily Linen Dress is now available for purchase here. Thank you all for the wonderful feedback and comments left on our latest post.

We've read them all and are now including an XS size along with sizes S through to XL. The pattern will be available as both a download Print At Home version and Print At Copy Shop version along with the sewing instructions file separately (so that you can print these at home) 

Penny Hooper, as the winner of our giveaway you now get the Lily Linen Dress pattern to share with your daughter! Please email me your email details at

Thanks again to everyone and we can't wait to see your Lily creations!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

(NEW) Lily Linen Dress Pattern

I'm excited about our newest dress pattern (sorry I had to squeeze this one in first before the Mia Tunic Top/Dress). Here's Lily Linen Dress, best suited for our latest enzyme washed linens just arrived in store and online. 

This great dress shape is very figure flattering, comfortable and cool to wear and can be dressed up or down. The dress features cut-away shoulder line, pleat tucks on hem and pockets which gives the dress a modern and edgy look. Ideal for all ages and especially suited for our washed linens. Our Lily Linen Dress pattern will come with all sizes S, M, L and XL included as well as sewing instructions.

*Note: The pattern will be available to purchase in PDF form online from Friday 17th August.

I'm wondering whether to make our patterns available in both 'print at home' and 'print at copy shop' format (printed on a full scale sheet, for those that would rather not tape A4 sheets together). Both options would be the same price. What are your preferences?  I'd appreciate your thoughts and will select one reader to receive this dress pattern free. Comments will close on Thursday 16th August 11.59pm AEST. 

Inspiration :: Spots and Stripes

images from fabulous DIY blog - P.S. - I made this

There are now only 37 days left to get your Spots and Stripes entries made up and uploaded to our Tessuti Awards website. That means you've still got time to create something fabulous and be in the running for our fabulous prizes, including an overseas trip (valued at $5000) thanks to our wonderful sponsors Skidoo. Don't miss out!

For further inspiration, check out and follow our 'Spots & Stripes' Pinterest board...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fitting Friends and Changing Style Classes at Tessuti Surry Hills

We're really excited to have Vanessa Lucas make a special trip to Sydney from Melbourne at the end of this month. Due to the popularity and success of our Pattern Modification classes in Sydney and Melbourne, we thought we'd offer these one-off weekend workshop classes and an opportunity for our Sydney customers to meet talented Vanessa. Classes will be available in our Tessuti Surry Hills store only.

Fitting Friends Class - learn how to pin and fit your garments properly:
Friday 31st August (10am - 2.30pm) - cost $160 for two participants (min 3 pairs in this Friday class - 6 students total)
Saturday 1st September ( 9.30am - 11am) - cost $120 for two participants (this class is for only two people - you'll have Vanessa all to yourselves! NOTE: If you are interested in doing these classes and don't have a friend to bring along, email us and we will try to pair you up with another single booking enquiry)

Very few people are a standard size. When sewing for yourself it is liberating to be able to make garments which fit your exact body shape. The secret of producing a well fitted garment lies in working with a calico to establish the correct shape on the body and then knowing how to put the fitting alterations onto the pattern.

Unfortunately it is difficult, or often impossible, to fit yourself. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is also interested in making garments which fit well you can learn to fit each other and have an ongoing fitting friendship. Otherwise we can pair up anyone wishing to do this class on their own. In this class you will develop skills which can be utilized in conjunction with the pattern modification skills and will enable you to seriously improve the fit of your garments. Very handy too if you like to make garments for others as well as yourself. Sewing knowledge is required. This class is NOT SUITABLE for beginners.

In this class you will be required to bring your calico muslin (either dress, pant, skirt or top), pins, texta, measuring tape, scissor, unpicker (all available to purchase at Tessuti).

Changing Styles Pattern Class - learn how to make slight style changes to your existing pattern:
Saturday 1st September (12pm - 4.30pm) - cost $80.00 per person (min 4 students)

This great class will teach you how style changes can be made to any favourite pattern. A pattern which has been fitted in a pattern modification class at Tessuti can be transformed into a new style with the same fit.

Vanessa will demonstrate adding a pocket to a basic trouser pattern (see images below) and will show how to change a dart into a pleat on the same trousers. The remainder of the class will be devoted to teaching you how to apply a style change to your own pattern. Sewing knowledge is required. This class is NOT SUITABLE for beginners.

For this class you will be required to bring an idea (or magazine picture) to use as inspiration for your style change to either a dress, top, skirt or pant. Also bring your complete pattern, pins, pencils, eraser, ruler, measuring tape, paper scissors and tracing paper (available at Tessuti).

Spaces are strictly limited and all bookings must be made online here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Freddie Vest

You may (or may not) remember my post a while back introducing you to The Maker's Journal? Well, we're loving Pamela's patterns so much we're now stocking a limited selection. Now available online, in Surry Hills (and soon in Melbourne), we're sure you'll find one to fancy.

Last month, Pamela joined us at Tessuti Melbourne to host a Freddie Vest Sew Inn class. I loved this pattern from the moment I saw it, so went along and here's my version...


The vest front is made from a current range, double-sided linen called Two Faced Como. The floral lining is a Japanese cotton remnant from way back and the (not real but very rock star) leather back is a small stash find that had been patiently waiting for the perfect project. The Freddie Vest is inspired by the late, great Freddie Mercury after all...


And so, the class was such a great success we've decided to do another one. Details are as follows and if you're interested, please read the following details carefully as we do not offer refunds or transfers on cancelled class bookings:


Freddie Vest Sew Inn Class
Saturday 1st September
Cost: $100 (includes tuition and one copy of Freddie Vest Pattern)

This class is suited to sewers with an intermediate to advanced skill level and includes laying out the pattern and cutting your fabric, straight stitching, topstitching, working with elastic and ribbons, making tucks and casings, gathering, bagging out and hand sewing. The vest combines interesting pattern shapes with lots of different techniques and you're sure to pick up a few tips from Pamela along the way. Each step will be demonstrated and she will be on hand to guide you as you work through your project.

The pattern comes in sizes 8-14 only and is included in the total cost of the class ($100). Please note body measurements below.

                                               Size 8     Size 10    Size 12    Size 14
Bust                                        81cm       86cm       91cm       96cm
Waist                                      63cm       68cm       73cm       78cm
Hip                                         93cm       98cm       103cm     108cm    

Tessuti will offer a 15% discount on fabric and other notions purchased in store on the day of your vest-making class. Below is a list of what you'll need to bring/purchase:

Fabric Vest Front        112cm (fabric width) x 60cm
Fabric Vest Back        112cm (fabric width) x 45cm
Fabric Vest Linin      112cm (fabric width) x 45cm
Elastic                         16mm x 20cm
Ribbon/ Tape for ties   14mm x 90cm

As well as your fabric, ribbon and elastic you will need to bring your own pins, measuring tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, needle and matching thread.  You are welcome to bring along your own sewing machine if preferred. Class will be strictly limited to 5 students and bookings must be made online here (please be sure to select correct class).
Want to see a couple more Freddie Vests made in the class? Check out Anna's (she modified her pattern, adding the belt on the outside)...

...and Janet's (below)...

Love them? If you're in Melbourne, come join us on Sept 1st.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vintage Pattern - Style 2656 Silk Satin Robe

Ever had a length of lovely fabric sitting in your stash for years and years on end? I've had a 3mtr piece of this beautiful printed silk satin approx 8-10 years (maybe more)! I can't tell you how many times I've pulled it out to look, admire, contemplate a style for it only to put it back in my stash. I really love this print and colourway, but could never visualise the right garment to make it up in.

I picked up this vintage 1980's Style 2656 pattern at a local Vinnies store for $2 a few months ago, not for this silk in particular but I had thought a summer weight robe would be great to make up some day. Then it dawned on me...finally! I now have a luxurious silk satin robe to lounge around at home in and  feel seriously satisfied! 

The only alteration I made to this pattern was that I shortened the length by 9" (23cm) and widened the feature front and sleeve bands width to finish 2 1/2" (approx 6cm). 

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