Friday, April 18, 2014

A Mandy in Asti

Autumn's kicked in. I've had it in my head to make up one of these for a while and there's nothing like a swift shift into cooler temperatures to give you that extra sewing impetus.

The pattern is our favourite Mandy Boat Tee and the fabric is Asti - a summer-weight Missoni knit. In order to compensate for the slightly weight-ier version of this fabric, I cut 1.50mtrs and made a few modifications. Firstly, I narrowed the width of the top. To do this, I just adjusted the pattern, by taking out approx 4cm in from the armhole/side seam edge on front and back. Making sure to lengthened the sleeve to compensate for the width I removed. I also added fusible edge tape to the side and shoulder seams to prevent stretching.

It looks and feels fabulous, just the perfect weight for this season. I've already cut out another in Loddi. NOTE: Remember to handle this lovely knit as you would a hand knitted garment, with care! We recommend to gentle hand wash, dry flat on a towel and fold away, not hang.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition: be in with a chance to win $1000!

Remember our 2013 Gridlock competition? Well, it's on again but this time with a completely different fabric - our Jaywalk jersey, available in black/natural (above) or ecru/natural (below) striped colourways. Same rules of the very open variety apply. Namely, make whatever YOU like! Sew something that you'd like to wear, something that suits the fabric and something that suits you. Use one colourway or combine both - the choice is completely yours.

For the competition duration, our Jaywalk fabric has been reduced from $22 to just $10 per metre. This fabulous price is available to anyone, not just those of you who are entering the competition. But if you are planning on throwing your sewing hat into our competition ring, note that our Jaywalk fabric stocks are limited and once sold out, we won't be able to reorder.

Want to do some research? For those of you without an overlocker/serger, be sure to check out some truly fabulous online resources that give you a myriad of tips and tricks on sewing knits with a regular machine. And then there's our Hello Stripes Pinterest board that has loads of jersey inspiration (yes, we LOVE stripes). We'll also upload all entries to our Jaywalk Competition Pinterest board as they come in.

The competition is open to one and all, local and international, and our favourite entry will win AUD$1000 or foreign currency equivalent. Five runner ups will each be awarded a $100 Tessuti gift voucher.

Please note that the following terms and conditions apply to enter the Jaywalk Sewing Competition:

  • If you'd like to use a contrast/complementing fabric in your design, this must comprise no more than 20% of your final garment. Additional fabrics do not need to be purchased from Tessuti Fabrics.
  • It is a condition of entry that the garment, images and any associated materials be permitted for promoting Tessuti and the images may be supplied to media for promotion. 
  • The winning entrant gives permission for Tessuti to use images of themselves and the winning garment on the Tessuti website, blog and other promotional opportunities if required.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • If the winner is an entrant outside of Australia, money will be awarded at the current exchange rate equivalent to the AUD1000 prize relevant to the prize-winner's currency of residence. 
Make your garment/s, take up to ten great photos, email them to us at (Subject heading: 2014 Jaywalk entry) and we'll upload them to a Jaywalk Pinterest competition board

Photo guidelines are as follows: 

Please ensure you include:
    •    at least one photo of your garment/s in the design/development stage
    •    at least one photo of the close up details of your design
    •    at least one photo of the stitching/construction inside the garment.
    •    only portrait photos (not landscape) as this will show your garment at its best.

Try to:
    •    crop the photos to 500 pixels wide, 750 pixels high.
    •    submit photos that show off your creation, at least one front, side and rear photo.
    •    photograph the outfit being worn on a real person! (ie not a dressmaker's form).
    •    have a photo or two of the dress under construction.
    •    have a photo or two of close ups of the garment/s, to show features and the quality of the     construction.
    •    take the photos in natural light

Contest closes 11:59pm AEST Tues 10th June which gives you a little over seven weeks to whip up your Jaywalk garment/s. If you have any questions, please email them to 

Go get your Jaywalk on. Can't wait to see your creations!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rebecca in Rebecca Taylor - Vogue 1344

Here's Rebecca again, this time in a Rebecca Taylor dress pattern, Vogue 1344.  The fabric, Gabby's Choice  ( also seen here and here) 100% silk double georgette has the perfect weight and drape for this lined mock wrap dress with elasticized waist.

The pleat detailing on the shoulders and front overlay are lovely details and as suggested on the pattern use a fluid light weight silk or voile.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Trading Hours

Easter Hours
CLOSED- Friday 18th April
OPEN- Saturday 19th April (11am - 4pm)
CLOSED- Sunday 20th April
CLOSED- Monday 21st April
OPEN- Tuesday 22nd April

ANZAC Day Hours
CLOSED- Friday 25th April

And remember where always OPEN online.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW Pattern - Silva Shirt Jacket

Introducing our newest pattern, the Silva Shirt Jacket. This relaxed, collarless style can be worn as either a jacket or shirt. It features three quarter length sleeves, a curved hem edge with raw edge binding on neck, centre front, hem and sleeve edges that, over time, creates a fringed detail. The Silva Shirt Jacket has been designed to fit neatly across the shoulders giving it a slim and flattering fit. A perfect trans-seasonal garment, it’s best made up in light to medium weight linen, lightweight wool and silk crepe de chine and double georgette. Not suitable for stiff or thick fabrics.

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

Thea (pictured) is wearing Lite White D'Ville Laura Pants and Silva Shirt Jacket in Emerald Crinkled Washed Linen. This colour is currently out of stock but is due in again late April.

Siva Shirt Jacket is ideal in:

Remember Sheryl from this post? She was home earlier in the year to visit family and friends and popped in to visit us. What a treat to finally meet her in person! While she was in the store, I showed her our first sample of the Silva Shirt Jacket, explaining that we hadn't quite finalised the sewing instruction booklet but it would be released very soon. Sheryl couldn't wait that long so we traced it out for her and explained the process of how the pattern went together. Within a few weeks of being back in Provence she emailed us these images of her finished Silva Shirt Jacket. These images show the exact effect the raw edge binding gives to this simple shirt jacket. Worn as a shirt or jacket, this pattern is versatile and easy to make! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pattern Review - Vogue 1323 Pants and McCalls 6551

Hurray and thanks to beautiful Rebecca for breaking my posting drought!  Rebecca's thrilled to be back sewing again after having a bit of a hiatus herself. Turns out all she needed to get back on that sewing horse was some stylish but simple sewing projects of the 'instant gratification' kind.  Here are two simple pieces Rebecca made and they work beautifully together and are getting plenty of wear. Easy pull-on pants made up in stunning digitally printed silk crepe de chine Peonies Dusk  (now available only online) were made from Vogue 1323 and silk crepe de chine pullover top in Black Sail (available all stores) made from McCalls 6551 (view B cut shorter as a top).

For her silk pants, Rebecca eliminated the fly front feature and separate wide waist band. Instead, she added a narrower 1'' elastic casing and they easily pull on, eliminating the need for a front opening. The back welt pockets were also omitted.

Rebecca has made loads of tops and dresses from View B in McCalls 6551 in various silks and lightweight cottons. It's a great wardrobe staple and the perfect simple sewing project when you want to sew up some lovely fabric FAST.

You may have noticed Rebecca on Instagram last week. These are the same Vogue pants made up in our 100% silk crepe de chine Neon Squiggle.

 Stay tuned for another great creation by Rebecca in this pattern

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New York Cape pattern - Final print run!

With the arrival of some pretty scrumptious coatings we've decided to do one final, last-hurrah, hardcopy print run of our very popular New York Cape pattern. After these have sold out, the pattern will then be available in print-at-home/print copy shop PDF versions only. Hardcopies are now available in all stores ('til sold out) as well as online ('til sold out).

In the meantime, check out these beauties...

Lemon & Lavender Check
Nero Open Weave
Stitched Black (also available in Grey)
Forest Weave Tweed

Chalk Check

With southern winter about to hit, all stores are now carrying a huge range of wool and wool blends for those of you with coats and capes on the (sewing) brain. Come forth and get toasty.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chairs meet Japanese Cotton meet Pick Up Sticks

If you follow us over on Instagram you might've seen this pic yesterday but I dig these SO much I had to share it here as well...

Judith very stylishly (as only Judith does) chose our new Japanese cotton Pick-Up Sticks Black to recover her dining room chairs.

This gorgeous print is also available in red. To see all our new Japanese cottons, click here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sew Inn classes now on at Tessuti Chatswood

We're pleased to announce that sewing classes are starting at Tessuti Chatswood. We are now holding Beginners classes and (NEW) specialised Tessuti Patterns sewing workshops taught by designer Silva Guanta. Silva will share her sewing knowledge, help you make the correct size and let you in on an industry tip or two.

To check dates and book online, click here.

NOTE: Bring Your Own Project, Sewing With Knits and Pattern Modification Classes coming soon!

The Great British Sewing Bee - Series 2 Episode 2

Can't seem to find Episode 1 from this next series ( please share if you know), here's episode 2.

UPDATE - Here's Episode 1

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kids and sewing - the hows, whys and wonderings

My daughter and stepdaughter (both 9) just finished sewing their first ever garments. PJ pants in our Bastia Red and Bastia Navy (available Melbourne, and also available in Ink). The bulk of the sewing on these was done during a private lesson and I was happy to pick up their eleventh-hour sewing slack by finishing off the hems. Hey, I could relate - we've all wished some sewing fairy could step in at that stage. I've sewn for and with both the girls, with varying levels of involvement. And, not to leave the stepboy out, try to get him involved too. He likes to pick the fabric and therein lies the extent of both his interest and involvement. Lego beckons, you know, unless he can put his foot on the pedal.

The girls are definitely more interested in the finer details of technique, one slightly more so than the other, but it's certainly the final product that holds most appeal to each one of the kids. Now patient-earth-mother-in-abundance I am not. I'd love them to be more involved and interested but, in the spirit of honest blogging, I'm equally happy for them to bugger off and leave me to sew in peace. If I had the space, I'd leave their sewing machine out (they use my old one) all the time so they could come and go at it as they pleased. But right now that's not even a possibility for me and my machines so they'll just have to get in line behind moi. Plus there's still an element of supervision which needs to happen at their sewing age and that time/patience is often hard to come by.

The other thing which drives me bananas is that, when I sew with them, they are far, FAR, FAAAAARRRR more likely to ask "Can you do this part/stitch/bit for me?" whereas, in private lessons, they'll have a crack, follow through and Get. It. Done. Mistakes in class? No problem. Mistakes at home? "I just caaaaaaan't do it!"

When I reflect back on my own personal sewing journey, I'm the very definition of a 'late bloomer'. The creative subjects in school were the ones that held so much more of my interest and yet my secondary schooling did very little to squeeze my creative juices. I have only two crystal clear memories of craft classes during those years:

- the time I said 'shit' and got the most inane, lengthy lecture from the teacher about how awful a word it is and it's actual origins (if you were wondering, the story involved a cow). Whatever Mrs T. And SERIOUSLY?! TELL ME ANYONE WHO DOESN'T UTTER THAT AT LEAST A BAJILLION TIMES ONCE DURING A SEWING PROJECT!!!

- the time my friends and I were so mind bending-ly bored we wrote a little ditty using the snippets of conversation heard around the craft room. I can't remember what I was making at the time but around 27 years later, I still remember that song and it went like this:

What fine mmmmm what rainbow what
Cathy good, Cathy good
Manda yep yep huh nothing else,
Where's the survey?

So, yeah, in my case 'school' and 'teachers' are most definitely NOT on the 'Sources of Inspiration' list.  It wasn't until I had my daughter that the sewing spark truly took hold. Why it did then I don't really know. I'm inclined to think it was mostly about timing. I'd sewn a couple of small and successful(ish) projects, started to read some really inspiring blogs and, at that time in my life, I really needed an outlet that took me away from parenting, my (pre Tessuti) professional life and the more challenging personal stuff that was swirling all around me. 


That said, my experiences of life, parenting and the path I took to this sewing caper lead me to completely get that you can't ever make someone love something, be it sewing or anything else. But are there things you can try to do which gently foster an interest? Plant that slow-growing seed? I'd love to hear all about your journey into the world of sewing. Was the spark lit for you as a child, by someone or some thing? When did it 'click' for you? Have you succesfully passed that sewing torch on to someone without burning them? Feel free to pass on any tips on good kids' sewing projects as well. Got a blog and want to write a similarly themed post? Leave your link in the comments section because we'd love to share your thoughts and comments down the track.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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