Articles by Kris Blackmore

Kris Blackmore   —   Designer

Kris is the designer at Colette, and also writes and illustrates our sewing patterns. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), this Texas native worked for a variety of companies in the fashion industry before joining Colette in 2013. On our blog, Kris helps solve your wardrobe woes through the Wardrobe Architect series she writes.

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  • Free Pattern Hack

    Draft cowl pockets to compliment Zinnia’s full silhouette

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  • Wardrobe Architect June: Lessons Learned from Multiple Failures

    Last Saturday I failed at two projects before noon. I had the best of intentions; I had set aside the entire day for sewing, I had several patterns at fabrics from my stash at my disposal, and an ambitious plan to get as many basics sewn as I could. After doing the Wardrobe Architect exercises …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: May challenge

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! I’ve spent time making color palettes for myself in the past, mostly they consist of neutrals with a few pop colors thrown in. Ultimately, shopping with these palettes felt very limiting …

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  • Wardrobe Architect – Plan Your Sewing!

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! Now that you’ve done the messy work of cleaning out your closet, we’re going to spend March identifying the holes in your capsule wardrobe and planning sewing projects. In the meantime, …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: Closet clean outs + 7 tips for tackling…

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! This month, your challenge was to clean out your closet. So how’d it go? Hopefully, you’re feeling the sense of calm that comes with decluttering and getting rid of the old, …

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  • Tutorial: Creating Adjustable Bra Straps

    Adding adjustable straps to your sewing projects is a simple way to bring an incredible level of functionality to your clothing. Whether you’re making lingerie, a layerable camisole, or a strappy summer dress, knowing how to make a strap adjustable is an important skill that you can use on a variety of different projects. The …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: Clean Out Your Closet + New Free Closet…

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! I was so impressed with the progress everyone made with the January challenge! Now that you’ve spent a month thinking about your core style and the silhouettes, it’s time to put …

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  • Wardrobe Architect Challenge: What did you learn in January?

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! I am so excited by the overwhelmingly positive response the first Wardrobe Architect challenge post received! It’s amazing to know so many people around the world are joining me to create …

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  • Wardrobe Architect 2015

    Last year, I created a little experiment on the blog called Wardrobe Architect that many of you followed along with. This year, Kristen has decided to use the principles to help her design a personal wardrobe throughout 2015. Now you have a chance to follow along on her journey and try it yourself in 2015. …

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  • Inspiration: Vintage Travel Photography

    Today, Kristen is chiming in to give us a little inspiration for the Knitcation contest we’re currently running. Remember to enter your travel wardrobes by the end of the month! Now, here’s Kristen with some fun vintage photos for us. -Sarai [A flight attendant aboard a Boeing 707-121. PanAm Historical Society] I have a terrible …

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  • Albion at the Oregon Coast

    Today, Kristen is sharing the Albion she made for her husband. Check out her customizations along with some gorgeous ocean views! -Sarai Last weekend, my husband and I took a trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was the perfect little getaway full of relaxation, beautiful panoramic ocean views, and …

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  • Sewing Blooper Of The Week: Kristen’s Holey Truffle

    I decided at the last possible minute that I should make a new dress to wear to my friends’ autumn wedding, as most of my more formal creations were more suited for summer soirees. I settled on the Truffle dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook and got to work immediately. The fit was great. I …

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  • Kristen’s Tip: Mark & Sew Darts Quickly

    Hello everyone! I believe that it’s just about time that I start coming around more. I am really excited for my first post on Coletterie, and to start sharing a little bit of my day-to-day as Colette Patterns’ Sewing Pattern Developer with you. For my first post, I’ll show you how I quickly mark and …

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