Blog tour and big giveaway for The Colette Sewing Handbook!

All through the month of November, I’ll be participating in a blog tour to help share The Colette Sewing Handbook with the world!

As many of you know, with this book I really wanted to create something that would be a guide to more thoughtful, beautiful, and engaged sewing. That’s why I tried to cover topics that aren’t always well represented in sewing books, such as planning out projects, learning about different types of fabric, and getting a good fit. These are the types of things I wish I’d learned first thing, rather than through years of trial and error. And of course, I wanted it to be very visual and hands on.

You’ll get a chance to see some of that in the posts on the blog tour, as well as some interviews and giveaways.


I’m also doing a giveaway right here, for a copy of the book (signed, of course!) and five patterns of your choice. All you have to do is leave a comment here letting me know your favorite pattern (either from the book or the shop), and I’ll draw a winner on Dec. 5, once the tour is over.

This giveaway is open to everyone, and I will ship worldwide!

ETA: We have a winner! Congratulations to Renee, who was randomly chosen by the random number generator, with her comment:

“I’ve been waiting for a book like this one! My favorite would be……….the Lady Grey coat! I love it!”

Tour Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the tour. Visit these guys for more fun posts, reviews, examples of things they’ve made, and giveaways!

Nov 2: Craft Buds – interview and giveaway
Nov. 3: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – lace insertion tutorial for the Licorice dress
Nov. 4: Sewaholic – book excerpt
Nov. 8: Flossie Teacakes – Interview with Sarai and book review
Nov. 8: A Fashionable Stitch – book excerpt and review
Nov. 9: Pink Chalk Studio – Book review
Nov. 10: Craft Gossip – Interview with Sarai and giveaway
Nov. 11: Bolt Fabric – book review
Nov. 14: True Up: Fabric Fives with Sarai
Nov. 15: Frolic! – On styling the book’s photos
Nov. 15: Threads Magazine – Giveaway
Nov. 16: Whipstitch – book review
Nov. 16: Honey Kennedy – Styling ideas
Nov. 17: A Dress a Day – Interview with Sarai
Nov. 18: Not Martha – book review
(break for Thanksgiving week)
Nov. 28: Casey’s Elegant Musings – Project Planning, book excerpt and Casey’s thoughts
Nov. 29: MADE – giveaway
Nov. 30: Sew Weekly – book review
Nov. 30: Oh! Fransson – Elizabeth’s version of the Taffy pattern
Dec. 1: Sew Mama Sew – Guest post from Sarai on grainlines

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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Joy Humphries

I would like to try the peony dress pattern.


I love the book! My favorite pattern for sure is the blouse.

I love the styles that you create but I am too scared to try to translate your dresses into shirts. (I have ankle problems and can’t wear dress shoes, so I rarely wear skirts or dresses).


I love the Chantilly dress pattern. Your book looks like a real winner!


Beignet skirt though many of the dresses appeal to me too, like Chantilly. Please enter me into your sweet giveaway.


This looks like a great book. The blog tour is very informative as to the great content in the book. I love the Jasmine. So pretty and feminine.


I was just thinking, on my way home from work this evening, that I really was interested in finding a resource for sewing tips. I am an experienced sewer, but I want to make what I make BETTER. I read today’s post on Oh, Franson! and thought the top she made looked beautiful, and from what she said about your book, it sounds like just the thing! I think my favorite thing would be the TIPS! (its not a pattern, but it is a favorite…)


I love Lady Grey. Definitely making it even with my limited skills.


I would love to try the lady Grey- after 7 years in the tropics I need a new coat… I would so love to win this competition. The patterns are all so beautiful
Tx Kate


Your book would be awesome to get my hands on. I love the Taffy Blouse and really want to sew one up for myself. Thank you for a chance to win.


Oh wow! A give away… I just clicked the peony pattern in the Netherlands and would love to sew some other things. Count me in!

Dianne Neale

I like the look of the clover pants and would love to give them a go.


I just finished the macaron and I love it so much! I can’t wait to start up the Jasmine, or to get my hands on your book!


I love the macaron dress, just lovely!


Roobios. What a dream!

Johanna Olson

My favorite is the Nutmeg- I love that you can really customize the top to fit very well, and it’s a great start to a killer dress. (The shorts cut on the bias really flow well too!)

Anna Lin

I love your patterns!They look nice!


Cinnamon has to be the most naturally shaped, beautiful dress of all the patterns.


Loving your #wardrobearchitect posts, looking forward to reading the book! Fav. pattern so far is Ginger.

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