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Fall fever is officially upon us. In the fashion (and sewing!) world, September is the month that fall begins. Meaning that you are probably inundated with a million fall trends, fall recipes, and of course, fall color palettes.

Maybe it is the rebel in me, but I have been in love with non-traditional fall color palettes this month. Faded hues feel like the perfect compliment to a fall wardrobe, and incidentally, they look great with saturated autumnal shades.

Images: J. Crew Fall 2017 ready-to-wear, ink on board by Klas Ernflo, The Tessa jeans, Merino jersey in ballet pink, Robert Kaufman denim

Images: Alison Jean Cole earrings, Lengthened Oslo sweater, Artful nails, Sweater knit, Cropped Hayden top

Images: Embroidery detailon Free People jeans, The Alice shirt, Suede slides, Art Gallery knit, Alice shirt pattern hacks

Haley Glenn   —   Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.

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Thanks for introducing me to Alison Jean Cole! I love those earrings! Another fun new person to follow ;)
Also love those colors in the first pic from J. Crew. Agree that saturated and pale, washed out colors are great together. Thanks for the inspiration!


Her jewelry is so stunning!

Mary Kaye

The more I see the Tessa jeans, the more I want to give them a try. In reading the pattern/fabric details, it seems that a denim without stretch is the best for this pattern. Can you confirm? I want to choose wisely and love them!


Hi Mary Kaye, the Tessa jeans were designed with nonstretch fabrics in mind, but you can definitely use a stretch denim if you prefer your jeans with a little stretch. If you do choose to sew Tessa with a stretch denim, pay close to the finished measurement chart—it can even be helpful to compare measurements with a pair of stretch jeans you love. I hope this helps. We can’t wait to see your version of the Tessa jeans!


What fabric is the cropped Hayden?


It is a really lovely washed tencel that we found locally. Harts has something similar in a few different colors.



Kristina V.

If I want to lengthen this to a duster length, is there a special way of doing that? I love the black and white version with the Tessa jean. EEEK I need that in my life!!! I have a few sweater knits hanging out in my stash and when I saw that in duster length I thought it would be perfect.

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