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  • Inspiration: Vintage Travel Photography

    Today, Kristen is chiming in to give us a little inspiration for the Knitcation contest we’re currently running. Remember to enter your travel wardrobes by the end of the month! Now, here’s Kristen with some fun vintage photos for us. -Sarai [A flight attendant aboard a Boeing 707-121. PanAm Historical Society] I have a terrible …

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  • Channeling desire into creativity

    Maybe I’m weird, but shopping stresses me out. Yet, I seem to love window shopping. In part, this is why sewing is such an appealing hobby for me. I love clothes. I love the colors and textures, the creative possibilities in building a particular look, the small details that make seemingly similar pieces really interesting …

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  • Weekend reading: vintage sewing, painting your upholstery, and the Chanel…

    The other day, I shared this gorgeous spread from a French pattern catalog from 1956 on Instagram. It made me realize that Instagram is the perfect place to share some of the gorgeous vintage patterns, books, and illustrations that I’ve collected over the years. This catalog in itself is absolutely stunning and brimming with inspiration. …

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  • How I organize my fabric stash + free downloadable stash…

    You’ve seen how I organize my enormous stash of patterns. But what about fabric? I will admit, my stash is bigger than I’d like it to be. In spite of fabric swaps, donations, and finally getting rid of a lot of the useless leftover scraps I’d been holding onto, I have a lot of fabric. …

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  • Do you wear more dresses or separates?

    I wear dresses because I am lazy. As much as I love clothes, putting together complicated outfits has never really been my thing. I like things that are comfortable and easy, both physically and mentally. I keep it simple. Dresses are a godsend for a lazy dresser, because they’re basically an entire outfit in one …

  • Giveaway: Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee at Craftsy

    Craftsy has chosen a winner! Congratulations to David, who has been notified privately. Obviously, we’re all about knits right now. I’ve extolled their virtues left and right lately, and if you’ve been following my Me Made May posts this month on Instagram, you might notice that I’ve been wearing them just about every day. If …

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  • Weekend reading: Ballet, wildflowers, and lovely US-made clothing

    Last weekend, I took an amazing class on natural dyeing at Wildcraft Studio. If you are in the Portland or Hood River areas, I highly recommend taking one of Chelsea’s incredible classes. I also took a textile design class with her a couple years ago, and she is a phenomenal, inspiring woman. In this class, …

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  • 5 lessons and goals I took from Me Made May

    {days 1-8 via instagram} I love a creative challenge, especially when it can be done in a group. That’s one reason we’re so invested in doing sewalongs. There’s something so motivating about taking on a project with other people. I also really enjoy challenges that constrain me in some way. As any designer will tell …

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  • Join the Moneta Sewalong!

    A quick announcement today: we’re going to be starting the Moneta Sewalong soon, so head over now and sign up! It’s a totally free class that you can get delivered right to your inbox. Yes, we’re still in the midst of the Mabel Sewalong right now, but that will be completely finished by Friday, and …

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  • Weekend Reading: Tim Gunn, writer’s block, and what to do…

    I’m super excited for our party this weekend! If you’re in Portland, please do stop by to hang out with Alyson and me, both at Modern Domestic and for sewing-theme cocktails and chit chat at Radio Room. Modern Domestic is also having a sale on sergers and knit fabrics to celebrate. RSVP here. The gorgeous …

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  • Enter the Knitcation contest & build your own travel wardrobe!

    Recently, I took a trip to Austin. On the plane, I wore my white Mabel pencil skirt, a simple black t-shirt from Everlane, and a scarf. When I posted the photo to Instagram for Me Made May, I got a comment from Denise saying I wore my #moneta on the plane today–it’s the perfect travel …

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  • How to organize a mountain of sewing patterns with your…

    I used to have a manageable stash of vintage patterns. I’d collected them over many years, and only really bought ones that I absolutely loved. I used nearly all of them, and kept them in four small Ikea boxes, labeled by time period. Life was simple. But when people find out you are in the …

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  • A simple white Mabel (and we’re starting the Mabel Sewalong!…

    This is me, going to the grocery store. La la la. I’m buying bananas and tempeh. I now have four different Mabels. I’ve been making so many, it’s been hard to keep up with showing them off here on the blog. The black mini Mabel is the one that gets the most wear, since it …

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  • A tie dye Moneta & fixing fabric woes

    You know how sometimes you’ll make a dress even though it’s completely out of season, and then spend months just waiting and waiting for the chance to wear it? This is one of those dresses. I picked out the fabric on a rare warm early Spring day and was too excited to wait. Luckily, this …

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  • Help me expand The Wardrobe Architect

    So. A couple weeks ago, we wrapped up our 14 weeks of The Wardrobe Architect series, and in that time I’ve learned so much – not just from my own explorations, but from all of you. Your comments, moodboards, blog posts, and discussions have really got me fired up about this topic, and the feedback …

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  • 3 must-have Bernina presser feet and how I use them

    Recently, while I was working on a new dress, I noticed just how many different presser feet I use over the course of one project. It wasn’t always like this. Though machines I’ve had in the past came with a multitude of different feet, it realy wasn’t until I adopted my current Bernina that I …

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  • Pattern Hack: How to turn Moneta into a vintage-style cropped…

    Remember this cute little cropped sweater? For our photo shoot, we needed a top to pair with the Mabel skirt. As a knitter, I love the way short sweaters with a deep waistband look. It’s a style that was very popular for knitwear from the 1930s all the way through the 1950s, and is incredibly …

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  • Weekend Reading: The medium chill, moodboards, and American textiles

    Look at what kind and generous reader Kelly sent us to celebrate our anniversary! It’s a set of the Time Life Art of Sewing books! I’ve been having so much fun flipping through them this week and admiring the beautiful covers. Kenn and I are headed to Austin for a quick weekend getaway today. Here …

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  • Come to our 5th Anniversary and book launch party!

    We’re having a party! Portland friends (or those elsewhere in the PNW): Alyson and I are throwing a big party to celebrate both Colette Patterns’ 5th anniversary, and the launch of the new knits book! Come hang out! (Photos from some of our previous parties: first book launch, boston, new york, and portland) Meet & …

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