Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our NEW pattern - The Colette Tunic Top

It's been nearly FIVE months (whaaaattt?!) since we released our last pattern so we are very excited to bring you the latest summery addition to our collection - the Colette Tunic Top Pattern
This comfortable, loose tunic top is the perfect beach cover-up or, in a shorter length, a light and cool summer top. The design features a yoke with four button closure, gathered centre front panel, panelled back and three quarter length raglan sleeves that are gathered onto a sleeve band.
I love this design SO much (there's a reason why it's called Colette ;-) and it's a definite go-to style where my comfy summer wardrobe is concerned. It's light, loose, airy and easy as well as giving great sun coverage too. This top version that you see pictured above and below (with Mama Silva!) was well worn and much loved during our recent trip to Greece. Unfortunately, this gorgeous paisley silk/cotton voile from our 2014 summer range is now sold out.  
This white version (fabric now sold out) gives you a clearer idea of the panelling detail.
Lisa's version, pictured below, is made up in the tunic length. The fabric she used is our viscose/cotton blend voile, Tereo Blue (also available in Gold and Pink). When making hers, Lisa opted to leave off the buttonholes. She's intending on wearing it pretty exclusively as a beach dress and liked the way it fell open to create a v-neck. As you'll see from the photos below, it looks equally great with jeans and flats. 
Gabby's version, pictured below, is made up in our silk/cotton voile Teal Gattina (also available in Antique). It was her personal (and more youthful!) preference to shorten the tunic length a little more.
Suitable fabrics for this tunic top include lightweight cotton voiles, lightweight eyelet cottons, silk/cotton voiles, rayon and viscose. Other suitable fabrics from our current range include: 
Swiss Dolce White and Black Floral
It's been a long time between patterns so we hope it was worth the wait for you guys. Happy sewing and happy summer!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sheryl in (modified) Sophie Dress Pattern

We LOVE this image of Sheryl and her beautiful Welsh Springer Spaniel, Saffy.  Sheryl made up our Sophie Dress pattern (sleeved version) in a blue linen bought in France. The original pattern neckline was modified (see below), as detailed in this blog post .

With gorgeous linens now in store and online, it's the perfect time for Sophie!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pattern Review - Vogue 9067 view A

Those of you not on Instagram or Facebook may have missed out on seeing this latest creation made by Georgia, so here it is again in full detail.

I totally love this top! It's a beautiful combination of silk crepe de chine in ivory and camel with a touch of French lace added to the bodice. The pattern used was Vogue 9067, view A. Some slight changes were made to the pattern which were to adjust the original armholes, bringing in the armhole line and cut away slightly more at the shoulders with exposed self bias binding finish added to the neckline and armholes.

The original pattern has the top bodice cut in two pieces with a centre front seam. For her version, Georgia wanted to use a small remnant of French lace she picked up at our Surry Hills store. She eliminated the centre front seam to cut the top bodice (in ivory silk) on the fold and then used the original pattern to cut out the lace part, lining up the pretty scalloped edge up with the CF seam line on the pattern. She overlapped the lace over the ivory bodice piece, lining up the scalloped edge down centre front and stitching it in place, as well as basting the two pieces together at the side seam, shoulder and neckline/armhole edge.

The other minor change was to add contrast black Mokuba grosgrain ribbon to secure the back opening in a lovely tie.
The possibilities for this pattern are endless and it also looks fantastic in this colour blocked version Vogue has shown below (although plainer pants would be my option as this top is the star!).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Going back for two more - Butterick 6178

I originally professed my deep and abiding affection for Butterick 6178 in this post and then I promptly went and made two more pairs. As I mentioned back then, I went a little colour cray-cray on a second pink pair. Granted, it's a soft and gentle pink but the last time I wore this shade with any degree of affection was c.1985 when I sported a similarly shaded, ankle-zip pair of jeans that I liked to wear with a white shirt, pastel patchwork vest and narrow pink LEATHER tie.
The fabric - Pink and Coconut - is a viscose/elastane/polyamide blend. It's a bonded, double-sided woven and is quite thick while still maintaining a really beautiful handle and fall.
It has minimal fray so I left all the finishes raw, including hems, and because of the fabric weight I left off the pockets. I finished off the waistband with a sweet contrast binding, as inspired by Debbie's blog post here.
For my next pair, I returned to my monocromatic happy place, went with basic black and I just know I'm gonna get LOADS of wear with these. The fabric - I Am Nero - is a fantastically matte, drapey, satin backed crepe.
Because of the elastane component I went down a size and again, decided to go sans pockets. I'm wearing them here with my much-loved Ruby Top.
So yes, with three pairs sewn I can safely say that my culotte-y itch has officially been scratched and now I'm looking forward to making a whole lot of summery tops to wear with them.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Vintage Style 2542 silk midi skirt

As a panacea to Melbourne's coldest winter since 1989, I started this distinctly summer skirt back in late July.
The 1978 Style pattern is a beauty and I made up view 1. It was a satisfyingly quick sew, french seams and all. The fabric is totally dreamy, an Italian silk satin backed crepe de chine called Pink Design Attack (also available in this colourway).
For the curved pocket edges and pocket facings, I used a lightweight fusible interfacing to prevent stretching. The pockets aren't particularly deep but they're still pockets and I'm sure my hands will frequently find their way in there. 
If you're looking for a similar style and can't be bothered hunting around for the same pattern, try Megan Nielsen's Brumby Skirt. It's got lovely-looking deep pockets and is a little more generous with its gathers.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pattern Review - Vogue 8871 in Aqua Haven Ponti

Nothing like the arrival of spring fabrics and spring weather (sorry Melbourne, we know you're still waiting on the latter) to get us thinking floral. Georgia (a ponti knit fan from waaaay back) couldn't wait to finally give Vogue 8871 (view A) a go.

She chose one of our new Italian printed ponti knits - Aqua Haven. It's a perfect pattern/fabric match as well as being a speedy sewing project.
The only changes she made to the pattern were to add her favoured detail of self binding to the neckline, sleeves and dress hem.
This fabric - in addition to whole lot of other gorgeous pontis - is now available all stores and online.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Style 3315 in Liberty Scharing Tana

Without fail, every new delivery of seasonal Libertys will have me crushing over one particular print. When we received our latest range six weeks ago, that print was Scharing Tana Purple.
Pretty quickly, I settled on the idea of a sleeveless shirt and then went on a merry pattern-hunting jaunt to find something that matched the vision. I didn't find a shirt pattern but I did find Style 3315 and the top part of view A was exactly what I had in mind. With my limited experience on the shirtmaking front, the absence of a placket/buttons totally sealed the deal.
During the cutting stage, I spent a paaaaainful amount of time pattern-matching and when I joined up the two CF pieces, this happened...
So, yes, when it comes to matching checks apparently you CAN overthink it. Anyhoo, it's a clean matching seam and enough kind souls have said they didn't even notice it so I'll move right along, notch that one down to sewing experience and try not to twitch every time I put it on. For the shoulder strips, I cut them on the cross because - let's be frank friends - that meant two less pieces I needed to pattern match.
When it came to assembling the collar there were some major stumbles in addition to extensive unpicking and, sure, throw some cathartic swearing in there as well. But, as is often the sewing way, persistance paid off and the end result more than made up for the rough sewing journey that this shirt took me on. Now I've got me a sweet, spring-y shirt and I'll just wait patiently for some warmth to go along with it. 
PS. This Liberty print also comes in blue.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fossetti Fantasia Frock

If you're signed up to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that we've just released our new spring/summer range of ponti knits. We were so excited when we purchased these lovelies in Europe so it's been SUPER exciting to release them to you guys. A great ponti knit is truly one of the most fabulous of fabrics. It's perfect for slim pants and leggings (like our Anita Ponti Pants), jackets, tube/pencil skirts, dresses and tops. Alllllll the possibilities!

For this dress I made for Gabby, I used the fabulous Fossetti Fantasia Punto (*Updated - NOW SOLD OUT). This wild, wacky and whimsical print is so much fun!

The simple dress design was inspired from one that Gabby spied in a RTW. For the top bodice, I used Vogue 8815  (a TNT pattern as shown here and here).

For the skirt part of the dress, I drafted my own pattern pieces. To give the dress more of a kick, I added a hem facing which helps it flute out nicely.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pattern Review - McCalls 6612 - View D

Ondula Antique in McCalls 6612

Want another great pattern option for our new Italian jersey knits? Here's Tessuti Chatswood staffer Georgia, in Ondula Antique. The pattern used was McCalls 6612 - view D, the only modification was to shortening the length. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our Brigitte Top to Dress

Brigitte Dress in Ondula Plum Jersey
To create a slimline dress for this lovely and oh-so soft Italian jersey, we made a simple modification to our Brigitte Top. The original pattern was lengthened at the hemline by 18" (46cm), continuing the original hipline all the way to the hem edge. The finished length of this dress is 39" (100cm) and it includes a half inch hem. 
If needed, you could add half an inch at the hip point and then taper back at the hemline.
Worn together with the Sydney Jacket

If you like the look of this jersey, it also comes in two other fabulous colourways - Fresh and Antique.
Ondula Fresh
Ondula Antique
Ondula Plum
To see more of our latest Italian delivery, pop in-store or check out the new additions in our online shop and stay tuned for PLENTY more exciting arrivals coming soon!
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