Sewalong with Sarah and Erin!


I’m pleased as punch to share this with you guys. Sarah contacted me recently to let me know that she was interested in starting a sewalong for all the patterns in The Colette Sewing Handbook! I thought I’d let her tell you a little about it.Take it away, Sarah! -Sarai

Hello all! I’m Sarah from Rhinestones & Telephones and I’m very honoured to have the opportunity to write a guest post for one of my very favourite blogs and to be able to introduce an exciting new sew-along.

Like you, I was very excited when Sarai published the news about the Colette Sewing Handbook and I was thrilled to have the chance to review it prior to its publication. Within minutes of reading it, I knew that this book was something special and unique. Every page was a feast for the senses and the patterns included in the book are just what we’ve come to expect from Colette Patterns: timeless, feminine, and a dream to sew.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that one of my goals for this year is to sew all of the patterns from the book and it could not be more serendipitous that Erin of Miss Crayola Creepy has the same plans! After a flurry of emails, we decided to go for it together and thus, the Sew Colette sew-along was hatched. 

We will be sewing one garment per month in the order they appear in the book. Along the way, we’ll be delving into the sewing techniques taught by Sarai and, yes, that means we’ll each be making our own croquis!

Meringue Skirt via Colette Patterns

For each project, we will be taking our measurements, making a muslin, adjusting the fit, and then sewing our garment. Our first project is the Meringue Skirt and it kicks off this Monday, January 9, 2012. We hope to see you there!

C’mon and sew along with us! Grab a button for your blog or website and don’t forget to join the Flickr group!

**I wanted to send a special thank you to Sarai for so enthusiastically embracing this sew-along and allowing me the chance to chat about it here.**

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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How exciting!! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make the deadline for Meringue, but I’ll do my best!


I am finding that I am really looking forward to sewing your designs. They are straight forward and so pretty :)

I signed up for the SWAP 2012, but I can not seem to become motivated to sew anything yet – :( I think I need to jump into sewing slowly, by doing one garment at a time.

Yes, sign me up for this one!


Rachel W.

Ooh, yes please! I’m planning on sewing through the Handbook as well, so this really excites me. I was going to ask today in the forums if there was going to be a spring challenge or sew-along, and here’s my answer!


Count me in :)


Oh yes please!
I’ve made the Taffy already but let’s pretend that never happened…


What a fun idea. I am going to consider this. I could probably use something to get me going on starting and finishing some projects.


YAY! YAY! YAY!! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am, this is one of my goals as well, and i’m jumping in my seat with excitement!! I can’t wait to join in, this is my first sewalong and what a perfect one to start with! Hopefully I can stay


whoops too excited to finish… i was gonna say stay calm enough to finish this post but apparently that’s not possible LOL

Miss Crayola Creepy

Thank you for posting this! Can’t wait to start sewing! xo

Rochelle New

I got the handbook for Christmas! Count me in!!!

lyn l

I’ve never done a sewalong, either, and am so excited at this opportunity! What a great idea~I’m in!

Caroline H

I was just about to start sewing the Meringue, so perfect timing! Count me in!

Miss Prickly

I have the book, and fabric for a few of the pieces already. I just need the inspiration, so I’m in!


YAY! Talk about perfect timing!! I’m definitely up for this!

I’d better get some fabric shopping done ASAP.


Thank you SO MUCH, Sarai, for posting this! Erin and I are soooo excited to get started!

The response to the sew-along has been incredible! We can’t wait to get creating together!


Ooh, I’m totally up for this! I just received the book a bit over a week ago, and have started on the Meringue skirt. Can’t wait to do the rest along with everyone!


I wanna join but I doubt I have the skills just yet, so I will be watching by the sidelines. My hubby is going to get me the book for my birthday which is this week – I’m very excited!

Tabatha Tweedie

Hiya, I’ll definitely be joining in with all of the projects – looking forward to it!

Mes ptits titis

Cuckoo, I commanded(ordered) the book for which I wait and exactly I wanted to begin with the skirt covers with meringue.
I do not understand all which is said, I hope that my translator of English is top.
I join you as soon as my sewing patterns arrive.
Goodbye on my blog


Yay! I’m so excited! Count me in!

PinupGal (aka Dawn)

I can’t wait to get my book and start sewing, it should be arriving any day now and I love every pattern it comes with. Colette patterns all have that vintage 40’s-50’s couture style, feel and simplicity that I love so much. Count me in!


wow, i can’t wait to see the creations (and inspiration/instruction) that comes from this! sadly i can’t participate just yet due to a heavy work schedule, but i’ll definitely be watching!!

Sewing Princess

So cool! I will be receiving my book soon so I may be in time to start with you or catch up just after

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