Articles in Studio

  • Studio Snapshots: Work Hard & Treat Yourself

    When releasing a new pattern, things at Colette HQ go into hyperdrive. Fittings, photoshoots, design, and educational content keep us all busy and it’s well worth it. As one of the newer kids at Colette, I have really enjoyed learning about all the different facets of the process. We all worked together, with our own …

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  • Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel : Studio Snapshots

    We have been having too much fun over here at Colette HQ collaborating with our buddies Cotton+Steel! This morning I had a bit of a “attitude of gratitude” moment. I was just minding my own business, getting ready for the day when it struck me. I ran into the kitchen, where my partner was making …

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  • Our 2016 goals: an update

    3 months into 2016, we recap some of our goals for the year and how we’re doing.

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  • How we find those lovely, diverse, & gorgeous models for…

    The first time I saw a model that looked like me in a magazine, it profoundly changed the way I looked at my body. It was the late 90s and I was about 18. I’d never felt at home in my body. Like many women, and especially adolescent women, I had a habit of distilling …

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  • Meet Christine, our new Art Director

    I met Christine by chance in December when my friend Rodellee invited me to a small gathering at her studio. Besides being the proprietress of Camillia Heirloom + Modern, Christine also manages a studio space shared by a number of creative women. She was one of those sweet people whose kindness and creativity just radiates …

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  • Transitions

    I don’t have the usual bundle of links for you today, because we’ve been moving into our new studio all week, giving me zero time to read. Instead, I thought I’d share some photos of the new digs. I thought about waiting until everything was set up and looking good, but it’s a lot more …

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  • How I organize my fabric stash + free downloadable stash…

    You’ve seen how I organize my enormous stash of patterns. But what about fabric? I will admit, my stash is bigger than I’d like it to be. In spite of fabric swaps, donations, and finally getting rid of a lot of the useless leftover scraps I’d been holding onto, I have a lot of fabric. …

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  • How to organize a mountain of sewing patterns with your…

    I used to have a manageable stash of vintage patterns. I’d collected them over many years, and only really bought ones that I absolutely loved. I used nearly all of them, and kept them in four small Ikea boxes, labeled by time period. Life was simple. But when people find out you are in the …

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  • Behind the scenes at our photo shoot (spoiler: I get…

    This photo shoot was a dream come true. For at least a couple years, I’d had a dream of doing a photo shoot in Palm Springs. Not only do I love going there, but it’s the perfect setting when you need to feel like summer in the middle of a soggy and cold Portland winter. …

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