Thursday, May 14, 2009

colette patterns

I got a fabulous package in the mail this afternoon! It was filled with this:

Can I just say that was the fastest shipping EVER?? I ordered these suckers over the weekend! It's only Thursday! Wow. (Thanks Sarai, you are awesome!) I just love opening a package especially when so much thought has gone into making it an "experience". Beautiful pink tissue with ribbons and bows...lovely.

But the very best part was what was inside the tissue...I got the Beignet skirt & the Eclair dress:

And I got the Chantilly dress (beautiful!) and the Macaron dress:

All of Colette Patterns have a lovely, vintagey feel. Very different from everything currently out there in independent patterns.

Rather than a boring old envelope, the patterns are packaged in this storybook format, with directions in a booklet:

and a pocket in back for tucking your pattern pieces:

One reason I went a bit crazy on the ordering process (besides the sheer yummy)?? The sizing is spectacular! All are available in sizes 0-18, which has a bust measurement range of 33 to 46 inches, waist range of 25 to 38 inches, and hips of 35 to 48 inches. I fit pretty perfectly right into these which makes me very happy.

Sarai has also mentioned that she is curvy herself and wanted to make it easier to make patterns to fit her own body type, so these have a curvier draft. This works well for me, and for the vintage feel of the designs themselves.

Our very own (and adorable) Squirrelypoo was a pattern tester and has reviewed the Eclair HERE. And there's a Flickr group for Colette patterns & garments HERE. There are already a couple of finished garments in the group!

If that's not enough to convince you to check them out, you can click all of my images for a bigger peek! And of course, drop by Colette Patterns HERE to view the lovelies yourself!


  1. What wonderful patterns! Have a great time, and make some beatuful things.

  2. I purchased three of her patterns and I'm really having a time holding myself back from buying the other two! I finished cutting out the Beignet pattern and I'm really getting excited about making it up! I look forward to seeing yours.

  3. Ooooh... purty! Have fun, they look like little storybooks! Once upons a time, there was a very talented seamstress in Oklahoma...

  4. Those look wonderful for sure. I'll have to check them out. The sizes sound great, too.

  5. I can't wait to see some of these made up by you!

  6. My favorites are the Chantilly and Macaron dresses. I am a little scared of the "drafting for curvy." I'm going to wait a bit.

  7. I really can't wait to see these made up - I was so tempted to buy one of her patterns.... I may break down and get one today still!

  8. Ooooooohhhhh! Another independent pattern maker. Love it. Love the packaging. I like the dress with top yoke. Hope you make these up soon!!!


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