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.

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.

24, 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.

NEW to Tessuti Sydney stores are sewing technique classes - 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 fair 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 Sicilian mother's family are all big believers in malocchio - the evil eye.  Growing up, I'd sometimes see Mum/aunt/cousin/random relative suddenly struck down with...

17, 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 Italian jersey knits? Here's Tessuti Chatswood staffer Georgia, in Ondula Antique. The pattern used...

26, Aug

Fossetti Fantasia Frock

If you're signed up to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that we've just released our new spring/summer range of ponti knits. 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,...

07, Sep

Pattern Review – Vogue 8871 in Aqua Haven Ponti

Vogue 8871 in Aqua 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...

29, Sep

Sheryl in (modified) Sophie Dress Pattern

We LOVE this image of Sheryl and her beautiful Welsh Springer Spaniel, Saffy.  Sheryl made up our Sophie Dress pattern (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...

10, 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 – Thursday 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 like a pro! NOTE:...

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,...

17, 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%...

30, Nov

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...

06, 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 linen using...

07, Dec

Gabby’s Turia Dungarees

Since Lisa made hers, 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...

14, 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...

17, 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...

24, 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...

02, 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...

03, 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...

07, 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...

13, Jan

The Annie Dress modified to top

Annie Top (modified straps) in seersucker Japanese 100% cotton Ripple 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...

22, 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...

07, 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

Style 2667 (and pattern hoarding)

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, cropped pant pattern features an elasticised waist and full leg with side stitched down pockets. A...

07, 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)...

16, 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...

04, Sep

Vintage Style 1944 & A Sundress in September

Back in March, 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 the Tessuti 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...

16, 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...

02, Nov

NEW :: Isla Top Pattern

Meet our latest pattern - the Isla Top. This stylish jersey top sits firm on the hips and features a back yoke, dolman sleeves and wide...

04, Nov

Pant Love :: New Look 6459

Last year, my pant pattern crush was ALL about Butterick 6178 which I blogged here and here. For me, one clear benchmark of a Pattern Winner...

18, Nov

NEW :: Nina Pant Pattern

Meet our latest pattern - the Nina Pant! This classic, slim, tapered leg pant has a faced waistline that sits on the lower waist. Design features...

09, Dec

Vogue 8723 and a journey to a graduation dress

So the kid is about to finish primary school and, as it goes, those years have flown by with breathtaking speed. A couple of months...

23, Dec

Ruby with a Ruffle

Here's my final sew for 2016 - a ruffled Ruby. Inspiration for this dress came via something similar I saw in a shop. Ok, it's...

11, Jan

Pattern Review – Vogue 1515

For those of you who enquired about Eva's dress from yesterday's Instagram post, here are more images along with the pattern details. The pattern used for...

13, Jan

Modified Linen/Liberty Alice Top

I often think about making little changes to our existing patterns, constantly inspired by styles and detail finishes I see in RTW garments. It's a fun,...

23, Jan

Pattern Review – McCalls 8193 One-piece Swimsuit

Lisa's fantastic swimsuit make last year and my daughter's constant requests for bikinis and simple one-pieces got me thinking that it was time to dive back in...

01, Feb

NEW :: Iris Dress Pattern

Say hello to our first pattern of 2017 - the Iris Dress! This flattering style incorporates an a-line shaped lantern skirt with side pockets that feature...

15, Feb

NEW :: Leni Top (and blog!)

Meet our latest Tessuti pattern - the Leni Top! After we released our much-loved Esther Shorts pattern in 2014, we really wanted to create a simple, classic cropped style that looked good with...

15, Mar

Swimstyle Patterns :: The Heiress Bikini

Last September I blogged my Sophie Swimsuit and in that post, talked about how I'd purchased a bikini pattern, cut it out and - long story short...

19, Mar

The Genoa Tote

I'm fairly sure that for most of you, the Genoa Tote needs no introduction. Released in September last year, it's a most excellent collaboration between Pattern...

28, Mar

NEW :: The Yuki Dress Pattern

Meet our newest pattern - the Yuki Dress! We're SO excited for this autumn release because it really is the perfect style for those in-between seasons. The...

04, Apr

My Berlin Jacket

  I didn't get around to making a Berlin Jacket when we released the pattern last winter so of course it carried over to this years winter sewing...

26, Apr

NEW :: The Bella Dress Pattern

Ever since we released our Gabby Dress, we've had sooooo many requests for a long sleeve version that we decided to create our newest pattern, the Bella Dress. Like...

03, May

Style Arc :: Josie Hoodie

Summer or winter sewing? I'm WAY more partial to summer sewing because when it comes to winter clothing, all I covet are warm knits. Give me bulky,...

08, May


New week, new pattern! We're excited to bring you our latest design - the Kyoto Vest. This simple, shawl-collared wrap vest features bound edges and armholes....

26, May


Just in time for winter, meet our new pattern - the Oslo Coat! This stylish and timeless coat is fully lined and features a slim double breast,...

05, Jul

My Ultimate (Tartan) Trousers

Pants, man. I've touched on this before and how my default cold day go-to are my beloved jeans which, by the end of winter, aren't so...

21, Jul

My Leni Top. The shiny one.

Meet my third Leni Top and, by far, the fanciest. This one came about after receiving the party invitation that read "Glitter encouraged, not essential". This party...

04, Aug

Tutorial :: Catching the Oslo Coat lining and hems together

We've had a few emails asking for more (also, clearer) photos for Step 23 in our Oslo Coat instructions. This step details where you need...

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