Articles in Studio

  • Make it Work: Your dream business

    Last week, I mentioned a lot of the challenges in starting your own business. Now let’s talk about what I think is the single biggest reward: you get to design your dream business from the ground up. How many other opportunities do you get in life to really take control of every element of how …

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  • Make it Work: Is starting a business right for you?

    Chances are pretty good that you’ve dreamed about starting your own business at some point in your life. Running your own show is attractive in so many ways, especially for us creative types. Maybe you want more control over how you spend your time; maybe you need more creative fulfillment in your career; maybe you …

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  • Introducing Make it Work: The Small Business Series

    One of my resolutions for this year was to share some of my learnings about starting and running a small business. I am just wrapping up my first year of business at Colette Patterns, or at least of publicly doing business. I’d been scheming and planning for much longer than that. I get a lot …

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  • Behind the scenes at our photoshoot

    I thought I’d share a few behind the scenes snapshots I took at our shoot. It was a lot of fun to put together, especially since I had the talent of my good friends Lisa and Rebecca (of Urban Weeds fame), and the lovely Kassandra of The Ginger Suite Salon doing hair and makeup. As …

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  • Preview: Fabric and Sewing Details

    Things may seem quiet around here right now, but that’s because I’m working very very hard on our new patterns! We have a photoshoot coming up (tomorrow in fact!) and I hope to have some great behind the scenes shots for you. I’m very excited for this shoot. In the meantime, here are some snapshots …

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  • Spring Preview

    Hurrah! I am in the midst of moving chaos, but have decided to give a glimpse of the first collection of Spring 2009 sewing patterns. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Hop on over and view the patterns!

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  • Gone to Print!

    {pictured: mock ups of some rejected cover designs/illustrations} I’m excited that the very last piece for the sewing patterns has officially gone to print! I am truly looking forward to holding them in my hands, because the printing and packaging is going to be just gorgeous. Stay tuned for more updates very soon!

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  • Inspiration Board

    A snippet of the very large inspiration board in the studio. We used cork tiles to cover a small wall, almost from floor to ceiling. I rotate all sorts of things in and out: images, vintage notions, flowers, etc.

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  • Sketching

    I’ve been working on some designs for the pattern covers and falling in love with watercolor.

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  • Sewing weather

    I do believe fall is the perfect time for sewing. These are some sneak peek shots we took this weekend while shooting designs for the debut collection of patterns.

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  • Announcing Colette Patterns

    Hi there. I’m Sarai. I began Colette Patterns because I wanted to increase the opportunities for creativity in other people’s lives through making clothing, because I wanted to share the joy of making over the joy of buying, and because I wanted to make things that would contribute to the amazing craft movement going on …

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