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Featured Seamstress: Rachel


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Name: Rachel

Skill Level: Intermediate

Patterns Used: Jasmine and Clover

Her Blog: Boo Dogg & Me: A Sewing Journey

Her Post about the Pattern: Clover Pants and Jasmine Blouse

What kind of fabric did you use? I used a white swiss dot cotton for Jasmine, and grey stretch denim for the Clovers (98% cotton, 2% elastine). Both purchased from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne out of my birthday money!

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? Personal style is something I have been pondering of late. I had a baby 8 months ago, and am still breastfeeding. Prior to having a bub, I wore dresses and high-waisted skirts with a top tucked in 99.9% of the time. Breastfeeding makes those kinds of outfits near impossible. This outfit has therefore been my ‘uniform’ of late. It is flattering and stylish, yet totally practical. I was so excited when these patterns were released!

What thoughts do you have about the project? I found Jasmine to be a straightforward project. I didn’t make any changes, except to lengthen the blouse by approximately 5cm. I love the pattern – and am planning to sew another one in a gorgeous silk I bought in Italy recently. The Clover pants are very easy to put together, but challenging to fit. The sew-a-long was very helpful (thanks Colette Patterns!), but as I had never fit pants to that level before, I made 4 muslins (my blog has details on the adjustments I made). I absolutely love the end result, and they get a lot of wear. I’m actually just finishing off a black pair right now! These pants tick so many boxes for me.

Thanks, Rachel!

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

Comments 11


Oh yay, so great to see Rachel on here! Love her outfit, what a great pairing of Colette patterns!


Ever notice how Colette sewers/bloggers are all so beautiful?
Love the “scrolling featured seamstress” feature. Did I miss it before or is it new?
Happy sewing and viewing…


How lovely! I’m in love with this look. Beautiful patterns, Sarai. Inspiring execution, Rachel. I really need to get past my fear of pants-making because these just became a must-have.


Oh no! Rachel….I forgot to say how much I like your Jasmine and Clover.
You look so cute wearing them!

Rochelle New

Wow! Four muslins was soooo worth the final fit on those pants! They look amazing! I may or may not be a little jealous ;)


Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! I do love these trousers – and my black version too. I’m definitely planning a ‘bright’ coloured pair too – Sarai’s recent blue pair inspired me.

And thank you to Sarai and Caitlin for featuring me!


Very, very cute! I have to have that blouse pattern!


Simply fantastic! This whole ensemble is beautifully constructed and looks awesome!


I am in love w/ Jasmine no matter what fabric it is made from,,,,I was just thinking of Swiss dot , so pretty on you ( Clover looks great,,,well fit also!)


Just read this again and my new Beignet pattern arrived today,,,,,how very stylish that pattern is also! I am really amazed that the Colette patterns can be real workhorses in our day to day wear, we can make them in diff fabrics and get a very pretty look each time! Cant wait to get working on Beignet , such a flattering pattern, actually there is a TON of things one could do to change it each and every time,,,,for sure one I will work hard to fit perfectly,,,,,VERY well worth it ( love your patterns Sarai!)
Rachel,,,,I am coveting your well fit clovers now!


I looked at the photo, and instantly thought – that looks like a Melbourne back yard! And I was right!

Lovely top :-)

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