Articles by Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

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  • Tutorial: How to make easy belt loops

    Today’s handy tutorial will show you how to make belt loops that you can easily add to any garment with a waistband from our Ginger skirt to the new Juniper pants. It’s always a nice option to pair a belt with an outfit. items needed extra fashion fabric seam gauge or ruler Determine how many …

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  • Basic Hand Stitches

    Hand sewing seems to be polarizing: you love it or hate it. No matter what camp you’re in, I know you’re bound to bring out the needle and thread at some point! While there are many, many different types of hand stitching, we have just focused on a few basic stitches you’re likely to come …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Marianna

    Name: Marianna Skill Level: Advanced beginner Patterns: Jasmine and Iris Her blog: Sew 2 Pro Her post about the patterns: Jasmine Tea and Colette Iris What kind of fabric did you use? Cotton lawn with a Liberty-style peacock print. The collar and cuffs were tea-dyed lawn. How did you decide to reflect your personal style …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Laura Mae

    Name: Laura Mae Skill Level: Advanced Pattern: Beignet Her Blog: Lilacs and Lace Her post about the pattern: Raspberry Lemonade What kind of fabric did you use? I used a lovely rayon/linen blend with eyelet embroidery which I underlined with a quilting cotton and lined with a yummy silk/rayon blend. How did you decide to …

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  • Tutorial: Sewing A Fly Front

    Fly fronts can be very intimidating. The directions are often hard to follow and the illustrations downright cryptic. Today I’m going to show you step by step, with lots of photos, how to sew a fly front. This type of zipper installation is usually seen on jeans, pants and shorts. Though sometimes you might see …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Samantha

    Name: Samantha Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Peony Her Blog: Butter in the Fridge Her post about the pattern: Two Peonies What kind of fabric did you use? Cotton sateen or poplin (not sure which) that I bought from Paron Fabrics in NYC. How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Michelle

    Name: Michelle Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Macaron Her Blog: Handmade Martini Her post about the pattern: WIP Macaron What kind of fabric did you use? nIt’s a lightweight cotton flannel that I picked up for free at a fabric swap. How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? This is my …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Ico

    Name: Ico Skill Level: Beginner Pattern: Hazel Her Blog: Tikismikis Her post about the pattern: Hazel What kind of fabric did you use? A floral lightweight cotton fabric with an embroidery border. How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I really like floral and colorful fabrics, so when I saw, …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Elina

    Name: Elina Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Crepe Her Blog: Mielitty Her post about the pattern: Kukallinen kesäleninki What kind of fabric did you use? Printed cotton lawn. I bough the fabric about 7 years ago for 3 euros per metre, and I have just been waiting to find the right pattern for the fabric. How …

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  • Tutorial: How to make a basket weave inset

    Drawing inspiration from corded insertions I came up with this basket weave tutorial. I love how this detail looks complicated and impressive while being fairly easy to accomplish. A little effort for maximum look is right up my alley. While it is a little time consuming to make the bias tape, you could easily use …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Inna

    Name: Inna Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Lily Her blog: Thewallinna and other creatures Her post about the pattern: Sunny Lily What kind of fabric did you use? I used brushed cotton twill by Nani Iro, my favorite textile producer. How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? Color and prints have …

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  • Tutorial: Corded Loop Pocket

    This vintage inspired detail looks so cute on patch pockets! I added pockets to the Ginger skirt with this fun detail. I’m definitely in the pocket-loving camp and if pockets can be added to my garment, then I almost always add them. Patch pockets are really cute, but extra touches like this really make them …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Trine

    Name: Trine Skill level: Intermediate Pattern: Lily Her blog: Groovybaby… and Mama Her post about the pattern: Lily Dress What fabric did you use?: ‘Dew Drops’ which is a cotton fabric designed by Tula Pink for Free Spirit. I used a vintage tablecloth for the contrasting pieces. How did you decide to reflect your personal …

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  • Tutorial: Braided Straps

    I’m so excited to share this super simple tutorial with you! Making a braided strap is quick and easy and perfect to replace straps on a summer dress like our Hazel dress, shown here. The part that will take the longest is making the cording, but if you want to use store bought, that will …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Erin

    Name: Erin Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Beignet Her blog: Hungie Gungie Her post about the pattern: Beignet Skirt What kind of fabric did you use? I found the fabric at Joann’s in a random little section titled “globally inspired” or something like that… I’d say it’s got a linen-like feel to it. How did you …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Debbie

    Name: Debbie Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Pastille Her blog: Sew I think I can Sew Her post about the pattern: Pastille Dress What kind of fabric did you use? I used a linen. I love how it feels, even though it looks like it needs to be ironed after a few minutes! The natural fabrics …

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  • Tutorial: Triple Tuck Detail

    Today we have another real-life example we tried out from Stitching for Style. I love the way this looks, adding a bit of texture to a solid fabric. I think the thread could even be mixed up, maybe use a thicker thread such as silk and even in a different color if you like. I …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Jessica

    Name: Jessica Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Pattern: Meringue Her Blog: where is my instruction manual… Her post about the pattern: the meringue skirt What kind of fabric did you use? I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby; it’s got a heavy, thick feel, almost like canvas. How did you decide to reflect your personal style …

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  • Featured Seamstress: Liza Jane

    Name: Liza Jane Skill Level: Intermediate Pattern: Truffle Her Blog: Liza Jane Sews Her post about the pattern: Truffle What kind of fabric did you use? I used a sheer polka dot rayon blend over a brown rayon challis. How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I am a little …

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  • Tutorial: Rose petal edge, a simple scalloped ruffle

    Sarai recently posted about the wonderful book, Stitching for Style. We thought it would be fun to share a couple of tutorials using the techniques from the book. Today’s tutorial is perfect for adding a pretty edge to hems, necklines, and sleeves. For this project I used a slightly sheer fabric for the edging. I …

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