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The Colette Sewing Handbook is now available!


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Fantastic news, everyone! The book is officially on shelves, a bit earlier than expected!

You can hop over to our shop to purchase. Yay!

Please feel free to help me spread the word by posting about it on your own blog, twitter, facebook, etc if you like. And if you’ve preordered a copy from Amazon (which I assume will also start shipping in the same time frame), the biggest compliment you could possibly pay me is to review the book on Amazon (or elsewhere, if you bought it from another site).

Ok, I must run back to my Quilt Market preparations! Sorry for all the exclamation points, I can’t help myself!

ALSO! The book is currently the #1 craft book on Amazon! Thank you all!!!

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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Alli (One Pearl Button)

Congrats, Sarai! I can’t wait to pick up a copy – it looks fantastic!

Kelly Irene

Congratulations! What a great way to start the Market! I am looking forward to getting my own copy.

Vicki Kate

Congratulations! It looks like it’s imminent here in the UK as you can no longer pre-order it but they’re giving the option to be notified when it’s available. I’ve pre-ordered for a birthday celebration I have planned… Can’t wait to have a look at it! I hope someone’s bought it for my birthday on the 24 November!


Exciting! My friend Lysy and I bought each other the book as birthday presents, so I’m super excited about them arriving :)

Well done again, Sarai. This is such an amazing achievement and so well deserved. I’m really happy to be supporting such a wonderful, independent company and your attitude towards your customers is so refreshing – you deserve every success with this beautiful book.


Congratulations! My copy was pre-ordered & I’m hoping it gets here soon!

Dalena Vintage

Congrats on the new publication! This looks like such a wonderful guide, a perfect gift for a new seamstress, too.


Congratulations!!! I ordered a copy thru Crafter’s Choice and it shipped Oct 25. Should arrive today. I can’t wait!!!

Daughter Fish

Looking forward to getting my copy! Congrats!


I per-ordered mine from Amazon a while back, but it still shows that it won’t ship ’till November. Anyone have an idea if it will ship sooner? Thanks!


My amazon account says the same thing, “Not Yet Shipped”. Hopefully it ships soon if Crafter’s Choice is already shipping them. I can’t wait!


I am super excited for you! I can’t wait to get my copy. I pre-ordered it a month ago! This has made my day. Thank you.

Nicole M

Just ordered mine! Very excited!!

~ Nicole M.


I got my copies last night and I love it. It will be a great resource. I wrote about it on my blog too:
I hope it is a best seller for you :)


What fun – I had it pre-ordered on and also had it on my wish list at – it came up as available three days ago so I cancelled the amazon and bought it from there :) – shipped yesterday, I hope it will be here Tuesday…. I already have fabric lined up for the skirt and a couple of dresses – and I just know I am going to be inspired and learn a lot from this lovely book :)…

I will give it a review on amazon where I am one of these vine voices – such a shame that since I’m nto in the US I don’t get books sent to me to review but who cares – I already know it will be a five star review.

Wishing you excellent sales – you so deserve them…

Judy Roberson

Hi Sarai,
I am so excited about the new book.. I preordered mine from Amazon.. So.. I can’t wait for it to arrive.. I will anxiously be awaiting the arrival!!!!
Thankyou for the book in advance.. and Happy sewing to all. Judy


Congratulations! I´m so excited about this! It´s on top of my Christmas wish list this year, but I think I might have to order it as a gift for friends who sew, and maybe get a little sneak peek before I give it away…:-)


Congratulations! I was hoping that I’d be able to see it early because I’ll be away during the original release date. I’m off to see if it’s at my local bookstore!


Woot, Woot! So excited!!!

Miss Crayola Creepy

This made my day! Now if only Amazon would update its status for those of us that pre-ordered…


I am so very excited!! I preordered my copy from Amazon – really looking forward to receiving it!!


Do you know if the book will be available on bookstores?


I’ve just received the following from Amazon UK –

We regret to report that the release of the following item has been cancelled:

 Sarai Mitnick “The Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience”

Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available.  This item has now been cancelled from your order and we can confirm that you have not been charged for it.

Please accept our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

What’s going on? I’ve had it on pre-order since August :-/


I’ve just had the same email!


Me too! So weird.


Me too!

Hannah Goodall

I have had the cancellation email too :(
Let’s hope we can get copies in the uk soon!


Hey guys, I’m really sorry to hear about this… I will look into it and try to figure out what’s going on!

We should be shipping them from our shop as soon as we get them in stock ourselves, so either way you will have a chance to buy the book soon. :)


Oh, I also want to point out that another commenter says she ordered from, so there seems to be that option as well!


I had the same email from! Sounds it’s a problem caused by Amazon, not you guys. Silly Amazon!
Not to worry, I ordered it from the Book Depository instead! :) Thanks for mentioning it.
I can’t wait!
Ashley x


Yay! I know it’s back in stock on Amazon but I’ve placed my order with the Book Depository (grudgy? ME?!)


LOL I’ve done the same thing many times…..


Me too! I’ve had it on pre-order for a month and was really excited to see today’s blog post but I just got the above e-mail. What’s going on?!


I’m in the UK and I’ve just had an email saying that they’ve shipped my pre-ordered copy – estimated delivery date 14 December ! I hope this is only a long stop date!


Just left Sarai’s Schoolhouse presentation. She was awesome! What a pleasure to finally meet the amazing pattern creator.

Also, “The Book” arrived at my shop today!


It was fantastic to meet you too, Sandi!

Amanda D.

Yay!! I’m ordering one for my friend who is getting into sewing!

Just curious, someone asked on your blog in August if you might sell signed copies of the book…is that something you might consider? Would be such a fun thing to pass down one day!


Yes! We’ve ordered our own copies, which I’ll sign and be selling from our own site. I may even offer some bundles with other patterns.

Amanda D.

Great news! The bundle idea sounds terrific.


Darn. If I knew you were going to be selling it yourself I’d have bought it from you.


I preordered my copy from Amazon (US) in August. They just updated the ship date to Oct. 31. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to get started on the projects!


I ordered mine a while back from (cheaper than often) and have had the lovely wee email saying it’s been released; can’t wait! I have a large stash that needs some lovely patterns

Vicki Welin

I got the same email from Amazon in the UK :( But I’ve managed to pre-order on (it says 27 days to go…) so hopefully will be able to get my mitts on it soon as I have special plans for this copy.

A signed book with a bundle sounds like an awesome idea and something that I’d be very interested in!


I just realised my amazon pre-order had been cancelled, but they didn’t email and tell me : ( I only realised when I was checking an order I’m waiting for and it had disappeared ! Its a bummer ’cause amazon UK was offering free shipping to Australia, but I’ll get it from the book depository instead I reckon, can’t wait!

Ruth Eveleigh reveleigh

Hi. I’ve had you book on pre order via Amazon for a couple of weeks and last night received an email to say they had cancelled my order as they could no longer supply it. I’m based in the UK, is there a problem with supply? I’ve so been looking forward to getting my copy and am really disappointed!

Ruth eveleigh

Sorry ladies, I didn,t read all the comments as I’m on a dodgy iPad. I’ll try the book depository but as they’ve just been bought out by amazon I guess we may be in the Sam situation?!


I had the same cancellation email from – but just went over to and ordered off there instead. Had to pay extra for delivery but I live in Norway so it’s probably more than for the UK…and it’s better then not getting it at all :) I just can’t wait for it to be delivered now, exciting!!


I am so excited to get my book. I preordered from Amazon a long time ago, but it still says it’s not shipping till November. I might cancel my order because I want it!


Guys – bookdepository may have been takn over by amazon but so far their service is the same as it was. I have had the book in my wish list there for ages and as so often happens it was suddenly available before it was on amazon.

They ship FREE and are pretty reliable so go for it! When I got it it said “usually available within 48 hours” and they shipped after two days so there you go….


Sure to read! A precious book!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice evening!


Is there any way we can get it in Belgium too without having to pay loads of transport-costs (or having to wait 13 to 30 business days)?
I was hoping to bet it for my birthday but as that’s in 2 weeks I guess that won’t happen :o/
lol sometimes I think it’s cheaper and easier traveling to the US to pick it up myself than ordering by mail!


Looking forward to receiving mine, I preordered through book depository uk. They sent me an email this week saying they’ve sent it, yippee.

Kathy M

My copy from bbok depository says that it is processing so hopefully it will get posted this week. Can someon etell me how much fabric I need for the scalloped skirt. I have seen some great fabric and it is on special until Wed this week so would love to get it while it is cheap


Yes, it would be so nice if the fabric requirements for the patterns could be posted somewhere. I am dying to make the truffle dress, and I might have the right amount of fabric already…..


I’d be happy to, but I’m out of town at the moment and don’t have access to all my files in the studio.

If someone else wants to scan the requirements from the book, that would be awesome, but otherwise I can dig them up and post them when I get back. :)


I’ve bought it on a swedish online bookstore. Can’t wait!

(I’ve also gotten the library in Gothenburg to buy it :) )


Since I live in Sweden, the shipping rate is was high. So it’s nice to be able to buy the book here, and get so many nice patterns from it!

And as you may’ve understood, I’m buying it myself even if the library is goint to get it. I am sure this is a book you want to own yourself.


Woohoo! I pre-ordered mine on last week, and the next day received a shipping email.
They will charge in several different currencies, and free shipping to 45? countries, so definitely worth looking at if you don’t live in the US (or even if you do ;-)

Dr Duckie

Seems to be back up on Amazon in the UK today. Goodness knows what’s happening, but I really don’t care as long as I get my copy!


Good news! It’s back on amazon in the uk

Vicki Kate

I just got the email from Amazon as well saying it was available to pre-order. Same price as the book depository (well, they’re owned by the same company!). Like Dr Duckie I have no idea what’s going on, I just want a copy!


I ordered mine from the book depository after the amazon cancellation email and got an extra 10% off as it was on my wish list. worked out quite well in the end! Can’t wait for it to come!


Tonya Richard

I ordered my copy yesterday from my online book club! I am so excited, I cannot wait to get it this week!


I just ordered mine! Yay!

Lynne L.

I preordered my copy on Amazon the day it was announced and received it today – NO PATTERNS. Has anyone else had this problem?


My patterns were in a blue folder in the back of the book. I also ordered from US Amazon.

Lynne L.

My blue folder was empty. It was so disappointing to read through all the lovely projects and get to the folder and come up empty handed. I checked through all the packaging, and did the shake test with the book, but I’ve got nothing. I’m hoping Amazon can resolve this. :(


I am really sorry that you two had this problem. Hopefully it was an anomaly and you can return your book for another.

I’ve contacted the publisher to ask if they know anything about this. Again, it sucks, but I hope Amazon can resolve it for you quickly.


I’ve had problems like this before with orders from bookdepository and – and they were always really good about replacing.’s customer service isn’t so prompt and good but it’s still ok. So even though it sucks and I hope mine turn up when my book eventually arrives – don’t worry….


I would love to have a copy of the wonderful book and patterns. I love the Peony Pattern because it looks simple but elegant. I attend a lot of weddings and would love to add this to my pattern collection. I always look for a simple pattern to make. I also started making dresses to sell to help my widower Dad and my siblings. I also started to teach our 11 year old daughter to sew which, she loves! Our four year old will eventually follow our footsteps because she is already showing interest in sewing! God bless!


I would love to have a signed copy of your new book. It is a difficult decision to make about a favorite, but I do really like the Peony. Thank you and a world of good luck to you.

Kathy M

I had this ordered through Book Depository and last week I had an email to say that it was ready to be posted. However overnight my order was cancelled and I was refunded – apparently no longer availabale even though I had ordered it as soon as I heard about the book from here. Very upset as book Depository gives free shipping to New Zealand – Shipping from Amazon is another third of the cost again

Reannon Reuss

Hi there, thank you, I love your blog! With small kidlets I find it hard to get to sewing lessons, but now I don’t need to. You guys are a great source of inspiration and a wealth of sewing knowledge. My fav is the crepe dress, just the right amount of fun and comfort. My new sewing machine arrives tomorrow so can’t wait for your book to arrive so I can test it out! Thanks again, all your passion and hard work is greatly appreciated, good luck!


My copy arrived today and it is beautiful! I cannot wait to get home tonight to read through! I keep taking longing glances at the desk drawer it’s hiding in while I’m working at the office…

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