Articles by Rachel Rector

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  • Tutorial: How to make button loops for the Violet blouse

    Here we are in our final steps of transforming the Violet blouse pattern and I am so proud! If you’ve followed along with us by adding tucks and a lace collar, then you’re ready for clustered button loops. If not, feel free to go back to check out the tuck tutorial and lace collar tutorial …

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  • Tutorial: How to make a lace overlay collar

    Next up in the transformation of the pretty Violet pattern: the ever so lovely lace overlay collar. Check out our previous tutorial If you’d like to add tucks to your blouse. You will need: Violet pattern and necessary supplies Lace fabric Scissors or rotary cutter Seam ripper Step 1: Cut out three collar pieces: one in lace, …

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  • Tutorial: How to add tucks to the Violet blouse

    One of the great things about our Violet blouse pattern is that it provides a great canvas for an endless variety of alterations. We brainstormed three simple techniques that will add a little extra personality to your blouse: tucks, a lace collar, and clustered buttons with button loops. Each technique is incorporated in succession so …

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  • How to make a rouleau pocket

    Everyone loves pockets! They make otherwise simple garments super cute and provide a cozy spot for your hands to rest. This tutorial manipulates rouleau strips into any design you can dream up. Here we’ve added a rouleau pocket to our ginger skirt. While these pockets are only semi-functional (you might lose small objects), they sure …

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  • Tutorial: Ginger Waistband with Flat Piping

    A-line skirts are a sweet spring staple and look even sweeter with contrasting piping at the waistband. Easier to make than corded piping, this type of piping doesn’t include a cord and is referred to as flat piping. This technique can easily be added to any of the three waistband styles for our Ginger pattern, …

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  • Quick Look: Muslin

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  • Quick Look: Damask

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  • Quick Look: Chambray

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  • Quick Look: Cashmere

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  • Fabric Flower Accessory Tutorial

    Behold the beautiful fabric flower that will compliment your spring wardrobe and is an absolute cinch to sew up! This project is great for utilizing an overflowing scrap fabric stash and only takes about fifteen minutes from start to finish…so it’s perfect for giving you a creative boost when time is of the essence! I sewed the …

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  • Quick Look: Denim

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  • Quick Look: Satin

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  • Quick Look: Brocade

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  • Quick Look: Tulle

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  • Corded Pintuck Tutorial

    Corded pintucks are a beautiful and subtle vintage detail that you can add to almost any lightweight garment! A thick thread (embroidery floss* here) is used in the bobbin to create a raised surface detail. Already have a pair of tap pants sewn up, but looking for an extra detail to make them stand out? …

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  • Quick Look: Flannel

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  • Quick Look: Velvet

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  • Quick Look: Jersey

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  • Arrowhead Tack Tutorial

    Today we have a sweet little tutorial featuring arrowhead tacks inspired by McCall’s Sewing Book. Tacks are decorative reinforcements used on the right side of the fabric at the ends of the pockets, seams, or pleats. Of course, arrowhead tacks are super cute and can simply be added to a garment just for looks, if you’re so …

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  • Day in the life of a Colette Patterns Intern

    Behind the scenes photo by Anja Louise Verdugo. Interning at Colette Patterns is a dream come true. I feel so lucky to spend two days a week playing with fabric, ogling vintage notions, planning photo shoots, modeling dainties, testing new patterns, chatting with Sarai, creating sewing tutorials, blogging and providing input on many aspects of …

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  • Quick Look: Tweed

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