Win a $75 gift certificate in the Darling Dainties Inspiration Board Contest!


I thought I’d celebrate our sweet new lingerie/ loungewear patterns with a fun little contest, what do you think? I’m calling it the Darling Dainties contest (I hope the silliness of that name amuses you half as much as it does me).

All you have to do is create an inspiration board based around one of the two new patterns, either nutmeg or cinnamon (or both!), to show how you’d make it. You can use whatever tools you like: photoshop, polyvore, or anything else that can manipulate images. Check out this example board I put together to see what I mean. Of course, yours does not have to be this dorky and overstyled.

When you’re done, post the image on your blog, and comment here with a link. If you don’t have a blog, that’s ok, you can also post an image to our Flickr pool.

In two weeks (Wednesday, June 16th at noon PST), I’ll go through and pick three finalists. You guys can then pick your favorite inspiration board and vote… the winner will receive a $75 Colette Patterns gift certificate!

Include anything you want that inspires you with these patterns. Some other ideas:

  • vintage postcards
  • old time movie stars
  • color swatches
  • fabric swatches
  • cool vintage details you would add
  • modern lingerie you might draw inspiration from
  • lace, trims, and notions
  • a beautiful setting you imagine lounging in

The sky’s the limit! Just don’t forget to post the link here in the comments, and have fun!

{image credits: Colette Patterns nutmeg sewing pattern, Burberry bra and panty set from net-a-porter, Esquire pinup, coral pink velvet ribbon, phillip lim set from net-a-porter}

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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Great idea, but to shot of a time since I’m in the middle of final. Pity :(


Good point! I decided to make it a little longer (two weeks instead of one) so I hope that helps!


What a fun competition, I’ll keep y fingers crossed, would love a voucher for your store!!

Wish me luck!! :-)


Thanks for offering this fun contest, Sarai! I’m excited to see everyone’s design ideas. It should be a great resource for new inspiration.


This is so much fun, thanks Sarai!



My two entries:

I’m loving seeing all the different boards that people are putting together! So fun.

MelissaKate na

I just uploaded my inspiration board to the Flickr Pool.. I am sadly blogless. I hope you enjoy!

XK Tussing

What a great idea! I had fun assembling my “Cinnamon” submission. Thanks for the opportunity!


This is so exciting!!!!
Thank you, Sarai


Hello! What a fun inspiration board to do. I recently discovered Colette patterns and I love the styles!
Here is my inspiration board:


No blog, but here’s the link on Flickr:


Oh, it already linked back automatically! For redundancy, here’s my entry:

This was a lot of fun! I’m excited to see what everyone else came up with.


This is such an awesome contest idea! Here’s my submission:


I think I had a little too much fun in Polyvore, lol. It was my first time using it. I used both Cinnamon and Nutmeg as inspiration.


here is my Liz inspired entry:

great contest and great new patterns Sarai!


I was so excited to see this pattern! I’ve been searching for a great tap pant pattern for ages and I absolutely can’t wait to make these! I thought I’d have fun and make a quirky mood board based on the Nutmeg pattern. Here’s it is in the Flickr group.


SO excited for these patterns! Here’s a link to my inspiration board:
It will also appear in my blog post tomorrow (Wed the 16th). Thanks for the opportunity, Sarai!

Courtney (Miss C)

I tackled the idea of an inspiration board a little bit differently, because I like to sketch out my ideas for sewing. Hope y’all like it!

Here’s my entry:

Good luck everyone :)

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