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  • News

    Your feedback: New patterns more often?

    I wanted to get your thoughts on something. I’ve been mulling over changing our release schedule this year. Right now, we offer 2 or 3 new patterns twice a year, once in Spring and once in Fall. I’m considering switching to releasing a new pattern every few months instead. We’d be releasing the same number …

  • Finished Projects

    30 favorite projects, tutorials and topics of 2012

    Going through the blog for this last year to put this together was pretty astonishing. I’m especially impressed by all the fantastic discussions we’ve had here. No drama, no snark, just a lot of very thoughtful ideas and opinions from some really smart and creative people. I want to thank all of you for participating …

  • News

    Today only: 30% off all patterns!

    We’re kicking off the holiday season with our annual Black Friday sale! Our 1-day holiday sale was so hugely popular last year that we’ve decided to make it a tradition. For today only, enjoy 30% off all regular patterns. Pick up a gift for yourself, a loved one who sews, or hint strongly to your …

  • News

    Introducing holiday gift packs

    Just a quick announcement before the American holiday tomorrow. We now have custom gift packs available in the shop! Each gift pack comes with your choice of three patterns in its own sweet little box for $45. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to give people gift ideas when the holidays arrive. …

  • News

    How to add Colette Patterns to your Amazon wishlist

    I will admit that this is a totally self-serving post. But it’s also really useful! Until fairly recently, I had no idea that I could add things from other websites to my Amazon wishlist. This is super handy if, like me, your family mainly checks out Amazon for gift ideas. Or if you want to …

  • News

    Ten more patterns now available instantly!

    I know many of you are going to be excited about this. It’s certainly been a long time coming! For the last couple pattern releases, we’ve made our new patterns available as digital downloads as well as in print. The response has been great, and I know this is especially helpful for the great numbers …

  • News

    Photos from the Road Show, part 2: Portland, Oakland, &…

    Do you ever get a little tired of taking photos? Between blogging, twitter, instagram, facebook… sometimes I start to feel like every moment of our lives is documented and packaged and shared. I have to admit, I was feeling a little burned out on all of that when we took our epic west coast road …

  • News

    Congratulations are in order!

    This is a bittersweet post to write today. I’ll start with the very happy news. I’m excited to announce that Caitlin is having a baby! I am so very excited for her and know that she is going to be one incredible bunny-knitting mama. And now, the bittersweet part for me. Caitlin is leaving her …

  • News

    Tonight in Portland!

    Fellow Portlanders, don’t forget to stop by our party tonight at Modern Domestic, from 6 to 8pm! We’ve been having an awesome time at our parties so far, in both Vancouver and Seattle. It’s so great to meet everyone! Here are a few photos from the events so far. More photos are on Flickr and …

  • News

    Introducing Juniper and Anise

    Ideas for patterns come from a lot of different places. Sometimes they come from you guys directly. Sometimes they’re things that I want to sew myself (and think you would like too). But above all, I want to help you make clothes that are wearable. I want my patterns to be things that you can …

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    New stuff tomorrow!

    Just a little note to remind you that we have two new patterns coming tomorrow! Tune in at noon pacific and they’ll be waiting for you. I’ve also been hard at work on a little extra that I’ll reveal. It’s a bit of an experiment, a new sort of project for me, but one I …

  • News

    West Coast Tour! Coming to Seattle, Vancouver, PDX, Oakland, and…

    As many of you know, we’re releasing two brand new patterns for Fall in less than a week (next Thursday). In fact, they’ve already started shipping to many of our wonderful retailers around the world! I can hardly believe it. To celebrate, we’re going on tour! Starting September 15, we’ll be having events in Seattle, …

  • News

    UK readers: Free patterns and book when you subscribe to…

    For those in the UK, I just wanted to let you know about this great deal we’ve got going with Sew Magazine right now. When you subscribe to Sew, they’ll send you a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook plus two free Colette Patterns! It’s a pretty cool deal, because you also get the magazine …

  • Inspiration

    This Week: Creative reboot

    I’ve been having the best week. I took the week off from my regular work for a bit of a creative break. I’ve been spending it at a class on drawing and painting for textile design, taught by the immensely talented designer and artist Chelsea Heffner of plainMADE. Having an entire week to just draw …

  • Finished Projects

    This Week: Birthday cheer

    First of all, look how close we are to reaching my birthday goal for Charity:water! I can’t believe how close it is and hope that a few more of you can spare a few bucks (any amount you want) to put us over the edge. 5 bucks, 10 bucks, whatever will help move that ticker …

  • News

    Macaron Sewalong and Giveaway!

    Harts Fabric is having a fun sewalong this month using our lovely Macaron. Once you submit a photo of your final creation, you’re entered to win three of our patterns! the details Order your fabric, pattern and notions from Harts Fabric. For a 10% discount write “for macaron sew along challenge” in the comments section …

  • News

    It’s my birthday — Help me celebrate!

    Today I turn 32! As I get older, I keep thinking about how much I already have and how little I really need. Birthdays always bring up these mixed feelings, as people lavish lovely gifts on you. Not that there is anything wrong with luxuries. They can definitely enrich my life. For example, I think …

  • News

    This week: Racing to the finish

    For those in the US, did you have a good midweek holiday? I chose to celebrate by running another half-marathon, my second this year (or ever). This time I was not at death’s door, the weather was perfect in the early morning out on Sauvie Island, and the course was blissfully flat and pretty. I …

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    This week at Colette Patterns: The joys of self-employment

    It’s true, running a business is not all wine and roses. But there’s nothing like waking up on a beautiful 84 degree day and simply deciding you’d rather not go to work. …Which is exactly what we did yesterday. I put on my white pique Lily dress (which I haven’t had nearly enough occasion to …

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    This week at Colette Patterns: nerding out

    This week I have been seriously nerding out. There are many aspects of my personality that are hopelessly nerdy. My obsession with public radio. My love for Battlestar Galactica. My constant reading about brain science. But there is perhaps nothing so nerdy about me as my love for data. I can fool around with numbers …

  • News

    This week at Colette Patterns

    How did your week go? Ours was rather ho hum, since Caitlin got sick (wish her well!) and Kenn and I spent way too much time at Ikea. But we did finally get some drinking glasses for the office kitchen (see above). And they’re pink! Ikea comes through sometimes. I put together my new Hazel, …