Weekend reading: Interns, floor plans, and pattern hacks



After about 4 years in our beloved Ford Building, we’ve decided it’s time to move.

When I first decided to move out of my kitchen, I was scared to death about the extra expense of paying rent. But I bit the bullet and got a tiny space under 400 square feet. It was oddly shaped, but south facing with a huge wall of factory windows. I couldn’t have been happier, and never regretted the decision for a moment.

After about a year and a half, I took a peek at a larger space in the building and immediately realized it was time to move up. Moving into our current headquarters allowed so much more growth. Kenn was able to start working with me and eventually become full time. I was able to hire people. We could set up different areas for sewing, design, and office space. Again, I was incredibly frightened to triple my rent, but again there have been zero regrets.

Now it’s time again. Again, I’m scared. But deep inside, I know this is the best possible decision.

The new space is in another beautiful old factory, this time with skylights, maple floors, and a lovely little kitchen. I can’t stop dreaming of all that we can do with it. One of my major goals for this year is to foster an amazing work environment, and this definitely feels like a step in the right direction.

Our move date is set for October, so I’ll be sharing more photos and stories of the set-up process later on. But for now, I’ll just keep sketching floorplans and pinning dreamy photos.

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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.

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Oh, congratulations! It’s a happy/sad moment, isn’t it. I am so over the moon happy for your successes (well-deserved, of course!) and know you’ll have many more!


Floor plans! My favorite. Good for you for growing your business! And enjoy the new space–how fun.


Oooh, can’t wait to see the new space!!


It’s too cool to see your company grow…and outgrow its space. Congrats! I think you have many fans and loyal customers, and I’m one of them, and I think you all will do great!


CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to see the pictures of the new space!


That new workspace sounds really nice! Moving is such an emotional thing, isn’t it? I’m sure that while leaving the old space will be sad, your new place will be a terrific environment for creativity and growth. How great!


It feels very weird to outgrow a space that seemed so huge just a few years ago. The new one has extra room to keep growing though, which makes me excited for the future.


Ooh, I hope you’ll take international interns (I’m in England)! I’d love to do it next Summer! (Bubbling with hope :D)


It is so inspiring to hear how, even though it’s scary to take that next step, you do it anyway. Congratulations for being brave and breaking through!


Is that the photo you posted a while back??? If it is it was a lovely space to spend your days in… hope it all works well for you. I’m sure it’ll go well,… you’re using your gifts well doing what you do…xx


Congrats on moving on up! Excited to see what you’re up to!


Congrats on your move! I recently moved from Eugene, OR to Wilsonville, (not too far from you!), the prospect of change was scary, but so worth it! I am so glad I discovered your Sewing Book at the library! I love what you have done, sharing your skills with sewists around the world!
Question: Is your business open to the public for retail sales?

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