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Curvy Colette: Check out the makes!


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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 polka dots


14. Sophie-Lee’s grey pencil, 15. Laurence’s geometric mini, 16. Mary N’s dazzling pink skirt, 17. Jenny’s textured black pencil skirt

I just wanted to take a moment to share all the gorgeous makes that came out of the Curvy Colette tour. Aren’t these ladies gorgeous? I was blown away by their creations.

Photos were shamelessly stolen (with permission) from Jenny at Cashmerette. Thanks Jenny!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Gorgeous dresses! I just love how your patterns look so wonderful on a variety of figures.


Awesome roundup! Looking forward to checking out these blogs individually, but great to see everyone looking good in their Mabel/Monetas!


These gals all look fantastic. Great work!


These ladies all look fantastic! I hope this finally spells the end plus-sized women having to wear frumpy clothes that look like tents.

I agree with other comments above – it really speaks to the quality of your patterns that they look good on people of some many shapes and sizes!


Alyson gets credit for these too! Though we do always try to make that a feature. :)


Yay! And btw, Sarai, one of my friends told me that my blog post about my Moneta seems to be down so I checked it out. It would appear that you left off the “l” of the “html” at the end. Just letting you know! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to work with these awesome patterns! ^_^


Damn all that link cutting and pasting! It’s fixed now. :)


They’re all wonderful! An excellent pattern for all people! Can’t wait to see more gorgeousness!


Thanks so much for sponsoring this blog tour, Sarai and Alyson!

Lady Stitcher

Brilliant round-up – so many fantastic dresses and skirts! Really enjoyed this blog tour, well done ladies! :)


Why are ‘curvy ‘ women being singled out ? Is there going to be a Colette Slim Tour ? I am really quite confused and frustrated at the barrage of ‘curvy ‘ imagery on fashion related blogs , I don’t think its relevant to sewing or fashion .


Hi, Jackie! I think the purpose is that a lot of indie designers don’t draft patterns for plus-sized women, so that means that home sewists who fall outside the standard pattern size range have to do a ton of grading if they want a dress that works for them. Since knits are so forgiving and don’t need a ton of tailoring, why not make it possible for curvier women to make styles that suit them as well? If you’ve ever been to a store that features plus-sized clothing you’ll probably notice that the choice of fabric and cut of the garments tends to be pretty dowdy. DIY allows plus-sized women (like the gorgeous ladies above) way more flattering and stylish options than what’s available as ready-to-wear.

As a slim person, I rarely encounter the problems with fit and fabric that my plus-sized friends do. I think the way that pattern and RTW sizes skew already gives slim women plenty of choices; unfortunately, the same can’t be said about plus-sized clothing.

I love the body-positive vibe that these makes are showing off. Good on you, Sarai and Alyson, for making it a priority to be inclusive!


1. They are not being “singled out.” They themselves chose to form a collective. If a group of slim women, tall women, petite women, pear-shaped women, or small-busted women did the same I’d be happy to show them off.

2. In addition to kc’s points, curvy women see far less representation of themselves in the media in general. If you feel you’re being barraged with images of curvy women, think how a curvy gal feels seeing that 99.99% of the images of beautiful women out there are very slim.

3. These are women sewing and modeling their own clothes, so I think it’s relevant to fashion and sewing.

4. Seeing clothing on a body type like your own makes it easier to visualize. One more reason diversity is important.


Sarai, I take your point, I hadn’t realised it was an organised group , I apologise if my comment seemed negative ,I see now I was misinterpreting this post . I am not a particularly slim figure myself and I am not a fan of the media’s representation of women’s size. What I take issue with is a different topic probably not suited to this post .


I see! Sorry for the misunderstanding. :)

Lady ID

Ohh those are cute. The black and white maxi hack is my favourite


I loved this blog tour and being able to see women who look more like me in these patterns. And it led me to some new-to-me blogs that I love!

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