Tessuti Esther shorts review & top tips for sewing jacquard #MMMay18

You know how it is, I went into the fabric shop (an actual treasure trove of a find called Toto, in Nice) looking for practical plains and came out with a magpie-worthy stash.

When I saw the multi-coloured jacquard (I think it’s actually upholstery fabric), it was love at first sight…the texturethe colour…. and I knew I needed bright bright shorts in my life, especially with it starting to hot up on the Cote d’Azur.

I chose Tessuti’s Esther shorts and you can make them in just an evening. There’s no faff, bells or whistles (or even pockets), just pure confidence in its simplicity and flattering lines. I’m well into high waists at the mo (and square neck tops if you hadn’t noticed) and the Esther delivers, being both high on comfort as well as style. My sister, who’s a bit of a fashion buff, even went on to call them ‘high end’. Nice.

I have a chambray on the list for my next version, and am toying with the idea of a stretch cotton to help get the waistband a little more snug.

There some photographs of the ‘making of’ below and I’ll document the chambray version in more detail, mainly because I spent most my time battling my fray-like-mad rapidly unraveling jacquard. a bit of extra worth, but well worth it!

I’m making a matching top for the shorts with the leftovers…watch this space.

(Sewing with jacquard tips after the jump) 

Note to self…must clean trainers


Top tips for fraying jacquard

  1. Interface the shit out of the edges: Cut narrow strips of iron on interfacing and attach to all edges ASAP after cutting or, if you can, add before cutting for the ultimate protection! Yes, it’s a faff, but do this if it’s the one thing you do.Maker:S,Date:2017-9-25,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y
  2. Overlock or serge if you can…if not, then zig zag (see my three-step zig zag below), my friend, to reinforce those edges. And, use the selvages as part of the pattern where you can as they are already tamed edges.


3. Consider using a fancier seam that binds the edges, like a princess seam for lightweight fabrics, or flat fell for medium to heavy weight like jacquard. I used bias binding in strategic places for a more robust (and nicer looking) finish.


4. I didn’t do this, but it’s worth considering using a spray starch. Yes OK, technically this is usually used to stiffen slippy fabrics, but it could help bring those tearaway threads in jacquard.

5. Keep checking for thread straggles in the bobbin, as it’s likely to get more clogged up than usual as you sew and trim your fabric. The last thing you want is the sewing machine to start chewing – better to be safe than sorry!


What is Me Made May? (#MMMay18)

I hear you, my non-sewing friends…what the hell is this Made May thing about….

This my first year and I’ve been wanting to take part for so loooong, but not had the time until recently with my travels to France.

Essentially it’s a whole month dedicated to sharing and wearing what you’ve made, whether by sewing, crochet, knitting, weaving…you name it. More detail here.

It’s inspiring to see what other’s have created, and I love celebrating the maker culture and being given a focus for my dressmaking among like-minds.

Check out the hashtag #MMMay18 to swoon over the latest makes.



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