Thursday, 1 September 2011

New Colette patterns coming soon to M is for make

I have just ordered the new Autumn patterns by Colette patterns and wanted to share them with you as they are so gorgeous.

First is the Jasmine blouse which is meant for great Autumn layering, is body flattering, but easy and quick to sew. It is cut on the bias, so you don’t need any closures. It has a cute little kerchief collar made in a contrasting fabric. I'm particularly exited about this pattern, as with a large bust, a lot of these patterns don't suit me, but this one is perfect!

Also there is the first trousers patterns. The Clover is both chic and dead simple, so that you can concentrate on getting them just the way you want them. The Colette Patterns blog will be posting plenty of fitting tips, and likely doing a sewalong at some point too!

With just a few pattern pieces, you can make a pair of elegant cigarette pants that will carry you through Autumn. Version 1 (the tweed ones above) are ankle length, with subtle pockets inset into the waistband seam. Version 2 are mid-calf and will be great for warmer weather.

Lastly is Peony, a boat-neck dress with short or 3/4 sleeves and a fully removable cummerbund-style belt.

The belt can be made in a contrast fabric (version 1) or in your main fabric (version 2). This dress lends itself to countless variations, and especially to embellishments.

So what do you think? what is your favourite? I will be adding them to the shop in the coming weeks, with a link so that you can get an email when they are in stock. So keep checking back.

This also seems like the perfect time to mention the upcoming Colette Sewing Handbook. From Amazon...

A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric and a great finish are the 5 fundamentals to completing a perfect sewing project. Here Sarai Mitnick reveals her 5 fundamentals in her trademark clear instruction to provide a rounded and beautiful sewing guide. Totally comprehensive, this title covers: sewing techniques; planning and fitting; working with patterns, fabrics and linings; and, finishing techniques. It includes 5 beautiful projects (1 blouse, 3 dresses and 1 skirt) with tissue paper patterns so readers can learn to sew AND creative a gorgeous project.

It will make a perfect Christmas present (sorry for mentioning the C word) for any aspiring seamstress as it is out in November.


  1. I was going to email you today to ask whether you would be stocking these patterns as I wasn't sure whether to pre-order directly from Sarai. Glad to know you'll be stocking them. I, too, am really excited about the blouse. The dress is beautiful too. And the book (not sure I'll wait for Christmas though!)

  2. I'm going to have to buy Peony, even though I'm fat and pregnant and have no hope of fitting in to it for at least another 12 months :) I love boat-necks and the belt is delicious.
    Pickledweasel x

  3. I loooove boatnecks too - looks so very flattering and beautiful examples in the that pale peachy pumpkin colour. Fingers crossed the patterns will be in well before the party season x