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.

21, Jun

We're on SALE!

It's sale time at Tessuti! From today and for a limited time only, our stunning range of fabrics has been reducedincluding the latest European and...

22, Jun

Sallie's 'Bling Blang' Moss Skirt

OK. Hand-up, confession-time it is - we're girl-crushing on Sallie and skirt-crushing on her version of Grainline's Moss Skirt. The fabric is our Como Bling...

24, Jun

Laura - Winner of the 2009 Tessuti Awards

This week, we're catching up with Laura Keogh, 2010 winner of the Little Black Dress category. Laura was a student at Melbourne's Kangan Institute when...

27, Jun

Pattern Review - Merchant and Mills' Top 64

After coveting them for a ridiculously long time, I purchased a couple of Merchant and Mills patterns. Beautifully presented and delivered in cardboard tubes, they're...

30, Jun

Merchant and Mills' (Modified) Top No. 64 - the drop-waist version

As promised, here's my second version of Merchant Mills' Top No. 64. This time, I modified the pattern to create a drop-waist dress. The...

02, Jul

Tessuti Awards update

As of today, there are just 35 days left to enter this year's Tessuti Awards! If you're still undecided about throwing your sewing hat into...

05, Jul

Julia - Winner of the 2011 Tessuti Awards

I'm sure there are few regular readers who need introduction to the gorgeous and talented Julia from Julia Bobbin who also happened to win our...

12, Jul

Layering with wool, by Judith

Here's a quick and easy project that Judith whipped up in our wool/alpaca coating Cascading Lights. It's a simple layering piece made up with...

15, Jul

My Tokyo Jacket

Here's my version of our Tokyo Jacket which I actually made about two months ago. Hear that noise in the background as you read this?...

17, Jul

Melb Skill Building Session on Fri 19th July - BASIC GRADING

This Friday, our Melbourne store will be holding a special skill building session that gives you a basic introduction to changing the size of your...

18, Jul

Robyn's New York Cape (modified)

We first met Robyn a few months ago when she came into our Melbourne store wearing one of the most beautiful coats I've ever clapped...

24, Jul

Pattern Review - The Sunki Dress

You've all heard of the Christmas miracle, right? But have you ever heard of the birthday miracle? Well, here it is readers - E's birthday...

26, Jul

Another gorgeous New York Cape walked into our store one day...

No doubt about it, we're in good cape-wearing season. Here's another gorgeous New York Cape, this time made by Melbourne customer Jacinta. Hers is made...

30, Jul

Sewing Tessuti - a blogging round up

Be it face to face in-store or face to screen via a blog, we are always so thrilled to see our fabric made up. Invariably,...

31, Jul

2013 Tessuti Awards: getting to the pointy end

Whoa folks! Did you know there are only 6 days to go until the Tessuti Awards close? That's right, if you're busy beavering away...

03, Aug

Bell's formal dress by Lawrence Geor

Formal season is fast-approaching. Here's pretty Bell, photographed on her Year 11 school formal night. Her stunning dress is made by long-time regular and big-time-talented...

05, Aug

Otga - Winner of the 2012 Tessuti Awards

As the final closing date to this year's Tessuti Awards draws near, we wanted to feature our most recent winner - Otga Hasbold. Otga took...

13, Aug

2013 Tessuti Awards. And the finalists are...

Congratulations to our ten finalists in the 2013 Tessuti Awards! This year, we have selected five finalists in our Red Category and five finalists in...

14, Aug

What's better than one new pattern? That would be TWO new patterns!

We've been a bit slow on the pattern-producing front since launching the Tokyo Jacket back in May (May!?). So to make up for the pattern-pause,...

15, Aug

Feature Fabric - Onyx Forest

Monica came into our Melbourne store a few weeks ago, under the pump with a fast-approaching occasion and needing fabric to make a project -...

16, Aug

Making the Suzy Pants without pockets.

If you've purchased our new Suzy Pant pattern, you'll note that we referred to alternate instructions that show you how to make them without pockets....

21, Aug

Tutorial/Video: Sewing elastic into waist tunnel casing in ONE step!

Thanks to all for your fantastic comments and response to our latest patterns - the Mandy Boat Tee and Suzy Pant. We're excited to be...

23, Aug

Pattern Review - Japanese M Patterns (M137)

Here's a great jersey top creation made by Margaret in our 100% Modal jerseyTeal Matisse Jersey. The pattern used isJapanese M pattern- M137, a...

25, Aug

Pattern Review - Vintage McCall's 9758

We went to a wedding this weekend. It was a feast of good food, good wine, good music and big love in glorious surrounds...

01, Sep

Swimwear, meet leggings. Leggings, meet swimwear.

Intending to have a crack at sewing up some swimwear, I bought some of this fabric with the intention of overcoming my fear of...

10, Sep

My Suzy(s) in My Year of Pants

This year, I decided that 2013 would be My Year of Pants. Strange but true. The goal was quite simple really - I just wanted...

11, Sep

Making friends with Mandy

I made one Mandy Boat Tee and then headed straight back to the sewing machine to make another. It's a super quick sew and the...

12, Sep

Tessuti Awards 2013: The winners announced

Without further ado folks, here they are - our 2013 Tessuti Awards winners! First Place (BLACK) - Helen Manuell Second Place (BLACK) - Erica Lewis...

18, Sep

The Craft Sessions. And Quilt Perfection.

Have you heard about the The Craft Sessions? Their website introduces it as... "...a weekend retreat of creative workshops, delicious food, quiet moments and inspiring...

25, Sep

The Italians are here!

We're in love! Our new season Italian spring/summer stock is now arriving in-store and online and it's a fabric feast of vibrant colours and...

30, Sep

'Tis the season for linen-love

Judith's been hanging out with some more linen and lookie what she's made... Don't ask me how she did it but according to the maker...

05, Oct

(NEW) Japanese Pattern Book Workshops for Beginners @ Tessuti Surry Hills

We're pleased to announce that we now includeJapanesePatternbook Workshopsat ourSew Inn Classes at Tessuti Surry Hills (Sydney) Here are the available dates for this coming...

07, Oct

Tessuti in Provence, with thanks to Sheryl!

Jac Shirt Pattern in Water Grid Como A little while back, I was thrilled to receive an email from Sheryl who's living THE dream life...

08, Oct

Pattern Review - Simplicity 1877

Here's a face we haven't seen around the blog in a while. I can't believe that we haven't had a post featuring Georgia sincethis time...

10, Oct

Pattern Review - Vogue 8913

I had the pleasure of meeting Julie for the first time at Tessuti Surry Hills store yesterday, looking fantastic in this linen top and pant...

14, Oct

Italian 100% linen sheeting anyone?

It should come as no surprise to regular readers that we LOVE linen (case in point here, here, here, here and - though we...

17, Oct

Tutorial: How To Make Your Own Fitted Sheets

Prompted by the arrival of our fabulous 100% linen sheeting range, here's a tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make your...

21, Oct

Morgan's Enigma Splash Dress

We received an email from Morgan recently, together with images of her latest creations in our fabrics. Here is this dress she made up for...

24, Oct

Summer weight Italian knits are back!

Ourlatest shipmentof beautiful Italian designer fabrics are now available! The most coveted fabrics each summer are our latest strikingsummer weight Italian knits. These favourites are...

27, Oct

Tutorial - How To Make Your Own Flat Sheets

We've had a great response to our Italian linen sheeting range and before it's all gone, I thought I'd better get the next tutorial up...

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

Enjoy!

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...

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