Articles by Katie Whittle

Katie Whittle   —   Producer

Katie teaches new skills through in-depth tutorials, sewalongs, and articles for Seamwork Magazine and The Colette Blog. She's all about encouraging sewers to try new techniques and create a personalized wardrobe that makes them feel great!

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  • How to Create Raw-Edge Appliqué

    Appliqué is a simple way to elevate your sewing projects and add customizations without fiddling with pattern alterations. We recently shared some lovely appliqué inspiration here on the blog. This week, we made a Phoebe dress with delicate floral appliqués. Read on to see how the appliqué motif is created and applied, and learn some …

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  • Understitching, edgestitching, and topstitching

    New sewists are often thrown tons of cryptic terminology when they begin sewing; at some point it sort of all sounds the same! I am here to solve the mystery of these three similar-sounding terms: edgestitching, topstitching, and understitching. First and foremost, say hello to your new best friend—the edgestitch foot. This little guy is …

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  • Studio Snapshots: Work Hard & Treat Yourself

    When releasing a new pattern, things at Colette HQ go into hyperdrive. Fittings, photoshoots, design, and educational content keep us all busy and it’s well worth it. As one of the newer kids at Colette, I have really enjoyed learning about all the different facets of the process. We all worked together, with our own …

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  • Creative ways to sew stripes and plaids

    We’ve discovered a few issues with Rue that are currently being fixed. A corrected pattern will be available soon. Read more here. Stripes and plaids are iconic pattern designs that have the magic ability to bring a tinge of class to any outfit. When using striped or plaid fabrics for Rue, there are almost endless …

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  • Sewing with Cotton Lawn: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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  • Sewing with Rayon Challis: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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  • Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel : Studio Snapshots

    We have been having too much fun over here at Colette HQ collaborating with our buddies Cotton+Steel! This morning I had a bit of a “attitude of gratitude” moment. I was just minding my own business, getting ready for the day when it struck me. I ran into the kitchen, where my partner was making …

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  • Sewing with Cotton/Linen Canvas: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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  • Sewing with Double Cotton Gauze: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    We are excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate Series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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  • Sewing with Eyelet Fabric

    Eyelet is a classic summer fabric that is breezy, romantic, and delicate. Its name comes from the small patterned cut-outs that are typically finished with embroidered stitches throughout the body of the fabric. Eyelet is a broad term and describes the design of the fabric rather than its fiber content or weave. Traditionally, eyelet is …

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