Sydney’s venerable fabric shop Tessuti Fabrics have recently opened their first Melbourne store in amongst the galleries, artisans and designer ateliers of Flinders Lane.
It’s a light and airy space containing a rainbow spectrum of fabrics, buttons, threads and finishings on every wall, plus an inviting wooden table piled with further inspiration in the form of fashion magazines and pattern books. (Coincidentally I was wearing a navy blue dress from a 1952 Vogue vintage pattern – and there it was, on the table!).
The friendly shop assistant informed me that the stock is mainly filled with local designer ends, from Marnie Skillings to Zimmermann. I noticed that sometimes the fabric rolls attached a photograph of the resulting catwalk creation, which means you can experience a vicarious thrill from wearing the same fabric as Agyness Deyn.
They’re having a sale at the moment, before the owner Colette returns from her annual buying trip and restocks in September with designer ends coming out of the Europe. Bargain-hunter that I am, I headed straight to the half-price remnants table and picked up a beautiful length of printed chiffon by Lisa Ho, which I’m going to turn into a scarf just as soon as I book myself into Sewing Basics Module 1 at Thread Den. Evidently I’m not the first person with such an idea, as the customer before me bought a 30cm length of Etro fabric (at $79 a metre) to turn into a scarf – much more economical than buying an actual Etro scarf for over $200.