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  • More tool organization, courtesy of Ikea

    My organizing frenzy continues. I actually bought these Ikea knife racks because I thought they’d be handy for holding my presser feet, which have long outgrown their wee cabinet. Unfortunately, it seems my feet are made of aluminum which makes the magnets totally useless for that purpose. But they work wonderfully for something much closer …

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  • From junk drawer to organized button library

    I have a bit of a button problem. We talked a little about hoarding on Monday,and I gotta say that buttons have always been a bit of a weakness in that regard. I find it almost impossible to resist beautiful or unusual buttons, especially vintage ones. All those beautiful carved pieces of bakelite or shimmering …

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  • Time Savers: A low ironing board

    I’ve adopted this dead simple time-saving method lately, and I must share. First, my set-up: I have a long work table with a sewing machine one one end and my serger on the other. I use a rolling chair to shift between the two as I’m sewing and finishing (that is, if I’m using the …

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  • Our new chalkboard

    I’m in a bit of a frenzy with organizing and decorating the studio lately. I feel like I need a good clean sweep as I close out the year, I guess. One thing I’ve been meaning to do for months is get some kind of whiteboard or chalkboard in here, mostly to keep track of …

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  • Month by month moodboards

    When you first walk into the Colette Patterns studio, you’re met by a long hallway that opens out into our spacious loft. For months, I considered what to do with all that unused wall space in the hall. Framed photos of our designs? A giant piece of art? What? You know how it is when …

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  • This week: Are you ready for Fall?

    It seems like Fall is lurking just around the corner around here. I’m trying to take advantage of summer while it lasts. Last weekend, we went for an amazing hike up on Mount Hood, where wild huckleberries are currently plentiful. The waterfalls were gorgeous, and I brought my sketchbook to capture some of the incredible …

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  • This week: Photo shoot!

    I just wanted to share a few shots I snapped during our photo shoot this week. I can’t wait to show you the new patterns that we shot (the silver polka dot dress is not one of them, by the way… that’s a Peony). We’re on track to release them in just a few weeks, …

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  • This Week: The fun part

    This is a fun time. We’re gearing up for our Fall photo shoot next week. Caitlin’s made all the samples and has been running around picking up accessories, like the cute red peep toes above. I must admit, I feel a little sad for the model. We’ve got Fall clothes for her to wear, we’re …

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  • This week: Rosy

    Sometimes Caitlin and I will get to work and find we match each other. Both of us have an affinity for gingham, navy, stripes, and chambray, which can lead to some embarassingly matchy-matchy days. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen Caitlin match the project she was sewing quite this well. I’m excited to say …

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  • This week: Getting ready for Fall

    Summer is always a surprisingly hectic time of year. All I want to do is go outside and enjoy the sun, but there is so much to do in order to get ready for Fall. We’ve sent two new patterns off to print and now we’re working on the photo shoot. Or, I should say …

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  • This week: Studio visits and fresh paint

    The highlight of my week was definitely a visit from Tasia of Sewaholic Patterns. Tasia was passing through town and stopped by the studio for a visit. We had coffee and a nice long chat. Needless to say, we have a lot in common to talk about and she is just the nicest person. I …

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  • This Week: Creative reboot

    I’ve been having the best week. I took the week off from my regular work for a bit of a creative break. I’ve been spending it at a class on drawing and painting for textile design, taught by the immensely talented designer and artist Chelsea Heffner of plainMADE. Having an entire week to just draw …

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  • This Week: Birthday cheer

    First of all, look how close we are to reaching my birthday goal for Charity:water! I can’t believe how close it is and hope that a few more of you can spare a few bucks (any amount you want) to put us over the edge. 5 bucks, 10 bucks, whatever will help move that ticker …

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  • This week: Racing to the finish

    For those in the US, did you have a good midweek holiday? I chose to celebrate by running another half-marathon, my second this year (or ever). This time I was not at death’s door, the weather was perfect in the early morning out on Sauvie Island, and the course was blissfully flat and pretty. I …

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  • This week at Colette Patterns: The joys of self-employment

    It’s true, running a business is not all wine and roses. But there’s nothing like waking up on a beautiful 84 degree day and simply deciding you’d rather not go to work. …Which is exactly what we did yesterday. I put on my white pique Lily dress (which I haven’t had nearly enough occasion to …

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  • This week at Colette Patterns: nerding out

    This week I have been seriously nerding out. There are many aspects of my personality that are hopelessly nerdy. My obsession with public radio. My love for Battlestar Galactica. My constant reading about brain science. But there is perhaps nothing so nerdy about me as my love for data. I can fool around with numbers …

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  • This week at Colette Patterns

    How did your week go? Ours was rather ho hum, since Caitlin got sick (wish her well!) and Kenn and I spent way too much time at Ikea. But we did finally get some drinking glasses for the office kitchen (see above). And they’re pink! Ikea comes through sometimes. I put together my new Hazel, …

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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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  • Stockholm and Copenhagen: Any Suggestions?

    I have another exciting trip planned very soon! We’re cashing in some airline miles and taking a trip next week to Sweden and Denmark! We’re starting in Stockholm, then going to Copenhagen and we’ll be in each for a bit under a week. I honestly haven’t had much time to plan, so I thought I’d …

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  • Organize your tools the Ikea way

    Lots of you have noticed the railing we’ve been using for tools and we’ve had a few inquiries about it. Sarai picked out the Fintorp system from IKEA to store our scissors and various small things. It’s made for hanging pots and pans, with little bins you can use for cutlery. But it also makes …

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  • Making box cushions for the studio

    Our new studio is really coming together. A few things are still needed but over all, it’s looking pretty good! One of the things I recently made for the studio were these pretty box cushions. We knew we wanted cushions for our chairs, but what fabric? You might recall that we’re trying to use what …

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