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    Sew Colette 2.0

    Sarah, Erin and Rochelle are putting on a fun sew along called Sew Colette 2.0 which will feature each of our patterns! To borrow from Erin’s post, she calls it a collaborative process, featuring tutorials, guest posts, and lively discussion, as seen in the handbook sew-along, with some very special guests coming to share their …

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    This week at Colette Patterns

    Caitlin has a remarkable ability to match the flowers she brings in. I didn’t even notice how well she coordinated with her bouquet until I posted these. I am so happy to be back in the studio this week, plugging away on the next batch of patterns, working on some new tutorials, and finally (!) …

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    Notes from Scandinavia

    This trip was amazing. Stockholm and Copenhagen were two of the loveliest places I have ever set foot in. Much like Paris, you sort of feel like your jaw drops at your first glimpse of the skyline and pretty much stays in that position until you leave. These were gorgeous, gorgeous cities. Did I mention …

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    Friday Link Roundup

    Sarai’s back from her trip! She returned to the studio and is hard at work on some fun blog posts for y’all. I brought in some pretty irises from my yard to welcome her back. I love having flowers around! Sarai took a break and snapped this silly photo of me at the computer: I’m …

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    Friday Link Roundup

    This week I found myself matching some of our studio plants. I picked up this crazy linen ikat fabric over a year ago and just made it into a sleeveless version of the Licorice dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook. Don’t you love the pink planters Sarai picked out for the studio? The plants are …

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    Friday Link Roundup

    This week Sarai had to rush to fit in some last minute work before her much anticipated trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen. She’s over there now exploring and having a good time. The rest of the week I was by myself in our pretty studio working on some upcoming posts and projects for y’all. It’s …

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    Friday Link Roundup

    This has been a doozy of a week. With a half marathon in just a couple days, a race I’ve been training for for at least 5 months I might mention, Kenn and I have both gotten ill. I’m holding out hope that I’ll be well enough to run Sunday, even if I’m not at …

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    Weekly Link Roundup

    image by plaisanter~ Today we start another new feature here on Coletterie, a collection of links we love from around the web. Every Friday we’ll be posting a variety of links varying from tutorials to pictures of pretty things. If you know of any fun things we should add, let us know and we’ll consider …

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    Introducing Colette Patterns Spring & Summer 2012

    Please welcome the newest additions to the Colette Patterns lineup: Lily, Hazel, and Iris. I’ve just posted about each of these lovely new patterns in a little more detail, so read on! Or, go straight to the shop to purchase. We’ll be shipping the printed patterns beginning 04/16, and as promised, we also have digital …

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    Introducing Lily

    Meet Lily. While working on this pattern, we sort of informally code-named it Sophia, because it reminded Caitlin and I of something Sophia Loren would have worn, perhaps in white with big sunglasses and the kind of perfectly golden skin we pasty pacific northwesterners can only dream of. I promptly sewed one up in white …

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    Introducing Hazel

    Meet Hazel. This is a seriously fun pattern with a whole lot of possibilities. The inspiration partly came from one of my favorite vintage pieces, a floral summer dress from the late 50s. I loved the flattering shape of the V seams in the bodice, but thought, What if the side panels were cut on …

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    Introducing Iris

    Meet Iris, our final addition to the Colette Patterns lineup for today! Clearly, you guys were the inspiration for this pattern. So many of you asked for an easy shorts pattern, something cute and a little bit retro for summer. Since, along with sundresses, I basically live in brightly colored or patterned shorts in the …

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    New patterns are coming up!

    Tons of you have been asking about the new patterns. It’s kind of amazing to see how excited so many of you are, seriously. I wanted to officially let you all know that the patterns are going to be launched on Tuesday, April 10th at 9AM PDT / Noon EDT. So stay tuned for it …

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    I’ll be teaching at Sewing Summit 2012!

    I’m delighted to have been asked to teach a class at Sewing Summit this year! It’s really cool to see an event like this one, geared for a wide range of sewing: crafts, quilts, garments, everything. Add in a modern aesthetic and a bit of blogging, and it sounds like a good time to me. …

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    Contest: Tell us your favorite sewing tips!

    The time has come to write and photograph some new posts for Snippets, and Caitlin and I thought it would be fun to invite contributions from everyone. We’re just two people after all, and I’m sure you guys have a ton of ideas we haven’t thought of. Do you have… A favorite way of dealing …

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    Join me March 10 at Made in Seattle!

    Yep, it’s another chance for GOOD TIMES, this time at Made Sewing Studio in Seattle! This is my first signing in Seattle, and I’d love to meet some of you. Made will be hosting a party and signing March 10 from 6-9PM with refreshments, discounts, and a Q&A with me. I’m not sure what form …

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    Los Angeles: Join me at Sew LA on Feb 18!

    LA friends, I’m going to be in my old stomping grounds soon, and would love to meet up with you! The lovely ladies of Sew LA in Silver Lake are throwing a little party and book signing event, and we’d love to see you there. Not only will there be signed books available (of course), …

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    Join our Kiva team and help another sewist

    One of the coolest things about running a business is that you can do everything your way. I don’t necessarily mean that you get to boss people around (though I guess you could, if you’re into that). I mean that, as a business owner, you have the opportunity to design exactly the sort of business …

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    Sewalong with Sarah and Erin!

    I’m pleased as punch to share this with you guys. Sarah contacted me recently to let me know that she was interested in starting a sewalong for all the patterns in The Colette Sewing Handbook! I thought I’d let her tell you a little about it.Take it away, Sarah! -Sarai Hello all! I’m Sarah from …

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    The coming year for Colette Patterns

    I’ve been thinking a lot about directions to go in the next year. On a personal note, I plan to take 2012 a little easier than 2011. This past year has been a heady mix of rewarding achievements and obsessive workaholism. I’m glad it happened, but I’m ready for a little balance to return to …

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    We’re moving up in the world (literally)

    I have some great news. Well, at least it’s great for us. CP World Headquarters is moving into a larger studio! We love our current space, with its great view and incredible natural light, but it has become far too cramped and incredibly cluttered. There is very little workspace, and things have been tending to …