Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tessuti Awards 2012 Winners

1st place - Otga Hasbold
2nd place - Alyson Whale 
3rd place -  Erika Harder
4th place - Helen Manuell
5th place - Heidi Johansen

That's it folks! It's always such a bittersweet time for us when announcing the winners of our Tessuti Awards. We're sad to see the close of another year in the event, but oh so happy to witness the culmination of garments that reflect a true labour of fabric love. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners! We've been so inspired and amazed by your creations.

Once more, we'd like to say a very special thanks to our major prize sponsor - Skiddoo.
Thanks also to Bernina Sewing Centre, Chatswood for sponsoring second prize of an overlocker.

Hope you all enjoy this video taken at our photoshoot on Saturday. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tessuti Awards Finalists 2012

Debbie Iles

Helen Manuell

Special thanks to:

Photography - Sandra Macher @ Sydney Photography Studio
Hair - Zach Klingner @ Muse Hair 
Makeup - Roxanne
Model - Maddy

Stay tuned, we will announce the winners tomorrow!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tessuti Awards 2012: announcements coming soon!

We've just finished off a super-busy, super-exciting weekend which included a photoshoot featuring our Tessuti Awards finalists' dresses. Stop by the blog tomorrow to see images of all the dresses, with winners to be announced this Wednesday 31st Oct.

Countdown is on!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pattern Review - Modified New Look 6886

I love Anita's dress made up of Italian 100% Cotton Lawn 'Blue Rose Of Rome Grey' (only available at Tessuti Chatswood) ...

...and dress pattern New Look 6886 . The bodice of this pattern was cut from view D and the straps from view B, but instead of cutting the half circular skirt Anita decided on a gathered skirt instead. Isn't it a gorgeous print? You may remember it in this colourway (sold out) seen online.                                  

More stock of Fiorentina!

Yippee! We found a roll of Fiorentina hiding out at our warehouse. If anyone missed out on getting some after seeing it made up in a raglan top,  it's now available again online here for a limited time only.

Monday, October 22, 2012

School Formal Dress Toile #1

Today I started working on the toile for my daughter's school formal dress.  I'm using a Butterick pattern for the base with some slight changes. It's looking good so far, just need to make the necessary fit adjustments to the pattern, ready to make another toile before I cut into the actual (gorgeous!!!) fabric.

I thought it'd be fun to post updates from start to finish to record all the stages, in the hopes that I create a beautiful dress that she'll be proud to wear. Wish me luck!

Groom's White Check Shirt

We received this great photo and email from Canberra customer, Ann Francis:
"Hi All,
I thought you may be interested in seeing a pic of the wedding shirt I made for my son . I sent him into the Melbourne shop with a note (I live in Canberra) and some pics I had downloaded from the website and to his astonishment the staff knew exactly what he was after!!!! Thank you for being so helpful and I think it looked pretty good the fabric was great to work with and just right for the humid conditions in Phuket.
This is my favourite photo from the wedding but he probably thinks it is the most embarrassing.

Thanks Ann, we love the photo too!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pattern Review - Vintage Vogue 8611 (circa 1973)

We've been missing Georgia around these parts, she's been taking a wee (and much deserved) sewing and teaching break. Just back from a relaxing family holiday in exotic Thailand, she popped int last week in her latest dress creation made up in cotton/elastane Lappi Indigo Spot (sold out) and vintage 70's pattern Vogue 8611.

Georgia changed the pattern just slightly, adding a waistline seam to the panelled a-line dress and the halter straps changed to classic shoulder straps.

Happy Birthday to you today Georgia!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pattern Review - McCalls 6102.... and our giveaway recipients!

Here's Shirley again in two gorgeous inspirations! A-line shift dresses made up recently from easy peasy McCalls 6102 pattern. After trying out the pattern (view B) first in this printed linen/cotton above (sold out), Shirley found the neckline too wide so added an inverted pleat at centre front.

Shirley chose the pattern again, with the neckline adjusted to fit, for another dress inspired by this combination in Dolce and Gabbana's latest Spring '13 collection. The base dress was made up in 100% linen Sand Hill Como and our latest arrival Sophia Red Guipure Lace was appliqued on the sleeves, centre back and waistline.


Now onto our silk stash giveaway... thank you to everyone who left comments here and on our Facebook page. Chosen randomly, the 3 lucky recipients are:

Elissa Marriott 

Ladies please email me ( your postal address so that we can send your silk stash.
happy sewing!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sew Your Own Lily @ Tessuti, Melbourne - Sat 3rd November 10:30am-4:30pm

Sew the fabulous Lily dress just in time for summer days ahead. The Lily Linen Dress Sew Inn workshop is a custom class to be held at Tessuti Fabrics, Melbourne* on Saturday 3rd November (10:30am - 4:30pm). This class will take you through the step by step process of making your Lily, including pleat details on the pockets and hem. The class can also help if you are considering making changes to the pattern, such as altering length, doing a bust adjustment or making a sleeveless version.

The session will run for six hours, allowing you plenty of time to cover the key aspects of sewing the Lily. You can visit Tessuti ahead of your class to browse our range of beautiful linens and look at the sample size S dress on display. Our staff can help you assess your size so you can prepare your fabric and cut your pattern pieces ahead of class if you want to maximise your sewing time. If you are unsure about sizing or are contemplating modifications, you can cut your pattern after discussion with the teacher on the day.

Price for the six hour class is $140, and includes a hardcopy version of the Lily Linen Dress pattern. If you have already purchased the pattern we'll provide you with a gift voucher of the same value, redeemable on any purchases made on the day of the class.

All bookings must be made online here and class is strictly limited to five places only. Please note class is best suited to those with some sewing experience including threading and using a sewing machine, sewing to an accurate seam allowance and some experience with setting in sleeves (if you want to make the sleeved version).

* stay tuned for Lily class details in Sydney, coming soon...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pattern Review - Vintage Simplicity 7632 (a.k.a How good is a raglan sleeve!?)

I scored this vintage pattern on Etsy not so long ago and, tempting though this whole belted playsuit look is, I opted to modify the pattern to create a top.

Changes? I removed the centre front seam and used an invisible zip for the back closure. I used a narrow binding inside the neckline as I didn't want the facing to be visible through the shoulder lace. I also lengthened the sleeves a wee bit. 


The other score? An 80cm remnant piece of this stunning fabric - Fiorentina - which sold out in the blink of an eye. When laying out the pattern, I had to do a bit of strategic placement because I had limited fabric and didn't want to end up with a bunch of flowers on either of my 'girls'. It also left me without enough fabric to pattern match the back, but the end result was kinda cool.

The sleeves are made up in Black Spider, a poly/cotton blend available in Melbourne only. And while I'm talking sleeves OH MY GOD HOW GOOD/EASY/QUICK IS SEWING A RAGLAN SLEEVE!!? As a serial mucker-upperer of the set in sleeve, I'm in love.

Don't forget to enter our silk stash giveaway. Comments close 4pm AEST Thurs 18th Oct.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Silk Stash Giveaway

Listen up folks - it's giveaway time! Up for grabs are three stashes comprising four stunning silks, including a piece of Pucci (silk satin). The other fabrics are a printed chiffon, habutae and georgette. The remnant lengths (approx 2m per piece) do have some faults so you'll have to cut around them.  We hate to see good fabric go to waste so if you'd like to go in the running to win one, all you need to do is leave a comment. A nice and not-spammy one is preferable.

We'll select three winners at random. If you're commenting anonymously, PLEASE don't forget to include your email address in the comment. Facebook followers can also be eligible by leaving a comment over here. Giveaway closes Thursday 18th October 4pm AEST and we'll announce the recipients the following day.

Smells like a good one to me.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Diamond City Pant

Here's Lenka's striking new pants she made in our Diamond City - this design has sold out online but is still available at Tessuti Melbourne. The same fabric and composition can be seen in this design, Just Peaking as well as in some more subtle designs.

This Italian designer fabric has a geometric design similar to ones seen in Prada's current winter 12/13 collection. The fabric is an unusual silk crepe de chine that is backed with a thick viscose blend backing, so is only suitable for structured garments like jackets, coats, shell tops, straight or a-line skirts and simple shorts.

Pants, especially slim ones, would be tricky due to the fabric having very little give or ease, however Lenka solved this problem by adding a waistband and side seam band down the legs in our stretch Black Ponti Knit. The black strip down the leg adds a striking feature as well as allowing Lenka to sit and bend in these!

The pant pattern was put together with a bit of this'n' that from her stash of Burda and Patrones pattern magazines.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chloe Pant in Como Black Out

 Here's my version of the Chloe Pant pattern in our enzyme washed 100% Linen Como Black Out. To fit my body shape, I cut the size 10 and I made the waistline more a size 11, as well as shortening the pant length by 1 1/2" (approx 4cm) and the crotch 1/2" (approx 1.5cm) in front and back.

The pattern's super quick to sew up and the pants are comfy, relaxed and will get loads of wear this summer.

The pattern is available to purchase in Print At Home or Print At Copy Shop PDF form here plus there are still some hard copies available (for a limited time) here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 Tessuti Awards: and the finalists are...

Congratulations to our 12 finalists in the 2012 Tessuti Awards!

We'd like to give special thanks to all our entrants for making this year's Tessuti Awards another huge success. We were thrilled to see the 'Spots and Stripes' theme come to life in dresses made in Australia and all around the world including Greece, Canada, the UK, the US, New Zealand, Slovenia and Trinidad and Tobago. Follow us here on the blog, Twitter and Facebook for further competition details, winners announcements and an exclusive sneak peek of our finalists' photoshoot.

Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors!

1st Prize - Skidoo
2nd Prize - Bernina Chatswood
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