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This week at Colette Patterns

How did your week go?

Ours was rather ho hum, since Caitlin got sick (wish her well!) and Kenn and I spent way too much time at Ikea. But we did finally get some drinking glasses for the office kitchen (see above). And they’re pink! Ikea comes through sometimes.

I put together my new Hazel, wrote the sewing survey, and worked with our new graphic designer on getting more digital patterns ready so that you guys can buy some of them soon.

Here are some fabulous links Casey found for us this week:

  • Add some sweet, textural embellishment to garments with French knots.
  • Spruce up your sewing equipment with a pretty ironing board cover.
  • Love the look of single welt pockets but not the fussiness? Check out this great tutorial from Fashion Incubator.
  • A very ingenious–albeit somewhat less than scientific–method of replacing that missing, vintage pattern piece.
  • This simple sewing caddy will keep all your most-used sewing tools handy!
  • Make up this quick and easy sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust-free.
  • The marriage of the smart phone and sewing: a review of an organizing app for the iPhone.
  • Belt loops are great to have on pants or skirts, but a bit of a pain to sew. Here is a great tutorial on sewing hassle free belt loops.
  • A short video demonstrating how to securely sew on hooks and snaps from Threads Magazine.
  • How to make identical pockets for a shirt–but would be helpful for skirt patch pockets as well!
  • A novel and fun little accessory for any sewer: a wood spool necklace.
  • Make a pincushion that attaches to your machine.
  • Have a fitted bodice pattern that needs a little more help to shape things? Check out Tasia’s bust padding tutorial.
  • This idea for a tiered, pie-tin organizer would be great for holding some extra sewing bits and bobs (such as random trims).

Link research and gathering by Casey. Thanks Casey!

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.



June 8, 2012 #

i love your blog and the links a great. I Like the wood spool necklace :)


June 8, 2012 #

Digital patterns!!!!!


June 8, 2012 #

This is a *great* list of links, thank you!


June 8, 2012 #

Those glasses are yummy!!! Like having a milkshake without the milkshake :)


June 8, 2012 #

Holy smokes, thank you for including my missing-pattern-piece tutorial! And calling it “ingenious,” well. You’ve made my week. Perhaps my month! Now, to look at that iPhone app so I stop unintentionally hoarding fabric!


June 8, 2012 #

Wow! Digital patterns are wonderful! Can’t wait! I’m making the Sorbetto tank top, and it works great. :)
PS: your new dress is lovely!