Now Hiring: Assistant Art Director


Popping in from our holiday break to let you know that we’re currently looking for an assistant art director in Portland, OR.

This is a full time position involving photography, design, planning, and a whole lot of creative thinking.

For more information and how to apply, see our jobs page.

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Happy holidays!


Happy holidays to all of you. I’ll be taking a week off from the blog to finish up the next issue of Seamwork and set some plans in motion for 2015.

I have some really fun things planned for the blog next year, so I will see you here in January. Cheers!


Last minute digital pattern sale + A0 formats and new French translations!


We’ve just finished updating our full line of digital pattens so that all now contain a wide format “copy shop” version, suitable for printing on any wide format printer. Most of our patterns have included these for a while but we’ve gone back and updated all our older designs as well. And for all of you who live in those oh-so-rational metric system using countries, these wide format versions now print on A0 paper, making it much easier for those in other parts of the world to find an appropriate wide format printer.

If you’ve bought any of our patterns before and want the updated versions, you can sign into your account at colettepatterns.com at any time and download it again.

Second, we have new French translations! In addition to Dahlia, which we released last month, Crepe, Peony, Moneta, Mabel, and Myrtle are now all available in both French and English (and yes, we’re pursuing other languages for the future too).

To celebrate, we thought we’d offer a quick sale before Christmas for those of you who need last minute gifts.

From now until midnight PST on Christmas eve, enjoy 30% off all digital patterns with code LASTMINUTE2014 at checkout.

Happy holidays, folks!


Weekend Reading: mammoths, going braless, and female friendship


Just a few links for you this week, but I highly recommend the first one, especially if you’re having a bad day, are feeling self-doubt, or are getting pressured by your family this time of year for whatever reason.

Weekend Reading:

Weekend Listening:

  • I really like the show All in the Mind from Australia’s RN. It’s all about the brain and behavior. I recently listened to the show on willpower, and it seems timely for the coming new year.

For more links every week, you can follow me on Twitter, where I’m always posting interesting tidbits I find.

image above via colettepatterns on instagram


Free pattern roundup: Quick gifts for your fellow sewists


As part of our partnership this month, the folks over at Craftsy asked me to round up some free patterns for you guys.

These patterns are from their marketplace, where people can submit their own projects and patterns. Some of them cost money (and the designer gets all of the sale, which is really cool), but many of them are free.

I discovered quite a few that would make excellent last-minute gifts for other sewing ladies in your life, or you could just make them for yourself. I particularly like the organizers, since I’m always looking for ways to get my supplies under control.

If these colorful fabrics aren’t quite your style, just try imagining them in your own palette of choice. I can see a whole suite of organizers and accessories in denim, another hard-wearing twill, ticking, or canvas.


This post is brought to you in partnership with Craftsy, our sponsor this month.

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