Tessuti Fabrics, The world's most beautiful fabrics

Welcome to Tessuti Fabrics

With locations in Sydney and Melbourne, Tessuti Fabrics has been home to the world’s most beautiful designer fabrics since 1992.  Specialising in European and local designer ends, our diverse and ever-changing range includes the very best wools, silks, cottons, linens and laces from all around the world including Italy, Japan and France.

We buy from over thirty leading Australian and international designers. Past and present ranges include Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Missoni, Zimmermann, Manning Cartell, Cue, and many more.

We cater to brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride with our extensive range of silks including silk satin, dupion, georgette, chiffon, organzas and duchess.

Our Surry Hills and Melbourne stores also stock an exquisite selection of French laces that make us the perfect destination for bridal and formal wear.


  • Surry Hills Store

    Tessuti Surry Hills

    The Surry Hills fabric shop has quickly grown to become our largest fabric store, with a very diverse range of fabrics. Learn More »

  • Tessuti Chatswood

    Since 1992 Tessuti Chatswood has provided the best fabrics, buttons and trims on Sydney’s north shore. Learn More »

  • Tessuti Melbourne

    Tessuti Fabrics have arrived at Flinders Lane, Melbourne – an area that was once the heart of the ‘rag trade’. Learn More »

  • Tessuti Online

    Our online shop is always open, so you can browse fabrics from anywhere.  See what’s new in our online fabric shop.

Learn To Sew In Store

Our Melbourne and Sydney (Surry Hills and Chatswood) stores regularly hosts a range of both general and specialized Sew Inn classes. For available sessions and more information, click here.

  • Sew Inn Surry Hills, Sydney

    Learn to sew at our sewing classes in our Surry Hills fabric store in Sydney. Sydney Sewing Classes

  • Sew Inn Melbourne

    Learn to sew at our sewing classes in our Melbourne fabric store. Melbourne Sewing Classes

  • Sew Inn Chatswood, Sydney

    Learn to sew at our sewing classes in our Chatswood fabric store in Sydney. Chatswood Sewing Classes

Recently On Sew Tessuti

We love sewing and we love sharing! Follow our blog for regular posts on all things exciting and new in the world of Tessuti including pattern reviews, feature fabrics, tips and tutorials.

28, Oct

Our newest pattern - The Lola Tee

I have a niece called Lola. Not long after she was born I heard this song - Whatever Lola Wants. In the ensuing years, any...

01, Nov

Melb Skill Building Session on Fri 8th November - PATTERN MATCHING

Ticklish Licorice Next week, our Melbourne store is holding a special skill building session that will introduce techniques that allow for successful print and pattern...

04, Nov

The Gabby Dress Pattern. Would you like that in hardcopy?

Due to popular request and for a limited time only, we've released our very popular Gabby Dress pattern in hard copy. This classic and trans-seasonal...

15, Nov

Well hello Eva, our new dress pattern!

Today feels like a good day to release a pattern, no? Dear readers, let us introduce you to (as modelled here and also named after)...

17, Nov

Two-Tone Eva Dress

We've had a fantastic response to our latest pattern, the Eva Dress. It's the ideal dress to pack for travelling, perfect for a hot summers...

21, Nov

Dancing Leopards Men's Shirt - McCalls 6044

When Jack's not busy studying law and working at our Surry Hills store, he's making some very cool clothing. Here he is in his latest...

22, Nov

No, it's not you it's the pattern!

We're posting to let everyone know that we have identified an error in our latest Eva Dress Pattern! Due to a printing errorthe actual size...

27, Nov

Melbourne Sew Inn - 2014 dates now available

Much as I am in denial about the fact that 2014 is but a little over a month away, I thought it best to get...

03, Dec

Pattern Review - Burda 7517

Today I had my last sewing group/class here for 2013. I'll miss hanging out (chatting mainly) with my sewing buddies on Monday mornings, but we...

04, Dec

Sew Inn for Kids with Jodie 'Ric Rac' Carleton (Tessuti, Melbourne)

Now there are some pretty damn adorable toy patterns out there and none more so than those by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac. We are...

05, Dec

They what found the fault - Suzie and Ingrid

So you probably read/heard/saw that our latest pattern - The Eva Dress - had a little hiccup in her first week of release. We have...

09, Dec

Pattern Review - Vogue 1036

Julie popped in to see us again recently to show us her latest make, a great unlined denim look jacket. Made up in Vogue 1036and...

10, Dec

From Beginner to Sewing With Knits

Meet Emilie - keen surfer and new-ish sewer! After attending our beginners class back in July, Emilie's kept up her interest in sewing ever since...

11, Dec

Sewing Tessuti - a blogging round-up II

Following on from this blog post back in July (sheesh - was it really that long ago?), I've put together another round-up featuring some recent...

14, Dec

Uccelli Sand Men's Shirt - McCalls 6044

Here's Jack again in another fabulous men's shirt made from McCalls 6044. The fabric is our Italian 100% silk satin Uccelli Sand.

16, Dec

Miss Bella Donna Eve in (modified) Vogue 1250

I instantly spotted Eve at our remnant table in the Surry Hills store a few weeks ago, wearing this dress she made up in Summer...

18, Dec

Great British Sewing Bee - Christmas Special 2013


21, Dec

Pattern Review - The Anna Dress from By Hand London

Ok, so now I totally and completely get the love-fest that is swirling all 'round By Hand London's Anna Dress. And what a warm...

22, Dec

Lily's $10 Roll Dress!

Here's a gorgeous dress made up by staffer Lily, who was clever and quick to grab a roll of this panel print silk habutai in...

23, Dec

TWO new patterns - introducing the Zoe Top (FREE) and Camilla Camisole

In 2013, we introduced you to nine new Tessuti patterns - Alexa, Laura, Jac, Anita,Tokyo, Mandy, Suzy, Eva and Lola. To say thank you for...

25, Dec

Merry Christmas!

What can I say, I'm an 80's girl at heart! Merry Christmas everyone. xxx

25, Dec

Holiday Trading Hours

During the Christmas/New Year period, our stores will be trading as follows: Thur 26th Dec - CLOSED Fri 27th Dec - OPEN Sat 28th Dec...

27, Dec

In store SALE now on!

Beginning in store today Fri 27 Dec, we're having a HUGE end-of-year fabric sale! Come on in for savings on all the latest spring/summer European...

28, Dec

Modiccian Mosaic Drawstring Dress

Last week I posted Lily's maxi dress .Here's sister Ruby's stunning, similar version made up in our Italian digital printed silk satin Modiccian Mosaic. The...

08, Jan

We can feel a new pattern coming on...

Happy new year lovely readers! Hope 2014 has started in the best possible way for all of you. Things have been a little quiet here...

12, Jan

Pattern Review - Darling Ranges Dress

Released in 2010 and widely featured in highly covetable versions near and far, I'm fairly certain that this pattern needs little introduction. Aye readers -...

13, Jan

Emilie's back in Vogue 8805!

Sticking with the Liberty Of London theme after Lisa's fabulous Darling Ranges Dress, here's another great dress this time combining Liberty tana lawn with linen....

25, Jan

Take one fabric flaw and work with it!

Meet lovely Thea who works at Bernina Chatswood.She recently made up our Lily Linen Dress pattern in this lovely (now sold out) denim/slate printed...

29, Jan

Burda 7215 and New Look 6194. We like!

Here's a striking outfit for y'all to feast to your fabric-loving eyes on. Jacquie came in recently wearing head-to-toeknee Tessuti which is always a heart-warming...

31, Jan

Introducing the Judy Top Pattern

Judy, made up in Wainscot White vintage wash linen Meet our newest pattern, Judy! The Judy Top has a multi button rouleau detail, drop shoulders...

13, Feb

My Citron Lacey Drawstring Dress

These days most of my sewing time is taken up with sewing samples for our Tessuti pattern range so time is suddenly very limited! I've...

16, Feb

A New Pattern. Meet Pia.

Meet Pia - our newest Tessuti pattern! This pull-on dress is designed with extended shoulder sleeves and exaggerated pockets. The comfortable, flattering style is shaped...

19, Feb

My Tokyo Jacket - Take 2

Here's my latest Tokyo Jacket. This one's a more summer-ier (word? should be), casual alternative to my first silk version. And the colour is...

21, Feb

Vogue 1247. Doing the rounds...

Have you seen Sophie's knockout version (above) ofVogue 1247? If not, go forth and check more of it outhere. Hers is made up in digitally...

26, Feb

Textured Japanese Cottons!

Coming soon...

27, Feb

Kids and sewing - the hows, whys and wonderings

My daughter and stepdaughter (both 9) just finished sewing their first ever garments. PJ pants in our Bastia Red and Bastia Navy (available Melbourne, and...

05, Mar

The Great British Sewing Bee - Series 2 Episode 2

Can't seem to find Episode 1 from this next series ( please share if you know), here's episode 2. Enjoy!

05, Mar

Sew Inn classes now on at Tessuti Chatswood

We're pleased to announce that sewing classes are starting at Tessuti Chatswood. We are now holding Beginners classes and (NEW) specialised Tessuti Patterns sewing workshops...

13, Mar

Chairs meet Japanese Cotton meet Pick Up Sticks

If you follow us over on Instagram you might've seen this pic yesterday but I dig these SO much I had to share it here...

19, Mar

New York Cape pattern - Final print run!

With the arrival of some pretty scrumptious coatings we've decided to do one final, last-hurrah, hardcopy print run of our very popular New York Cape...

26, Mar

Pattern Review - Vogue 1323 Pants and McCalls 6551

Hurray and thanks to beautiful Rebecca for breaking my posting drought! Rebecca's thrilled to be back sewing again after having a bit of a hiatus...

08, Apr

NEW Pattern - Silva Shirt Jacket

Introducing our newest pattern, theSilva Shirt Jacket.This relaxed, collarless style can be worn as either a jacket or shirt. It features three quarter length sleeves,...

09, Apr

Easter Trading Hours

Easter Hours CLOSED- Friday 18th April OPEN- Saturday 19th April (11am - 4pm) CLOSED- Sunday 20th April CLOSED- Monday 21st April OPEN- Tuesday 22nd April...

11, Apr

Rebecca in Rebecca Taylor - Vogue 1344

Here's Rebecca again, this time in a Rebecca Taylor dress pattern,Vogue 1344. The fabric, Gabby's Choice ( also seen here and here) 100% silk double...

16, Apr

2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition: be in with a chance to win $1000!

Remember our 2013 Gridlock competition? Well, it's on again but this time with a completely different fabric - our Jaywalk jersey, available in black/natural (above)...

18, Apr

A Mandy in Asti

Autumn's kicked in. I've had it in my head to make up one of these for a while and there's nothing like a swift shift...

27, Apr

Winter Eva Tunic Dress in Nero Kurepu

With the latest arrival of some pretty gorgeous Japanese wool crepe - Nero Kurepu(also available in Cherry Red) - I was keen to whip myself...

29, Apr

New pattern - Meet our Esther Shorts

Summer Esther made up in Shima Kuro Meet our newest pattern - Esther! This classic, vintage-style short pattern is high waisted and features flattering side...

09, May

Sydney & Melbourne Sew Inn - class update!

Checked out our Sew Inn classes lately? We've introcuced a new dropdown menu in our online store that (we hope!) makes it quicker and easier...

20, May

Incoming! Our first Jaywalk Sewing entry

Our first entry in our 2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition is up! You can read more about Donna's gorgeous empire bodice maxi dress over on her...

28, May

THIS Friday 30th May - Melbourne Skill Building session

It's been a while between sessions but we're pleased to announce that Melbourne's FREE skill-building sessions are back! This coming Friday, we'll demonstrate how to...

03, Jun

New Free Pattern - the Libby A-Line Skirt

Mid length Libby in Kool Kat Spot and Mandy Boat Tee top in Ebony Jersey By now you should know that we really love releasing...

04, Jun

By Design (Radio National) video and interview

Last Saturday, Radio National's By Design program broadcast a recent interview where I talked about sewing and patterns. They also put together this video which...

05, Jun

Judith modifies Silva to linen perfection

When we received our recent delivery of new yarn-dyed crinkle linens in Tan Check and Ebony Check, there was some hardcore swooning amongst many of...

13, Jun

Our Jaywalk Sewing Competition Winner!

Big, full thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Jaywalk Sewing Competition. We're thrilled to be making this full moon-ed, Friday 13th lucky for...

18, Jun

NEW Brigitte Boat Neck Top pattern

Brigitte (full length sleeve) Say hello to our newest pattern - the Brigitte Top. She's a fitted, classic boat neck (bateau) top with set in...

26, Jun

Our SALE in ON!

Happy days! It's SALE time at Tessuti. Race into your nearest store pronto and grab some BIG savings (up to 50% off!) on our massive...

09, Jul

Sewing Tessuti (patterns) - a blogging round-up III

Oh hey there blog friends. It's been a while, I know. There hasn't been much sewing going on around these parts. Colette went on her...

25, Jul

Giddy (and good-y) Spring sewing

There is something about spring/summer fabrics that makes me a little giddy. Not giddy in an off-balance, middle-ear-infection kinda way. Think more over-excited kid bursting...

05, Aug

Her birthday, my score (vintage Simplicity 7355)

Over the past few years I've had varying degrees of success in sewing up a birthday make for the kidlet. Sometimes I'm late (2012), sometimes...

29, Aug

Nani Iro 'Paint Colour' Pillowcases

Two sweet pillow cases for the girls. The fabric - Paint Colour - is one of our new and beautiul Nani Iro selections and...

12, Sep

Pattern Review - Style 3863 full circle skirt

I have fallen hard for the big skirt. And I mean BIG. The one that is full and swirly and voluminous and classic. I...

14, Sep

Pattern Review - Vintage Butterick 5111 a.k.a the stash bust

So as a follow up to my last blog post, here's the one where I talk about the top. The whole time I was making...

05, Oct

My Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice

Ah sweet overalls (or dungarees). I forgot how much I loved to wear you. Last time I wore a pair of these was in my...

07, Oct

NEW Lisa Dress Pattern

Lisa Dress made up in Lulu Navy Linen It's been a long time between patterns so we are SUPER excited to be releasing our latest...

10, Oct

Pattern Review - McCalls 6844

Looking for a stylish, lightweight, mid-season knit cardigan? Georgia snapped up aremnantof Italian summer knitBellinoand made up view CMcCalls 6844out of the 1.50mtr length. These...

11, Oct

Pattern Review: Vogue 1387 (view B)

Always keen to try out a new pattern, Raewin's just finished this lovely blouse in blue silk crepe de chine made up in Vogue 1387...

22, Oct

Our latest pattern - The Alice Dress/Top

Alice Top in Liberty of LondonCapel Dark Blue We areveryexcited to be releasing our latest pattern -The Alice Dress/Top. This smock style top/dress features a...

25, Oct

Purple and Winter White in McCalls 2401

Perfect for Spring, here's a great shift dress made up by Julie in our lovely Italian stretch Cotton/Elastane 'Purple and Winter White' (only available in...

07, Nov

Anne Klein Vogue V1098 Jacket in spots and stripes

Melbourne regular Jacinta walked in last week wearing THIS beauty! The jacket pattern is Anne Klein's Vogue V1098 (oop). She brilliantly combined our Grande Palle...

13, Nov

Meet our NEW pattern - The Ruby Top/Dress

Ruby Top in Verde Cube Blue silk crepe de chine (available Chatswood and Surry Hills) Hello readers! Meet our newest pattern - the Ruby Top/Dress....

17, Nov

Pattern Review - Vogue 8993

Here's a look at Georgia's latest make, this dress made up in Vogue 8993in a lovely stretch cotton, Autumn Botanics from last summer (now sold...

18, Nov

My Alice Top - Mark 2

Since making it last month, my striped Alice Top has been on a high and heavy rotation. You know that go-to wardrobe staple that is...

08, Dec

Pattern Review - Pinterest and Style 4339 (sort of)

Pinterest really is the coolest. This linen dress started life in my head as a completely different style from a completely different pattern and after...

15, Dec

NEW (UPDATED) Gabby Dress Pattern!

Gabby Dress in Butterfly HavenwithRaisin Silk Satin ( matt side) contrast panel Happy days! We're squeezing in one last pattern for the year and it's...

22, Dec

Giallo Cravatta Viscose Pants

Check out Julie's fab pants made up in our Italian 100% Viscose Giallo Cravatta (available only at Tessuti Chatswood store) from shorts pattern, New Look...

23, Dec

Silk/Lace Ruby Dress

You may have noticed on ourInstagram feed that I've been working on a new dress for our Tessuti Sydney Christmas party. As usual, I left...

24, Dec

Christmas wishes x

The merriest Christmas and happiest 2015 to all our followers, customers and friends. We are SO looking forward to bringing you more fabrics, inspiration, patterns...

27, Dec

That Ruby Pattern - she's versatile!

As mentioned in my last post, here are the other Ruby Top/Dress versions wornto this year's Sydney Tessuti Christmas party.First up is Georgia's Ruby Dress...

30, Dec

Pattern Review - Vogue 8887 Wrap skirt in Liberty Tana Lawn

If you're fond of a good wrap skirt, then check out Libby's mock wrap skirt made up in Liberty Of London -Eleonora Teal (sold out)...

11, Jan

Summer love - Grainline's Moss Skirt and Scout Tee

Happy New Year folks! Hope 2015 is off to a cracking start for all of you and that the new one has bought you at...

12, Jan

Up Sew Late's Coral Linen Eva Dress

We're seriously in LOVE with Gabrielle's gorgeous coral linen Eva Dressspied over atUp Sew Late. Our popular dress pattern looks fabulous in this sleeveless style,...

22, Jan

The little dress that could

If you're looking for a girl's dress pattern that'll last a little longer than your average make, how's this for picture proof? Five years on...

26, Jan

Sheryl's Lola Tee

We were happy to have another visit from Sheryl this month, who booked into our Tessuti Pattern Sewing Class last Friday. Wanting to try her...

28, Jan

The Lisa Dress as Top : Pinterest strikes again

I have worn my Lisa Dress hard since sewing it last October. Yah, this Lisa LOVES that Lisa for sure. It's an easy wear and...

29, Jan

NEW Tutorial: Attaching and Joining Double Fold Bias Binding

Back in Jan 2013 we published this tutorial showing you how to sew and join together double fold bias binding. We use this binding a-plenty...

30, Jan

Summer spots - Thea's altered Vogue 8764

Ever used a pattern for its silhouette but made some pretty major changes to suit your style preference? Here's lovely Thea from Bernina Chatswood who...

03, Feb

NEW - The Sophie Top and The Sophie Dress Patterns!

After a most mammoth and intense period of designing, drafting, editing, testing, re-drafting, re-testing and re-editing, they're finished and done and we're super excited to...

06, Feb

TGBSB - Series 3: Episode 1

Not a bad way to start the weekend, hey?

07, Feb

My Version Sophie Dress

\ Here's another twist to our latest Sophie Dress/Top patterns and my own version. I justlove the comfortable and simple flared style of our latest...

08, Feb

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...

13, Feb

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...

14, Feb

TGBSB- Series 3: Episode 2

Happy Valentine's x

15, Feb

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...

20, Feb

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...

22, Feb

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...

03, Mar

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...

10, Mar

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....

13, Mar

The Great British Sewing Bee - Series 3 Finale

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

27, Mar

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...

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