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  • Reminder: 15% or $10 off ends today!

    Just a quick reminder that the pattern + book bundles (with $10 off and free domestic shipping) and 15% off individual patterns ends today! Get the bundle (both print and digital) here, or get Mabel and Moneta for 15% off.

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 13: Free Download & Giveaway from…

    Today, we have a special treat for you from Beth of 110 Creations, creator of 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook. If you haven’t seen this book, it’s a wonderful little notebook designed to help you organize and plan your sewing projects. You can use it to sketch ideas, and make notes about details and supplies. …

  • Curvy Colette: A Plus size blog tour from The Curvy…

    Recently, Jenny of Cashmerette and Mary of Idle Fancy decided to do something about the lack of representation they saw in the sewing blog world for curvy women. They got together with several other amazing bloggers and started The Curvy Sewing Collective. I’m thrilled that one of the first projects they’re embarking on as a …

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  • Welcome to the world of knits: Introducing Moneta, Mabel, and…

    The Wonder of Knits As I’ve gone through my Wardrobe Architect journey over the last few months, I’ve realized how important comfort is to me. Sure, it seems obvious that our clothes should be comfortable. But when I really looked at what pieces of clothing I wore again and again, at least half of them …

  • Coming tomorrow: New book and patterns!

    Just a quick little reminder on this fine Monday morning that we’ll have two brand new patterns for knits (from sizes XS to 3X) launching in the morning (10AM Pacific time)! We’ll also be officially releasing our brand new book, The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits by Alyson Clair. Hope to see you there!

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  • Free class: Mastering Zipper Techniques at Craftsy

    When I first learned to sew, nothing plagued me more than zippers. Lumps, bumps, gaps, and frustration were de rigueur with each zipper I sewed. As a young self-taught seamstress, I simply loathed them. It took a lot of trial and error (and wonky projects) before I mastered that finicky fastener. But times have changed …

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  • Friday chatter: Do you fear ruining fabric?

    Every year at this time I face a conundrum in my garden. You see, I have a little condition known around our house as tulip mania. We’ve even given it a theme song (sung to the tune of The Damned song Psychomania, fyi). So when the tulips begin popping up in April, I get dorkily …

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  • How to Build a Creative Brand, a new series from…

    Learning from the best When I started my business, I knew absolutely nothing about creating a brand. As I’ve mentioned many times, my background is in product design and usability. That means I’ve always been focused on the person who winds up with a product in her hands, and how I could make things a …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 12: Adding accessories

    The Wardrobe Architect is a popular series that ran in early 2014. It’s currently being expanded (with help and feedback from you) into a comprehensive toolkit. You can read all the posts here. If you want to give feedback and get first access when the toolkit is finished, enter your email: Subscribe I’m a big …

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  • Tutorial: Sewing hems on knits with a twin needle

    Today, we’re bringing you another excerpt from the forthcoming book, The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits. We’re learning how to sew a hem using your standard sewing machine and a twin needle. In the world of ready-to-wear, a coverstitch machine is usually used for creating neat hems with stretch. But you can still create that …

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  • Tutorial: Stabilizing and gathering knits with clear elastic (…and the…

    Today, I’m bringing you an excerpt from our forthcoming book, The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits (available April 15). I can’t believe the release is only a week away! Today, we’re going to learn about one of the handiest trims out there, clear elastic. Elastics and knit fabrics go together like peanut butter and jelly. …

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  • Video: Creating ruffles on a serger with Bernina

    Today’s tutorial is brought to you by Bernina, who created this quick video that demonstrates one of my favorite (and often overlooked) features of the home serger: the ability to create fast and easy ruffles. There are several benefits to creating ruffles on a serger instead of gathering by pulling basting stitches: It’s really fast. …

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  • Friday chatter: How often do you clean out your closet?

    I had a major closet cleanse this past weekend. I am pretty bad at getting rid of things, especially things I like or feel sentimental attachment to. I know I’d feel better without the clutter of stuff I don’t use, but it’s just. so. hard. So my strategy this time was to challenge myself. I …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 11: Planning your pieces

    The Wardrobe Architect is a popular series that ran in early 2014. It’s currently being expanded (with help and feedback from you) into a comprehensive toolkit. You can read all the posts here. If you want to give feedback and get first access when the toolkit is finished, enter your email: Subscribe Are you ready …

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  • Sneak Peek: The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits

    I learned so much in the course of creating this book. This was my first time acting in the role of a producer rather than an author. One of the awesome things about this is that I got to immerse myself in someone else’s expert knowledge for almost a year. Apart from hand knitting, I’ve …

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  • Friday chatter: Do you have time set aside for sewing?

    I am definitely a creature of habit. This is something I’ve discovered over and over in the course of running a business for the last five years. When I first started, I was on my own, working out of a spare bedroom in my house, setting my own schedule and doing things at my own …

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  • Weekend Reading: Psychological price, the end of trends, and trapunto

    I always find it interesting to see quilting techniques used in fashion, like the vintage trapunto dress I snapped above. One of my favorite books, The Art of Manipulating Fabric, can show you how to do this. Jane makes some excellent points about the blogging world and its distortion field over economic realities. Prada allows …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 10: The Capsule Palette

    The Wardrobe Architect is a popular series that ran in early 2014. It’s currently being expanded (with help and feedback from you) into a comprehensive toolkit. You can read all the posts here. If you want to give feedback and get first access when the toolkit is finished, enter your email: Subscribe This week, I …

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  • Sewing activewear with Melissa Fehr, part 2: finishes and testing

    Last week, Melissa of Fehr Trade told us all about fabrics for sewing activewear. This week, she’s back in part 2 to discuss finishing and testing your workout garments. Finishes Contrary to popular belief, you don’t NEED an overlocker (aka serger) to sew exercise gear, but it does make it considerably quicker. If you’ve only …

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