Independent Pattern Designers

I’m a huge fan of independent patterns and I’m always on the search for new ones. I thought that I’d include a working list of pattern designers that I’ve come across for your reference. I’ve tried to stick to designers whose focus is on adult apparel. Some of these brands have numerous patterns while others are smaller outfits with one or two items. I haven’t tried them all but each listing has a pattern that I would like to try. Please be aware that the links below will open in a new window.

  • Colette – There’s little that I could say about Colette that hasn’t already been said – vintage inspired designs with excellent community support.
  • Sewaholic – From Vancouver, Tasia designs for pear shaped women but these classic patterns would look good on many shapes and sizes.
  • Pattern Runway – There’s no hiding how much I love Sarah Olding’s designs – these downloadable patterns are a treat. There are a few styles available in print.
  • Jamie Christina – Boutique apparel patterns with bohemian flair.
  • Sis Boom – PDF patterns brought to you by designer Jennifer Paganelli.
  • Megan Nielsen Sewing Patterns – From the designs to the packaging, these patterns are beautiful. Currently there is an emphasis on maternity wear with plans to expand.
  • Favorite Things – Taking inspiration from both past and present, Favorite Things offers sewing patterns for all members of the family.
  • Grainline Studio –  Jen, the designer behind Hound, offers sewing patterns for download through her blog.
  • Salme – After being frustrated with available patterns, Elisa of Salme began offering these chic, stylish patterns for download.
  • Victory – Kristiann introduced her new line of print-at-home patterns in November 2011. These patterns will inspire you to make your own unique garment.
  • Papercut – From New Zealand, these modern patterns come with some nifty packaging that transforms into a hanger for your finished garment.
  • Nette – Fellow blogger Nette introduced her first pattern in November. It’s available to download for free.
  • Wiksten- Limited edition hand-drawn sewing patterns by Jenny Gordy.
  • Style Arc – Pulling inspiration from celebrities, Style Arc provides patterns for the latest fashions.
  • Sew Liberated – Meg McElwee designs patterns with country charm.
  • Hot Patterns – High fashion inspired sewing patterns.
  • Merchant & Mills –  As thewallinna put it, these British patternmakers are bringing couture to the public.
  • Christine Haynes – The author of Chic and Simple Sewing raised funds through Kickstarter to produce two sewing patterns. Christine also has a Craftsy class with an exclusive blouse pattern!
  • DIY Couture – The un-pattern pattern company, DIY Couture produces books and e-books with instructions to make the garments from their collection.
  • The Center for Pattern Design – This wonderful center produces patterns from time to time. Julian Roberts’ Pyramid Dress was featured on the December cover of Threads.
  • Fashion in Harmony – Designers Julianne Bramson and Susan Lenahan have created a line of bias cut sewing patterns. Check out their bias cut sewing seminar coming in 2012!
  • Onion – Jette Frokiaer designs sewing patterns with an eye on Scandanavian fashion trends.  Her patterns have been translated and are sold through MariaDenmark.
  • Your Style Rocks – This pattern company takes reader design submission and offers FREE downloadable patterns from the winners!
  • Pattern Scissors Cloth – Patternmaker and designer, Sherry, offers her patterns through her blog. She is just finishing a sew-a-long for her Ruby Slip so there’s a lot of support available!
  • Sense and Sensibility Patterns – As they’re slogan says: “winsome clothing with an old fashion appeal”.
  • Wearing History – Vintage and historical inspired sewing patterns.
  • Paco Peralta – Classic sewing patterns.
  • Fitzpatterns – Print-at-home patterns with alternative appeal.
  • The Sewing Workshop – writer and sewing instructor Linda Lee offers a variety of apparel patterns. Also available from her shop are the intriguing Shapes patterns, a collaboration between Louise Cutting and Linda Lee.
  • In House Patterns – Alexandra describes her line as “runway inspired and vintage influenced creating a perfect blend of sophistication, elegance, and style for the fashion savvy home sewist.” Keep your eyes peeled for new PDF patterns from this emerging company!
  • Seamingly Smitten – A mix of both women’s and children’s garments by designer Jenny Hall.
  • Dixie DIY – I recently found Dixie through The Sew Weekly and have enjoyed perusing her blog recently. She’s published a few of her designs in PDF’s on her blog. Most are free and some are multi sized.
  • Angela Osborn – Anna of ::Paunnet:: introduced me to Angela Obsorn’s patterns recently and I’ve been so excited to share her store with you. She sells her PDF patterns through her own website as well as Etsy. There’s an interview with her over on Anna’s blog this morning that you’ll want to check out.
  • SewnSquareOne – thanks, Dixie, for pointing this company out. SewnSquareOne was recently featured in Threads Magazine. They have 7 designs that have some intriguing variations.
  • Ohhh Lulu Lingerie & Apparel – Sarah has designed some beautiful lingerie patterns with more to come!
  • You Sew Girl- With detailed instructions, Nicole Mallalieu’s patterns are designed to teach you the principals of construction.
  • Sew Chic – Modern patterns with retro style.
  • Deuxieme Arrondissement – Lovely maternity patterns with several that would work regardless if you have a bun in the oven. In French.
  • By Hand London – Charlotte and Elisalex are launching their first pattern collection October 2012. Stay tuned!
  • Modular Design for Couture Artwear – As her bio puts it, “Kayla’s patterns have no facings, no zippers, and no buttonholes, and lots of creative potential.”
  • Ralph Pink Patterns – From basic blocks to corsets, Ralph Pink offers downloadable patterns.
  • Cake Patterns – Blogger Steph of Three Hours Past is set to release her first pattern in November. Stay tuned!
  • Mrs. Depew Vintage – While mostly vintage reproductions, Anne has several original designs in her Etsy pattern shop.
  • Immi Made Patterns – Immi Meyer offers free patterns through her blog.
  • Make It Perfect -From Tasmania, Toni Coward offers patterns for all ages – be sure to check out her women’s collection.
  • The Makers’ Journal – You’ll find a range of clothing and accessories printed on beautiful recycled stock paper from this Australian designer.
  • Made By Rae – While the majority of Rae’s patterns are for children, I couldn’t resist adding her to the list after the release of the Washi Dress. I hope to see more adult apparel patterns in the future!
  • Deer and Doe – Pretty sewing patterns from Paris. In French.

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Do you know of an apparel pattern designer not included here? Comment with a link and I’ll include the listing here.

98 Responses to “Independent Pattern Designers”

  1. Thanks for the list. I’ve bought a pattern from Sis Boom and loved it. I have the Darling Ranges dress pattern and cannot wait to get started on that one. Wish I knew of other independent pattern designers. Looking forward to see what people will chime in with.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I hadn’t heard of some of them and they have some really nice patterns (I like Victory and Papercut)!

  3. Great list – pinned it to my sewing board!

  4. Thanks for this list. I hadn’t heard of Jamie Christina Designs before, but her Miz Mozelle dress and Abbey coat are adorable. Think I’ll try one!

  5. Thanks for the roundup, there was someone in there I didn’t know.
    As you probably noticed, I’m a big supporter of indie designer as well.

  6. awesome roundup, thanks!

  7. I personally haven’t made anything from Style Arc, but I’ve seen some of their designs sewn and they are beautiful. http://www.stylearc.com.au/stylearc/

  8. Oh! I just thought of two: Sew Liberated and Hot Patterns.

  9. Oh yay! I haven’t seen some of these and I know what I’ll be doing all afternoon!

  10. I LOVE Merhant & Mills, British patternmakers who bring “couture to the public”. Their patterns are quite chic! I am also in love with their sewing tools! Worth a look: http://merchantandmills.com/

  11. I love you for posting this. My piggy bank hates. Trying to sew from stash, trying to sew from stash, trying to sew from stash…….

  12. hi! I just came across this list today and wanted to thank you for including me on it! as an FYI- my patterns will likely be available in March, but I’ll let you know for sure when pre-ordering starts! oh, and how awesome are these other independent designers? i love wearing garments made from small designer patterns and supporting each other! it’s great to find more that I didn’t know about! thanks again :)

    • Christine, thanks for stopping by. I love working with indie patterns and supporting the people behind the designs. I’ll edit the listing to reflect your estimated release date and again when pre-ordering starts. I’m looking forward to using your patterns!

  13. Oh wow! I had no idea there were so many independent pattern designers out there! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together.

  14. Great list! – You should also add Paco Peralta’s site: http://pacoperaltarovira.blogspot.com/p/pattern-store.html

    He makes extremely well-designed patterns in classic styles.

  15. Wow, there are quite a few in here I’d never heard of. The Merchant and Mills site is amazing. Here’s another: Fitzpatterns. I found this company a couple of years ago and made one of their hoodies. Also Decades of Style have been around for awhile–they have wonderful vintage replica patterns… from the Bay Area, I think!

    • Thanks for your comment, Amy. I’ll add Fitzpatterns to the list – what a wonderful source! I’ve been hesitant to add Decades of Style based on the fact that the patterns are replications and not original designs. I’d like to keep this list solely for indie designers rather than indie companies – hopefully I’ve been consistent in the above listings.

  16. This list is so awesome! I will definitely be browsing through.

  17. Funnily enough someone from my blog sent me to your blog post because I was looking for more indie pattern designers and I’m quite flattered that I’m in that list. Thanks for including me! I’m checking out a few companies that I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for this comprehensive list! It’s the largest one I’ve seen so far. Bookmarked!

  18. Thank you SO MUCH for including me on this list! Please link Seamingly Smitten to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeaminglySmitten instead of the big cartel shop. I keep my etsy shop updated and I find it much easier to use and browse! I have another woman’s sewing pattern, a shrug, coming out tomorrow!
    I will definitely add your button to my blog. Thanks again!
    Jenny Hall
    Seamingly Smitten, owner and designer

  19. I am LOVING this list! Thanks so much!

  20. What an interesting list! How about Cutting Line Designs by Louise Cutting? In addition to her own line, Cutting Line Designs, Louise worked with Linda Lee to develop the Shapes patterns you mention above. I believe they are co-owners of that pattern line.

  21. Sorry, but what are the criteria for an indipentend pattern designer?
    I personally love http://www.farbenmix.de/shop/Patterns:::226.html (farbenmix), a german pattern shop where you can get many super cute children pattern and lots of good women pattern. They also have really good ebokks, with are quite popular in the german sewing blogger scene ( like Valeksa and Amy Skirt oder Joana and Lucille dress)
    really comfy wear.
    And gosh, the babypattern “Zwergenverpackung” is sooooo cute!

    I really like, what I´ve seen on your blog and will browse more.
    Thanks

  22. Wow! I really appreciate this list! I’ve been sewing a lot more lately and I’m glad I found this awesome source of information. Thanks.

  23. What a great list, thank you. I’ve used some of these – can recommend Colette – obviously! – Sewaholic, Sis Boom – the Meghan dress is very cute and a very good download – also Meghan Nielsen – very cute patterns. Victory patterns – great download, very well done pattern. Am off to buy some patterns from Onion – thank you!
    I know Stylearc and Merchant and Mills and would never pay that type of money for one size patterns – how ridiculous – I am not the only person I know who needs to grade between sizes from top to bottom! A friend bought an ManM pattern – nice, but not what I call couture, just very simple. Couture is a pattern with 90% handsewing, great fitting and specialised techniques – not a pattern you pay loads for one size off a site which is styled a la Dickens.

    Hotpatterns are supposed to be great, I have bought a few patterns of theirs and have to say that I haven’t found them great – unmatching lines, extremely high darts…. They talk the talk but the reality is soso. Patternreview.com users either love them or hate them. One hint – do NOT buy direct from them if you can help it – their service is slow, and they are unhelpful and condescending.

  24. Thank you so much for including my indie pattern shop Jamie Christina Sewing Patterns. I’m also super excited about discovering other independent designers. There’s so much more to sew!

  25. Check out http://www.nicolemdesign.com.au she has a few clothing and hat patterns.

  26. Just found your really great list. You are missing Sew Chic Patterns!

  27. I have tried many of these, and have only good things to say about them. You might like to include Jalie too. They are well established, but still meet your independent criteria I think.

  28. I love this. thank you. My dog died today (14.5 lab, kidney failure…) and I am sad and needing some light in my heart. This made my hour!

  29. here’s french independant designer I just found out about

    http://www.blousetterose.com/fr/les-patrons

    and another french one for maternity patterns

    http://www.deuxiemearrondissement.com/p/acheter-les-patrons.html

  30. I recently purchased the cowl neck jumper dress from – http://www.etsy.com/shop/heidiandfinn – and it’s a winner.

  31. I’m familiar with a number of these great independent pattern companies. I wanted to mention that I have tried both Merchant & Mills and Style Arc patterns and although I was really skeptical about buying one size patterns, I have been very pleased with them. I’m thinking of trying a Marfy pattern as a result of my experience with one size patterns.
    Thanks again!

  32. when are we going to see YOUR patterns on this list (she asked, with a wink and a smile, but in all seriousness)?

  33. Wow thank you so much for featuring us!! We are so excited to be launching in October and having so much fun getting everything ready! Let us know if you’d like to be involved in trialling the patterns before the launch – we love your blog and appreciate any feedback! xxx By Hand Girls

  34. This is an amazing list. Some I have tried and love, and others I’m really excited to hear about! I also consider myself an indie pattern designer. I created Mrs. Depew Vintage last year and while I do vintage reproductions mostly, several of my
    patterns are original designs of my own with a 1950’s sort of flair: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Mrsdepew?ref=si_shop

    Another thing you might want to add to the list is that Craftsy.com now has a pattern section for digital patterns, exclusively by indie designers and there are some amazing ones there for all ages:

    http://www.craftsy.com/patterns/sewing

    Thanks again for such a helpful list!

  35. Hi, love the idea with the logo you created! I am going to pin it on my website!
    I also made a couple of free pattern… they are published on my pattern blog side: http://immi-made-pattern.blogspot.de/
    The same applies to Julia who offers tutorials and patterns on her blog for free download: http://sewinggalaxy.blogspot.de/
    You did a great job with the list!

    Immi Meyer

  36. Hmm … Cutting Line Designs, Loes Hinse, Silhouette Patterns, Jalie … all of these are mostly for adult women, although the Jalie also include children’s sizes.

  37. Just thought I’d add one more to your list: New Vintage Lady. I’m not at all affiliated with her. I actually haven’t gotten around to buying any of her patterns…yet. But she specializes in plus-size retro patterns, which is both pretty unique and pretty great. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NewVintageLady?section_id=6683603

  38. Shameless self-plug for the day: Check out Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns http://www.skinnybitchcurvychick.com. My patterns are designed for women of all sizes, but specifically made with the petite and petite plus sized woman in mind. Fall stuff is coming soon…

  39. http://www.elizamvintagesewing.co.uk

    Vintage style clothing, patterns are not multisized though.

  40. Very useful list! Thank you!
    I was thinking about Figgy’s Patterns (http://figgyspatterns.com) for children, maybe one more to add to the list.

  41. I was just looking at the patterns on Vogue Fabrics’ website and noticed a lot of unfamiliar pattern companies listed. A number appear to be independent. Take a look at https://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Sewing-Patterns/.

  42. Have you looked at the Victoria Jones patterns? She has numerous Hawaiian patterns for men, women and
    children. I haven’t tried any of them, I just found the website.

  43. Hi there! I just wish to offer you a big thumbs up for the excellent information you have got here on this post. I am coming back to your site for more soon.

  44. Great list. So many I didn’t know about. You should add AngelaKane.com to the list. I can recommend her patterns and teaching!

  45. A great list. I couldn’t see Angelakane.com on the list. I can definitely recommend her patterns and teaching.

  46. Great List, thanks for compiling it! I am currently learning to sew and to draft patterns and have also just started a blog about it. I am excited to connect with others. I’m going to follow your blog to see what kind of clothing you come up with!

  47. Fantastic to see so many awesome independent pattern companies! I run Sinbad and Sailor which creates pdf seasonal sewing patterns inspired by the latest trends and if you check us out and like the look of the patterns we’d love to be added to your list :)

    Hannah

    http://www.sinbadandsailor.com

  48. What a great list you’ve compiled for us… I’ve added the button to my blog for a quick and easy reference for when I’m looking for a new pattern or some inspiration for something new to add to my collection.

  49. Wonderful list!

    Slated to issue its first (free) downloadable pattern February 6: Lolita Patterns.

    (apologies if this posts twice. WordPress doesn’t like me today.)

  50. All these patterns are multisized and free downloadable, only a short registration is necessary:

    papavero

  51. Figgy’s Patterns! :) For now just children but they count too right? :)

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