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  • New Digital Patterns: Violet, Clover, & Sencha

    In the mood for some instant gratification? For folks who enjoy printing patterns at home, we updated 3 of our most popular patterns to include digital versions. We’ve been going through the whole collection and adding digital versions to some of our older patterns that were previously only available in print. Eventually you’ll have a …

  • Introducing Zinnia (+ 15% off through Friday)

    Every pattern comes into being for different reasons. Sometimes, it’s a design people have asked for often. Sometimes, we want to fill a gap in our overall pattern collection. And sometimes, we’re just being selfish and want a pattern we would personally make over and over. Zinnia falls into this last category. It’s a selfish …

  • New Pattern Tomorrow!

    Another image from our pattern photo shoot… we shot it at a friend’s beautiful home. Are you ready to see this lovely pattern revealed? It’s guaranteed to get you in the mood for some fall sewing. Tune in tomorrow at 10am PST!

  • Introducing Hawthorn! (+ get 15% off through Friday)

    When we were taking these photos a couple weeks ago, our beautiful model Sierra twirled in this dress and said exactly the words I would want to hear: “This is a dream dress! It’s so flattering and comfortable at the same time!” Well, thank you Sierra, for helping me introduce Hawthorn to everyone. A shirtdress …

  • New pattern June 18

    Just wanted to throw out a quick note and let you guys know that our summer pattern will be launching June 18! I don’t want to reveal too much, but it’s pretty awesome. I briefly considered playing 20 questions with you guys, but I’m too afraid of someone getting too close and having to ruin …

  • Reminder: Negroni sale ends tomorrow

    Just a quick note… the 20% off sale on Negroni ends tomorrow!

  • Father’s Day Sale on Negroni: 20% off!

    We’re celebrating Father’s Day this year with 20% off Negroni! You have plenty of time to make him something wonderful this year (or let him sew it himself, if he’s into that). Both digital and print versions are on sale. Pick one up!

  • Laurel contest update – please read!

    Hey folks, just a quick technical note on the contest, which is ending tomorrow. It has come to our attention that Flickr puts a few restrictions on brand new accounts. What does this mean for you? Essentially, if you are new to Flickr, your photos may not be showing up when we click a tag, …

  • Reminder: Laurel contest ends next week!

    Just a quick reminder before the weekend starts that the Laurel Sewing Contest ends at the end of the month! This pattern is such a quick make, there’s definitely still time to download the pattern and whip something up. Do it for the many awesome prizes, or do it just for fun. By the way, …

  • The beautiful & talented seamstresses of Boston

    We’re on the road right now in Boston, and I just had to share a few of these photos from the fantastic party Grey’s Fabric threw for us the other night. I met so many talented and creative women that night; not only sewists, but knitters, dyers, designers, teachers, and entrepreneurs. It’s so energizing to …

  • Join us in New York and Boston!

    Kenn and I are headed East in April and would love to meet you guys! We always have a ton of fun meeting people at these parties, and it’s a really good chance to schmooze with your fellow sewists too. We’ll have samples, food, drinks, and fun! Boston We’ll be in Boston at Grey’s Fabric …

  • Laurel discount ends today (+ digital pattern note)

    Just a quick reminder that the 15% off discount on Laurel ends today! If you’re planning to make one, and especially if you want to join the contest, be sure to grab one! I also wanted to mention something I forgot to call out in the original post. We’ve changed the format of our digital …

  • The Laurel Sewing Contest: Thousands in prizes, a dozen chances…

    This contest has ended, check out the winners here! To celebrate the launch of our new Laurel pattern, we’re hosting a ginormous sewing contest! I thought it would be fun to see what you all come up with right off the bat, and since this pattern is so open to interpretation and creative ideas, it …

  • Introducing Laurel

    {version 3, shown in crinkled linen gauze} {version 1, shown in embroidered cotton eyelet} {version 2, shown in plain weave silk} {version 4, shown in cotton voile} All about Laurel Ok everyone. Brew yourself up a nice cup of Darjeeling and get comfortable, because I have a lot to show you today. A while back, …

  • Coming soon (and what’s happening this week)…

    I wanted to give you all a little heads up about what’s going on this week… Tomorrow, at 10AM PDT, we’ll be releasing our brand new pattern, so be here for that! There is a lot to say about this pattern, and a lot to share. We’ll also be doing a limited time promotion, so …

  • Meet Kristen, the newest addition to our team!

    I’m thrilled to introduce you guys to Kristen, who just joined us last week at CPHQ! We’d only just begun thinking about hiring someone and writing a job description before the holidays when Kristen emailed us. Her skills and background were a great match, but what may have clinched the deal is discovering that she …

  • Recent giving Updates!

    Just a quick update on some of the giving we’ve done together: Freedom to Marry – Over $800! First, thank you all for your support of our Valentine’s Day initiative! Thanks to your purchases of Cinnamon, we donated over $800 to Freedom to Marry this week! Charity:Water – $3,452! You may also remember back in …

  • Join us in supporting equality this Vday

    I’ve never been into Valentine’s day. I mean, I like the idea of celebrating love. And the imagery is awesome. In fact, I love old-fashioned valentines so much, they partly inspired my half sleeve. And pink? It’s my favorite color. But in practice? Valentine’s day seemed to be all about using gifts to “prove” your …

  • Cultivating patience

    This fall, I ran my first marathon. Here is a picture of me looking about half as nervous as I felt. I was pretty much terrified. Even after training for months, this thing seemed impossible. And I won’t tell you it was easy. I thought my legs were going to fall off. I swore up …

  • Colette Patterns around the world

    This one’s for all the other data visualization nerds. I know you’re out there. I wanted to share these cool map visualizations Kenn made recently. This first one above shows places in the world that we’ve shipped patterns to. The blue-green countries are places that we’ve shipped patterns to for direct customers, like you guys. …

  • Crepe, Ginger, and Jasmine now available for instant download!

    We’re making our way through the catalog! Crepe, Ginger, and Jasmine are now available as downloadable PDFs in the shop!