Colour in Thirds: Tessuti Competition

The Colour in Thirds Competition by Tessuti competition lets your creativity run wild, making literally whatever garment you like from a specified fabric. 

“Entry guidelines are super simple. Sew whatever style you want. Sew something that’s sympathetic to the fabric. Sew an original design or use a pattern. You can use one, both or a combination of all three competition fabrics.” – Tessuti Fabric Sewing Blog

The fabric was a Japanese polyester crepe de chine available – as the competition suggests – in three colours. With an open design brief, a fabric we were unfamiliar with, and two colours to play with – it was time to get creative!

What do see our past entries in the Tessuti Sewing Competitions?
See our Skylines entry here.

Photos taken by Ben and James Christie.


While we were trying on Pinstripe Asymmetric Dress at Cue Clothing Australia last month we fell in love with the ruched effect through ties. The
crepe de chine had the perfect balance between weight and flow of fabric required for these pull up sleeves and skirt to work their magic!

View our Pinterest Board of inspiration here.


Vogue 1413
(Out of print)

The first thing we noticed when we picked up this fabric, was how well it would drape and float in ruffles… enter the inspiration – Vogue 1413.

This ruffled top pattern we hunted down once we realised it was going out of date from the last one left in Victoria… one phone order from Spotlight Tarragon later and it has been sitting in the collection waiting for its moment to shine. Using this pattern as the base, we added a skirt, extra ruffles and went to town on the Baby Locker overlocker to finish off the metres (and metres) of hems!

View our Pinterest Board of inspiration here.




Baby lock, overlocker and sewing machine

Thank you for running another interesting and creative competition Tessuti!

We look forward to the next challenge!

Lauren & Erin
Two Sewing Sisters

LIV: 14th Victorian Legal Awards

3.jpgErin was nominated for ‘Law Student of the Year’, as part of the LIV: 14th Victorian Legal Awards. So naturally a new dress was in order!

The dress is a combination of the bodice of Gertie’s Charm Patterns Lamour Dress and the skirt of Vintage Vogue Pattern V1172 made from Spotlight fabric.

This dress must have been lucky, as the night ended with award in hand!

Erin pictured here with the Deakin Law School Dean, Professor Jenni Lightowlers.  A wonderful evening at the LIV: 14th Victorian Legal Awards!

The process of dress creation below…

First step, cutting out:

Second step, construction:

Third step, testing up the skirt:

Detail of bodice (Gertie’s Charm Patterns Lamour Dress):


For a little extra touch – we added zippers in the pockets which allows for all of your belonging to go in your pockets, no bag needed!


Dressmaker of the Year Awards Finalist 2018

We are thrilled have been selected as a finalist in Dressmaker of the Year Awards, hosted by Make It Today – Dressmaker Magazine. The dress was part of the occcassion category for our pale blue silk evening gown. The dress was originally designed for Erin to wear to the 2017 Deakin Law Society Ball hosted at Crown Pelladium.

Lauren J Ritchie - Front

The design was sketched up after some serious sessions on Pinterest to bring together the elements. The bodice was drafted ourselves with toiles made to ensure final fitting before cutting the blue pale dupion purchased from Clegs (now sadly closed but stock acquired by Rathdowne Fabrics).

Lauren J Ritchie - Design

Lauren J Ritchie - Bodice pattern
Constructed in two main parts – a straight strapless dress with an over skirt, the hem of the over skirt is adorned with a combination of vintage lace, existing and hand made flowers each hand sewn onto the skirt.

The belt was made by Buttonmania and bag purchased from Maude Studio with earrings from Little Core.

Lauren J Ritchie - Front side

Congratulations to the finalists in all categories in the Dressmaker of the Year Awards for 2018. You can view their entries here.

Avid Skyline

Having finished the entry for the Tessuti Skyline Competition there was around a meter of fabric left… what to make… what to make?  With the rumor of Spring in the London air the opportunity to try the Avid Seamstress Drop Shoulder came to mind.

The first PDF sewing pattern experience was a great one!  With the comfort of printing on A4 paper at home, a sticky tape session and a quick cut later without the pressure of having to head back to the store if decided it needed to be a different size and the delicate nature of the tissue.

Pattern placement was key, along the same lines of the dress entry it was important to make a design feature with inspiration from the Up your Sewing Game podcast by Love to Sew Podcast the inside was hand finished vs a machine top stitch.

Some small alterations to the pattern were made to extend the bias neck to become part of the loop for the button and small side split with the step to the already shaped hem.

Ready for a casual Sunday looked styled with jeans and with canvas sneakers it could also be tucked into a waisted skirt of pants for a more formal look.  Already planning the next version of this top so stay tuned.

1920’s Jazz Ball

Tickets to the 100 years of jazz in the UK festival feat the Puppini Sisters with the dress code of “Waistcoats, flapper dresses, top hats, pinstripes, fascinators are all highly encouraged” and the comment “Don’t worry about feeling over dressed, people will be coming in all sorts of wow!” called for a new dress for the occasion.  

Turning to Pinterest for some inspiration searching out images of Downtown Abbey, Miss Phryne Fisher and the Great Gatsby the key features started to form – see the Pinterest board here. Inspired by the draped and handkerchief hems the fabric was ordered with a feature to be made of two beaded motifs with one on the hip and the other for a hair clip.

Working with no pattern meant mapping out approximate measurements and self fittings to gather the drape into the best position.  Edges were finished with the baby lock action on the overlocker due to the large length of edge added with front feature and back draped chiffon.

Set for a night in the historic Troxy Art Deco themed ballroom the night was danced away in a tribute to an era gone by.