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This one’s for all the other data visualization nerds. I know you’re out there.

I wanted to share these cool map visualizations Kenn made recently.

This first one above shows places in the world that we’ve shipped patterns to. The blue-green countries are places that we’ve shipped patterns to for direct customers, like you guys. The pink countries are places where we ALSO have shops that carry our patterns.

Here’s a list of them, all 66 countries on 6 continents. The countries with the asterisk are the places that also have shops with our patterns. I find it so exciting to look at this.

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia *
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium *
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Canada *
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France *
  • Germany *
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland *
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands *
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand *
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore *
  • South Africa *
  • South Korea
  • Spain *
  • Sweden *
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan *
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom *
  • United States *
  • Vietnam

Kenn also wanted to make a map to show states we’ve shipped patterns to within the US. But since we’ve shipped to all 50 states, it would be a pretty boring map.

So he created this one instead, which shows the number of patterns sold in each state, with darker colors indicating more customers.

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I was a little sad at first that Oregon is so light, but then I remembered that not many people live here compared to California or New York, so it’s ok… I guess.

If you know of any shops interested in carrying our patterns, send them over to our wholesale application. We’re happy to add more to the growing family.

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. Her roles include communication, strategy, and creative direction. She also edits Seamwork magazine. She often thinks and writes about the way sewing impacts our lives – through body image, identity, and social awareness.

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Comments 31

Diane @ Vintage Zest vintagezest.blogspot.com

How exciting! I am also an infographic nerd. :)

And I can see that I’m in good company in California with fellow Colette pattern buyers!

LucyL

I like this! It’s very fun to read this =)

blacklabel blacklabelblog.wordpress.com

this is cool! im also an info geek for stuff like this :)

Kathleenr birdworthy.wordpress.com

Nice!

Regarding the US map, perhaps you can relate it to to a per capita number…. like the number of customers per 1000 women. Then it might put your numbers in a more realistic frame for comparison of popularity across states.

Sarai colettepatterns.com

Kenn says he considered it, but was too lazy. I’ll work on him, because I’d love to see that too.

Marcy marcymakes.blogspot.com

I’d also love to see it, as an Oregonian I wonder if we’re representing – maybe he could just do it for the west coast?

Carla

Ohhhh wonderful!!!! You have to see a way to translate your patterns in spanish and you can hit more countries in America….. I can’t hardly wait to see Peru in pink!!!!

Sarai colettepatterns.com

I’d love to offer translations! It’s one of those things we really want to do, but has been on the back burner a little while since it’ll take some work. But we’ve always had so many international customers that it really makes sense.

Maggie stitch-n-thyme.blogspot.com

I love this! Congrats on 66 countries! That is awesome!

Jo @ a life in lists lifeinlists.typepad.com

You need a US one as a percentage of state population, then you’ll get an accurate ‘darkness’!

Mazz

this is really cool! but do you have a list of the shops that stock your patterns – I had a quick look at the site but I couldn’t see it. I’m particularly interested in Irish stockists if I’m honest – thanks.

Sarai colettepatterns.com

Sorry you had trouble finding it (it’s the “stockists” link in the sidebar of the shop):

https://www.colettepatterns.com/stockists

It’s not totally up to date, but has most of them. One thing is that some shops in the US buy through a distributor, so we don’t get to see their info or put it on our site, unfortunately.

Tessa misstessamelissa.com

Maybe I’ll put in a word today at my sewing center. :)

Becky sew-and-so.blogspot.com

I’m actually really surprised that my state was one of the darker ones–I’ve bought a couple myself, but I didn’t think there were that many people that sewed clothes in Delaware!

Crystal

This must make you so proud! Yay for you and your fantastic patterns!!!

MadeByMeg megmadethis.blogspot.com

I am a data visualization nerd! I think what’s cool about these maps is it’s also indicative of what places in the US have more sewists (especially if you do percentages), and what (mostly English-speaking) countries have women with the opportunity to sew. So cool!

Francesca

Nice charts!
No shops, but clients in Malta:)… I’ve bought from you direct and also from sewbox, and my only sewing friend has bought your patterns from Sewbox:)

Angela angelab.me

Yes, I’m a data viz nerd! Kenn did a great job. I love finding meaning in data, and these are great :)

Teresa

ALABAMA – represent!!!!
:)

PoldaPop poldapop.blogspot.com

Hey! I’m glad to see some dark areas around Chicago. Maybe we can get a stop on your next tour????

Sarai colettepatterns.com

I would love to! I’ve never been to Chicago and have always wanted to go. And Kenn was born in Illinois too!

Krista

I guess I was unaware of my data visualization nerdiness! This makes me so happy! 66 countries loving garment sewing and Colette Patterns in particular! What a triumph for you and for sewing as a whole!

Agree that a US map by population would be very interesting. :)

Tilly tillyandthebuttons.com

Wow, that’s amazing! What a lovely thing to do to see how far you’re spreading your lovely patterns. x

Lynn

Since I have almost every pattern released, I am going to claim Michigan as my doing, lol!

Anna B

California loves you, Sarai!

Agneta mrsbaoblog.blogspot.com

This looks great! And the Taiwanese people thank you for recognizing Taiwan as it’s own country. *s*

Heather

I’m an American living in Beijing and I was very happy to see China in blue-green! I usually pick up patterns when I am on holiday in the US or Europe as the local postal system isn’t all that reliable. While I have access to a wonderful wholesale fabric market, patterns are difficult to find. I’m going to have to seek out your patterns in Taiwan on my next visit there!

Sarah

Hi! I see South Africa as one of the countries where yu are stocked, but didn’t see a listing in your stockist list. Where in SA can I buy Colette off the shelf? Yay from very excited data nerd!

Sarai colettepatterns.com

Sarah, Kenn looked into it and says he thinks that retailer might have closed up shop? Hopefully a new one will take its place. You should pass our info along to any shops in your area that you think might be interested!

Anja

You can add another country to your list: I have a few of your patterns and I live in Slovenia (between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia). A friend of mine bought them for me in the States, however, because it was simpler than ordering, so it’s true they weren’t shipped directly :)

Sarah

Hi there, I’ve been reading your back-posts on your blog (I’m addicted) & I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your work:) and… I’m happy to say we get your beautiful patterns all the way over here in dublin, Ireland!!!
Thank you!!!
:)

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