A quick peek at the Colette Sewing Handbook

The Colette Sewing Handbook has been on my wish-list for some time now.

This independent pattern retailer is a clear favourite among the blogging community. Colette Patterns offers vintage-style patterns with clear and concise instructions – perfect for anyone just starting out with sewing.

On top of this, founder Sarai Mitnick has created a little community based around her patterns. The regularly updated blog, Coletterie, is full to the brim with all sorts of hints and tips for beginner and more advanced sewers alike.

Colette Patterns cover

This community has been abuzz since Sarai announced there would be a Colette Patterns book and its release was timed with a tour around the sewing blogosphere.

Finally, I have my own copy! I’ve been a fan of Sarai’s work for some time now, having owned the Macaron dress pattern for about a year (I’m still on the hunt for the perfect fabric).

Colette Patterns has always stood out among independent pattern retailers not just for their unique take on the vintage styles sweeping the sewing blogosphere by storm but also because of the individual way in which the patterns are packaged. For someone used to the more traditional packaging of sewing patterns (folded into an envelope and near impossible to get back in!) the little instruction booklets complete with intricate, illustrated instructions are just lovely.

inside colette patterns bookThe book itself is no different. Sarai has based it around what she calls the Five Fundamentals: A thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric and a fine finish.

What really sets the Colette Sewing Handbook apart from other sewing books are the patterns. Oh the patterns!

Five patterns – one accompanying each fundamental – are included in the book, so you’re really getting your money’s worth. The patterns themselves are also easily adapted, as Sarai has demonstrated in several tutorials on the Colette Patterns blog.

Reading the book, it’s a clear winner for anyone just starting out in sewing. What I’m hoping to do is to hone my sewing abilities in 2012 using the book – sometimes I can be a pretty lazy seamstress and forget about these fundamentals, leading to some horror garments!

This won’t be the last you’ll hear from the sewing handbook – I can’t wait to get cracking on the patterns!

Any other Colette Patterns fans in the house? Also, don’t forget – I’m still looking for 2011’s inspirational makes, as explained in this blog post here!

I hope you all had a great Christmas!

7 thoughts on “A quick peek at the Colette Sewing Handbook

  1. Trice says:

    I have purchase two copies. The second copy because I was tired of waiting for the first one to arrive (it took a couple of weeks). I ended up giving the extra copy to my bestie, since she lives on the other side of the country and I can’t teach her how to make clothes.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’ve also had the Macaron pattern for awhile, Still waiting for inspiration. I’ve sewn a couple versions of the Negroni, it sews up a dream, although it was pretty intimidating for a beginner. I got the burdastyle book for Christmas, but am still hoping the Colette one might show up as a late arrival. If not it may have to be a New Year’s gift to myself 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing what you make.

    • Elena Cresci says:

      Ooh do you have any pictures of the Negronis you made? I’ve been hoping to make the Macaron with some lace, but it’s so hard to find the right kind! I thought about the BurdaStyle book, might be my next investment as I’ve heard good things!

  3. Layla says:

    Me too, arrived just in time for christmas and ive read it cover to cover already. Now to make something from it…i’m thinkning the pastille or meringue?

    • Elena Cresci says:

      Part of me really wants to go right from the start, even though all I’ve been making lately are skirts, haha! Can’t wait to see what you make from it 🙂

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