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12 beautiful travel wardrobes: Check out the Knitcation contest winners!


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Going through all the entries into our Knitcation contest was like a quick trip around the world right at my desk.

To recap, this contest invited you to create a 7 day travel wardrobe using our two latest patterns for knits, the Mabel skirt and Moneta dress. Thanks once again to our beloved prize sponsors, Hart’s Fabric, Grey’s Fabric, and Brooklyn General Store.

We had ladies traveling to Greece, Vietnam, Uganda, Iceland, and California. We even had one staycation right here in beautiful Portland, and a trip around the world for fabric shopping!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. I hope you all had as much fun creating your travel wardrobes as we did looking through them.

I wish I could showcase every single outfit here, but that might be a bit much. I’ll share the winners, and a few more to show the wide variety. We had so many entries, there’s no way I could post all of them, but if you created one please feel free to leave a link in the comments if you’d like everyone to check it out!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all of you who took the time to show off your beautiful creations.

Grand Prize: Emma’s trip to Iceland, Greece, and France








Emma writes:

“In a month I’m off to Europe! I’m heading to Iceland, Greece and France amongst other places. I am relatively new to sewing but I am now totally addicted and excited about creating a handmade wardrobe. As soon as I saw the Moneta and Mabel patterns I knew I had to make them. I hope you enjoy my pics, next I’m looking forward to taking snaps of these outfits in the real places!”

Read more about Emma’s travel wardrobe >

Second Prize: Sim Shwen’s trip to Melbourne








I loved how creative Sim Shwen got so creative with her paintings! And it was fantastic to see some options for the southern hemisphere as well.

She writes:

“I love Melbourne as it has a great mix of fun, outdoorsy things to do as well as heaps of cultural/educational destinations! It’s winter in Australia so I had lots of fun mixing in big jackets and coats and cute tights. Melbourne is one of the top fashion destinations in Australia so I wanted the outfits to be quirky and colourful, but also feminine and romantic.”

See more of Sim Shwen’s travel wardrobe >

Instagram winner: Becky Geller


Our Instagram winner is Becky Geller!

Becky writes:

“Later this summer, I will be heading to the Heartland to celebrate my grandmother’s life with my family. Nothin’ too fancy or formal, and we’re all about comfort – knits are perfect! While we are family reunion-ing, we won’t be doing the usual vacation things like shopping and sunning at the pool, but there will be plenty of relaxing and hanging out together (and eating). There will be some sights to see and walks around the park and food and bein’ cool.

This was so much fun! I loved having the motivation to make a bunch of makes and then putting together an entire week’s worth of outfits from them.”

More travel fun

I can’t leave it at just that, so here are some selections from just a few of the beautiful entries we got. Again, I wish I could include them all. Since I can’t, I went for variety.

Danielle’s trip to California


“I actually am going to Cali in a couple weeks and coming from Boston, wasn’t quite sure what to bring. I really wanted pieces for this trip that were light, fun and versatile and I knew the moneta and mabel would be wonderful jumping off points for this. I love how easy it was to make these patterns “my own” and think they’ll be perfect for California!”

See more of Danielle’s travel wardrobe >

Amber’s Independent Fabric Shopping Around the World


“I travel for work and one of the things I really enjoy doing is visiting fabric stores. I’m completely happy, getting out of my work uniform, putting on something comfortable (like my Moneta dress), and going out to see a new place. I’ve taken sewing classes in Portland, searched for bag hardware in the LA garment district and gotten lost in Cabo San Lucas searching for a specific shop with limited Spanish.

I love my new knit patterns and this was a fun way to see all the possibilities to create outfits. I used Polyvore to get started”

See more of Amber’s travel wardrobe >

Carla’s 7 Days in Singapore


“We’re about to move to Singapore for a while, and its always great to get rid of surplus stuff when you do a big move, I thought this would be a good exercise in paring down my wardrobe.”

See more of Carla’s travel wardrobe >

Amber’s trip to Uganda


“I traveled to Uganda recently and really could have used Moneta and Mabel. Too bad I received my Colette Sewing for Knits book and Mabel and Moneta patterns just before I got on the plane. So for my knitcation, I made a fanciful recreation of what my travel wardrobe would have been for the trip had I been able to stretch time to get a bit more sewing in.”

See more of Amber’s travel wardrobe >

Ally’s trip to Toronto


“I wanted to channel my wardrobe architect work into this mini travel collection and sew my modern/hippie style into reality! Toronto is HOT, MUGGY and a generally stylish city, so I really wanted to sew comfy, breathable (read cotton), clothes that made me feel like I fit in. Mission accomplished I think!”

See more of Ally’s travel wardrobe >

Aimee’s trip to Los Angeles for the Anime Expo


“I have some friends coming in to Los Angeles from out of town for Anime Expo so I decided to do an ideal trip I’d take my friends around town with. We are all seamstresses who like Japanese Animation, cute things, geeky things and yummy food. Sadly, we will all be too busy that all of this will not actually happen on their trip, but we’ll do as many as we can fit in.”

See more of Aimee’s travel wardrobe >

Raphaelle’s trip to Normandy


“We went to Normandy two years ago and I fell in love with that place. Warm but not too warm, friendly people (did not get teased about my french canadian accent even once!), good food (as ever in France!), beautiful scenery, history… I want to go back! Especially since we didn’t have the time to see everything I would have liked to see.

My outfits are inspired by the area. A lot of nautical blue and white as well as stripes. French people tend to dress up more than north americans and my choices reflect my desire to fit in rather than stand out as a tourist.”

See more of Raphaelle’s travel wardrobe >

Victoria’s trip to California


“I’m a born and raised California girl now living in Missouri. I miss my west coast. The ocean, the city, the deserts, DISNEYLAND! I’d give my left arm, right leg, and a kidney to go back. These are the outfits I’d would have loved to have worn when I was there, and while hopefully visiting back home.”

See more of Victoria’s travel wardrobe >

Clare’s trip to Helsinki


“So I’ve actually booked a trip to Helsinki for September and I’m actually going to take my knits with me! I’ve never been, but have concocted a trip based on some of the things advertised on the Helsinki tourism website. In reality, I’m probably just going to go into shops and touch all the beautiful scandinavian clothing and homewares. Thanks Colette Patterns for putting on this competition, it was fun playing with my new Mabel and Moneta & now I have lots of ways to wear them around!”

See more of Clare’s travel wardrobe >

Thanks to everyone!

Thank you so much to each one of you who prticipated in this challenge! I hope you had a great time.

I loved seeing all these outfits, but even more I enjoyed reading all the stories of places you’ve been, plan to go, or dream of going. It was truly inspiring.

If you still haven’t picked up your own copy, you can grab Mabel and Moneta in our shop.

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

Comments 22


I can see why Emma one. All of her outfits are great. The white dress is my favorite.

Jet Set Sewing

Wow, everyone did such a fantastic job! I love seeing all of you “younger” sewing enthusiasts getting into knits. Back in the day we boomers were sewing those DVF and Betsey Johnson patterns using the old “Stretch and Sew” technique, and our wardrobes were just as much fun.


Congrats to all the winners!! So inspirational!

Vicky Gorry

This has really sold me on your new knit patterns. I wasn’t sure before, because on your own models you went for quite a snug look, which isn’t really for me, but your winner’s grey dress is absolutely beautiful, much more the drapey style I prefer. This competition may be responsible for me venturing into knits for the first time.

Kate McIvor

Wow! I love all of these. Must buy the patterns!!!


Congrats to the winners! All of it is quite inspirational.


Would it be possible to get fabric details from the winners? I’d love to know where Emma got her grey knits for the Moneta and Mabel, and the source for Sim’s gorgeous floral Mabel. I am so inspired!


You might also try visiting their blogs and leaving a comment/question there if you don’t see the info you’re interested in!


Such great knit wardrobes! Would have liked to see some more color I the winners’ garments.


What a delightful feast for the eyes!

emily marie

All of these are truly AWESOME. I love the inspiring graphics and illustrations people came up with. This contest looked like a ton of fun!


Good morning! So exciting to see my photos on your page!!! Thanks again for an inspiring competition, I really loved putting the whole thing together. I am just about to head to work but I will post the details of the fabrics I used on my blog this evening.
Thanks again :) Emma


Emma, be sure to send me your shipping address when you get a chance (I sent you an email a few days ago)! Congrats again. :)


Hi Sarai! I haven’t received your email, I’m still new to blogging and I can’t find my blog emails (so embarrassing, I’m not very tech savvy)!! Could you please email me at and I will send you my details from there. Sorry and thanks again! Emma :)


I love seeing all these wonderful wardrobes! This was such a great contest, and I had a blast with it. And thanks for the mention! I love seeing what others made for their trips!


These were so great! I really loved the creativity and style of your winners.


Really fun to see all the entries! I need another 3 Monetas. haha. Thanks for featuring mine, too! <3 <3


Congratulations winners! You’ve given me a lot of great ideas :)

katherine rose

I have two pieces of fabric, both light weight and semi sheer, and a classic (sheet?) dress pattern. I would like to use both at once and make as a reversible dress. Any advice…please…

Carla Davis

Wow all these ideas are so inspiring, thanks for featuring mine, I had such a lot of fun doing it! I’ve only recently discovered this blog and I’ve been having a look through your archives, the wardrobe architect series is providing a lot of inspiration, my fingers are itching for our container to arrive in singapore with my sewing machine!

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