Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ruby's wedding dress, made with love

We received a lovely email from newlywed Ruby and promptly ooh-ed and ahhh-ed over the gorgeous photos attached. This dress! And made by her grandmother no less...

Hello lovely Tessuti staff!
A quick email to thank you for your fabulous service and advice while picking fabric for my wedding dress. Special shout out to Dalwyn who made it all happen! My grandmother made the dress using fabric from your Flinders Lane store.
The outer fabric is our Ivory Deco Lace (also available in black and red) and the lining is our Off White Vanity. Both are currently in stock in Melbourne and Surry Hills.
Beautiful photos are by Whitewall Photography.
Congratulations guys! And thanks so much for sharing these images with us x

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEW Audrey Shirt Pattern

Meet our newest pattern, the Audrey Shirt

Japanese 100% Cotton - Black Supesu (also available in grey and navy)
This lovely collared design features a clever tie-front detail that is both flattering and stylish. The side ties extend from the curved back hem. The shirt has a six button opening and three quarter length sleeves with a bound split detail. 

Liberty Of London tana lawn - Navy Summer Time
A huge thanks to pattern tester Donna who made up the Audrey Shirt pattern in Japanese cotton seersucker Blue Ripple Square (sold out). It's still available in this colourway and limited stock of the Black Ripple Square is available online and at our Tessuti Chatswood store.
Suitable fabrics for the Audrey Shirt include lightweight linen, cotton lawn/poplin/sateen, crisp silks (taffeta and dupion) and cotton blends. Not suitable for lightweight silk or voile. The pattern is now available in both hardcopy and digital PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Classic Mandy Stripes

These two Mandy's that I made back in 2013? They're still going strong and still worn often. The Mandy is very much the top I like to wear when I don't want to think about the top I'm going to wear and ticks those TNT sewing boxes that are Quick. Comfy. Eaaaasy.
And because I will always covet the perfect stripe, I went straight in for our Japanese
Mimasu Wide Line cotton jersey when it arrived recently with this range.
I made a couple of small, simple modifications. These included lengthening the arms by 10cm and taking 7cm from the centre of both front and backs. It's a very boxy style so if you are going to take out as much as I did from the width, make sure you can still get it over your head. I also cropped the length from the original pattern too.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Our New Demi Pant Pattern

Meet our newest pattern - the Demi Pant! This pull-on, cropped pant pattern features an elasticised waist and full leg with side stitched down pockets. A clever pleat detail at the front and back hemline is finished with a bias bind band at hem. Comfortable and stylish, the pattern is quick and easy to make and wears comfortably in both casual or dressier modes.
Colette's black pair (below) is made up in our Hartford Black linen. She's teamed it with a RTW top worn over her Alexa T Top made up in Black Line Cruise (also available in red).
The Demi Pant looks great with both longer and shorter style tops. Silva's wearing hers (below) with a self-drafted top made up in our Chagos White. She's been wearing these for a while now and the compliments come thick and fast with every outing!
My pair (below) are made up in our Slate Pebble Wash Linen. Being on the shorter side - ok, short - I altered the pattern so the hem sits a little further above the ankle.
The side hem pleat detail, featured on both front and back leg, gives these pants such a great shape and they look equally good with a pair of heels as they do with casual flats.  
And did I mention that they're SUPER comfortable? Oh yes friends, they really truly are.

Suitable fabrics for the Demi Pant include linen, lightweight wool, cotton, viscose and crepe (not suitable for knits or stretch wovens). The pattern is now available in both hardcopy and digital PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Style 2667 (and pattern hoarding)

Not so long ago I was sorting through my pattern collection, fantasizing...sorry, PLANNING all the things I'm going to make this year, when something occurred to me. There are two garment styles that I'm very much drawn to - shift dresses and sundresses - but I very rarely sew them.  Do you do that too?
Now I'm well aware that, as sewing addictions go, it's not unusual to buy a pattern and then forget about it. Also possible is that thing where the longer you hold onto a pattern (without making it) the less you love it.  And then there's also the very real sewing problem that happens when some other new pattern comes along and you love it SO much that it rockets to the top of of your must-make list. You can relate, right? (It's also just occured to me that in those last four sentences, you can subsitute the word 'pattern' for 'fabric'. But that's a topic for another post).

And so when I look at my pattern collection and my pattern buying habits, I realise I've been doing this for years. And YEARS. All these dress patterns that you see below have been purchased over a period of eight, maybe ten years. I can safely say I still love all of them and would happily wear every single style. Ok, ok - McCalls 4556 Little House of the Prairie look (at left) excluded.

Now I could get shitty with myself for wasting money on all these similar pattern variations (I won't). I could also put myself on a self-imposed pattern buying ban until I make some of them up (pffffttt, of course I won't). So I'll instead choose to focus on the fact that I clearly know what I like and I like what I know. If I've been loving these classic styles for as long as I've been been buying all these patterns, then I'll be loving these styles in years to come. I'm not going to sew them all, but I will definitely try to sew some more.

Which brings me, finally, to this pattern review - vintage Style 2667 (View D). My daughter actually chose this one when, like a deck of cards, I splayed out all my sundress patterns and told her to "pick a pattern, any pattern".  As it turns out, that kid chose well. The fabric I used is our Hatch Black viscose (available Melbourne only, but also available in this, this, this and this print). 
The pattern was published in 1980 and is further evidence that Style patterns are - and ever will be - true, 80s excellence. I've made up enough of this pattern brand now to know how my sizing works. The waist was spot on but I was pretty sure that the bodice would need some adjustment to get the perfect fit. And it did. We had gaping, big gaping. In the end I chose the quickest, simplest fix which was to angle in the seam allowance at the zip.
I graded it from nothing at the waist to 4cm at top of each zip side. No faffing around with unpicking the facing, and problem was sorted in half an hour (cue sewing high).
I also narrowed down the shoulder strap width from 4cm to 3cm. The front bodice piece features lovely, deep, open darts which gives a really great shape and fit with a strapless bra. Because the viscose was so deliciously light (I'm talking beautiful, airy, feels-like-nothing light), I block fused all the bodice pieces with our lightweight BVM40.
Aside from the bodice fit issues, the only other challenge with this dress was the hem. After I left it hanging for a couple of days, I was met with this (cue sewing low).
Fortunately, with Dalwyn's able assistance and patience and one of these ingenious Esy Hem thingys, that hem got sorted. This dress is a dream to wear. Despite the fitted bodice, it's unbelievably comfortable and that skirt just floats and falls like nothing I've ever sewn before.
Hey summer. Kick around a bit longer will you...?

Lisa (and Style 2667)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Modified Ruby Dress in Pebble Washed Linen

I'd been thinking about this subtle modification for our Ruby Top/Dress pattern for a while. This pattern has such a great classic shape and lends itself to so many possibilities. Plus with the glorious warm summer weather we've been having in Sydney lately, I thought I'd squeeze in a summer dress for my Gabby who's been wanting a white dress with frayed edges since seeing these inspiring styles.

I used our lovely, heavy textured China White Pebble Washed Linen for the dress and White Gauze Linen for the edging on the hemline. We definitely recommend a loose weave, lightweight linen for fraying as it's much easier (and quicker!) to achieve the desired effect.

Here's how I modified the pattern. I raised both front and back neckline, as well as armholes, adding 1/4" to these areas. This was because I wanted to add an inside binding, as opposed to the exposed binding recommended for the original pattern. I used a lighter weight cotton voile for the 1 1/4'' binding as the China White Pebble Washed linen was too thick for self binding. 
I added a centre front and centre back seam to the pattern. The centre seams were overlocked together, pressed to one side and topstitched in place 1/4" past the centre seamline. I also added a seam line across the back, to finish 7" down from centre back neckline edge. To create the back opening, I simply double turned the centre back seam 1/4'' and stitched in place. The back opening then lines up perfectly with the centre back seam on the dress.
I added side pockets similar to those found on our Annie Dress. The only difference is that I took some depth out of the bottom edge. The stitched in pocket adds a lovely detail to the simple dress.
To add weight and to accentuate the flare on the dress I drafted a 2.5" wide hemline facing in the self fabric, as well cutting 3/4" bias strips of White Gauze Linen for the fringed edge (joined at the side seams). 

Similar to the way we add fringed bias edging to our Silva Shirt Jacket  pattern, the bias White Gauze Linen was sewn to the edge of the hemline on the dress
I then pinned in place the edge of the hemline facing on top sandwiching the fringed bias edge in between and sewing it in place.
When the hemline facing is turned back towards the wrong side of the garment and understitched at the hemline edge, the fringed bias edge is exposed at the hemline. Lastly the top edge of the hemline facing is stitched in place on the wrong side.
To accentuate the fringed edge, I used my fingernails to separate the linen threads. I really love this detail and now have an idea to also use this around the neckline and armholes on another dress for me.
Endless possibilites!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 In Season Silk Sewing Competition

Remember Gridlock and Jaywalk? Well, it's been a long time between sewing competitions so we've decided to do it all again in our 2016 In Season Silk Competition. The number one rule of this competition is to make whatever YOU like! Choose either fabric and sew something that you'd like to wear, something that suits the fabric and something that suits you. And because options are a beautiful thing, we're giving you TWO fabrics to choose from. For the competition duration, both silk crepe de chines - In Season One and In Season Two - have been reduced to just $15 per metre.

This fantastic price is available to anyone, not just those of you who are entering the competition. And if you're planning on throwing your sewing hat into the competition ring, note that fabric stocks are limited and once sold out, we won't be able to reorder.

As entries are received, we'll upload them all on to our competition Pinterest board so be sure to follow us to keep up-to-date. The competition is open to one and all, local and international, and our favourite entry will win AUD$1000 or foreign currency equivalent. Second and third prizes are a $500 and $250 Tessuti gift voucher respectively.

Please note that the following terms and conditions apply to enter the In Season Silk Competition:
  • Enter as many garments as you like.
  • 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: 2016 In Season Silk Comp) and we'll upload them to our Pinterest competition board. 

Photo guidelines are as follows so 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

If you're uploading your entry to Instagram, don't forget to use the #inseasonsilkcomp hashtag.

Contest closes 11:59pm AEST Sat 30th April which gives you a little over seven weeks to sew up your entry/entries. If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to us

Good luck, good sewing and good fun to you all!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NEW :: The Jane Dress Pattern

Meet our first pattern of 2016 - the Jane Dress!
This a-line dress features a small neckline split, short sleeves and a side pocket. A side godet panel creates a clever asymetrical hemline. This dress is simple, stylish and makes for a perfect summer wardrobe addition.
Jane Dress in Hartford Black
Suitable fabrics for the Jane Dress include light to medium weight linens, cottons, medium weight drapey silks and lightweight wool crepe. To stabilise the angled seams on this dress, we strongly recommend the use of 20mm fusible stay tape (available in charcoal and white).
Jane Dress in Hartford Ink
The Jane Dress pattern is now available in both hardcopy and PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions and pattern includes Australian sizes XXS through to XL.
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