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.

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...

04, Apr

Our NEW Pattern - The Ola Tunic Top!

As always, we're super excited to be finally introducing our latest Tessuti pattern - The Ola Tunic Top! This loose tunic-style top pattern comes complete...

06, Apr

Alex's wedding (and getting by with a little help from her friends)

Here's a feel-good story for sewing beginners. The bride pictured here is our gorgeous customer Alex. She's been attending sewing classes with Bernadette Doherty for...

10, Apr

Ola's missing piece...(dammit)

The bad news?! We forgot to include a pattern piece in our recently-released Ola Tunic Top Pattern! The good news!? It's the pocket bag for...

17, Apr

NEW :: Our Georgie Top Pattern!

Georgie Top in Magenta Rising Sewing friends, meet our latest pattern - the Georgie Top! This simple, t-shirt style top is designed for woven fabrics...

24, Apr

Anzac Day public holiday - all stores closed

Lovely customers, please note that all our stores are closed for Anzac Day tomorrow. Melbourne and Chatswood will be open on Sunday 26th from 11am-4pm.

25, Apr

A How To - Print-at-home and Copy Shop patterns

For many of our pattern buyers, the print-at-home PDF version can be a great source of bamboozlement if you've never been down that pattern-buying road...

26, Apr

Sewing Technique Classes - Learn how to insert an invisible zipper and attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine.

NEWto Tessuti Sydney stores are sewing techniqueclasses - these classes run for 2 hours and are aimed to help sewers fine tune their existing sewing...

01, May

NEW :: Megan Longline Cardigan Pattern

Introducing our latest pattern - the Megan Longline Cardigan. This simple flared cardigan looks fabulous worn over sleeveless tops, pants or dresses. It features full...

12, May

NEW :: The Sydney Jacket Pattern

Sydney Jacket made up in boiled wool Jurgen Grigio Introducing our latest pattern - The Sydney Jacket. This oversized, draped design features a relaxed collar,...

29, May

Doing it for the squids - Alice and Geranium

Here's some looooong overdue kids sewing. They both chose fabrics during the Christmas holidays and well, being summer AND holidays I took my good time...

09, Jun

A Tale of Two Georgies

When we released our Georgie Top Pattern in April, I sewed up this striped version during the pattern testing phase. It's become an ace little...

19, Jun

My Megan

Last month, I went and got me some good sewing on at craft camp. Amongst us, there were no less than SIX Sydney Jacket's made...

25, Jun


SALE time is our FAVOURITE time! Beginning today, our massive range of stunning fabrics has been reduced. Sale items include our current winter European and...

07, Jul

Pattern Review - Butterick 6178 (D) Culottes

Let me start out by saying that there are many, MANY things I love about sewing. But one of the things I love most is...

10, Jul

Online Sale - FINAL DAYS!

Alas, all good things must come to an end and our online sale is no exception. From now and only until 11:59pm AEST this Sunday...

24, Jul

My Bad Eye Linden

My mother's Sicilian side of the family are big believers in malocchio - the evil eye. Growing up, I'd sometimes see Mum/aunt/cousin/random relative suddenly struck...

18, Aug

Our Brigitte Top to Dress

Brigitte Dress in Ondula Plum Jersey To create a slimline dress for this lovely and oh-so soft Italian jersey, we made a simple modification to...

22, Aug

Pattern Review - McCalls 6612 - View D

Ondula Antique in McCalls 6612 Want another great pattern option for our new Italianjersey knits? Here's Tessuti Chatswood staffer Georgia, inOndula Antique. The pattern used...

26, Aug

Fossetti Fantasia Frock

If you're signed up to our mailing list or follow us onFacebookorInstagram, you'll know that we've just released our new spring/summer range of pontiknits. We...

01, Sep

Style 3315 in Liberty Scharing Tana

Without fail, every new delivery of seasonal Libertys will have me crushing over one particular print. When we received our latest range six weeks ago,...

08, Sep

Pattern Review - Vogue 8871 in Aqua Haven Ponti

Vogue 8871inAqua Haven Ponti Nothing like the arrival of spring fabrics and spring weather (sorry Melbourne, we know you're still waiting on the latter) to...

11, Sep

Vintage Style 2542 silk midi skirt

As a panacea to Melbourne's coldest winter since 1989, I started this distinctly summer skirt back in late July. The 1978 Style pattern is a...

15, Sep

Going back for two more - Butterick 6178

I originally professed my deep and abiding affection for Butterick 6178 in this post and then I promptly went and made two more pairs. As...

27, Sep

Pattern Review - Vogue 9067 view A

Those of you not on Instagram or Facebook may have missed out on seeing this latest creation made by Georgia, so here it is again...

30, Sep

Sheryl in (modified) Sophie Dress Pattern

We LOVE this image ofSheryland her beautiful Welsh Springer Spaniel, Saffy.Sheryl made up ourSophie Dresspattern(sleeved version)in a blue linen bought in France. The original pattern...

08, Oct

Our NEW pattern - The Colette Tunic Top

It's been nearly FIVE months (whaaaattt?!) since we released our last pattern so we are very excited to bring you the latest summery addition to...

11, Oct

A beautiful song

... enjoy :)

11, Oct

Pinterest inspired Ottavio Crinkle Dress

My daughter Gabby fell head over heels for this dress when she spied it on our 'Checks' Pinterest board. And then THIS gorgeous Italian crinkle...

12, Oct

Melbourne VIP Shopping Night

Ladies, it's time to get your fancy on! To celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival, our Melbourne store is hosting a special VIP shopping event this...

13, Oct

Ruby Tuesday (with mods)

After my Butterick 6178 love fest, I shifted my sewing plans to tops. More specifially, tops that I could wear with culottes. Being a slim...

30, Oct

More of Vogue 9067 - View C

You guys loved Georgia's last version of Vogue 9067 so I had to show you this very different looking version C that she made from...

06, Nov

Introducing our NEW Kate Top Pattern

Meet our latest pattern - the Kate Top. This cropped, boxy sleeveless style comes with two neckline variations, a wide hemline with side split feature...

10, Nov

More of our NEW Kate Top - ideas and inspiration

Here's our latest Kate Top pattern made up in Italian stretch woven cotton/elastane Fence Jumping (limited stock available in Chatswood and Melbourne only). Despite the...

12, Nov

Kate Sewing Competition - $1000 in cash prizes up for grabs!

To promote the release of our new Kate Top Pattern, we're holding a competition where you can win $500 (First Prize), $300 (Second Prize) or...

13, Nov

Melbourne Fusing Tips & Tricks Sessions - Thur 19th November

Our Melbourne store will be hosting two fusing information sessions on Thursday 19th November. Liz from Freudenberg will show you how to select the...

14, Nov

Tutorial - How to attach your invisible zipper to a facing like a BOSS!

Following on from our NEW invisible zipper tutorial, here's how to attach your zipper to a facing with your sewing machine. This method is used...

14, Nov

NEW Invisible Zipper Tutorial

If you're a beginner sewer or would like to learn another method of inserting an invisible zipper, then this is a tutorial just for YOU!...

17, Nov

Introducing our NEW Maggie Tunic Pattern

Maggie Tunic in Apricot Mosaic Panel Introducing our new pattern - the Maggie Tunic! This loose fitting tunic top features bust darts, shaped V neckline,...

18, Nov

My Liberty Kate

When we released our Kate Top pattern a fortnight ago, my first thought was to sew it up in basic black linen. But then why...

27, Nov

Pattern Review - (OOP) Vogue 2532 in Verde Tropicale

If you follow us on Instagram you may have spied Tessuti Surry Hills staffer Megan in these fabulous shorts made up in Italian 100%...

01, Dec

Our new pattern - the Annie Dress!

Introducing our latest pattern - the Annie Dress! This loose, light maxi features front and back yoke with separate side panels and sewn in pockets....

04, Dec

Lisa Dress mods by (clever) Coral

Here's lovely Coral in two gorgeous modified versions of our Lisa Dress Pattern. She cut the bodice pieces as per pattern but, instead of creating...

07, Dec

Jana's Wainscot Navy Linen Dress

Here's a gorgeous creation that caught my eye yesterday at our Chatswood store! Lovely Jana made her dress in Wainscot Navy - vintage washed linenusing...

08, Dec

Gabby's Turia Dungarees

Since Lisa madehers, my daughter Gabby has been wanting to try out Paulina Alice's Turia Dungarees.She has some store-bought blue denim ones on high rotation...

15, Dec

Our Kate Top Comp Winners

Yesterday, over on Instagram, we announced the winners of our Kate Top Sewing Competition. BIG congratulations go out to Ervi, Justine and Helen for taking...

16, Dec

Cali Faye Basics Dress

I'm not quite sure why the Cali Faye Collection of patterns has - 'til now - flown under my radar. It's such a gorgeous "collection...

18, Dec

Eva Dress modified to skirt

Happy Friday folks! Here's a quick post to show you how to make this most excellent and very simple pull-on lantern skirt. To create the...

21, Dec

Kathleen's wedding dress

Here are some seriously beautiful images from Kathleen's wedding day. This stunning dress was lovingly made by Kathleen's mum Anna who, by day, is a...

22, Dec

Nani Iro + Eva = Summer

It's definitely prime Eva wearing time. Here's June in a great Eva Dress made up in cotton/linen Mountain View Yellow (sold out). There's still a...

25, Dec

Merry Christmas xxx

Sending customers, followers and fellow fabric-lovers our very best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas. Hope you get some sewing time squeezed in there...

03, Jan

Unpicking the RIGHT way

Happy 2016 everybody! We recently shared this link on our Facebook page and it kinda went nuts. Seems there are more that a few of...

04, Jan

For Paddy - vintage Simplicity 6948

Here's some Monday morning gorgeous for you because....CUTE! This is Paddy - newly minted one year old, prolific babbler, perpetually busy, happy (SO happy), lover...

08, Jan

Pattern Review - Simplicity 9582

I've seen quite a few off-the-shoulder tops this season but Sachiyo's version is now one of my favourites! Mum and I spotted her in our...

10, Jan

Modified Annie Dress Tutorial

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen the image of my Tessuti Sydney Christmas party frock. My obvious pattern choice for the...

14, Jan

The Annie Dress modified to top

Annie Top (modified straps) in seersucker Japanese 100% cottonRipple Spot (Navy still available at Chatswood and Melbourne stores only) We've had such a fabulous response...

02, Feb

City Gym Shorts a.k.a Bloody Ace Shorts

You know those patterns that you sew up and then you just want to make ten more? OK, it's THESE! The City Gym Shorts from...

23, Feb

NEW :: The Jane Dress Pattern

Meet our first pattern of 2016 - the Jane Dress! This a-line dress features a small neckline split, short sleeves and a side pocket. A...

02, Mar

2016 In Season Silk Sewing Competition

Remember Gridlock and Jaywalk? Well, it's been a long time between sewing competitions so we've decided to do it all again in our 2016 In...

08, Mar

Modified Ruby Dress in Pebble Washed Linen

I'd been thinking about this subtle modification for our Ruby Top/Dress pattern for a while. This pattern has such a great classic shape and lends...

12, Mar

(Vintage) Style 2667 sundress and pattern musings

Not so long ago I was sorting through my pattern collection, fantasizing...sorry, PLANNING all the things I'm going to make this year, when something occurred...

23, Mar

Our New Demi Pant Pattern

Meet our newest pattern - the Demi Pant! This pull-on, croppedpantpattern features an elasticised waist and full leg with side stitched down pockets. A...

08, Apr

Classic Mandy Stripes

These two Mandy's that I made back in 2013? They're still going strong and still worn often. The Mandy is very much the top I...

14, Apr

NEW Audrey Shirt Pattern

Meet our newest pattern, the Audrey Shirt! Japanese 100% Cotton - Black Supesu (also available in grey and navy) This lovely collared design features a...

21, Apr

Ruby's wedding dress, made with love

We received a lovely email from newlywed Ruby and promptly ooh-ed and ahhh-ed over the gorgeous photos attached. This dress! And made by her grandmother...

02, May

2016 In Season Silk Comp winners!

Earlier today on Instagram, we announced the prize winners for our 2016 In Season Silk Sewing Competition. So big, shouty CONGRATULATIONS to our major prize...

03, May

NEW :: Helga Shirt Pattern

Meet Helga - our latest Tessuti pattern! About ten weeks ago we put up this photo (below) of Helga on Instagram. Helga (the customer -...

12, May

NEW :: Brooklyn Coat Pattern

Twelve months ago to the day, we released our Sydney Jacket pattern. The response was phenomenal (thank you!) and we hope you love this...

14, May

My Teal Brooklyn

Here's my version of our latest pattern, the Brooklyn Coat. After swathing myself (yes, you swathe a LOT when you work in a fabric shop)...

17, May

Anita's Self Drafted Top and Skirt

Anita (who prepares all your online orders) made this fabulous, bias cut, eight panel skirt with side pockets in our Italian cotton corduroy 'Flockette Spot'...

19, May

The Great British Sewing Bee - Season 4: Episode 1

Grab your preferred beverage of choice and enjoy! We'll post links to further episodes over on our Facebook page.

01, Jun

Grainline's Driftless and skinny Anitas

At the beginning of this year, I made a pledge to not buy any new clothes in 2016. I told a few nearest and dearest...

08, Jun

NEW :: Berlin Jacket Pattern

Meet our latest pattern - the Berlin Jacket! This collarless, longline jacket features low patch pockets, extended dropped shoulders and full length sleeves with a...

14, Jun

Pattern Review - McCalls 7166

As mentioned in my last post, I'm on a hard and fast mission to pad out my winter wardrobe and this skirt is a happy...

06, Jul

Pattern Review - Vintage Style 1652

Vintage Pattern Hunting...that's a legitimate hobby, right? These days, I buy more of those than of the currently-in-print variety. It may be a throwback to...

28, Jul

Cut Out Lace Sewing Competition

Valentino 2012 Spring RTW (inspiration) We're really, truly excited to be launching our Cut Out Lace Competition! All you have to do is create an...

11, Aug

Our NEW pattern - the Frankie Dress/Top

Hey readers! We're so happy to introduce you to our latest pattern - the Frankie Top/Dress. In addition to being a cruisy sew, she's also...

15, Aug

The Axel Skirt and Inari Top - Pattern Besties

First up, a quick but HUGE thank you to everyone for the incredible response to our latest Frankie pattern release! Man, we were blown away...

05, Sep

Vintage Style 1944 & A Sundress in September

Back inMarch, I went and got all deep(ish) and reflective about my pattern collection and the amount of sundress patterns within it. And then winter...

26, Sep

The Sophie Swimsuit from Closet Case Files

When I started 2016 with the idea of not buying any clothing (more in this post here), I knew a swimsuit would feature somewhere in...

27, Sep

Tessuti Cut Out Lace Competition. And the winners are...

Congratulations to our three prize winners in theTessuti Cut Out Lace Competition. First Place goes to Megan with a simple sheath dress that's been cleverly...

09, Oct

A (second) Sundress in September

You'll have to take my word for it that I finished this one in September, being intended as it was for this little sewing incentive...

13, Oct

NEW :: Our Sadie Slip Dress Pattern

Meet our latest pattern - the Sadie Slip Dress. Since we saw this trend popping up (and because we lived and loved it through the...

17, Oct

Sadie Slip Dress Tutorial - Cutting out silk on the bias in between paper

Want to learn a new cutting method? Here's a technique commonly used within the fashion industry for cutting out delicate fabrics like silk satin, crepe...

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