Articles in Finished Projects

  • 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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  • My body, my swimsuit

    image: vintage white two-piece, currently available from allencompany on Etsy. I have never felt worthy of wearing a two-piece swimsuit. From an early age, we are encouraged to disassociate ourselves from our bodies. We start to carve it up into different parts so that we can evaluate and compare: my butt, my stomach, my arms, …

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  • Pirate or Secretary?

    I wasn’t sure what to call this outfit. Monochrome lady pirate? Patti Smith meets 1970s secretary? This blouse started with the fabric. I found this absolutely gorgeous cream silk crepe at Mill End and knew it wanted to be a blouse. It is the softest, most luxurious silk in the world. It has a great …

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  • A Laurel LBD for New Year’s Eve

    My style has really taken a turn for the minimal in the last year or so. I think it reflects a lot of deeper stuff going on in my life (and in my head). Perhaps I feel overburdened, but I just want things that are simple and easy, and not too many of them. I …

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  • Sewing Blooper Of The Week: Kristen’s Holey Truffle

    I decided at the last possible minute that I should make a new dress to wear to my friends’ autumn wedding, as most of my more formal creations were more suited for summer soirees. I settled on the Truffle dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook and got to work immediately. The fit was great. I …

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  • Your Creations: 5 Favorites For November

    Happy thanksgiving for those in the US! I’m celebrating at home with my family today, but I just wanted to share a few of the beautiful projects in our Flickr group this month. I may have to start posting some more favorites elsewhere, there are so many great ones. Maybe our Facebook page? 1. A …

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  • Getting started with lovely and easy sashiko embroidery

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been interested in sashiko embroidery lately. One reason is that we got these amazing stencils in stock. I couldn’t wait to give them a go. I bought some black linen and used my favorite Clover chacopel pencil to trace the design. Sashiko is a really simple form …

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  • Making Laurel in a knit

    I’ve been meaning to share this dress forever, as evidenced by my long hair and bare legs in these photos. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, bear with me and maybe try to pretend I’m wearing tights and boots. For those in the southern hemisphere… hey, perfect timing! I made this version of Laurel because …

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  • Bag making supplies and resources

    Many of you have asked for resources on finding some of the more specialty items used to make bags for the Cooper Sew Along. I’ve spent more hours than I can count researching this stuff as we planned our kits, so I want to share some of my resources with you today. I have used …

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  • Your Creations: 5 Favorites For October

    I’m loving the use of prints this month. And all the red and gold tones, too! Zinnia Birds by Julie of Jolies Bobines Plaid Violet by Merci Patrons! Pearl Peach Zinnia by Elle of Elationcreations Tweed Anise by Nicole of Nicole at Home Fleurie Peony by Camille of Cafekam

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  • Sewing Blooper of the Week: Right side or wrong side?

    I have been sewing for 17 years now, and yet still I think not a project goes by that I do not do something absent-minded. I almost wrote “stupid” there, but I’m trying to be gentle with myself here. The truth is, sewing is a process that involves low levels of concentration for hours on …

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  • A simple black Zinnia

    Well, I found it. For years, I have been knitting myself these little cropped sweaters from vintage patterns from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The style is usually short, with a wide band of ribbing at the waist for a cinched in look, made in a fine gauge yarn. Some are lacy, some are simple, …

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  • (P)review, project management edition

    This week on Instagram: Pretty fall roses on my walk to work, Sheli’s cat was surprised by her freshly cleaned room, Kristen had an awesome duck embroidered on her vintage button-up, and I visited some goats who live near our office. Dear Readers, this week has been all about project management. It’s easy to come …

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  • Your Creations: 10 Favorites For September

    It’s always difficult to pick just 5 user creations from the Colette Patterns Flick Group for these posts. This month was particularly hard. Then I decided, since we had such great support in the Martha Stewart competition, I should celebrate our fans by picking an extra 5 user creations! 1. Denim Hawthorn by Amanda Lyn of …

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  • “One Pattern, Seven Bloggers” Macaron Reveal!

    Left: Marie of A Stitching Odyssey Right: Reana Louise Top Left: Sam of Buckingham Road Bottom Left: Amy of Sew Through The Motions Right: Rachel of My Messings Right: Jen of Jennifer Lauren Vintage Left: Kat of Petticoats and Peplums I love when the blogging community comes together to have some fun and inspire one …

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  • Your Creations: 5 Favorites for August

    August is such an interesting month. Some of us are squeezing the last rays of sunshine out of summer while others are prepping for fall. I love the variety that has created in our Flickr pool! 1. Nautical Hawthorn by Eva of Brave Little Tailor. 2. Denim Laurel by Whenallyouneedis 3. Ikat Nutmeg by Jacqui of …

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