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Behind the scenes: March on Instagram


I’d forgotten what a beautiful month March can be, full of blossoms and the very occasional day of sunshine.

We did lots of driving, with trips up to Seattle, the charming coastal town of Astoria, and a day trip to Mt. Hood. After releasing Laurel, these were much needed breaks.

I also started working on a brand new collaboration that I’m really excited about. I actually have a couple collaboration projects in the works now, but I can’t quite reveal the details yet. I feel like a bit of a plate-spinner these days, but I am genuinely thrilled about every single thing we’re working on.

This month, we’ll be headed to New York and Boston. Hope to see some of you there!

You can follow more of our day to day activities and updates here:

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.



April 3, 2013 #

That green sewing machine really looks awesome! What brand is it and how old is it?


April 3, 2013 #

I saw it in a shop, so it’s not mine, but it’s a Morse zigzag machine. It was absolutely gorgeous! I know when I posted the photo, a few ladies on instagram mentioned having one themselves.

Caffy Bundy

April 3, 2013 #

Oh cherry blossom! Beautiful!!

I’ve just ordered some Cherry Blossom Cotton Lawn to make a Maternity Eclair… I think it’s going to look beautiful, hopefully as beautiful as that green retro sewing machine *envy*


April 3, 2013 #

Gorgeous pictures! Perhaps you already know about this, but: a new BBC TV show started here last night, The Great British Sewing Bee. One of the contestants is obviously a Colette fan – don’t know if you can watch this video overseas but here’s a little clip which shows Lauren wearing a lovely stripy Hazel and a Parfait: . Pretty sure she also used Macaron in the dress challenge (being the BBC no brand names are mentioned).


April 3, 2013 #

Wow, that’s amazing!!!


April 3, 2013 #

March has been little more than a disappointment here in the Midwest… I’m hoping April is an improvement, but if all else fails, I can just make winter only version of the Laurel. ;-)


April 3, 2013 #

And we got a measurable amount of snow in April (Ontario, Canada)…bummer! *lol*

I too love both the sewing machine and the cherry blossoms – man, if those blossoms were outside my office window I’d never get any work done! :) Such a lovely place to work – soooo jealous… ;)

Off to check out Nina’s link…


April 3, 2013 #

What a great month! I’m almost finished the Laurel dress and I’m pretty excited about it because is my first dress in “Houte Couture” fashion fabric, an Italian sheer cotton that is beautiful and colorful. I also watched the GBSB series yesterday and Lauren is lovely and talented I also admired her version of the Macaron dress :)


April 3, 2013 #


I just love the Laurel pattern so much. One question — would it be weird to make about 10???? I love it that much and I have so much fabric that will be perfect for it. Thanks so much — what a perfect debut!

Has anyone in the States been able to see the Brit Sewing Bee? Did y’all know that Tilly from the wonderful blog Tilly and the Buttons is also a contestant? I really really want to see it!


April 4, 2013 #

Gorgeous pictures! I’m looking forward to getting a smartphone sometime soon so I stop getting Instagram-envy! X


April 8, 2013 #

Oh…when I saw that you drove to Seattle I got tears in my eyes. I miss my hometown so much…Such an amazing place. It is difficult to be on the other side of the country when I read things like this…anyway…love that gorgeous lace in the photo. Bet some of that would make some amazing trim on a vintage looking version of the Laurel :)