Friday, May 29, 2015

Doing it for the squids - Alice and Geranium

Here's some looooong overdue kids sewing. They both chose fabrics during the Christmas holidays and well, being summer AND holidays I took my good time in sewing them up. Fortunately, they got in some good wear before things got chilly and there's definitely enough growing room in both of these to squeeze in another summer or two.
First up, another Alice Top, made in an XXS which is roughly equivalent to a kids AU size 14-16). R chose our Winking Owls. Her current love of owls is matched only by her current love of pineapples, but we didn't have any of the latter so the owls win(k).
Like my previous versions, I decided against interfacing the arm bands and the only other change I made was to the length, giving it a deeper hem to allow for adjustments as she grows.
The second top for E is Made by Rae's Geranium Dress. I first tried this pattern in June last year when I made a flowergirl dress for E's half sister. The pattern is fantastically straightforward but man, that pink tulle caused me ALLLLLLL THE GRIEF so I kinda connected the two in a very unfair way and just put the pattern aside until I'd moved on from that little moment of sewing trauma. 
And moved on (six months later) I did. I sewed the kid a straight size 10 and she settled on a length that's maybe a little bit more tunic than top. The Nani Iro fabric she chose is a beauty - Mountain View Tata Zuma (sold out) - and is unfortunately way blown out in these pics. You can see it better in the bottom photo.
I now totally get why this pattern is so popular - it's a very sweet and simple sew and perfectly suited across the age range of 12 months-12years sizing that it's available in. One thing to note if you're new to sewing the Geranium - it's designed to have three button closures on the bodice. Unfortunately, the pattern doesn't include a placket so if you make as per the instructions, you're creating a sizable fold under the bodice back when you overlap to accomodate the buttons. It's probably not so much of an issue with the wee sizes but for the bigger girls, you might want to bear that detail in mind. Instead of buttons, I ended up using this vintage zipper which worked perfectly.
Both fabrics are Japanese cottons and - due to my tardy sewing/blogging - sold out but stay tuned for an exciting new delivery of Nani Iro coming VERY soon!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW :: The Sydney Jacket Pattern

Sydney Jacket made up in boiled wool Jurgen Grigio
Introducing our latest pattern - The Sydney Jacket. This oversized, draped design features a relaxed collar, side pockets and a back yoke that extends into cropped raglan sleeves. It's a great layering piece as well as being the perfect snuggly cover-up for those chilly autumn/winter months.
Sydney Jacket worn with Merchant and Mills Top No. 64 (blogged here)
Sydney is a toasty all-rounder and looks equally great over jeans, dresses and skirts. All the edges are unfinished (no hemming! no binding!) which makes this a fantastically quick and simple sew.  
Bonded khaki cotton/navy nylon neoprene Navy Army Games
Sydney Jacket in Primaluna Mulberry (washed in a hot wash before cutting) and worn with
Remus Nero Esther Shorts
With this pattern, it's REALLY important to remember that you must use a fabric that does not fray when cut.  I love the Primaluna (pictured above and below) but after picking and pulling at the cut edge, I realised it does in fact fray. To overcome this, I threw it in the machine (wash separately) and put it on a hot cycle. This further felted and softened it, fixing the fray and making it perfect for the Sydney Jacket pattern. Also, don't forget to allow for 10% shrinkage if you decide to use this method.

 Sydney Jacket in Black Ponti
Sydney Jacket made up in lightweight boiled wool knit Thesis Of Moss 
(available in Tessuti Melbourne and Surry Hills only)
Gabby and I on Mother's Day, both wearing our Sydney Jackets
The Sydney Jacket Pattern is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/actual size copy shop versions with sizes Petite, XS,S,M,L and XL all included. Ideal made up in boiled wool knits, ponti knits, boiled felted wools and neoprene fabrics. Other recommended fabrics from our current collection are:

Friday, May 1, 2015

NEW :: Megan Longline Cardigan Pattern

Introducing our latest pattern - the Megan Longline Cardigan. This simple flared cardigan looks fabulous worn over sleeveless tops, pants or dresses. It features full length sleeves, a centre front and neckline bind, flared side seams and an asymetric hemline.

Ideal for soft jersey knits such as viscose/elastane and wool jersey, the Megan is a fantastically comfortable and stylish wardrobe staple.
Megan Longline Cardigan in Hashtag Black viscose/elastane jersey. Worn with Ruby Top
Megan is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/actual size copy shop versions.
Megan Longline Cardigan made up in Driftwood viscose/spandex jersey.  Avail all stores.
 Other suitable jerseys for the Megan Longline Cardigan pattern:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sewing Technique Classes - Learn how to insert an invisible zipper and attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine.


NEW to Tessuti Sydney stores are sewing technique classes - these classes run for 2 hours and are aimed to help sewers fine tune their existing sewing skills and to help learn how to achieve a better finish on garments, by teaching some great industry techniques and sharing valuable tips. PLEASE NOTE: These classes are NOT suitable for absolute beginners, all students must have some sewing experience and know how to thread a sewing machine on their own.

If you'd like to learn how to successfully insert an invisible zipper and also learn how to attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine, this is a class you don't want to miss!

Learn how to insert an invisible zipper and attach your zipper to facing with your sewing machine.

What you need to bring:
Thread (any colour)
Tape measure or sewing gauge
Thread Clippers
Fabric Scissors
Pen (to take any extra notes)

Cost: $50

Teacher: Jenine
Spots are limited and all bookings are made online:
Tessuti Chatswood Saturday May 2nd ( 10am - 12pm) - FULL
                                - Saturday August 22nd ( 10am - 12pm) 

Tessuti Surry Hills  - Saturday August 29th (10am - 12pm) 

This class is ideal for our Libby A-line Skirt and Chloe Pants pattern.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A How To: Print-at-home and Copy Shop patterns


For many of our pattern buyers, the print-at-home PDF version can be a great source of bamboozlement if you've never been down that pattern-buying road before. And so with that in mind, we've put together this blog post for those of you who might like some more info on how it's done. Don't worry - while it can sometimes be a little time-consuming (especially the first time), there are great sewing pleasures to be had with this instantaneous method of purchasing patterns.

All our patterns are available to purchase and immediately download from the pattern section in our online shop


Before you buy a digital pattern, be sure you have a PDF viewer. Adobe Reader is the most popular option so if you don't already have this, you can download and install it for free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Once you've completed your purchase, you will receive an email like the one you see below.  If you can't find it, check your Spam/Junk folder.

Click on the link which will take you to a screen that looks like this:
 


Immediately save your preferred file/s to your desktop or somewhere easy to find. Depending on your software of choice, the 'Save' screen may appear differently to that pictured below. 


I've acumulated quite a few PDF patterns over the years so it's a good idea to create a folder so that all your digital patterns can be saved to one place.

Next up, getting ready to print. Make absolutely sure you set your file to print at 100%. If you have any of the other features turned on, your pattern will print at the wrong scale.


To ensure that your settings are correct, print out your test square page first and check that it measures accurately at 10cm x 10cm.


If it all looks good, go ahead and print out your pattern. When assembling your tiles, trim borders as required and match up the letters and numbers as per the layout guide. 


Use sticky tape or a glue stick (as I have done below) to join your pages together. I prefer to work in rows like this...


...and then join the rows together at the end. 


When it comes to print-at-home patterns, love (and patience!) can sometimes be lost. Especially when the pattern is a big one like our Lily and Eva dresses and the Ola Tunic Top. When you buy our digital patterns, you'll always get two pattern files - a print-at-home copy for the method I've shown here AND an actual size copy shop version. If cutting and pasting induces great feelings of fear/dread/repulsion/impatience/scorn, then go with the copy shop version. All you need to do is find a print shop that can do plan printing (for architects, town planners etc.) on a toner based large format plan printer. You'll need to provide them with the necessary sheet sizing and this info can all be found on the pattern product page. When looking for a print shop, do shop around! I've spoken to customers who've paid as little as $6 and as much as $20 per sheet!



If you have any more printing tips/links or can recommend some reasonable print shops, please feel free to share in our comments section.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anzac Day public holiday - all stores closed


Lovely customers, please note that all our stores are closed for Anzac Day tomorrow. Melbourne and Chatswood will be open on Sunday 26th from 11am-4pm.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW :: Our Georgie Top Pattern!

Georgie Top in Magenta Rising
Sewing friends, meet our latest pattern - the Georgie Top! This simple, t-shirt style top is designed for woven fabrics and features a high neckline, bust darts and back neck opening. The top comes with two sleeve options - short or bracelet (7/8) length sleeves.


There are two binding options for Georgie including the exposed sleeve and neck binding pictured above and below. 

If you prefer, you can also do a concealed neckline binding and a regular sleeve hem (as recommended for the longer length pictured below).

Longer sleeved Georgie Top in Beige Dotted Night (similar to Ocean Commotion)

Suitable fabrics for Georgie include light to medium weight linens or linen blends, rayons, viscose and silks.

Georgie Top on Dark Day's Bloom


The Georgie pattern is now available in both PDF print-at-home/actual size and hardcopy format. Hope you like her and would love to hear your feedback if you sew her up.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alex's wedding (and getting by with a little help from her friends)

Here's a feel-good story for sewing beginners. The bride pictured here is our gorgeous customer Alex. She's been attending sewing classes with Bernadette Doherty for only 3 years and when Alex became engaged a year ago, she knew instantly that she wanted to make her own wedding dress. Alex chose a lovely beaded tulle lace from our Surry Hills store and made it up during classes using a combination of different patterns from Bernadette's collection.

The other lovely part to this story? The bridesmaid's dresses (variations of New Look 6699, made in our Charcoal silk satin and matching georgette) were made by her sewing class buddies Libby and Cathy.

The perfect sewing story of patience, love and friendship (and for more images of Alex's wedding and dresses, check out #alexandleontietheknot on Instagram).
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