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:



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!
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