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  • Inspiration

    Behind the scenes: Phoebe

    This year, our production team grew to include 4 awesome individuals. Phoebe was the first pattern that involved the whole new production team, so we thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes peeks. Kris is our designer for both Colette and Seamwork patterns. We caught her in between researching and sketching …

  • Finished Projects

    Our Phoebes: Part One

    I knew we had a good thing going when every single person (save Kenn, sadly Phoebe just isn’t his style) on the Colette team was planning their Phoebe half way through the production process. I was immediately struck by how different each plan was. I rallied the ladies together and proposed we document the process …

  • Finished Projects

    Free Pattern Hack: Dahlia with an Articulated Shoulder Seam

    Sometimes the best hack is the simplest one. Dahlia is such a classic dress, it is hard to add to it without creating something that is too fussy. For this month’s pattern hack we decided to do something a bit different. Instead of showing you how to create a yoke, or change the silhouette of …

  • Fabric

    Wren fabric suggestions

    Picking just the right fabric can be a challenge, especially when it comes to knits. Wren offers two distinctly different views that require two very different fabrics. Version 1 necessitates a knit with ample body and good recovery for its fitted silhouette, while version 2 requires a knit with more drape but ample recovery. Here …

  • Fabric

    Pattern of the Month: Get Dahlia for 20% Off

    Our Pattern of the Month for November is Dahlia! Dahlia is a flattering and feminine dress that offers two distinctly different versions. Version 1 features a raglan sleeve and is perfect for stitching up in a wool plaid or tweed. Version 2 is sleeveless with a bias finished neckline and underarm. Though these two dresses …

  • Finished Projects

    Wren Faire Winners

    Wren Faire has come to an end. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your projects. You all have such great tips for sewing with knits, and seeing the first round of finished dresses is inspiring. Now, here are the winners! $50 gift certificate to Harts Fabrics Harts is an amazing fabric store located …

  • Finished Projects

    Announcing Wren Faire: Win Fabric & More!

    We have been overwhelmed by all the love for Wren over the past few days. A few of us here at Colette headquarters are stitching up Wren over the weekend, but we are most excited to see your Wrens. The creativity of the sewing community never disappoints. In celebration of Wren and all you awesome …

  • Finished Projects

    Free pattern hack: The Oslo Sweater Coat

    You probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Oslo is an office favorite. I mean really, what’s not to love? A cardigan the looks stylish but feels like the coziest robe, it is hard to improve on. But Sarai, being the clever lady that she is, came up with this hack almost by accident …

  • Fabric

    Pattern of the Month: Oslo + A Sweater Knit Roundup

    I love any garment that feels like pajamas, but who doesn’t? There is a reason that the phrase “secret pajamas” freckles most sewing blogs. Fall is my favorite season. That may be because I can parade around in chunky cardigans that look stylish, but feel like a hug from a snuggly kitten. Oslo is just …

  • Inspiration

    September Sewing Inspiration

    What’s going on in my inspiration book this month, and the 3 patterns I plan to sew in September

  • Finished Projects

    Free Pattern Hack: Ginger with Shaped Patch Pockets

    As much as I hate to admit it, summer is coming to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere. You can’t visit the supermarket without seeing pumpkins and cinnamon scented pinecones, reminding you of impending Autumn days. It all seems to soon! As I sit here writing this post, the AC is going and I …

  • Inspiration

    Celebrate Ginger Month with 20% Off

    True story, the first time I made an a-line skirt, I burned through approximately 4 yards of fabric. I started over so many times that I used three times the fabric I actually needed. This was equal parts, me being a perfectionist, and not understanding the one-way nap of the corduroy fabric I chose. Years …

  • Finished Projects

    Free Pattern Hack: The Florence Slip

    When I lived in L.A. I had a drawer full of vintage slips and nighties. These were all items I had picked up from thrift store over the years. These items were exclusively from the 1950’s onward. This meant that while they were pretty, they were synthetic. When I made the move from Los Angeles …

  • Inspiration

    Pattern of the month: Get the Florence Bra for $5

    Dorothy Parker once said “Brevity is the soul of lingerie” I have to be honest, most days my under-things consist of a nude or black bra that is strong enough to muzzle a shark, plus a pair of underwear that are more simple than they are exciting. I hardly consider these items lingerie, they are …

  • Finished Projects

    Free Pattern Hack: Shaped Hem Mabel

    I love a good chameleon garment. Take your favorite pair of jeans for instance, no matter your mood, you rarely feel out of place wearing them. Mabel is one of those pieces. Made up in a grey french terry and worn with your favorite t-shirt it is perfect for a lazy Sunday, or worn with …