PILLOWCASE SEWING TUTORIAL – two (simple!) ways
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by Lisa
2M ago
Pillowcase made in Bedford Mustard The humble pillowcase – a hardworking daily essential and undoubtedly one of the best and most useful handmade items to gift yourself or someone you love. We’ve long wanted to put together a simple sewing tutorial on how to make one and that day is finally here! In this blog post, we’re sharing two popular and simple pillowcase styles – the Standard Fold Pocket and Envelope Closure Pocket. As with every sewing project, fabric choice is very important. Choose something smooth, soft, cool and comfortable. Silk satin is the most luxurious option ..read more
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INTRODUCING THE HARLOW SHIRT PATTERN
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by Lisa
2M ago
Introducing our third and final pattern release for 2022 – the Harlow Shirt! Shirts are definitely having a moment and this one combines all the design and practicality we look for (and love) in one. We’ve adopted some favourite features from previous Tessuti shirt patterns and added some new ones as well. The Harlow Shirt is a hip length button-through shirt with a soft, relaxed look. So relaxed, in fact, that we suggest making it without interfacing the collar and facings (but you can, of course, fuse them if you prefer to). A centre back seam delivers lovely swing and flare which is ..read more
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Little Black Dress, Big Black Collar
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by Lisa
2M ago
Gabby recently came across & fell in love with this RTW dress. It’s a relatively simple style so Silva set out to replicate it for her and here’s the gorgeous result. For the bodice, Silva used our Georgie Top pattern, adding a button extension overlap to the centre front for the button/buttonholes and giving some extra flare to the hem of the sleeve. For that statement collar (which is really what this dress is ALL about) she used the collar piece from Nina Lee’s Bakerloo Blouse and Dress pattern. The collar was modified to fit the Georgie Top neckli ..read more
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Introducing the Mahlia Skirt Pattern
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by Lisa
7M ago
Continuing on with our current love of easy basics, today we’re introducing you to our latest pattern – the Mahlia Skirt. Midi length with an A-line silhouette, Mahlia is designed for knits with body and good recovery. Fitted through the waist and hips, it features a curved back hem that is mid-calf at the front and slightly longer at the back. The narrow hem and wide elastic waistband are both finished with twin-needle stitching. This pattern is all about simplicity with the perfect amount of flute and flare giving both movement and shape. We love it in a weighty ponti knit for the coole ..read more
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The Birthday Dress That Almost Was
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by Lisa
1y ago
There once was a 40 frock so why not a 50 frock as well? First thing to note: those last ten years have gone really, really FAST (exploding head emoji goes here). Also to note: favourite decade so far and I’m feeling pretty excited to see what the next one brings. Last minute sewing can be stUHresssssssful and I was not much in the mood for anything stress-related in that splendid post Christmas/pre New Year bubble where my birthday happens to fall. But the calendar being what it was, with a couple of fortuitous public holidays and not much else planned, I decided to give that birthday dress ..read more
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Going back for two more: Big Clothes & Small Clothes (i & K)
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by Lisa
1y ago
At the risk of being repetitive, but also with no apologies for being repetitive, here’s another outfit brought to you almost entirely by my FAVOURITE Japanese pattern book – Asuka Hamada’s Big Clothes & Small Clothes. Let me start with the pants. These are pattern ‘K’ and the very same as those I blogged here. I’ve worn that denim pair SO much and SO often and I knew that, come summer, I’d both be needing and wanting a lighter version. I’ve now sewn a black denim pair and a blue denim pair, so a quick scan around the store led me to our Linvis Almond, a linen/viscose that hit ..read more
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Colour blocking the Astrid Sundress
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by Lisa
1y ago
After yesterday’s release of our new Astrid Sundress pattern, we thought we’d share this colour blocked sample sewn up during our sampling phase which has turned out to be one of Colette’s favourites. Using a combination of three of our Abby Check linens, we mixed, matched, played around with teeny tiny samples… …until we finally settled on Tan, Navy and Olive. If you’d like to try something similar, here’s the meterage you’ll need: Colour 1 (Abby Tan Check) – Shoulder Straps, 1/2 Front and 1/2 Back  112cm – 0.80m, 0.80m, 0.80m, 0.80m, 0.85m, 0.85m, 1.00m, 1.05m, 1.15m 140cm ..read more
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Introducing the Astrid Sundress
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by Lisa
1y ago
Meet our latest pattern – the Astrid Sundress! This pattern combines all the things we love about a sundress with a few details that make it stand out from the sundress crowd. Astrid is a pull-on, midi-length sundress with a gentle A-line silhouette. The design features wide shoulder straps as well as centre front and back seams. Forward facing side seams contain inseam pockets and a wide hem panel is detailed with multiple knife pleats at centre front and back. We tested the pattern in a wide range of fabrics and found that it works best in a mid-weight linen as well as cotton poplin ..read more
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Introducing our new Tessuti Robe pattern
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by Lisa
1y ago
Meet our latest pattern – the Tessuti Robe. Designed in a classic style for maximum comfort, it’s perfect for lounging and layering and relaxing. Basically, all the good things. The style is long and loose and features a neck band, dropped shoulders, wide bracelet length sleeves, sleeve bands and large patch pockets. Finishing touches include a tie belt that feeds through rouleau loops, as well as a hanging loop at the neckline. Samples pictured below are made up in our Tea Rose Afternoon (left) and Wild Wattle (right) printed linens. Wear it in the morning, the evening or all day ..read more
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Big Clothes and Small Clothes – Pattern ‘I’
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by Lisa
1y ago
Here’s my latest make and another pattern from Asuka Hamada’s really and truly excellent book – Big Clothes and Small Clothes (see my last post for where to buy). This book is my absolute 5 star go-to favourite right now, even to the point where I’ve contemplated setting myself the sewing challenge to make at least one variation of each of the patterns within. I probably won’t…but maybe I will… This pattern is marked as ‘I’ and is a fantastically oversized shirt dress with perfect proportions.   The curved hemline balances out the boxiness of this style, which is really just ..read more
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