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May Favorites: Soft blues

As it starts getting warmer, I find myself almost exclusively drawn to shades of blue mixed with ivory or white. It feels crisp and classic, and it’s also one of those color combinations that almost reads neutral.

Here are a few images, fabrics, garments, and patterns that are inspiring me at the moment.

Images: Mary Kate Steinmiller via Refinery29, cyanotype, Dior gown with tulips, Isabel Marant Beverly dress, handmade leather bucket bag, blue and white sleeve detail by Adolfo Dominguez

Images: Giambattista Valli Fall 2013, William Morris larkspur wallpaper, block printed cotton fabric, French paper books, Seamwork Gabrielle pattern, in blue rib knit, Italian cotton/silk fabric from Emma One Sock

Images: blazer and silk dress, Paul & Joe Spring 2017, Seamwork Reggie pattern in chambray, cotton gauze fabric, floor tile of the Piccolomini Library in Siena’s duomo, Pattern in Islamic Art

Sarai Mitnick


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.



May 26, 2017 #

I just ordered some hopefully as lovely as it looked online light, tie-dyed embroidered blue denim yesterday thinking about how nice and cool this will look and feel in the hot days ahead :) I always love to see your inspiration boards Sarai!

Lorraine Meek

May 27, 2017 #

Hi love the sound of the denim you have order, can you tell me where you ordered it from and if they ship to UK ???


May 29, 2017 #

One of them that I ordered is now sold out but they still have 11 metres of the other left – I’m not sure if they do ship to the UK but you could certainly ask!


May 26, 2017 #

I love soft blues in the spring and also muted reds.


May 26, 2017 #

I was just realizing the other day that everything I’ve made so far this season falls into this color palate—glad to see I’m not alone ? Something about these colors is just so soothing too.


May 29, 2017 #

Now I love blue and white combination. I thought that it isn’t nice for brown-haired women. But in fact, I sewed a dress with blue and white vertical strips – so cute!