Featured Seamstress: Winnie


Name: Winnie

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern: Violet

Her Blog: Scruffy Badger Time

Her post about the pattern: Pink Elephant Violet Blouse

What kind of fabric did you use? It’s 100% cotton with elephants all over it!

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I am a sucker for piping (& ricrac!) and I believe in showing off this blouse’s key feature, its pretty collar. I have to say that the bright pink elephant-strewn fabric is a departure for me and I was worried it would turn out to be a blouse suitable only for weekend fun (or bedtime!). Adding the piping, the contrast thread and large buttons was my attempt to help it to grow up a bit, and I’m glad to say that it has passed the “wear to the office” test with flying colours.

What thoughts do you have about the project? Well, I love the Violet blouse. I adore its collar, neckline & the gathered yoke, and think it’s a really pretty & useful blouse. In my view it is one of the perfect styles that can double up for work or for fun whilst reflecting a bit of character. I have so many ideas for other versions of Violet blouses, I have to stop myself and sew something else! I am going to be wearing my three Violets for the “OWOP” One Week One Pattern Challenge organised by Tilly and the Buttons during March.

Thanks, Winnie!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 22


Oh yay, well-deserved Winnie! I love this blouse so much and you’re so right…it can easily be worn for work and play ;o)


Winnie – this is totally darling and so are you! x


Fab fabric choice, for both blouse and skirt! Love it :-)


Winnie, you so rock pink elephants!

Rochelle New

Absolutely fabulous. LOVE!!!


Too awesome! I’ve seen a lot of fun Violets lately and I think I need to try making one for myself. (Or two or three :)


Right on! So glad to see your Ellie blouse featured – you deserve it! :)


How cute is that???( LOVE it!) Have not muslined this blouse yet, it is a must do for summer,,,,SO comfy looking w/ a sweet sweet collar!

scruffy badger

Thank you colette patterns for not only inviting me to your blog, but for such gorgeous styles that so many of us love! And thank you for such kind comments. I think I have stage fright! Xx


So, so, so adorable! Especially the elephant print :)

Vicki Kate

Hurrah for Winnie! She makes some stunning items with your patterns :)

Ama Williams

Really FUN outfit, I love the twist on the pinstripe power skirt! Also your sewing/fitting looks very well done.


Hooray, Winnie! She’s the best– she has such great style and her makes are always so fun!


Winnie, you are too cute. Love, love, love the blouse and skirt.


Awesome! Love the edging on the skirt too. Being a knitter I would call it a scalloped edge, is that right for sewing? Gorgeous whatever it’s called :)


Yes, you’d call it the same in sewing. :)


Great outfit- you are so talented!!!


Congrats on the feature, Winnie! That outfit sure looks great!


Oh My Goodness!
This is just too adorable! It sure brought a smile to my day!


Gosh, everyone’s left such wonderful comments. Thank you, what fab readers the coletterie has :-)


Awesome. I am off to buy a Violet pattern…

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