Featured Seamstress: Shaerie


Name: Shaerie

Skill Level: Expert

Pattern: Violet

Her website: Sew LA

What kind of fabric did you use? I used some beautiful lawn from Alexander Henry – Eton Butterfly in the “Tea” colorway.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? That would definitely be the fabric – I fell in love with it, and stashed it till just the right pattern came along! Also, I usually tweak patterns just a bit to fit my body better – in this instance, I pinned the lower back pattern piece an inch away from the fold to give myself a little more room in the back, and gathered it a bit more to fit the yoke. After making the first version (the butterflies), I decided to cut one size smaller in the neckline and shoulder area, which is a common adjustment for me. I also made another version with a sleeve adaptation.

What thoughts do you have about the project? I love this blouse! It’s a go-to pattern for me, especially when I’m trying to use fabric from my stash – and I can always cut a contrast collar if I don’t have enough! We use this pattern in one of our intermediate level classes because it is chock full of core intermediate skills: sewing darts, gathering, clipping and notching, grading, understitching, setting sleeves and buttonholes!

Thanks, Shaerie!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 4


That fabric is simply divine! Looks absolutely smashing :D


Great use of some adorable fabric! Nice to see SewLA getting a shout out!


I’m beginning to love that Violet!

Krystal Diaz

Shaerie is awesome!

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