Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW - Shibori-inspired silk/cotton voiles!

I instagrammed these beauties yesterday because they've wedged themselves deep into my fabric-loving heart. All are 30% silk/70% cotton voiles, and - yep - all gorgeous. 
Fuzzy Diamonds
Three Sided Tears

While I mull over which of the three designs to choose and what pattern to make it up in, I've gone  on a pinning frenzy (as you do).  Check out our Fashion Love board for those pictured below, plus a few more to get me started.


And if the clothing idea fails, how gorgeous are these Shibori curtains?


Friday, March 13, 2015

The Great British Sewing Bee - Series 3 Finale

The bad news? In seeking out this final episode for you, I inadvertantly found out who the winner was. Thanks Google, you all-encompassing search engine you....

The good news? You can watch it here and not make the same mistake I did! Enjoy. x

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More Alice Beauties

We are seriously flipping out at ALL the beautiful versions of Alice out there! Thank you for officially making her our most popular pattern ever.

Here's Suzannah in not one but two gorgeous Alice creations. She made this one (featured above and below) from our designer silk Pinky the Cat (also available in beautiful blue).

Pinky The Cat
Blue The Cat
And because one Alice never feels like enough, she also made this beautiful soft version in an apricot cotton voile....

While we're Alice-ing, do please go and check out Sophie's version over on Ada Spragg. Picture-proof that repurposing soft furnishings can be a mighty fine thing! She's even got a pattern giveaway going on...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Selected hardcopy patterns to be discontinued

To make way for ALL the new 2015 range of Tessuti patterns, we've decided to discontinue some of our exisiting range, in hardcopy only. Once these are out of print, all patterns will still be available in PDF print-at-home/copy shop versions.

Stay tuned for new patterns coming very, very soon!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ruby Cubed = Triple Love

I started on my first Ruby late last year and due to some binding shennanigans, promptly stalled. You would think that by virtue of editing our patterns I'd be pretty good at following the instructions, right? Erm, this time no. Sewing with silk is not without its challenges but the thought of unpicking was unpalatable enough to cast the project aside until I felt better up to the task.

So the next time I went back to Ruby it was with a different fabric. I was lucky enough to grab a small piece of this swoon-y silk crepe de chine and really, I couldn't imagine using it for anything BUT a Ruby Top. So with my first version still incomplete (and armed with that powerful knowledge of what NOT to do) I managed to nail it second - and sloooower - time 'round.


With Ruby Mark II, I was totally inspired by Leith's lovely linen version and later saw Rachel's beauty over on Instagram. I used a navy and black linen/viscose from the stash and lengthenend it by 50cm for a dressier look to wear with heels. I've lightened the pic below so you can see the gingham check a little better.

With two successful Ruby's under my belt in my closet, I now had enough confidence to re-visit Mark I. She's made up in Sunflower Oceano (also available in this yummy colourway) which is a magnificent satin-backed crepe de chine. 


Yep, the print is pretty damn lovely but the inside of this fabric matches it every bit in the feel-good stakes.

And while I'm obsessed with all things Ruby, here's a pic of Colette's latest dress version made up in Graffiato Rosso silk crepe de chine.

Ruby love? Yeah, just a little...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Come work with us!

We're looking for super staff in Sydney! Are you passionate, friendly, reliable and committed to ridiculously good customer service? If fabric and sewing and all of those qualities make your world go 'round, we'd LOVE to hear from you! Just email your cover letter (indicating days you're available to work) and CV to Must be available to work weekends too! 

Oh, and if you're wondering less about the job and more about the pictured fabric, it's Pick Your Colour - a stunning Italian wool/viscose/cotton tweed - available all stores and online too!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tutorial/Video: How to sew a thread button loop

Our Ruby Top pattern has a delicate button/loop closure at the back of the neck, that requires a thread button loop. We have had a few enquiries asking how to do this. So here's the method I use when making my thread button loops which I find a whole lot easier than making teeny tiny fabric rouleau loops!  This method can be used when making delicate belt carriers for dresses too.

For those who prefer a quick visual, check out the video tutorial below (Note: in the video I've used contrast purple thread to help make it more visible):

There's also this step by step tutorial showing you how, please click on images for a closer look:
Sew your button on the right hand side of your back neck opening, you will need your button sewn in place so that you can check measure how long to make your thread loop

Double thread your needle so that you have four strands of thread,

 and insert your needle at the back side of either the top edge or bottom edge of your neck binding and come through the binding edge.

 Sew a few stitches to secure into place, then make a loop with your thread. 

You should now have a loop and the thread coming off the needle.

Hold loop open with your thumb and forefinger
grab the thread (with forefinger) 

and pull it through the loop to chain stitch in place (check out video tutorial above to see motion)

Repeat threading through loop until your chain stitching is long enough to go around button, 

then secure off by threading right through the loop to end. 

Next sew into place at opposite binding edge to create your button loop. Neaten off on inside of garment.

Now you have one lovely thread button loop! Happy sewing friends x

Friday, February 13, 2015

Two NEW Pant Patterns - Meet Margot and Robbie!

Margot Pant made up in White Wainscot and worn
with our Ruby Top made up in Hanky Black Jin
We are very excited to introduce our two latest patterns - the Margot Pant and Robbie Pant patterns. We've had both in the pattern-planning queue for a while but with the enormities that were our Sophie Top and Sophie Dress, they were unexpectedly delayed. And so because we think these patterns are perfect summer pants, we've decided to release them both while we're still enjoying warmer days. A girl's gotta have options, right?

Margot Pant made up in Black Wainscot
First up, Margot Pant (above). This cropped pant pattern features an elasticised waist and full leg. Simple and comfortable, the design is finished to perfection with a clever side tie detail.

And then there's Robbie Pant (below). This pull-on cropped pant features an elasticised waist and straight legs with patch pockets. Comfortable and cool for summer, the Robbie Pant is perfect for travel in addition to being a quick and easy sew.

Ideal fabrics for both Margot and Robbie are wovens, including linen, lightweight wool, cottons, viscose and crepe (not suitable for knits of stretch wovens). Some suggestions are:

And both pant patterns look great when paired with our Ruby, Mandy, Valerie, Lola and Brigette top patterns. 

Hope you're as happy to see these two as we are!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My Esther Shorts

Those Melbournians amongst us will know what I'm talking about when I tell you that our summer recently went AWOL. It was a little bit of a lonely and chilly time for us sun-loving folk but - HAPPY DAYS - she's making up for lost time and that forecast is just peachy now.

In anticipation of warmer days, I finally got around to making myself a pair of Esther Shorts in a linen that I found completely irresistible - Hartford Rouge. It really is the most perfect shade of pink. All dusty and rosy and yum.

Welcome back summer x
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