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Upcoming New Colette Patterns

I’m excited. Really excited. Colette Patterns have announced that 3 new patterns will be released on Tuesday April 10. Very little details have been released, only the fact that the patterns will be comprised of 2 sundresses and 1 short pattern. I’ll be online Tuesday morning, anxiously awaiting the new releases. I can’t wait. For the first time, Colette Patterns will also be offering these patterns for purchase in a digital format. No pictures yet, I’ll update with details on Tuesday.

In other sewing news, my fabric for the Peony and Crepe patterns has come in. I had ordered red linen and red gingham from along with the notions needed. I haven’t prewashed yet, they came in days before Joyce was hospitalized. I’ve reprioritized projects, work, and school over these past few weeks due to Joyce’s death.

It’s No Secret

Colette Patterns.

I love Colette patterns. The patterns have a retro classic feel to them without being old-fashioned or costumed. I also appreciate the fact that there are quite a few beginner patterns: pants, skirt, tops, and dresses. The book I’ve pictured above has 2 dresses, a skirt, and 2 tops to make; escalating in skill and techniques as one works through the book.  I’m planning to make a good portion of my new wardrobe from a variety of Colette patterns, perfecting the fit as I go along. I’m a little larger on the top than I am on the bottom, and this can cause understandable fitting issues in off the rack clothing.

I haven’t gotten down to it and actually begun to sew again, but I am preparing myself. I learn best by reading everything I can on the subject, preparing myself, and then diving in. I’m drowning in sewing how-to books, patterns, drafting books, blogs, and books on everything from fabric to techniques to adjusting patterns to fit the body. Seriously, they’re stacked everywhere: my work office, bedroom, living room, kitchen, desk, and sewing room. I have my sewing room all equipped and waiting for me. I’m almost ready, I feel almost ready. Time to jump in. Next Wednesday is fabric day.

Next Project


Crepe by Colette Patterns.

I’m getting ready to head to my local fabric store to pick out my fabric for both the Crepe and the Peony patterns. While I do wear pants, I tend to wear them most often when I’m in a style rut or feeling a little down. I’m looking forward to some new dresses in a spring palette. I’ll probably select my favourite colour, red.


First Project

Peony by Colette Patterns.

I’m thinking this will be my first sewing project. I’m still waffling on colour and fabric choices. Anyone have any thoughts?


Hello. Here’s a short post to introduce myself. I am a 35 year old married mother of one in north western British Columbia. This blog will be about my interests in cosmetics (specifically my quest for the perfect red nail polishes and lipsticks) and retro sewing. I am jumping back into sewing after a disasterous senior secondary sewing project and want to rebuild my closet after a weight gain. Here’s hoping that I will be productive in this aspect this year.

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