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Entries in Colette Patterns (9)

pattern review:cooper bag

by Hannah: photos by April

Introducing the Cooper Bag, designed by Laura Collins of Pansy Maiden and distrubuted by Colette Patterns. I do say, it’s a real winner and I have no complaints. This beginner pattern offers three versions. I chose version 2 which is the backpack. The other versions include a messenger bag and a satchel which is a pannier for your bike!

We have everything you need for this bag at Bolt: jiffy rivets, tri-glides, webbing, and magnetic snaps. Version 2 has eight pockets and the flap closes with magnetic snaps. We’ve been carrying water resistant canvas (the perfect Portland weather fabric) at the shop the past few months and it was the perfect choice. For the lining I chose a hemp/organic cotton indigo stripe. We carry jiffy rivets in two finishes, silver and antique.

While sewing, here are a few tips for you. Choose your webbing and make sure your slides (for the adjustable straps) are slightly smaller than the width of your webbing so that the adjustable straps don’t slip every time you adjust them. Rivets. Usually rivets require a rivet setter. Jiffy rivets are a type of rivet that can be applied to your project with a mallet. On the backpack version the jiffy rivets are purely decorative so leave them off it you like. If you choose to use them, be sure that you tap very lightly multiple times. If you hit them hard two-three times, you’ll destroy them. Yikes! 

This bag is great. Come in and see our sample hanging! See you soon!



The Albion Jacket

by Adrianna

Hey, guys! Gals too, but for this posts sake I’m referring to you men out there- looking for an incredibly durable, long lasting, water resistant, and dare I say manly outerwear jacket? The Albion jacket pattern paired with Bolt’s new addition of solid colored, water resistant, army duck canvas and wooden toggles is all of the above. You can wear it while fishing out at sea, chopping up firewood, or use it as a tent if you get stranded out in the wilderness during a rainstorm! In all seriousness though, this jacket is the equivalent of an affordable, fashion forward Carhart jacket.

I must admit, the sewing process is pretty ambitious, so know beforehand I did warn you. 

Be prepared with:

Heavy Duty needles

        -I used the Jeans Schmetz needles we sell at the store, they work like a charm.

A large sewing table, etc.

        -To help hold the weight of the canvas while sewing

Possibly an arm brace if you are using a basic home sewing machine

        -For the sake of my machine I hand-walked over the thicker seams, which is about half of them

Lots of patience!

        -They don’t lie when they say “Invest some time” on the cover of the pattern


Things to keep in mind before sewing:

Sizing! I made this jacket for my sweetie who is on average an XL according to his body measurements; however, I made the mistake of not checking the finished garment measurements. Needless to say, it came out quite extra, extra large. Colette patterns do encourage that you make a muslin sample and alter the pattern to size, which I would highly recommend doing, and again go by the finished garment measurements instead of the body measurements. My XL guy could easily fit into the M pattern. Just sayin’.

One major thing I noticed while cutting out the pattern is that there was quite a bit of fabric left over. I figured this is probably just incase you make a mistake. However, considering the canvas that the pattern calls for is definitely worth its weight, and the amount left over, although more than I’d like to have left over, could maybe only make a small bag or pouch, you may also like to make a muslin to see exactly how much fabric you really need. 


The Albion jacket, even if not made perfectly to size does stand up to the elements and whatever you throw at it (trust me). Although I recently made this jacket, I know it will have a long life. I had to hammer, throw, and stomp on the canvas to make it a smidgen bit easier to sew around the armhole and other curved or thick seams. If you have any pent up stress consider this jacket your tailored punching bag! On the bright side, like I mentioned earlier, you can wear it out to sea, use it as a tent, or even as a casual biking jacket. With time the canvas will eventually lose most of its rigidity and the jacket will take on a “softer” drape, such as broken-in jeans.

As with most outerwear, this jacket pattern is unisex, so ladies please make one for you too! The whole family even! The extra fabric could maybe be used for a small animal? Also try experimenting with different closures, such as buttons, or other toggles that we carry at the store; the pattern also has an exerpt on how to make your own toggles.There are two versions of the Albion: Version 1is a coat with lining, hood tie, and patch pockets, Version 2is the jacket (which I made) that has side inseam pockets, flat-felled seams, and bias tape seam finishing. Just make sure to keep in mind my advice, maybe do some yoga or meditating beforehand, take lots of breaks, and once finished go roll down a hill in the rain in this jacket. It is definitely a North West friendly clothing staple.

Happy sewing,



Winter Skirts

—By Heather

“Hello, beautiful.” That’s what I say (in my mind, of course) to this skirt every time I walk by and see it hanging on the wall.

I wear skirts often during the summer months, but come winter I practically live in jeans. Lately though, I’ve been warming to the idea of winter skirts, especially after falling in love with this lightweight wool plaid we had in the store a while back. I used the Colette Ginger pattern and am pretty thrilled with the result—although truth be told, it is a bit snug through the waist and I wish I would have made a size larger. I’m excited to make a couple more of these, perhaps adding a few inches to the length.

I’ve also got my eye on some of the many bottom-weight fabrics we have right now. Many have a bit of stretch and would be perfect for a skirt like one of these Hannah made.

We’ve also got a couple gorgeous wool voiles which would be ideal for a Zinnia.
How about you? What are your favorite winter skirts?