Hello! I’m back from South America, feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated. There’s really nothing like traveling to realign your perspective on the world.
With this fresh new big-picture mindset, I’ve been mulling over a lot of the new directions I hope to explore with the company. But before I write about that (in a separate post), I thought I’d take a little time to reflect on the past year here at Colette Patterns.
January: We launched Snippets. Caitlin especially put a lot of work into documenting and photographing tons of sewing tips. Snippets now has almost 8,000 subscribers!
January: I introduced our very first Palette Challenge. This was definitely the motivation I needed to sew for myself more, and to sew things I’ll actually wear. A big portion of my current wardrobe is stuff I’ve sewn during these challenges.
April: We introduced two more patterns to our line, Violet and Ginger. These patterns really marked a turn toward more beginner patterns, and more separates and wardrobe basics. They immediately became best sellers, so I think we were on the right track.
May: We introduced our second free downloadable patterns, the Sorbetto! I never could have predicted what a huge hit this pattern would be. You guys loved it!
June: I flew to Colorado to film an episode of Sew It All on PBS. My first ever TV appearance, and it was actually pretty fun.
July: We began working with a new local charity, The Pixie Project. We donate to these loving animals with the added benefit that we can go down and visit them in person, since they are local. Kitties!
July: I had you guys take a survey about the blog, and used that to plan lots of changes to the blog. You guys chipped in with your thoughts, and we made some subtle and not-so-subtle tweaks to the topics we write about.
August: We relaunched the blog with a brand new design and name!
August: And of course, the biggest announcement of the year: I finally revealed that I had been working on a book! You guys were as supportive as ever as I revealed more and more about the content and my writing process over the months.
August: I announced our newest patterns for Fall, Clover, Jasmine, and Peony. These new patterns quickly surpassed Ginger and Violet as our new bestsellers, and they’ve stayed at the top every since!
October: After almost a year of design and development, we launched the brand new Colette Patterns website. Hooray! We’re continuing to improve it, but I think it’s a huge improvement and ties in so much better with our current look.
November: We made our first ever trip to Quilt Market, where we officially launched the book. It was a fascinating experience, and I met so many amazing independent retailers from all over the world.
November: I did a signing and talk at one of my all-time favorite stores, Powell’s! What a dream come true.
We have one more big and exciting change around our studio to round out this incredible year. I’ll show you tomorrow!