Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pattern Review - Vintage Butterick 5111 a.k.a the stash bust


So as a follow up to my last blog post, here's the one where I talk about the top. The whole time I was making that skirt, I was contemplating a top to go with it. My initial plan was to make something using the same fabric but a recent house move revealed an alarmingly, italics worthy, large stash. I know interpretation of stash size is very subjective but I've revealed mine to a few sewing mates since the move and the general responses have been along the lines of 'oh my god' and 'holy *insert expletive of choice*'. Also, I now officially have more fabric at home than Colette and that scares me a little bit. But hey, on the upside, I now have a sewing room and being able to leave my machines out is making it a helluva lot easier to find time to BEAT THAT STASH.
 

Anyhoo, back to that top. Regular readers will know that I love a good raglan and this one's no exception. It's an ever so slightly modified version of vintage Butterick 5111 (view B), with shortened and cuffed sleeves. Because I didn't want to interfere with the lace piece on the back, I put the invisible zip on the front and much prefer to wear it open because that neckline is high!

 
 

The front, sleeves and neck binding (used instead of facings) are a beautiful linen/viscose blend left over from this dress. For the back, I used a small piece of our Lavern 100% Cotton Guipure Lace (also available in black at Surry Hills and Melbourne). 


All over stash busting satisfaction. And it feels pretty damn good.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pattern Review - Style 3863 full circle skirt

 

I have fallen hard for the big skirt. And I mean BIG. The one that is full and swirly and voluminous and classic.

I scored this full circle skirt pattern - Style 3863 - at an op shop forever ago. Like this pattern, it was published in the 80s and is another decent testament to a fashion decade that generally makes me chuckle or cringe or both. But has the circle skirt every really gone out of fashion? Aside from the hem length, me thinks 'no'. And now I get why.


The fabric is Ice Cube Blue - a mid-weight linen/viscose blend with a teeny, tiny check. It's also available in red (limited quantity only) at Surry Hills and Melbourne.


I originally aimed for mid-calf length (which required me to lengthen the pattern....or so I thought...) but ended up with ankle length. That look was just an all over NO so I had to cut off the 7cm that I'd added and ended up at a much happier length for me and my height. After allowing the skirt to hang for a couple of days there was some alarming unevenness in the hem so I followed Gertie's simple tip for marking the length evenly and it worked perfectly. There is a delicious weight to this skirt and I love how it moves, feels and falls.


I'll be back soon with a blog post about that top.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nani Iro 'Paint Colour' Pillowcases

 

Two sweet pillow cases for the girls. The fabric - Paint Colour -  is one of our new and beautiul Nani Iro selections and is a cotton/linen blend. These were super simple to make using one long rectangular piece of fabric (two metres will get you two pillowcases with this narrow fabric width). I've not made pillow cases before and followed the pattern from an existing one I had.


As a follow up to last year's tutorials on making fitted and flat sheets, Colette will be doing a pillowcase tutorial soon. For when the NEW ITALIAN LINEN SHEETINGS ARRIVE!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Her birthday, my score (vintage Simplicity 7355)

Over the past few years I've had varying degrees of success in sewing up a birthday make for the kidlet. Sometimes I'm late (2012), sometimes I'm early (2013), sometimes I'm slooow (2010, but really it should've been 2008) and, judging by the blogging archives that were 2011, sometimes I sew nothing at all.

The pattern I chose to make for E's 10th birthday was Simplicity 7355 (1976). I bought it about three years ago at The Fabric Cave and loved it because it was basically a junior version of this awesome vintage Butterick dress that Colette made back in 2010.

The fabric I chose was Heart on Sleeve - one of our lovely new enzyme-washed checked linens. With fabric and pattern choices out of the way, the next step was to decide on whether to make the dress or top. I put that conundrum to the good people of Instagram and some clever followers suggested a tunic. At this active age and stage, E's not so much into dresses anymore (*sniff*) so that seemed like the perfect and practical medium between the two options. I added just over 3" to the length of the top version and decided against adding pockets.

I'm not going to lie - there was some painstaking pattern matching that went into this one. Because  right/wrong face is indistinguishable on this fabric, I found the easiest way to do this was to cut one of each pattern piece. I then lay that on top of the remaining fabric with some extreme pinning to match it up precisely, and then cut my second piece around this. Totally worth the time and effort, no?

I had an inkling the sizing was going to run a bit large and, as it turns out, it was a LOT large.  But herein lies the beauty of sewing for kids - assuming it's not too small, they can grow into it! Sure it'll take a few (maybe more) years but this style isn't going to date and she'll get there, one day. Once I'd pushed aside the initial disappointment that was the oversized-ness, I tried it on myself and WHAT D'YOU KNOW, it was a freakin' perfect fit! Just like that I found my silver lining for that sewing cloud.  

I love this style. It's blouse-y and light and I'm going to wear it all over, in and around summer, I know it. I particularly love the way the back falls out, and the design is accentuated perfectly by the lines of the checks.

I took a little extra off the length and now I have a strictly 'on loan' top that I have promised to mind and wear with love and care until the day comes when it actually fits E. And to assuage some of her disappointment, I whipped her up a mini Mandy Boat Tee (printed at 80% size) which she loves. It's a perfect kids pattern because it has all the roominess and comfort that they want and need at that age.

Let's call that a win:win shall we?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Giddy (and good-y) Spring sewing


There is something about spring/summer fabrics that makes me a little giddy. Not giddy in an off-balance, middle-ear-infection kinda way. Think more over-excited kid bursting with joy on Christmas morning. It's the colours, the prints, the lightness, the choices (oh, the choices) and the promise of some warmth and light at the end of that dark winter-y tunnel. And so while we may only be just past the halfway point of our winter here in Australia, we are feeling pretty damn excited about the very first spring fabric releases that we've just received in store and online.

First up are these classic beauties - enzyme washed, check linens. Lily? Pia? I've got big weekend sewing plans for Heart on Sleeve. And if you're seeking some sartorial inspiration, there's some check love happening on our Pinterest board over here too.


Also delivered are these new Italian lovelies pictured below. All 100% silk (crepe de chine) and all washed finish. Absolutely perfect for a fresh spring Tokyo Jacket or Gabby Dress.
 
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sewing Tessuti (patterns) - a blogging round-up III


Oh hey there blog friends. It's been a while, I know. There hasn't been much sewing going on around these parts. Colette went on her annual buying trip and I moved house. Both exhausting and one was a whole lot more fun than the other. With those two things now behind us, the sewing machines have been dusted off and normal programming has thankfully resumed.

Over the last few days/weeks/months we've spied some pretty fabulous designs so we thought we might present our latest blogging round-up featuring some of our favourite makes from our Tessuti pattern range.

Here are the coolest pair of tie-dye Suzy Pants from Jolies Bobines... 


Suzy's chambray Pia Dress, featuring a neat little fish-eye dart modification...

Lauren's supremely chic and classic Brigitte Top:

And finally, Sophie's divine double-gauze Tokyo Jacket that has gone and got me planning my third version...
 
Such a thrill, in store or online, to see our patterns made up. We're working on some new ones as well, so stay tuned...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our SALE is ON!



Happy days! It's SALE time at Tessuti. Race into your nearest store pronto and grab some BIG savings (up to 50% off!) on our massive range of fabric goodness. Hurry in now as stocks are strictly limited!
 

Can't make it to one of our stores? We're spreading the sale love out to our online shoppers too! Simply enter the discount code SUPERSALE in the coupon area at checkout to receive 20% off orders over $100. This online offer ends soon, so be quick. And don't forget that free worldwide shipping applies to all online purchases over $150.


Happy shopping!



*note: some exclusions apply in-store and online


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NEW Brigitte Boat Neck Top pattern

Brigitte (full length sleeve)

Say hello to our newest pattern - the Brigitte Top. She's a fitted, classic boat neck (bateau) top with set in sleeves. The pattern also includes four alternate sleeve length options - cap, elbow, three-quarter and full length.

              Brigitte (half length sleeve) in White Galaxy (body) and complementary sleeve

Brigitte (full length sleeve) in Ebony Scalloped Lace (available in Navy in Melbourne)

                                               Brigitte (cap sleeve) in Black Ponti

Each pattern includes sizes (AUS sizing) 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. For a limited time only, the Brigitte Top pattern is available in hardcopy format for $18. PDF print-at-home/print copy shop files are also available to download for $10 via the online shop. Suitable fabrics include stretch jersey or light weight ponti.



We hope you enjoy sewing and wearing Brigitte and that she becomes a firm wardrobe favourite! Once you get to know(sew) her, we'd love to know what you think x

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our Jaywalk Sewing Competition Winner!

 

Big, full thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition. We're thrilled to be making this full moon-ed, Friday 13th lucky for our winner - Emma!

The clever simplicity and graphic design, combined with the some pretty exceptional sewing and pattern matching, made this entry our unanimous favourite. Congratulations Emma!






If you'd like to read and see more of Emma's amazing dress, check out her blog post over here.

And congratulations to the following five runner-ups who each win a $100 Tessuti gift voucher:

Ana




Kat






Congratulations everyone! We'll be emailing you soon regarding prizes. 

We LOVE that this jersey became so versatile and diverse in every single one the creations we saw across the competition. Thanks also to those of you who followed along the Jaywalk journey and left lovely and supportive comments on our Pinterest board.

We look forward to doing it all again soon!

x

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Judith modifies Silva to linen perfection


When we received our recent delivery of new yarn-dyed crinkle linens in Tan Check and Ebony Check, there was some hardcore swooning amongst many of our linen-loving staff. That (of course) included - Judith.


The pattern is her modification of the Silva Shirt Jacket and features some classic and clever Judith touches. This includes utilising the most excellent selvedge around the sleeve cuffs (above) and across the back yoke (below).


Simple, classic perfection of my favourite linen-y kind.
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