Featured Seamstress: Ellen


Name: Ellen

Skill Level: Intermediate Advanced (I’ve been sewing for 38 years, lol)

Pattern: Jasmine

Blog: It’s a Sewing Life

Her post about the pattern: New Jasmine

What kind of fabric did you use? A vintage madras cotton I’ve had in my stash, plus some newly purchased linen for the collar.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I really like plaids, and think plaids on the bias give a lot of interest, without a lot of work. I also fall into the older category (not that old, but definitely past my 30s, so I wanted it to look age appropriate and not too “girly”. I think the contrast and simple tie with the collar accomplish that.

What thoughts do you have about the project? I really loved this project, and found it easy to construct, but unique in appearance. It is definitely a top that will see a lot of wear for at least 3 seasons of the year!

Thanks, Ellen!

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

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Comments 13

Gail Ann Thompson

I’m older, too ~ 60 ~
Love all the sweet, scallops, and ruffles! Sadly, I burried my feminine self in a business suit, and swam with the sharks in a land office, when I could have been womanly and motherly.
My choice, bad choice.
Bring on the pink, girly things!!!
I haven’t got much time left to enjoy them.


Beautiful workmanship! Love the plaid.


she’s amazing

kj d etsy.com

I have to say that I have a couple of things Ellie made, enjoy them all… She is a wonderful seamstress and I enjoy everything about this wonderful lady.

Kim chloeandmaddie.etsy.com

What a wonderful feature on a wonderful person and seamstress! What a cute blouse! love the feature!


I love the plaid….great idea!

ginny ginpins.blogspot.com

By luck, I happened to be in Elle’s company the first time she wore her newly made Jasmine! It is tremendously flattering and superbly constructed — well done Elle :D.

Kila go2girldesigns.com

This is by far one of my favorites. So cheerful, flattering and great fabric choice.

Emma steadfastbags.com

Oh my, Ellen is lovely, and with such great style! I’ve been struggling on the fabric for the Jasmine so it is great to see Ellen’s styling!

jeanne donovan etsy.com

Elle that blouse is so cute1 Perfect fabric choice!

didyoumakethat didyoumakethat.wordpress.com

That is really lovely.

Rebecca sewwhatisay.blogspot.com

I love this! The plaid is perfect!

Cennetta themahoganystylist.blogspot.com

Congratulations Ellen. The top looks great and very flattering.

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