I've been told that Tessuti means fabric in Italian, but it is also the name of a fabbo dress fabric shop here in Sydney, so the title of this post is true on both levels. They sell the most wonderful fabrics sourced from places such as Italy and France, and have a large and wonderful range. If you’re a Sydneysider get yourself there quick smart and expect to add to the fabric stash in a serious way, but if you’re from further afield all is not lost because they have also have a mail order service so check them out: http://www.tessuti.com.au/.
Since the lovely Colette from Tessuti’s has left a few charming comments on my previous posts, I thought I would show my appreciation by showing something I have made from their fabric. One of the fabrics I bought from there about two years ago is a lovely and soft cotton, in a black and white floral print splashed with some red chrysanthemums. It sat in my stash for a while as I needed time to settle on a project worthy of its loveliness.
I made a simple shift dress made from Simplicity 9404, which is actually designed for knit fabrics but had enough ease in the pattern to be worn as a fitted shift. I kept the lines of the dress rather simple because the fabric was so beautiful I wanted it to be the focus rather than the construction details. The dress is so comfortable, and the fabric wears so well that by the end of the day there's hardly any wrinkles at all.
I do recommend you have a look at Colette’s blog, it has customers creations, her own amazing garments and new fabrics coming into the store. Truth be told however I’m too bashful to wear one of my creations from their fabric in the store because the standard of what everyone else comes up with is just outstanding!
Oh, and please ignore the shocking state of the floorboards and skirting in this photo, this was taken in the sunroom of our house which is yet to be renovated......