The Top Indie Sewing Patternmakers
If you’re anything like me, you’re a big fan of independent pattern makers, there’s nothing wrong at all with the ‘big four’ (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue) it’s just that the new raft of independents for me at least, provide much (much) better instructional information in the form of colour photos, well laid out instruction books and sewalongs WITH VIDEO! Coupled with the modern clean designs and I can’t remember the last time I used a ‘big four’ pattern.
I definitely have my favourites but I’m always worried that I’m missing someone. This is a list of the excellent indie pattern makers I’m aware of, all of them have PDF patterns that are available online.
I’d love to know if there’s anyone I’ve missed, drop me a line!
Who: Grainline Studio is run by Jen in Chicago, USA.
Who: Heather Lou is the face behind Closet Case Patterns, she’s based in Canada
Who: Started by Tilly Walnes in 2013, in London
Who: Papercut Patterns was founded by Katie Romagnoli in New Zealand, in 2010
Who: Kristiann started Victory Patterns in 2011, in Toronto, Canada
Who: Started by Sarai in Portland, Oregon in 2009
What: Womenswear and Menswear
Who: Ex-Physics teacher Rae Hoekstra based in Michigan, USA
What: Womenswear and childrenswear
Who: Launched by Morgan and Matt Meredith in 2010, in Canada
Who: Run by Lisa, who started Sew Over It in 2011, in London
Who: Named is a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta.
Who: Founded in 2010 by Tasia St. GermaineBased in Vancouver, Canada,
What: Womenswear, Sewaholic Patterns was created to create patterns specifically for pear-shaped women.
Who: Eléonore started Deer&Doe in 2012, in France
What: Womenswear, with the goal of offering well-drafted sewing patterns that are both easy to sew and wear.
Who: Megan Nielsen is based in Perth, Australia