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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: I’m a big believer …

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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: Are you ready to …

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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: This week, I unpacked …

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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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  • Friday chatter: Does your style change with the seasons?

    Yesterday was the first day of spring, and I welcomed it with open arms. I’ve noticed that when spring starts to hit, I have a strong desire to make changes. Every day, I see dramatic changes taking place around me. The sun shines in the morning more and more, my walk to work is filled …

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  • Weekend reading: Unplugging, wardrobe principles, and fat quarters

    I bought this little primrose plant for my desk last weekend. It’s amazing how much pleasure $1.29 worth of greenery can bring to a workspace. Hope you all have a great weekend, and enjoy some of these links I’ve rounded up: 10 basic principles for the perfect wardrobe. Simple and easy to understand (the trick …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 9: The capsule wardrobe

    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: So far in the …

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  • Sewing activewear with Melissa Fehr, part 1: Fabric and patterns

    Recently, I was chatting with fellow blogger Melissa of Fehr Trade about sewing activewear, a subject I’m keenly interested in. Melissa is also a runner and even has her own patterns available for workout gear! Since knits are a huge subject around here lately, I asked Melissa if she’d be willing to give us a …

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  • Friday chatter: Are you Spring cleaning?

    This is Portland right now, in a nutshell. It may not officially be Spring yet, but the trees have burst into blossom, the daffodils are everywhere, and the sun is starting to peek out. After this week’s post about hair and makeup, I’m in the mood to start clearing out cabinets. I’d also love to …

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  • Weekend reading: How to shop, personal branding, and chocolate granola

    Well well well. Look at this adorable silk georgette I picked up on Wednesday at Mill End. I almost died when I saw the brand new bolt of it. I can’t wait to make it into a dainty little summer camisole. (It’s actually a light tan, though it appears pink in the photo.) I’m planning …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 8: Hair, Makeup, & Beauty

    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: I got my hair …

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  • More news: Knits patterns now up to size 3X!

    Last week, I mentioned I had one more announcement about the upcoming knits patterns. I am happy to say that we will have a bigger selection of sizes available for this line, from size XS to 3X (a 53″ bust). Working on expanding our size range was a ton of fun and a real learning …

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