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  • Why polyester isn’t always the wrong choice (plus, some really…

    Recently, I received some adorable new underwear courtesy of the lovely folks over at Dear Kate. And these undies kind of blew my mind. What’s so interesting about Dear Kate underwear (other than the fact that they’re pretty damn cute)? Allow me to talk about monthly lady times for a moment. You see, these are …

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  • Now hiring: Sewalong writer and instructor

    The time has come to get a little more help with creating and writing our sewalongs. Are you a skilled sewist who wants to help us design, write, photograph, and teach our sewalongs at sewalongs.com? Part of our goal here is to provide the most detailed and insanely helpful sewing instruction we can. Our sewalongs …

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  • What skills have you avoided (for no good reason)?

    I used to avoid sewing knits. I didn’t have a great reason for this, other than that I was more comfortable with woven fabrics and knew more about how to work with them. They just seemed more versatile. What changed my mind was discovering that I could whip up a dress in three hours. Or …

  • Weekend Reading: Fashion revolution, me made may, and inside a…

    We had an amazing anniversary this week. Not only did we get so many thoughtful, kind comments from all of you here on the blog, facebook, twitter, and instagram, but we got a surprise cake sent over from the lovely Lisa over at Sweetpea Baking! So incredibly sweet (both the gesture and, of course, the …

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  • Curvy Colette: Check out the makes!

    1. Sophie’s plaid Moneta, 2. Mary N’s Lindy Hop dress, 3. Mary D’s floral dress, 4. Tanya’s purple ponte, 5. Jenny’s nautical dress 6. Jenny’s maxi pattern hack, 7. T’s glorious daisies, 8. Tanya’s pink dots, 9. Sophie-lee’s grey jersey 10. Laurence’s broderie anglaise, 11. T’s spring flowers, 12. Sophie-lee’s black basic, 13. Mary D’s …

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  • The Wardrobe Architect Week 14: Overcoming Editing Hurdles

    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: We’ve reached the last …

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  • Thank you for 5 amazing years (and here’s to the…

    It’s a very special day. Today marks the five year anniversary of Colette Patterns, an incredible milestone for our little company and for me personally. It’s all thanks to you. I’ve grown so much and learned more than I could have imagined in the last five years. Sometimes this involved discovering talents I didn’t know …

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  • Why do you sew?

    Why do you sew? I mentioned last week that I went on a little writing retreat. I packed up our mazda with a week’s worth of food, a bottle of wine, some dark chocolate, and my laptop and booked myself into a teeny little wooded cottage. It was magical, and I plan to do it …

  • Friday chatter: Have you ever taken a sewing break?

    Breaks are on my mind this week. See, I decided to do something a little different this week. You may recall that my watchword for 2014 is “focus.” Focusing is not always easy for me. As the person running the creative side of things around CPHQ, I have a lot of different jobs. I often …

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  • Video: How to clean finish a lined armhole

    RSS or email subscribers: Can’t see the video? Click through to view it on the web. Version 1 of the Moneta dress features a bodice that is fully lined. If you’ve struggled before with lining sleeveless tops or dresses, we have a little trick to show you today to get a perfectly lined, clean-finished armhole, …

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  • Behind the scenes at our photo shoot (spoiler: I get…

    This photo shoot was a dream come true. For at least a couple years, I’d had a dream of doing a photo shoot in Palm Springs. Not only do I love going there, but it’s the perfect setting when you need to feel like summer in the middle of a soggy and cold Portland winter. …

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  • Bowling for Kittens! Support Team Cat Fancy and help save…

    Here in Portland, we have a fantastic animal rescue organization call the Pixie Project. This group does so much for animals. In addition to offering important low-cost and free vet services (including spay and neuter programs), they also work to take at-risk animals from overcrowded county shelters, get them on their feet (er, paws), and …

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  • Thank you! (+ some updates)

    All of us here just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the amazing response to the book and new patterns this week. We are beyond thrilled, and this has probably been our best launch yet. ETA: Wow, you guys. We sold out of the Moneta pattern in less than 3 days. …

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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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