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:



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!


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.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By Design (Radio National) video and interview

Last Saturday, Radio National's By Design program broadcast a recent interview where I talked about sewing and patterns. They also put together this video which accompanied the radio story and website. As part of the interview, I worked with Diane Dean who compiled this great article about the history of patterns. It also includes a section on how to work with digital pattern files and includes links to our Mandy Boat Tee and new Libby A-Line Skirt Pattern.

You can download/listen to the podcast here (my interview starts at 17.21) and hear me talk about sewing tips for beginners, as well as the increasing popularity and convenience of PDF download patterns.

Big thanks to the By Design team for allowing me to talk on and on (there was a lot edited out) about my passion!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Free Pattern - the Libby A-Line Skirt

Mid length Libby in Kool Kat Spot and Mandy Boat Tee top in Ebony Jersey
By now you should know that we really love releasing a new pattern. But we especially love releasing a new FREE (PDF version only) pattern! Sewing friends and readers - we're very excited to introduce you to our Libby A-line Skirt Pattern. This classic and simple a-line skirt comes in short (below), mid (above) and long lengths (see last image below) and features a side invisible zipper, back darts and waist facings. 

                          Short length Libby in stash fabric (for similar, see Protea Watch or Jaffa Watch)
This design came about because we were all-too-frequently being asked to recommend a great a-line skirt pattern. It's a perfect wardrobe staple and will swing quite happily between the seasons.  The Libby A-line Skirt is ideal made up in woven fabrics e.g. cotton, wool, linen and silk. If using a stretch woven, be sure to make fit allowances. 

Long length Libby in 100% Cotton - Blue Niwa

Libby is available in both digital PDF print-at-home/print copy shop version (free) and - for a limited time only - hard copy ($12).  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THIS Friday 30th May - Melbourne Skill Building session

It's been a while between sessions but we're pleased to announce that Melbourne's FREE skill-building sessions are back! This coming Friday, we'll demonstrate how to set in a sleeve, showing how to manipulate the ease in the sleeve fabric to give a smooth result and avoid puckering.

Details are as follows:

Topic: Inserting sleeves
Date: Fri 30th May
Time: 12:15 - 1pm (no food or drink allowed in-store so be sure to have your lunch before or after the session) Bookings are not required
Location: Tessuti Fabrics - Ground Floor, 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Incoming! Our first Jaywalk Sewing entry

Our first entry in our 2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition is up! You can read more about Donna's gorgeous empire bodice maxi dress over on her blog - Sew Independent

Don't forget to follow our Jaywalk Pinterest board to keep up with all the latest entries. Are you getting your Jaywalk on?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sydney & Melbourne Sew Inn - class update!

Checked out our Sew Inn classes lately? We've introcuced a new dropdown menu in our online store that (we hope!) makes it quicker and easier for you to find the location and class you're after.

Our Melbourne store has just released dates for the second half of the year. We're also running a mid week BYO Project class (suitable for beginners) on Wed 18th June. BYO classes are self paced and can provide you with perfect guidance on any sewing project or problem. We're also excited to be offering TWO new classes. Changing Styles will teach you how style changes can be made to any pattern and the Silva Shirt Jacket class will take you through the process of making this very popular Tessuti pattern.

Surry Hills still has a few spots left in our three class BYO Project course. This is absolutely THE perfect course for beginners who want to take their sewing to the next level.

Chatswood now runs a full range of classes with both Silva and Megan. Silva is running two Tessuti Pattern Open classes where you can receive expert guidance in sewing any pattern from our Tessuti range.

Stay tuned for further (Semester 3) Sydney classes to be announced soon!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New pattern - Meet our Esther Shorts

Summer Esther made up in Shima Kuro

Meet our newest pattern - Esther! This classic, vintage-style short pattern is high waisted and features flattering side seams that sit away (and forward) from the hip. Finished with a side invisible zipper and narrow waistband, this pattern is super-simple to sew. The Esther Shorts are ideal made up in linen, cotton, wool or heavy silk.

Winter Esther made up in Remus Nero

For a winter version, you can also make them up in wool like those pictured above.

The Esther Short Pattern is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/print copy shop versions. All sizes (AUS 6, 8,10,12,14 and 16) are included in the pattern along with sewing instruction booklet featuring colour photos.

Other suitable fabrics for our Esther Shorts pattern:

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