Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Colette Patterns' Designs Debut At Owl & Drum

Owl & Drum is delighted to be stocking some fabulous and fresh new women's apparel designs from Colette Patterns.

The cool, funky company, which is based in Portland, Oregon, has a stated "goal to make sewing patterns that are exceptional in every way."

Owl & Drum recently received seven different clothing designs from Colette Patterns to sell in its midtown Tulsa, OK, store and on its www.owlandrrum.com web site.

"I really like their simple, classic - yet modern - designs," said Bianca Howell, the co-owner of Owl & Drum.

"The patterns are easy to read and Sarai (Mitnick) gives great instructions that are excellent for beginner sewists.

"We wanted to stock more patterns for women's clothing. The aim is to get people to start making their own clothes again - and Colette Patterns will definitely help with that!"

The new apparel patterns at Owl & Drum are: "Hazel" (a quick and easy dress); "Peony" (an elegant bateau neck sheath dress); "Violet" (a button-front blouse with short gathered sleeves); "Ginger" (a simple, pretty a-line skirt); "Laurel" (a chic shift dress); "Beignet" (a high-waisted straight skirt); and "Iris" (cute, simple-to-sew shorts).  

Colette Patterns was founded by "boss lady" and designer Sarai Mitnick in 2008.

"Colette Patterns was born out of a love of both sewing and the independent spirits of creative women everywhere," Mitnick says on colettepatterns.com.

"Our patterns are designed for the crafty lady who loves design details, is inspired by vintage style, and wants clothing that's made just for her!

"Like our grandmothers who spent their evenings constructing their beautiful clothes, these sewing patterns are our canvases for everyday creativity.

"The designs themselves are often inspired by the past, but are constructed to be modern and wearable. Each is easily adapted in a range of versatile fabrics, are available in modern sizes 0 through 18, and have practical details, such as pockets."

Each pattern is packaged in a beautifully printed booklet with fine linen-textured cover and stitched binding. The instructions are clearly illustrated, each pattern includes a glossary of sewing terms and provides an area for sewists to write their own notes.

Mitnick - a self-described "project wrangler" - said on colettepatterns.com that she is "proud to contribute to the revival of sewing as a craft, and to help educate and inspire other sewists."

Kenn Wilson handles the company's logistics, keeping its web sites running and managing customer service. He also loves a well-crafted cocktail and writes about them on his Cocktailia blog.

Colettepatterns.com also features dozens of helpful sewing and clothes-making tutorials, plus tips and advice on adding details, fittings, seams, hems and adjustments.

"We’re extremely proud of the quality of our patterns and the cult following we’ve begun to inspire," Mitnick said.

She also writes a fun, informative blog called Coletterie on her company's web site, and has also authored a book called "The Colette Sewing Handbook."

For more details, visit www.colettepatterns.com.

For more details about Owl & Drum – which stocks more than 200 different bolts of fabric, unique handmade gifts, craft books and equipment/supplies – visit www.owlanddrum.com, call Bianca at 918-742-1404 or stop by our store at 2810 E. 15th St. in midtown Tulsa, OK.

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