• Seamwork 14: The Body Issue

    The January issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: The Neglected R.: Let rituals transform your year, by Jessica Yen. Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe. Behind the Seams: Explore the construction of a girdle from the 1950s. The Origins of Clothing Sizes: …

  • What We Made Volume 5

    From a tailored jacket to comfy pants and a swingy top, see some of our new winter makes around Colette HQ.

  • Sewing Chatter: Do you sew gifts for the holidays?

    We hope you are enjoying a relaxing holiday week. Currently, I am taking a break from adulthood in Disney World, and the rest of the team is scattered across the country from Georgia, to Texas, to Missouri, to Kansas, to California. I might be speaking for myself when I say this break is much needed …

  • Reminder: 15% off Phoebe ends tonight!

    If you don’t have your copy of Phoebe yet, there are still a few hours left to save 15% on our newest pattern. Be sure to check out all the great versions of Phoebe our team made here and here! Tag your finished #phoebedress so we can see and share what you made, too. The …

  • Behind the scenes: Phoebe

    This year, our production team grew to include 4 awesome individuals. Phoebe was the first pattern that involved the whole new production team, so we thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes peeks. Kris is our designer for both Colette and Seamwork patterns. We caught her in between researching and sketching …

  • Our Phoebes: Part Two

    One of the best things about Phoebe is its versatility. This dress looks just as fabulous styled with some great shoes for Spring, as it does with sweaters and tights for Winter. Today we are sharing three amazing versions of Phoebe, perfect for warmer weather. WALLIS What alterations did you make to your Phoebe to …

  • Cocktails with Colette!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We hope you are filling your days with friends, family, metallic everything, and of course cookies. In last months letter from the editor, Sarai shared that we had a Colette studio party in the works. Today, we are pleased to invite you to the Colette studio for some crafty and festive fun. Join …

  • Our Phoebes: Part One

    I knew we had a good thing going when every single person (save Kenn, sadly Phoebe just isn’t his style) on the Colette team was planning their Phoebe half way through the production process. I was immediately struck by how different each plan was. I rallied the ladies together and proposed we document the process …

  • Giveaway Winners!

    Thank you all for taking the time to comment with your creative ideas for styling Phoebe. We have 3 lucky winners today: The winner of Phoebe Congrats to Kaeli! We hope Phoebe keeps you cozy this winter. Dragonfly gift certificate winner The winner of a £25 gift certificate to Dragonfly Fabrics is Sarah. Have fun …

  • Phoebe Fabric Recommendations: Win Fabric!

    Finding the perfect fabric for a project can be a challenge. Sometimes it is even harder than sewing the garment itself. We worked with two great stores to make up the samples for Phoebe: Dragonfly Fabrics over in the UK, and Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati, Ohio. We asked both shops to share some additional …

  • Introducing Phoebe: The Versatile Sheath Dress

    Back in 2009, when Colette Patterns was founded, vintage inspired frocks were our bread and butter. Over the years our brand has evolved, and adopted a more modern style. Though patterns like Laurel and Mabel are some of our most popular items, we have been itching to revisit our vintage roots. We set out to …

  • New Pattern Tomorrow!

    Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing our latest Colette Pattern, available both in our online store and from your favorite local fabric shop. Stay tuned to our blog and your email at 10am for all the details!

  • Hong Kong Finish Tutorial

    A Hong Kong seam finish has to be one of my all time favorite seam finishes. This clean finish is a thoughtful detail that adds luxury to unlined or partially lined garments. This technique works beautifully with our new pattern coming December 8th. What is a Hong Kong finish? A Hong Kong finish is a …

  • Where to buy Seamwork Annual in stores

    Thank you for the positive responses to Seamwork Annual! I’m having fun mailing your copies all over the world. Many of you asked about where the book could be purchased in stores, so here’s a list of shops that have ordered multiple copies of the book so far. Give your store a call to make …

  • How to Sew a Centered Zipper

    I think everyone remembers their first zipper. Zippers are intimidating, but mastering them opens up a whole new world of sewing possibilities. I am always surprised to find out how many accomplished seamstresses have never installed a centered coil zipper. I get it, invisible zippers have tons of appeal, but there is something about a …

  • Seamwork 13: The Appreciation Issue

    The December issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: Holiday Gift Guide: Find the perfect gift for every budget, by Kris Blackmore. Taking Stock: How sewing can help us slow down and improve our lives, by Jessica Yen. Behind the Seams: Take a look behind the seams of …

  • Reminder: Up to 70% off ends tonight

    Our Black Friday sale ends at midnight PST, so there are still a few more hours to grab all patterns at 20% off, plus some of your favorites for up to 70% off. I’ve already started to ship the first copies of Seamwork Annual 2015. The book will also be available in stores, and we …

  • Black Friday Sale: Up to 70% off Patterns

    We are so thankful for all of you. Your finished projects warm our hearts, and we love reading and sharing your sewing stories. As a thank you, we have a special Black Friday sale for you, starting today and ending at midnight PST on Sunday. All patterns in the shop are 20% off. Additionally, several …

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