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  • Tools and Books

    Inside Our Toolbox + Giveaway

    Do you have a sewing tool you can’t live without? Sewists are notoriously picky about their set of tools. I love sharing these life-changing tools with friends. This new feature is inspired by that same spirit of sharing. Every month one of our Colette staffers will share a favorite sewing tool or notion here on …

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    Coming tomorrow: Seamwork Annual 2015

    Since launching Seamwork one year ago, we received many requests for a printed version of the magazine. Tomorrow, Seamwork Annual 2015 will be available as a printed book! With over 100 pages of handpicked Seamwork features, and a special festive photo shoot, you’ll want this book in your hands for the holidays. Along with micro …

  • Studio

    Coming Soon: The Seamwork Annual

    The November issue of Seamwork Magazine marked our one year birthday. It has been an inspiring, challenging, and incredibly gratifying journey. The joy (and sometimes the pitfall) of working on a monthly publication is the fast pace cycling of ideas and content. By the time an issue debuts, we are already in the thick of …

  • Tools and Books

    3 must-have Bernina presser feet and how I use them

    Recently, while I was working on a new dress, I noticed just how many different presser feet I use over the course of one project. It wasn’t always like this. Though machines I’ve had in the past came with a multitude of different feet, it realy wasn’t until I adopted my current Bernina that I …

  • Tools and Books

    Thank you! (+ some updates)

    All of us here just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the amazing response to the book and new patterns this week. We are beyond thrilled, and this has probably been our best launch yet. ETA: Wow, you guys. We sold out of the Moneta pattern in less than 3 days. …

  • Tools and Books

    Sneak Peek: The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits

    I learned so much in the course of creating this book. This was my first time acting in the role of a producer rather than an author. One of the awesome things about this is that I got to immerse myself in someone else’s expert knowledge for almost a year. Apart from hand knitting, I’ve …

  • Tools and Books

    Coming Soon! The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional techniques…

    As you all know, over the last year or so I’ve been thinking a lot about creating a functional, beautiful wardrobe. I want to make things I both love, and will wear the heck out of. So I started examining the clothes I actually wear all the time. And what did I find in my …

  • Tools and Books

    Gifts For Crafters Pop-Up Shop, Now Open

    Our holiday pop-up shop is officially open! Here is just a taste of all the different types of products we picked out for you. Head over to Gifts for Crafters for the full inventory, and make your orders! Books Snuggle up to any one of these beautiful, educational , and inspiring books. You’re sure to …

  • Studio

    Organizing needles with DIY needle drawers

    This is the sad situation that had grown on my sewing table. A teeny little drawer overflowing with needles, needles, needles. I decided to use some leftover scraps of contact paper from last month’s chalkboard project to do something about it. In addition to the black contact paper, I used a white paint pen, some …

  • Tools and Books

    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 …

  • Studio

    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 …

  • Tools and Books

    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 …

  • Tools and Books

    Thank you and Colette Sewing Handbook update

    First, I wanted to take a minute to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who bought my book, wrote me with kind thoughts, posted pictures, or left reviews on Amazon or elsewhere. You all have been incredibly supportive, and it’s wonderful to see that this massive project and huge amount of work is actually …

  • Inspiration

    Big News! Announcing The Colette Sewing Handbook

    I have a huge announcement today, folks. I have a book coming! It’s called The Colette Sewing Handbook! I’ve been so jittery and nervous to announce this, I can’t even tell you. I’ve worked so hard on this project and am so incredibly proud of the result. It was a complete and total labor of …

  • Tools and Books

    Marking tools

    It took me a long time to realize that there is no one ideal marking tool. I used to struggle with marking fabrics until I realized something: you need a small selection of tools to properly mark the variety of fabrics you’re likely to sew with. The purpose of the marking tool is to transfer …