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Pattern of the Month: Violet


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We’re starting a new feature on the blog this year: Pattern of the Month

Each month, we’ll choose one pattern from our catalog to focus on, offering tutorials, tips, and free downloads to go along with it. Plus, each pattern will be discounted for the month it’s featured.

I figured it would be a fun way to tie our tutorials to a real project. So often, I feel like we create tutorials based on what we’re working on at the moment. But if no one else is working on the same type of technique or project, they have a tendency to disappear into the pinterest void without being used.

This way, there’s a little bit more togetherness, don’t you think? It’s not nearly as in depth as a sewalong, but I think it will be lots of fun.

We’re starting with Violet this month, our lovely little peter pan collar blouse. Devon and I have prepared some fun little details you can add and changes you can make if you decide to sew this one up.


How it works:

  • You can pick up the pattern for 20% off in our shop using the code VIOLETMONTH
  • This month, we’ll be posting tutorials and ideas you can use with Violet (or with other patterns if you want)
  • Want to create your own tutorial using Violet? Add a comment to this post with a link at any time during the month and we’ll link it up at the end of the month.
  • Upload your creations to our Flickr group, or tag them on Instagram with #VIOLETMONTH (you can also mention @colettepatterns if you want.)
  • We’ll do a little roundup of some of your creations at the end of the month.

Let me know what patterns you’d like to see tutorials and variations on in the future!

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 34

Julie dickens

Would love to see myrtle on you pattern of the month


I’m sure she’ll come up!


I love this idea! You all produce such helpful tutorials – I can’t wait to see what you share. I have the Violet pattern but I haven’t cracked into yet, so now seems like a pretty good time. How exciting!

Sew Francie

This is a great idea! I love the idea of everyone creating the same item with little variations. I can’t wait to see your tips for this.


Excellent idea! I really enjoyed Devon’s sewalong on the Moneta. I bought the Oolong a few years ago and haven’t used it yet. Love the bias cut, the smooth fit, but would like to have guidance and ideas for modifications (ie getting rid of ruching and gathering at sleeve to make it look a little more contemporary).
Wishing you and the Colette team a happy new year! Catherine


That would be fun. You could convert the ruching to darts and move them around, which could really give it a different look.


Oh what a fantastic idea! I haven’t made a Violet yet either although I do have the pattern. I’d like to see some sleeve variations and maybe a peplum added to it?

Barbara Carlon

This sounds like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes. Count me in!


Great idea. I loved the myrtle sew along and am looking forward to Violet tips and tricks.
Thank you, karen


Great for me, too. I’m another who has the pattern but hasn’t started it yet. I always need to do a sba for Collette patterns; could you include a revisit of your technique for that? And another trouble spot for me is making the collar look crisp.


What a fun idea! …I also like the idea of having a nice, easy goal of one thing to sew each month.


What a great idea. I’d love to see Laurel feature as your pattern of the month.


Looking forward to a solution for collars that have a mind of their own and refuse to lie smoothly. I too have the untouched pattern, patiently awaiting the cure for my collar-phobia.


I like the idea of pattern month. I don’t have this pattern as yet, because I would like to see collar or neckline variations. I like the blouse itself, but I do not like peter pan collars at all.

If you do a feature on Laurel, then I’d like to see tutorials to address fitting issues.


Selfishly, I’d like to see the Myrtle too. I have the pattern and fabric ready, I just need to jump in and start! Happy New Year!


Fun idea ! I have made violet a couple times but haven’t gotten it just right (a bit wide) but will love to get some ideas for variations!! Don’t want to give up yet ;) thanks


That sounds like a really good idea. It will be great to see older patterns being made up again.


I agree with Leaf. I’d like to make the blouse but would like to see other neckline/collar variations, at 57 I feel Peter Pan Collars are a bit young for me (others may likely disagree) :)


It’s actually so easy to alter! Because the collar is one piece, you can make it narrower, change the shape to be pointed, anything! It would be fun to draft some alternatives though, I agree. :)


Very excited to start this with you. I just ordered the pattern – I prefer the printed versions that you mail out to me then printing them at home.


Hi, I have two questions. Could you kindly tell me if this is a beginner’s pattern and for xl sizes? Thanks



I’m sure Sarai will answer but I can tell you that some of the parts of this are more complicated, the instructions are amazing!!!! It was the first garment I ever sewed that seemed like a beginning garment! The Size 18 is a very roomy XL, in my opinion.


Yep, this is rated as a beginner pattern. Here’s a link to the size chart directly, which should help!


Great idea. Please can I give a shout out for the jasmine blouse. I have the pattern but need a bit of a push to get going with it.


Violet was my first Colette pattern and I love her. I feel as though I’m a bit too old for the Peter Pan collar so I’d love to see some variations on it. I always wanted to give it a pointed collar but chickened out!


I always have to reply to my comment because I post too early! I meant to add that in addition to giving it the pointed collar, I’ve wanted to lower the neckline too. I think that would look cool but it would involve redrafting the whole facing shebang. I look forward to seeing what you guys end up doing!


I vote for Ginger with different pocket options for a sew-along please :)


Do you have stores that you suggest? I’m looking to get some nice fabric but the fabric stores near me are JoAnn’s and I’m not good a finding the correct type of fabric.


I’ll be purchasing this pattern and thanks for the discount offer. Please do a sba tutorial for this pattern. Thanks.

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