It’s December, the perfect time to start looking back at what you’ve gone through in the last year: the things you’ve put out into the world, the trials you’ve lived through, the people you’ve met or become closer to.
Today, I thought I’d take a look at all the things we’ve done this year. At the end of the post, I have some questions for you.
I began this year with a watchword, and that word was focus.
It’s sort of funny looking back on that, because we’ve put out a ton of new projects and ideas this year. On the other hand, I approached them in a fairly focused way, generally dedicating resources to one thing at a time and going all-in on that thing.
On a personal level, I do feel more focused. I’ve been meditating every morning, and have felt way more excited than stressed in spite of the insane pace of this year.
Stuff we’ve put out this year:
- The Wardrobe Architect series, which I absolutely loved doing with you. My one regret is that I haven’t had time to do more with it since it ended.
We launched sewalongs.com, where we now host all of our sewalongs. This was such a good move. They’re so much easier to navigate, easier to subscribe to, and easier to reference. They don’t clog up the blog for non-participants. And tons of people are signing up for them!
We expanded our size range from 0-18 to 0-26 (or XS-3X).
We released our first patterns for knits, again in collaboration with Alyson.
We celebrated our 5 year anniversary with a big party!
We moved into a new, much bigger studio. It still looks the same. Except with more junk.
And finally, our biggest accomplishment of the year: We launched our new magazine, Seamwork.
That is a load of stuff.
In addition to all that, I’ve worked with some amazing people, including our awesome team here at CPHQ. And it’s been such a pleasure to collaborate with my buddy Alyson this year, one of the most generous, thoughtful, kindhearted, and tireless people I have ever met.
Best tutorials of 2014:
These are chosen by popularity.
- How to organize a mountain of sewing patterns with your phone
- How to shop for a sewing machine
- Sewing hems with a twin needle
- Stabilizing and gathering knits with clear elastic
- How to clean finish a lined armhole
- 3 favorite presser feet and how I use them
- The MOD-ified Laurel pattern hack
- 6 ways to finish the edge of your hem
- How to organize fabric with swatch tags
- How to get a level hem
Best discussions of 2014:
I picked these by traffic and comments. Some are lighthearted questions I asked, others are a little more personal.
- Introducing the Wardrobe Architect series
- Progress, not perfection
- 10 things I wish I’d known when I started sewing
- How to build sewing skills if you’re an absolute beginner
- Why do you sew?
- What are your favorite films for inspiration?
- Do you wear more dresses or separates?
- What skills have you avoided (for no good reason)?
- What do you listen to when you sew?
- When have you impressed yourself?
We also put out some freebies and pattern hacks this year. You’ll be seeing more of these in 2015. I love making free stuff for you when I can.
- How to match plaids and stripes
- The Colette Guide to Sewing Hems, a free ebook on hems. Yes, a complete BOOK.
- Pattern hack: The MOD-ified Laurel
- Moneta collar variations
- Free templates for making your own swatch tags
- A free project planning worksheet from 110 Creations
We basically sold out of all of our patterns this year before we expected to. I had to create a new system for forecasting inventory levels because we kept being taken by surprise. File that under good problems, I guess.
- Moneta was a huge, huge hit for us.
- Mabel showed that you guys love a quick-and-simple project as much as I do (in which case you should probably join Seamwork).
- Myrtle was another popular one, and the first pattern we released that could work in knits or wovens!
- Dahlia took us back to a classic silhouette. I love this pattern.
(That’s Kenn and Meg above with some of our inventory.)
We love you guys
I have a lot of ideas for the next year of Coletterie in addition to Seamwork, but I’ll write about the future later.
I just want to conclude by saying what a pleasure it has been to serve you this year.
Kenn does much of our customer service, and every once in a while he looks up from his laptop and says in amazement, “our customers are the best.”
Why? Because you are the nicest, warmest, most thoughtful people I could imagine working for. I know it sounds incredibly cheesy, but it’s true. You are good people, and I like working for good people.
I’d love some input from you guys as I start to plan 2015.
- What posts have you enjoyed most?
- What would you like to see more of on the blog?
- Do you enjoy the weekend link roundups (it’s ok if you skip them)?
- Do you enjoy the discussions in the comments?
- Are there types of posts we don’t do that you’d like us to (maybe something we’ve done in the past but don’t post about much anymore)?