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Friday, March 22, 2013

Portland-based Colette Patterns owner Sarai Mitnick designs better sewing patterns.

As a home sewist, she had a lifelong fascination with sewing patterns—as well as a frustration with them. Major pattern companies, like Simplicity and Butterick, published confusing and intimidating instructions hobbled by awkward designs, in formats largely unchanged for decades. “They assume a lot of knowledge that people no longer have,” Mitnick says.

Within a year Mitnick produced her first vintage-inspired designs. Her new company, Colette Patterns, tapped into a resurgence of home sewing in Portland and beyond, a trend Mitnick ascribes to a backlash against conspicuous consumption. Colette could be seen as part of a local-oriented, quality-focused “slow fashion” movement.

Read more at Portland Monthly.

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