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Weekend Reading: Inside a fashion studio, changing shapes, and doing more


Just a few links for you this week while we’re out of town! Above is a photo I took on the plane over San Francisco on our way out to lovely PS. California has been treating us very well, but we’re headed home later today.

  • Go inside the studios of Nanette Lepore, a designer who is really committed to producing clothing in New York. Elizabeth Cline writes, “The theme of Lepore’s latest collection is ‘handcrafted,’ an appropriate homage to the ecosystem of highly skilled professionals responsible for engineering her designs.”
  • How our silhouettes have changed over time, and what that means. “Notably, the head – where our biggest asset, the brain, sits – has been the most overlooked part of the female form when it comes to the sexual male gaze.”
  • Keep your doing and your deciding away from each other. I keep thinking about this article this week. I actually feel like there are lessons in this for becoming a more productive sewist.

Have a great weekend, folks. I’ll see you next week when we’re back in the studio!

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.


Isaboe Renoir

February 21, 2014 #

Thank you for the information on Nanette Lepore. I have never heard of her, and was unaware that there are clothing designers like her trying very hard to keep things in the U.S. Please continue to inform us about designers like this (and yourself!) so we can support them and tell others about them.


February 21, 2014 #

I look forward to these articles each week! Thank you for sharing them. I totally agree with you on that last article – separating the two can certainly be applied to sewing or any crafting. I’ve just started to knit again this year, after putting it down last year when I was doubting myself too much. Turns out, I just needed a session to think about what I was doing (“deciding”) before picking up my needles again and “doing”. And I’ve come to realize that this fear or doubt is holding me back in my sewing room, as well.

Hope you had a lovely trip! Can’t wait to see more pictures next week. :)

Meg K.

February 21, 2014 #

David Cain’s post on doing and deciding is quite intriguing. I can totally see how this could apply to sewing. I just spent many hours putting together a big SWAP including determining what order I am going to sew the items (deciding). This was quite a relief to get done.
Now, I just have to follow the path I have laid out and focus on one garment at a time.

Juliette Williams

February 21, 2014 #

I think actually that I wouldn’t be able to find good enough fabric for activewear. I bought some commercial gym pants that I absolutely swear by for not getting sweaty in and keeping my tummy supported (even though I’m meant to do that bit myself) and I’m certain that fabric would not be available to me even if I was willing to pay a premium to find it. I’ve owned the pants for about 2 years now and they look like the day I bought them.

Tops maybe would be ok but then I think I’d want a coverlock machine.

In reference to your bikini – check out these ruched high bottoms for inspiration
I bought this bikini in a sale last year in yellow gingham and whilst I have not been game enough to wear it in public just yet, those pants hide so many sins and feel so comfortable to wear.

Juliette Williams

February 21, 2014 #

Oops – I posted this comment under the wrong snippet! Meant to put it under the one asking if we would make our own active wear. Sorry… Feel free to move it.


February 21, 2014 #

I’ve always been a big fan of Nanette Lapore and respect her vision! Thanks for the link!


February 21, 2014 #

Make sure you at least visit Philz Coffee before you leave!


February 23, 2014 #

Love the deciding/doing article. I’ll definitely be mindful of this concept whenever I feel doubt creeping in (about sewing or anything else!).


February 25, 2014 #

Thank you for sharing the Nanette article! Wonderful read.