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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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  • 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: Subscribe We’ve reached the …

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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. …

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