Articles in Finished Projects

  • What We Made Volume 5

    From a tailored jacket to comfy pants and a swingy top, see some of our new winter makes around Colette HQ.

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  • Our Phoebes: Part Two

    One of the best things about Phoebe is its versatility. This dress looks just as fabulous styled with some great shoes for Spring, as it does with sweaters and tights for Winter. Today we are sharing three amazing versions of Phoebe, perfect for warmer weather. WALLIS What alterations did you make to your Phoebe to …

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  • What We Made Vol. 3

    Here are some of the projects we’ve been working on in the last month here at CPHQ. Haley’s Lacy Bra Who: Haley Role: Managing Editor Pattern: Shelley Bra by Pin Up Girls Fabric: A lingerie kit from Blackbird Fabric, plus underwires, additional power mesh, and cup lining from Bra Makers Supply What was your original …

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  • New pattern hack: The Cinnamon maxi dress

    I’ve been saving up this pattern hack for a long time. In the fall, Kenn and I cashed in some airline points and took a quick trip to Panama to celebrate our anniversary. I knew I wanted to make something special to wear there, something romantic and flowing and long and breezy. I decided to …

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  • Download a free pattern hack: The mod-ified Laurel

    I made this Laurel last month, inspired by some super-cute mod scooter dresses from the 1960s. I liked it so much, I made a free download of complete instructions so you can get more from your pattern too. I’m a big believer in the LBD (little black dress), but in the summer there’s a variation …

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  • White-hot Lonsdale

    Long-time readers may remember my first modified Sewaholic Lonsdale, which I made in Italian cotton 3 years ago (!!!). I have always adored that dress. This one was actually something of a stash-busting project. I had the pattern, and I had a couple yards of white cotton pique. Bam! Something about bare white summer dresses …

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  • You’ve gato make your own clothes when you run a…

    When Kristen and I decided to run a half marathon together, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity to make our own running gear. And what’s better than handmade running gear? Cat-themed handmade running gear. The patterns My top was made with the Fehr Trade XYT top pattern, which Melissa kindly let me try …

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  • 12 beautiful travel wardrobes: Check out the Knitcation contest winners!

    Going through all the entries into our Knitcation contest was like a quick trip around the world right at my desk. To recap, this contest invited you to create a 7 day travel wardrobe using our two latest patterns for knits, the Mabel skirt and Moneta dress. Thanks once again to our beloved prize sponsors, …

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  • 2 skirts in one: a reversible Mabel

    One of the coolest things about double knit fabric is that it can actually be made reversible. Because there are two right sides to the fabric, you can sometimes find double knits that have patterns on each side. I bought this reversible striped double knit while shopping with Christine at Mood in LA. One side …

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  • 5 lessons and goals I took from Me Made May

    {days 1-8 via instagram} I love a creative challenge, especially when it can be done in a group. That’s one reason we’re so invested in doing sewalongs. There’s something so motivating about taking on a project with other people. I also really enjoy challenges that constrain me in some way. As any designer will tell …

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  • A simple white Mabel (and we’re starting the Mabel Sewalong!…

    This is me, going to the grocery store. La la la. I’m buying bananas and tempeh. I now have four different Mabels. I’ve been making so many, it’s been hard to keep up with showing them off here on the blog. The black mini Mabel is the one that gets the most wear, since it …

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  • A tie dye Moneta & fixing fabric woes

    You know how sometimes you’ll make a dress even though it’s completely out of season, and then spend months just waiting and waiting for the chance to wear it? This is one of those dresses. I picked out the fabric on a rare warm early Spring day and was too excited to wait. Luckily, this …

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  • Curvy Colette: Check out the makes!

    1. Sophie’s plaid Moneta, 2. Mary N’s Lindy Hop dress, 3. Mary D’s floral dress, 4. Tanya’s purple ponte, 5. Jenny’s nautical dress 6. Jenny’s maxi pattern hack, 7. T’s glorious daisies, 8. Tanya’s pink dots, 9. Sophie-lee’s grey jersey 10. Laurence’s broderie anglaise, 11. T’s spring flowers, 12. Sophie-lee’s black basic, 13. Mary D’s …

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  • Progress, Not Perfection

    I heard this pithy saying a little while ago: “progress, not perfection.” For me, it was a lightbulb moment. I’ve always struggled with the paradox of simultaneously accepting who I am and wanting to be better. There is even a Zen koan that deals with this issue: “All of you are perfect as you are, …

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  • Swimsuit inspiration

    We’re back from our fantastic, sunny work-cation in Palm Springs! I’ve got some photos of the swimsuit I made for the trip that need editing, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the suits that inspired me. In the end, I went for full support with underwire, a midrise bottom (love the …

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  • Albion at the Oregon Coast

    Today, Kristen is sharing the Albion she made for her husband. Check out her customizations along with some gorgeous ocean views! -Sarai Last weekend, my husband and I took a trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was the perfect little getaway full of relaxation, beautiful panoramic ocean views, and …

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