Bowling for Kittens! Support Team Cat Fancy and help save some animals with us!


Here in Portland, we have a fantastic animal rescue organization call the Pixie Project.

This group does so much for animals. In addition to offering important low-cost and free vet services (including spay and neuter programs), they also work to take at-risk animals from overcrowded county shelters, get them on their feet (er, paws), and find forever families for them. This is an organization that saves the lives of so many beautiful, innocent creatures who might otherwise be killed.

This year, Alyson and I are participating in The Pixie Project’s annual Furbowl bowling fundraiser, and we would really appreciate your support for these animals!

Any amount helps. Here is an idea of how your donation could help:

  • $10 neuters one pixie cat
  • $25 feeds all the pixie animals for a day!
  • $50 spays and vaccinates one pixie dog
  • $100 allows the project to care for one shelter animal for one week
  • $250 opens the pixie low-cost clinic for one day and helps 12 animals who would otherwise go without care (spay, neuter, dental, tumor removal, wound care, etc)

Pretty cool, huh?

Not only that, but I have to point out two more important things:

  1. Donations are matched! That means that every $1 you donate will be matched by a sponsor to make it $2!
  2. Donations are tax deductible.

And finally, the really important enticement…

You may or may not know that Colette Patterns is named after my kitty, the ultra-glamorous (but reclusive) Colette.

If you donate on my page, Colette and I will send you an autographed glossy photo with a thank you note. Isn’t she beautiful? Can you believe that this movie star kitty was herself born on the mean streets (or possibly in a wood pile)?

(That’s a picture of Basil and Colette as wee ones at the top of this post. Still best friends!)


Here’s what to do

  1. Click here to donate any amount to help care for these animals (just click the big green “donate” button on the top right).
  2. Once you’ve done that, click here and enter your name and shipping address where you’d like Colette’s thank you note to go.

Thank you so much for helping these animals find their forever homes and avoid a sad fate!


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Thank you! (+ some updates)


All of us here just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the amazing response to the book and new patterns this week. We are beyond thrilled, and this has probably been our best launch yet.

ETA: Wow, you guys. We sold out of the Moneta pattern in less than 3 days. I can’t believe it. If you didn’t get a chance to get a copy, or you wanted the bundle, you have a couple options. The digital pattern is still available. Or, once we get them reprintedin a few weeks, we’ll offer another bundle deal for an additional day to make up for it.

Best seller!

I’m also really happy to tell you that The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits has been the number 1 sewing book on Amazon since the launch day! Amazing!

Leave a review!

If you have a copy already, we’d love it if you could take a minute or two to leave a review on Amazon. That seriously helps when it comes to other people finding the book there. Even if you bought it as a pre-order from us, you can still leave a review on Amazon.

Non-US readers

If you are outside the US, I’ve noticed that the book has popped up on Amazon’s European sites, but is listed as “temporarily out of stock” in some cases (such as Amazon UK). You can still place orders, but they haven’t finished setting up the title. I imagine it shouldn’t take more than a few days, but only Amazon knows!

ETA: It looks like Amazon UK now has it in stock.

As for Canada, unfortunately, it looks like you are better off ordering from the US site or from us directly due to the way Amazon.ca does their distribution. I wasn’t aware of this until today.

Thanks again to everyone, we are so happy about the response we’ve gotten!


The Wardrobe Architect: Free Download & Giveaway from 110 Creations!


Today, we have a special treat for you from Beth of 110 Creations, creator of 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook.

If you haven’t seen this book, it’s a wonderful little notebook designed to help you organize and plan your sewing projects. You can use it to sketch ideas, and make notes about details and supplies. So handy!



Beth has also just released a version for kids!

Today, as part of the Wardrobe Architect series, Beth is providing us with a free downloadable worksheet to help plan sewing projects.

She’s also offering two copies of A Sewist’s Notebook, one in the 8.5×11 inch size, and one in the 6×9 inch size.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us about your next sewing project. I’ll pick two winners at random. Enter by Saturday April 19th at midnight and I will pick two winners by random number generator. Good luck!


Curvy Colette: A Plus size blog tour from The Curvy Sewing Collective


Recently, Jenny of Cashmerette and Mary of Idle Fancy decided to do something about the lack of representation they saw in the sewing blog world for curvy women. They got together with several other amazing bloggers and started The Curvy Sewing Collective.

I’m thrilled that one of the first projects they’re embarking on as a group is a blog tour for our new patterns!

Today, Jenny is kicking it off with her fabulous Moneta.


She’ll also be sharing her new Mabel (which I’ve seen a preview of, it’s lovely) on the 24th. And there are plenty of other stops along the way!

The full line-up

Wed 16 – Jenny at Cashmerette
Thurs 17 – Mary at Idle Fancy
Friday 18 – Jenny at Cashmerette & Mary at Idle Fancy share interviews with me and Alyson
Sat 19 & Sun 20 – Laurence at QuirkyPrettyCute
Monday 21 – Tanya at MrsHughes
Tuesday 22 & Wed 23 – T at uandmii
Thurs 24 – Jenny at Cashmerette
Friday 25 – Mary at Idle Fancy
Wed 30 – Mary at YoungBroke&Fabulous

So subscribe to their blogs and see them unveil their curvy creations in the next 2 weeks!

If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll also be tweeting out links to these gals each day of the tour, so that’s another option for following along.

I want to thank Jenny and Mary for dreaming up this partnership, I’m so thrilled to collaborate with these gorgeous, talented bloggers.