Sarai Mitnick is the founder and designer behind Colette Patterns. Classic styles and excellent instructions make Colette Patterns the top selling garment patterns at Pink Chalk Fabrics.
I could hardly wait to lay eyes on Sarai’s first book The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress. Worth the wait? Absolutely!
The chapters cover the fundamental principles of making great clothes: forming a plan, using a pattern, choosing fabric, customizing the fit, and finishing your garment well.
Each fundamental principle is presented with a thoughtful story of why it’s important followed by excellent written and visual instructions of specific techniques. The chapters conclude with a sewing project that encompasses the lessons taught. There are 5 full sized clothing patterns included in the book: 1 skirt, 1 blouse, and 3 dresses. You will want to make them all.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“A curious person who likes to learn will never get bored with sewing!”
A section named Sewing Lessons covers pressing, gathering, how to sew a dart (including why they’re designed the way they are!), tucks, facings, an invisible zipper, and setting a sleeve.
Excellent photography …
… and detailed illustrations!
In the book’s introduction, Sarai shares her view that learning to sew is a process that begins by slowly building up from a foundation of very simple, basic ideas. Her choice of techniques to teach, the order in which they’re presented, and the inclusion of projects that reinforce the lessons is brilliant, accessible and a joy to read and learn from.
Congratulations to Sarai on an amazing book! I highly recommend it for someone teaching themselves to sew garments and for experienced sewists looking for great patterns, an inside view of Sarai’s techniques and an enjoyable read about a talented artist’s philosophy on sewing.
Leave a comment sharing why you like to sew garments or want to learn.
We’ll give away a copy of the book and two Colette patterns from the shop. Winners announced Saturday (November 12). Winners announced!
Other fabulous stops on the blog tour:
Nov 2: Craft Buds – interview and giveaway
Nov. 3: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – lace insertion tutorial for the Licorice dress
Nov. 4: Sewaholic – book excerpt
Nov. 8: Flossie Teacakes – Interview with Sarai and book review
Nov. 8: A Fashionable Stitch – book excerpt and review
Nov. 9: Pink Chalk Studio – Book review
Nov. 10: Craft Gossip – Interview with Sarai and giveaway
Nov. 11: Bolt Fabric – book review
Nov. 14: True Up: Fabric Fives with Sarai
Nov. 15: Frolic! – On styling the book’s photos
Nov. 15: Threads Magazine – Giveaway
Nov. 16: Whipstitch – book review
Nov. 16: Honey Kennedy – Styling ideas
Nov. 17: A Dress a Day – Interview with Sarai
Nov. 18: Not Martha – book review
(break for Thanksgiving week)
Nov. 28: Casey’s Elegant Musings – Project Planning, book excerpt and Casey’s thoughts
Nov. 29: MADE – giveaway
Nov. 30: Sew Weekly – book review
Nov. 30: Oh! Fransson - Elizabeth’s version of the Taffy pattern
Dec. 1: Sew Mama Sew – Guest post from Sarai on grainlines