Let’s get to know Colette Patterns

Welcome to the third in our new series of Q&As with independent sewing pattern companies! This week we’re getting to know Sarai Mitnick from Colette Patterns. Having launched in 2009, Colette was a pioneer in the modern indie pattern movement we’re all enjoying and I’ve been watching in awe as Sarai has grown her company from a startup to an established and successful brand.

Sarai Mitnick Colette Patterns

Describe the style of your garments in three words:
Classic, feminine, flattering

Tell us about the woman you design for: 
We design for women who take a lot of pleasure in sewing and see the way they dress as a creative outlet. We want our patterns to be versatile enough to fit into a wide variety of wardrobes, but centered on classic shapes. Our customers are smart, thoughtful, creative women more interested in expressing themselves than in following trends.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?
Our patterns emphasise curves, and they’re drafted for a slightly more curvy figure than the large companies. I think they work on a variety of figure types because they bring attention to curves.

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns? 
Our patterns have a great deal of support. Our blog is full of extensive tutorials, often linked from within the pattern itself so that if you need to go more in depth on a particular technique, you can. Our sister website sewalongs.com offers sewalongs for many of our patterns. Each time we release a new pattern, we offer a free sewalong class that you can sign up to via email or follow online. We also have a great flickr group where you can see what others have made.

Overall, we emphasise detailed instructions and listening to our customers, so that we can learn from them how to make things as helpful as possible.

Tell us about your company!
Colette Patterns was launched in 2009 with a line of beautifully presented sewing patterns drawing inspiration from both modern and vintage design. Since then, the company has grown to include over 30 sewing patterns, books, free guides, sewalongs, and a new online magazine.

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