Indie sewing pattern designers list

Indie pattern designers list

My love of the small independent pattern companies just seems to keep on growing as does the range of companies entering the market. List with links below (in no particular order) so that I have them all in one place…with a wee bit of their bios included for good measure. These are all mainly for womenswear although a few do also sell patterns for men, little ones  and various other lovely bits and pieces. I also made a list of online dress-making supplies shops that I like in case it’s helpful.

I’ll add to this list as I find more places to add to my ever-growing pattern collection…

Merchant and Mills, UK

‘They produce a range of card and paper patterns and really useful kits, in profound contrast to the pretty, flowery image of the average haberdasher, they present superb and unusual sewing of notions in stark, utilitarian packaging.’

They also have a couple of great books, amazing haberdashery and beautiful fabric.

I sewed up The Dress Shirt in Liberty cord and a Curlew vest in rayon.

By Hand London, UK

By Hand London is an independent sewing pattern label, set up and run by us, Charlotte, Elisalex and Victoria, a trio of 20-somethings based in London. Creating patterns inspired by and named after the stylish ladies we know and admire, the designs themselves are an up-to-date take on classic silhouettes and so act as a canvas for your unique look. We celebrate making, individual style and creative women, designing for those who love to dress up, stand out and customise their own wardrobe.

Patterns now available only as pdfs unless you find a rare printed one available somewhere. Online sewalongs are really helpful.

My version of the lovely Anna dress.

Tilly and the Buttons, UK

‘With jargon-busting instructions, photos of all the steps and stylish designs, my blog, sewing patterns, workshops and book help you create gorgeous clothes that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself.’

Beautifully printed patterns on high quality paper (or pdf) with a colour printed instruction booklet.

So far… a denim Miette skirt, an Agnes top (with added thumb hole cuffs) and a Bettine dress.

The Makers Atelier, UK

‘The patterns I have created for The Maker’s Atelier are influenced by current fashion trends. I take the key shapes and refine them on the premise that the simplest shapes, in beautiful fabrics, make the most successful clothes. ‘

There is a really helpful journal where Frances, the designer, shares ideas and inspiration for her patterns.

Sew Over It, UK

Patterns used in the classes at the Clapham-based café Sew Over It.

Gather, UK

‘Having once been enthusiastic beginner dressmakers, we wanted to create patterns which, through the use of simple instructions and lots of clear diagrams, demystified the sewing process for novice sewers and also appealed to more experienced home sewists.’

Small (and high quality) selection of patterns and kits available. Really lovely packaging and great instructions, super clear and easy to follow.

I’ve worn my Buchanan dressing gown lots.

The Avid Seamstress, UK

‘Hello. We’re The Avid Seamstress, a London based pattern company dedicated to helping modern women enjoy the art of sewing. With a dedication to producing quality products with easy-to-follow instructions, we strive to bring together a community of women to empower and inspire each other through sewing.’

Small and beautiful collection of very wearable dresses. Paper patterns only.

Sew Me Something, UK

‘Beautifully crafted and easy to follow, each pattern is named after a Shakespearean heroine – we are based in Stratford upon Avon after all.’

I made a Peaseblossom tee in a digital print jersey.

Trend Patterns, UK

‘All products are based around and inspired by luxury, high-end fashion pieces and seasonal trends that are seen on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan & Paris twice a year during biannual Fashion week.

TPC is for those who are interested in fashion and who are looking for a stylish and unique feel to the product. Those who are beginners wishing to take up a new creative hobby. And the existing experienced home dress makers. But most importantly those with a love for fashion without the high price tag.’

There were only four patterns on the site when I checked but it’s an interesting concept. The patterns cost a hefty £30 each, printed format only.

Wendy Wards’s MIY Collection, UK

The creation of a garment that originally began as a flicker of an idea inside my head still seems to me to be a bit like magic. I design my own range of sewing patterns, tools and accessories called MIY Collection which are available online.’

Marilla Walker, UK

‘My patterns are designed to suit my style, so expect unfussy, clean lines with plenty of scope for modification. A love of textiles also means that most of my designs are great for showcasing amazing or interesting fabric.’

Fehr Trade, UK

‘Fehr Trade was founded in 2005 by Melissa Fehr, but she’s been sewing in every scrap of spare time since 2001, also taking up running at about the same time. In 2013 both interests collided when Melissa released her first digital sewing patterns for activewear, and she hasn’t stopped moving or sewing since! So far she’s run six full marathons in her own-sewn gear, and also enjoys cycling and bouldering whenever she can.’

All activewear patterns and lots of help on how to sew them.

Named Clothing, Finland

‘Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. Named launches two collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.’

I’ve made the beautiful Inari Tee Dress in a knit fabric, Talvikki in sweatshirting and a Talvikki/Linden mash-up in a gorgeous French Terry.

I am Patterns,  France

Simple, classic and minimalist patterns with instructions in English and French. Can be purchased from Backstitch and Guthrie and Ghani in the UK.

One of my favourite top patterns is their I Am Pan which I’ve made in broderie anglaise and in a chiffon-weight rayon. I also made the Cherie-Cherie in  a heavy striped knit.

Deer and Doe, France

‘Simple, modern and stylish sewing patterns that I can see myself wearing daily.

From the beginning, I wanted to give Deer&Doe an extra dimension, and build it according to my values.

  • French manufacturing: Deer&Doe patterns are completely manufactured and printed in France in order to promote national development and employment
  • Sustainable development: Everything from the pattern envelopes to the booklets are printed on recycled paper, and the website is hosted by an environmentally committed company
  • No “One size” policy: Because sewing should be a pleasure for each of us, all the patterns include European sizes from 34 to 46′

Republique Chiffon, France

French company- lovely patterns. Definitely worth a look. Some of their patterns are in the process of being translated into English but quite a few are already available.

Vanessa Pouzet– France

Vanessa has been designing patterns for several years. The website is mostly in French with downloadable pds patterns for women, children and babies. I haven’t bought any of her patterns yet, but plan to start with the beautiful Wanted Tee,so not sure if they are only written in French. I figure for a tee it doesn’t matter anyway.

Schnittchen, Germany

‘Welcome to the website of Schnittchen! My name is Silke and I live and work in Munich where I started Schnittchen a couple of years ago. Schnittchen is a small pattern company developing young, simple and clear patterns for everyone.

Pauline Alice Patterns, Spain

‘Pauline Alice is an independent sewing pattern company with a feminine, retro and versatile style. Since 2013, we offer sewing patterns perfect for your everyday life and for the more dressed up events. Classic and yet casual, you’ll feel like a million bucks in your new garment and follow easily the illustrated instructions. The patterns are available for download in 3 languages: English, Spanish and French.’

Closet Case Patterns,  Canada

‘Closet Case Patterns are chic, modern and thoughtfully designed for the modern woman’s wardrobe, the necessary luxuries you didn’t realise your wardrobe was missing. Featuring meticulous drafting and simple, easy to understand instructions with clear step by step diagrams, our patterns are designed to empower you to sew with confidence and joy. All patterns are accompanied by sewalongs which take all of the guesswork out of selecting fabrics and supplies, and provide a little encouraging hand-holding to help you make the most beautiful garments ever.’

All true from my experience of her patterns- fabulous drafting! Makes from Closet Case files are cotton and knit pairs of the Carolyn pyjamas, a Kalle shirt, embroidered Kalle dress, a houndstooth Clare Coat, a checked Ebony tee and quilted jersey Ebony dress and Ginger Jeans x2 (unblogged).

Sewaholic Patterns, Canada

‘Sewaholic Patterns is the first company to offer pretty, versatile sewing patterns for pear-shaped women! Our patterns are easy to use and designed to fit and flatter a pear-shaped figure.’

I’ve had a go at their Cordova Jacket.

Victory Patterns, Canada

‘A line of patterns that appeal to modern style sensibilities and that are enjoyable to work with.’

Thread Theory, Canada

‘Thread Theory Designs Inc. is run by Morgan and Matt from their humble abode on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Thread Theory is a menswear sewing pattern company that strives to provide sewers with inspiring designs, accurate patterns, and easy to follow instructions for their menswear sewing projects.’

They have released one (very lovely) women’s pattern- the Camas Blouse.

Grainline Studio, USA

‘A pattern shop featuring modern, fashion-forward patterns that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. All of the patterns are drafted with a contemporary fit and we take extra care to provide clearly illustrated instructions that are easy to follow to ensure a professional finish.’

Grainline has fantastic online support, pattern hack ideas and sewalongs.

One of my favourites, patterns is the Alder shirtdress A (with sleeves), Alder shirtdress B, Scout Tee (bias cut), Scout Tee with a split-back one and two, Tiny Pocket Tank (with a dropped hem), and a Tiny Pocket Tank in rayon. I’m adding a Talvikki/Linden mash-up in a gorgeous French Terry and an Archer popover variation in double gauze.

Colette Patterns, USA

‘Our special booklets and PDF patterns walk you through each step in constructing a beautiful garment. We focus on clear instructions, well designed graphics, and links to in depth tutorials on the web. The Coletterie blog has been a staple of our company since the beginning. It is the hub of our active community. We keep it fresh, writing on everything from fashion history and textiles, to style and detail inspirations to get your creative juices flowing.’

I love the little book instruction book that comes with these patterns. Fantastic online support and great tips, tricks and ideas about all things sewing shared through the blog.

Also home  to the great Seamwork magazine.

Makes to date have been a Zinnia skirt, a Peony dress and a Laurel shift both in Liberty cotton.

Christine Haynes, USA

‘Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns–Christine Haynes Patterns–which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. ‘

One of my favourite ever patterns comes from Christine in the shape of the Lottie. I made this version in ikat and this colourblocked version in double gauze.

April Rhodes, USA

‘Through my patterns, I hope to provide simple garments for beginning sewers and/or experienced sewers who want to quickly sew pretty things to wear. ‘

Sew Liberated, USA

‘Sew Liberated is a way of looking at craft that is, at once, traditional and completely modern. Sew Liberated touches on the personal fulfillment we experience when we create. I know that I get such a rush when I conceive of and bring to life a project, and I’m sure you feel the same way.’

Made by Rae, USA

‘My focus is on creating simple, high-quality patterns with beautiful illustrations, photos, and easy-to-follow instructions that will be used over and over.’

Sew House Seven, USA

‘Sew House Seven is a small Independent pattern company.  My focus is on however, not limited to creating beautiful women’s sewing patterns for beginners that can be sewn up rather quickly yet appeal to sewists of all levels.  The pattern instructions are very detailed and provide an opportunity to learn while sewing.  Each style has a special design feature that makes it unique and appealing to any level of sewist.  After all, a good design is a good design no matter how simple.’

Home of the Toaster sweater.

Jamie Christina Patterns,USA

“The style of my patterns ranges from vintage/retro to bohemian.  I make my sewing patterns for the emerging sewer who doesn’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing.  She also doesn’t want to spend days working on the pattern.  She wants the pattern to be basic and straightforward with amazing results.  She wants to make clothes for herself but wants others to think that she purchased it from a clothing boutique.  When people ask where she purchased her clothing, she enjoys telling them that she made it herself.”

Liesel & Co, USA

‘Liesl + Co. is a line of sewing patterns for women’s clothing that feature all the details you expect from the very best independent patterns.’

Also home to the beautiful children’s patterns Oliver + S

Megan Neilsen, USA

‘At Megan Nielsen Patterns we combine technology and traditional print to bring sewers the best experience possible. We care about our customers, and our products are carefully tailored to their needs. Our designs are contemporary and wearable, our instructions are detailed, and our patterns are easy to use.’

There is also a great app available which includes instructions for purchased pattern. She also has a very helpful set of detailed tutorials and pattern hacks on the website.

Love the Briar tee I made as a dress.

Green Bee Patterns, USA

Patterns for ladies clothes, babies, bags and quilts.

Cloth Habit, USA

‘Since this Cloth Habit’s humble beginnings (as a way of participating in my first sew-along!), it has grown into a popular internet resource for bra making and lingerie sewing. Lingerie design has been a fascination of mine for many years, and after making my first bra I was hooked!’

True Bias, USA

‘True Bias is a place for modern, urban sewing and sewing patterns. I document the things that I make to clothe myself and my family as we pursue a creative life in NYC.’

Hey June Patterns, USA

‘I started this business because so often I hear about people who want to start sewing, but have had a bad experience, or think it is too complicated.  Sewing can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be very rewarding.  I wanted to create patterns that were fun to construct and personalise, and styles that were more on trend with what you see in ready-to-wear clothing.’

Wiksten, USA

‘The Wiksten clothing and accessories line is designed and handmade by Jenny Gordy.’

Lilly Sage and Co, USA

‘Hi! My name is Debbie. I am a mum of three beautiful girls. I’m an Australian living abroad with my Kiwi husband. And I’m a lover of beautiful fabrics. I dabble in design and I sew A LOT.
I am a self-taught seamstress and occasional designer.’

Dixie DIY,  USA

‘I’ve been sewing since I was 10 but I didn’t get a real sewing machine until I was 15. I finally upgraded to a better machine, learned how to use a serger and now I’m drafting my own patterns.’

‘Hi there, it’s me — Mandalynn! Thank you {sincerely} for stopping by and supporting my dream and boho chic style. I hope you will find something in my creative space that inspires you. And if you are interested in knowing more about me, my designs and how I ventured into designing sewing patterns…stay tuned, I’ll have more up on this page soon :)’

Bluedot Patterns, USA

‘My vision with Blue Dot patterns is to inspire sewists through modern design and well-crafted patterns with friendly instructions. I hope you enjoy making my patterns as much as I enjoy designing them.’

StyleArc, Australia

‘I have a passion for fashion and have always loved to sew my own unique garments. This love has encouraged me to create sewing patterns that are easy to sew. These real industry based sewing patterns for dresses, skirts, trousers, blouses, jackets and even that special occasion or bridesmaid dress are easy to work with.’

LOTS of choice on this well organised site.

In the Folds, Australia

In the Folds patterns are designed for home sewers who are looking for a project that is a little out of the ordinary. What can you expect from an In the Folds pattern?

  •   A pattern that is beautifully drafted and available in a broad range of sizes
  • Thoughtful design and unexpected detailing
  •  A versatile  pattern with room for you to make your own
  • A project that can be as simple or as challenging as you would like to make it
  • A pattern that will teach you a new technique (or hopefully two)
  •  Instructions that will help you get a beautiful store-bought finish and encourage you to push yourself into unknown territory
  • Step-by-step tutorials and sew-alongs that will give you helpful hints and tips that will help you in future projects
  • And loads of pattern hacking inspiration, so that you can transform a single pattern into as many garments as your imagination will allow

Pattern Fantastique, Australia

‘Pattern Fantastique is Nita-Jane, a fashion designer and pattern-maker and Ben, a digital designer. We work out of Collingwood, in Melbourne Australia, an epicentre of coffee, design and coffee. With a strong aesthetic and technical expertise we hope that our customers will be rewarded with clothes they love and the support to extend their technique and sewing skills. Nita-Jane writes about sewing techniques and methods on the blog, Technique Fantastique, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions or suggestions – we’d love to hear from you.’

All their patterns are available in pdf only. I have the Falda Jacket high on my to make list!

Jennifer Lauren, New Zealand

‘I mostly make clothing from original vintage patterns from the 40s, 50s and 60s but I have just completed my first ever knitting project and have ventured into the world of pattern making and have released The Afternoon Blouse pattern and The Bronte Top pattern.’

Muse Patterns, New Zealand

‘Muse Patterns are designed by Kat Hardisty in Wellington, New Zealand. A lover of vintage styles, particularly those from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, Kat designs modern sewing patterns with vintage touches that are easily wearable and customisable by everyone. Tutorials and suggestions for alterations and ‘hacks’ to patterns are posted regularly on the Muse Patterns blog, to inspire people to get creative with how they’re using Muse designs and to make patterns up more than once. Muse Patterns are in PDF format, and are delivered straight to your email once purchased, along with thorough instructions on how to print, assemble, and sew. Each pattern covers a range of sizes, usually from a 30″ bust up to a 48″ bust.’

Home of the Jenna Cardi and some clever knit sleeve options.

These final two are also sites with lots of choices…

Indie Sew

US online sewing shop and source of a huge variety of independent designers’ patterns from the familiar to the new- all available in pdf.

UpCraft Club

Big selection of adult, children’s, accessories and quilt patterns from lots of small indie designers. You can buy them separately or take out a subscription.

‘UpCraft Club is the first modern sewing association for people who especially love using digital patterns. Members receive great benefits and their membership is more than paid for every month. We’d love to have you join us!

We are also a new type of curated pattern shop. What makes our concept new is that we have created a set of standards that our customers have told us are important to them when choosing to purchase a digital pattern. We published our standards to keep the process transparent, and we put a seal of approval on patterns that meet our standards. Not all ‘certified patterns’ are sold through UpCraft Club, but some are. And we’re proud to pay significantly more to designers when their patterns are sold than most other shops out there!’

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