Colleen Catherine Connolly learned to sew from her mother at the early age of 8 years old. Besides learning to sew clothes for herself, her favorite projects¬†were sewn from her mother’s fabric scraps for her doll collection. Since then, Colleen was drawn to the constructional and sculptural aspects of sewing. She often opts to create her own designs from altered patterns or from drawings in her sketchbooks. She uses this creative skill when supporting students of The Bicycling Seamstress, as she offers lessons in sewing personal creations and/or projects from a pre-made pattern. Below are examples of clothing Colleen has created from an altered-pattern* or by hand.

shark tank* | cotton & linen






painterly tank | light weight cotton






little houses tank* | cotton & linen






flock of cranes dress | cotton & cotton/silk blend