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    We are donating to Alley Cat Allies

    If you’ve bought a pattern from us, you may have noticed a small note on the inside pocket letting you know that a portion of our proceeds go to promote animal welfare. Since I just made our quarterly donation, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the current organization we’re contributing to. …

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    Chat with me Sunday on Pattern Review!

    Lovely readers, I think this is going to be really fun. This Sunday evening (8 PM Eastern Time, 5 Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central) I am doing a live chat on Pattern Review. If you’ve never done one of these chats, they’re basically a live moderated discussion where you have a chance to “ask the …

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    Free Pattern to Download: The Madeleine Mini Bloomers

    Valentine’s day is coming this weekend, and whether you love it or hate it, you must admit having something adorable to lounge around in makes any day that much sweeter. So I present to you the madeleine mini bloomers, a free sewing pattern that you can download! It takes only a yard of fabric (along …

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    Seeking future pattern testers!

    My dear readers, I’m starting a mailing list for those of you who would be interested in testing patterns for us in the future. There’s no commitment involved to sign up, it’s just a way for me to contact you. When there are new patterns that I need tested, I’ll send a note out to …

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    Roobios class at Bolt in Portland!

    Fellow Portlanders, if you’re interested in making the Rooibos dress but think you might like a little extra teaching help for it, my new friend and fellow pattern designer Shelly will be teaching a class at Bolt using this pattern! It was just posted and she’s already had people signing up, so if you’re interested, …

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    Bust Magazine

    Check it out guys, there’s a little blurb about Colette Patterns in the latest issue of Bust! It’s just a wee blurb, but I’ve been reading Bust since I was a teenager, so it’s pretty neat to see my name in there. If you don’t read Bust and you’re in a place where you can …

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    Resolutions for the new year

    I can’t believe this year is over. It certainly was an eventful one for me, with the launch and pretty startling growth of Colette Patterns, my move to Oregon, and a pretty much wholly different life from the one I was leading a year ago. Last December, I was working in a big company in …

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    New photos in the gallery!

    I’ve just updated the gallery with lots of photos of projects made from our patterns! I’ll be adding lots more as they come in. Want to show one of your projects on the site? Add it to the Colette Patterns Flickr group! Or you can always contact me with your photos.

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    Creative Spaces: Katey Nicosia

    I saw this perfectly organized workspace on design*sponge and was so impressed. I may have to pick up one of those things with the tiny drawers the next time I go to the hardware store.

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    Creative Spaces: Jane Foster’s Studio

    For some time now, I’ve been a massive fan of the work of Jane Foster, a British designer, illustrator and printer. Her work often uses, and is most definately influenced by, vintage textiles, patterns and print from 1950’s to 1970’s (my absolute favourite eras of design!). Whilst obsessively trawling through her blog, I fell head over heels in love with her studio …

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    Creative spaces: Jen Johner’s craft room

    I just stumbled across the blog of the talented and creative Jen Johner, and I fell in love with her sewing space. I adore the restrained colors, the beautiful prints, how simple and well-organized things look. I always struggle with this: my materials inspire me, so I like to have them out, but at the …

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    New Patterns in the shop!

    As promised, the new patterns are available for pre-order in the shop today! While they’re still at the printer, we’re offering free shipping, and they’ll ship as soon as they come in stock, around mid-December. Or, if you’re worried about getting them for Christmas, we’re also offering lovely gift certificates from $25 to $100. These …

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving to those of you here in the states! Even as someone who doesn’t partake of the bird, there’s a lot to love about this holiday: food, friends, family, and a reason to reflect on gratitude. I happen to think that being grateful is one of the keys to being happy. So have a …

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    New patterns are coming!

    If you haven’t already seen the front page, here’s the scoop: new patterns will be ready to premiere on Friday! They’ll be available to buy at that point, and will ship in 1-2 weeks. I can’t wait to show them to you!

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    Lots of new stockists!

    {image: a photo of Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics by amyandthomas on Flickr} I’d like to welcome some new stockists to the Colette Patterns family! Some of these wonderful shops are fairly recent discoveries for me, and some are shops I’ve admired and purchased from for years. We’ve added them all to our stockists page, so …

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    Meet Rose

    Hi! I’m Rose and I’m an artist, designer, and writer living outside of Istanbul in Turkey.  I’m so excited to be here at Colette bringing you visual weekly treats about art, fabric, beautiful objects, and things that make our homes and studios come to life. There are so many things that make me feel inspired. …

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    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween to everyone that’s celebrating! Good luck on those final costume touches!

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    Giveaway winners: Recommend a shop and win

    I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who recommended a shop that they thought would be a great fit for us. We had hundreds of responses, and with the tremendous help of my wonderful new wholesale manager, we’re chatting with many of them! Three winners have been picked at random using random.org, …

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    Now seeking blog contributors!

    I have lots of dreams, and one of them is to evolve this blog into one of the most awesome, useful sewing/making/creating blogs out there. Do you want to help me? I really love posting things that are beautiful and helpful, and I just know there’s lots more some of you other creative geniuses could …

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    Urban Craft Uprising!

    Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle! We had a blast and met so many awesome people, some of whom said they read this blog… I can’t tell you how wonderful that makes me feel! I wish I had more pictures of the event, but I was …