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Colette Book Club: Reminder


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Only three weeks ‘til the first Colette Book Club discussion!

A couple weeks ago, we introduced you to the Colette Book Club, an online book club that explores the meaning and making of clothing. We’ll be discussing our first book, The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow, on February 15. There’s just three weeks left to find and read the book.

How it works

1) Find a copy of our current book, “The Forgotten Seamstress”by Liz Trenow. It’s available in bookstores or at your local library. It’s downloadable in most e-reader formats and as an audiobook. There’s even a free Kindle preview so you can try the first four chapters for free.

2) Read the book. If you want to chat about it while you’re reading, use the hashtag #colettebookclub on Twitter.

3) Come back to the Colette blog on Feb 15 to talk about the book and learn which book is next.

Book 1: The Forgotten Seamstress

Our first book is The Forgotten Seamstress, a lovely novel by Liz Trenow that will delight mystery lovers, textile nerds and fans of Downton Abbey.


This novel tells two stories. The first concerns Caroline Meadows, a 38-year-old Londoner. Caroline is a little depressed—her life is okay, but it’s not working out the way she planned. Then she discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother’s attic. The impeccably worked quilt presents a mystery: no one in Caroline’s family sewed it, and it contains patches of an exquisite century

Haley Glenn   —   Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.

Comments 31


I am 30% through the book. Engaging plot. Easy to read. Giving me some great hand sewing day dreams. Looking forward to Feb 15 ☺


Finished it this past weekend. I hadn’t heard of it before it was mentioned here, but I really enjoyed it.


I read it last weekend, I enjoyed it.

Amanda Shuler

Absolutely loved this book! Never would have heard of it or thought to read it if I had! Can’t wait to hear what the next book will be!!


Absolutely hooked after reading the free Kindle preview! A sewing mystery, what’s not to love!!


I somehow missed this, just ordered the book. I love this idea, two of my favorite things!


I am about half way through and really enjoying this book!


Just got it as an e-book from my library. It’s hard for me to read anything but student work and short articles during the academic year, but I’m willing to give it a try.

Kat S

This one is a pretty fast read! It’s shorter than a lot of other books I’ve looked at for the book club, and the plot moves pretty quickly, too.


Will try as I love book chat. I’m currently reading for my RL book club ‘Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys’ which also contains much about clothes-making, though not perhaps of the office-presentable kind!

Kat S

I am looking this up right now. Can’t resist a title like that!


This is a delightful and engaging story. Thank you for suggesting it. Am looking forward to the discussion whilst having something to sew in hand :-)


I finished it last week. It was my first time reading an e-book, so without the thickness of the pages as an indicator of progress, I was really surprised at how quickly the ending came and was sad to part with the characters. This will also be my first book club. Looking forward to it!


I am 3/4 of the way and I’m in love – sitting on a plane traveling home wanting to get to get to my quilt that is in progress – I can’t wait to see how the book ends?

Nancy Cluff

I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The sewing part was like frosting on the cake. I found myself fascinated with David a.k.a. King Edward and looked him up on Google. He wasn’t a very nice man according to what I read I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually did seduce a few innocent women servants. Looking forward to the next book!

nothy lane

Just picked it up from the library yesterday. I am looking forward to a pot tea and some reading time tonight.


I just had the book delivered to me 3 ďays ago. Glad you had the reminder for the book club. Enjoyed the comments thus far. Will be a pleasure to talk again.


Delightful. I started reading on a Sunday afternoon and couldn’t put it down.


Started reading this morning before work and loving it, I’ll be reading at lunch time too!


Picked this book up yesterday from the Library, and I’m about a third of the way through it already – intriguing!


Just finished this at the weekend, can’t wait for the chat!


Finally got my copy! I’m going to start reading it right now. So how isit going to work on the 15th? Is the discussion going to happen at an specific time? (Sorry if my question is too obvious, but I’ve never taken part in a discussion on a blog!)

Dotty Mandlin

I am a quilter. What a lovely book. Happy to pass it on to my Bee.


I loved the book – saw the ending coming a bit earlier but it didn’t take away from the story at all! I can’t wait to see what the next book is!

Linda DeMars

I got my copy of the book today. I am going to love it. I can tell! I will begin reading and be ready by the15th.


I truly enjoyed reading my first sewing mystery book. I love reading and sewing and thank you for the book club.


I am reading the ebook now and for me it is a little bit harder to read, because my nativ language is Dutch. But so far I really enjoy the book.


I finished the book this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the discussion later in the month. I’ve never participated in a book club.

Maria Shell

I listened to the book via Audible. The narrator was great. It was a perfect listen to do while sewing.


I’m excited about the new book announcement today ?

Mary Ann

I haven’t quite finished it, would love to see the quilt! There’s also a bit of disturbing history on the treatment of the mentally ill–sad.

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