32 Independent Sewing Pattern Stores You Need to Know in 2021

32 Independent Sewing Pattern Stores You Need to Know in 2021

Sewing is your thing? In that case, I’m sure you’re familiar with the big sewing pattern stores out there, such as Burda or Simplicity. However, did you know that there has been an exciting movement within the pattern landscape recently? Small, independent pattern companies were shooting up like mushrooms during the last few years. And they are truly mastering their field with the release of their zeitgeisty and modern patterns.

Jazz up your wardrobe with patterns from
these super cool independent companies!

High-time, therefore, to share the best 32 independent sewing pattern companies with you.
List in alphabetical order. 

Afternoon PatternsLogo Afternoon Patterns

Jen, the founder of Afternoon Patterns, is a firm believer in the power of sewing to connect with your clothes. Her patterns are inspired by classic silhouettes and each one “is carefully crafted, and designed to take you through each step of learning how to make your own clothes.”

Alice & Co PatternsLogo Alice & Co Patterns

The simple and stylish dressmaking patterns from Alice & Co Patterns are designed by the mother-daughter team Alice and Lilia in London. For them, dressmaking should be fun so that you can sew inventive and stylish outfits at home with fast and simple techniques.

Anna Allen Clothing

Logo Anna AllenInitially starting off with 19th-century historical reproductions, Anna, later on, became more interested in modern apparel design. The self-taught pattern maker created her own label Anna Allen Clothing in 2010. Her capsule wardrobe patterns reflect her belief in quality over quantity.

Atelier Nuu Nuu

Atelier Nuu Nuu

Sewing has always been a part of Gavari life – from watching her grandmother sewing garments to designing her first pair of butt-pants for her high school friends. With Atelier Nuu Nuu, she focuses on creating modern and elegantly designed sewing patterns sparked from innovation and expression.

Athina Kakou
Logo Athina Kakou

Athina is a 27-years young seamstress from Greece and on a mission to teach people how to sew and create the wardrobe of your dreams. She launched her own company Athina Kakou Patterns in 2018. The beautiful and feminine patterns are designed “for women of all ages, shapes and sizes”.

Closet Case Patterns

Logo Closet Case PatternsSewing became the centrepiece Heather’s life when she gave herself the 1-year challenge that only self-made things would enter her closet. Mindful of the need for modern sewing patterns with clear instructions, she decided to fully focus on her part-time passion and launched Closet Case Patterns.

CocoWawa Crafts

Logo CocoWawa Crafts

If you’re looking for a pattern with sweet aesthetic, cute details and comfy design, make sure to check out CocoWawa Crafts. Lovely Ana is the face behind this London-based company and creates wonderful patterns which work all seasons depending on the fabric you choose.

Deer and Doe

Logo Deer & DoeFounded in 2012 by Eléonore,  Deer & Doe aims to offer well-drafted sewing patterns that are easy to sew and wear. Nowadays, the company has grown into a small team of passionate makers. Thanks to the 5 difficulty levels, Deer & Doe offers patterns for beginners and as well as advanced sewing lovers.

Friday Pattern Company

Friday Pattern Company LogoBased in Sacramento, CA, this super cool independent company focuses on modern women and creates minimalist and easy to sew patterns. Also, did you know that Friday Pattern Company “donates 5% of all proceeds to a rotating collection of the top-ranked charities in the world”? Makes you love their patterns even more.

Grainline Studio

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Modern, fashion-forward and contemporary best describe this amazing pattern company. The clear and illustrated instructions will help you through the sewing process and ensure a professional look. Grainline Studio originally began as the personal blog of Jennifer Beeman and then expanded in 2011.

I AM Patterns

I AM Patterns Logo

Founded in 2015 by Marie-Emilienne, I AM Patterns has “inspired thousands of people around the world to cut, pin and sew beautiful clothes that truly resemble them.” Their beautiful and simple patterns allow you to add your personal touch to each garment and to be creative.

Itch to Stitch

Logo Itch to Stitch

Kennis Wong and her partner in crime decided to stop climbing the corporate career ladder in America and to focus on a more fulfilling life instead. They relocated to Costa Rica and Kennis founded Itch to Stich. The patterns are modern and elegant with lots of lovely details and a high-quality finish.

Jalie Patterns

Jeanne and her daughter Emilie focus on practical patterns for the whole family. Their shop includes beautiful patterns for all kind of activities such as Yoga, figure skating, tennis, cycling and much more. Jalie Patterns is “has been based in the family home since the very beginning and practically everything is done in house”. 

Jennifer Lauren Handmade

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Logo

Jen’s beautiful form-flattering patterns have a vintage touch while being modern at the same time. Jennifer Lauren Handmade has been founded on the belief “that there isn’t one ‘right’ way to do it.” Her instructions enable passionate sewers of all levels to have a beautiful garment in the end.

My Handmade Wardrobe

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When running dressmaking workshops at Crafty Sew & So, Sarah struggled to find modern patterns which were suitable for beginners. Therefore, she started designing her own patterns and My Handmade Wardrobe was born. If you’re looking for comfortable and stylish everyday essentials, make sure to check out her website.

Megan Nielsen

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Designing sewing patterns with real people in mind is close to the heart of Megan, founder of the company. She is passionate about “sewing beautiful clothing that you can wear every day.” Megan Nielsen Patterns have a contemporary style and the carefully put together sewing tutorials help you along the way.

Merchant & Mills

Carolyn and Roderick founded Merchant & Mills in 2010 “with the intention of bringing style and purpose to the overlooked world of sewing”. New patterns are never rushed to the market but rather develop slowly. The patterns are modern, stylish and always focused on the creation of a desirable functioning wardrobe.

Named Clothing

Named Logo

With the dream of turning a passion into a career, the two sisters Saara and Laura founded the Finnish pattern company Named. Their modern garments “are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details.” The duo’s goal is to bring a new ethical and ecological perspective in contrast to the fast fashion industry.

Nina Lee

Nina Lee Logo

Nina Lee is a London-based “independent pattern label celebrating the mighty power of making!” The patterns are not only inspired by this vibrant city but also named after places in London which are illustrated on the pattern envelopes. Being part of the makers’ movement away from disposable fast-fashion while at the same time have a rewarding and fun wardrobe is important to Nina.

Nude Collective

Nude is an independent pattern company from Berlin, Germany, and has been founded by Maria. Her beautiful and feminine patterns are all easy to sew and, therefore, great for beginners and advanced sewers alike. If you want to treat yourself to a stunning women power pattern, this is the place to go to.

Paper Theory

Paper Theory Logo

Paper Theory has been founded for people who love fashion but don’t want to support the fast-fashion industry which pollutes the planet and enslaves garment workers. With her beautiful patterns, Tara proofs how modern and forward-thinking slow-fashion is so that we can all create a system that works for our future.

Papercut Patterns

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Papercut Patterns “is a New Zealand based pattern design house that celebrates the combination of women’s individuality and eco-friendly fashion.” Sustainable fashion, the freedom of expression and a positive body image are at the heart of the company and reflected in all their high-quality patterns.

Republique du Chiffon

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The patterns from this French company will blow your mind. No matter what your style is, you will find an amazing pattern to fall in love with on the Republique du Chiffon website. The self-taught founder behind the label started off her adventure after becoming a mum and looking for something creative and home-based.

Schnittchen Patterns

Schnittchen Patterns Logo

Schnittchen Patterns “is an independent sewing pattern label based in Munich.” Silke, Patricia and Nadja is the power trio behind this sewing label creating a wide range of stunning patterns for all DIY-ers out there. Also, make sure to check out their free zero-waste patterns!

Sew Liberated

Sew Liberated Logo

Sew Liberated “was one of the first indie pattern companies to emerge from the crafting renaissance and hopes to remain a small, friendly, and fashion-forward presence in the indie designer community.” Meg, the founder and creative mind behind the label, believes that sewing is a self-care practice and focuses on creating patterns that flatter the shifting bodies of mothers.

Sew Over It

Logo Sew Over It

Lisa, the founder of Sew Over It, founded the company in 2011 with the goal to teach as many people how to sew as she possibly could as she felt that sewing was becoming a lost skill. Nowadays, she passes on her passion for sewing through London-based classes and beautiful, feminine patterns.

Sinclair patterns 

Sinclair Patterns Logo

Sinclair Patterns is an “independent fashion design and patternmaking studio based in Gold Coast, Australia” offering pattern making services for home and business use. Their patterns are designed and drafted with love to fashion, comfort and style – a combination made in heaven.

Sussex Seamstress

Jayne has done it all: the London College of Fashion, being a sample machinist at Zandra Rhodes Design, teaching at Ravensbourne College and making costumes for the Royal Ballet & Royal Opera House. Motherhood has refocused her efforts into the launch of Sussex Seamstress where she sells her own pattern creations.

Tilly and The Buttons

Tilly and The Buttons Logo

Tilly, the founder of the company, started off 9 years ago with a blog. Over the years, not only her blog but also her sewing skills evolved until she decided to quit her day job in 2013 to fully focus on Tilly and the Buttons. Together with her team, she creates gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns, books and also online workshops.

True Bias

True Bias Logo

Kelli is “the writer, creator, and designer behind True Bias.” She lives in Denver together with her family where she “designs patterns for home sewers and sew clothing for myself and my family”. Her patterns all have a modern and urban character which will give you the perfect garments to add to your capsule wardrobe.

Untitled Thoughts

Untitled Thoughts Logo

It simply is impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful patterns from Untitled Thoughts. Brittani founded the company in 2015 as a way to express herself on a deeper level. As she grows personally, the patterns grow with her so that nothing is permanent but rather a constant flow of creativity.

Wearable Studio

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Wearable Studio is “an indie sewing pattern business that publishes women’s patterns.” The patterns focus on feminity, comfort and elegance. Mel is the owner and founder of the company. There is nothing she loves more than spending the afternoon tucked away to sew and to create patterns for her customers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little world tour of patterns and that you will love these amazing companies as much as I do. Before we call it a day, below a couple of 5 reasons why you should support these labels:

  1. Every time you buy something from a small company, there’s a person on the other side jumping up and down for joy.
  2. The instructions are mostly superb for beginners and very though trough in their approach.
  3. Share your makes by tagging the pattern company to help build the sewing community.
  4. Support entrepreneurs and creative out-of-the-box thinkers.
  5. No matter your style, there’s an amazing independent label out there creating mind-blowing and unique patterns.

Anyone missing on this list?

Let me know in the comments below. Want more? Check out this post listing 35 dressmaking sewing blogs to follow in 2021.

Happy sewing,


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36 thoughts on “32 Independent Sewing Pattern Stores You Need to Know in 2021

  1. Have you heard of “Jalie Patterns”? They’re a mom daughter team from Quebec, Canada. Great patterns and cute story.

    1. Lorena, this is the latest reply ever but I somehow missed this comment here. Great input, actually bought my first Jalie Patterns recently and will make sure to add them to the list next time I update the post <3

    1. Hi Nikki, that’s a great input and I will make sure to include them next time I update the post. Thanks so much!

  2. Many of the patterns now use knit fabrics. I’ve tried sewing knits on my sewing machine and even with zig zag and so called stretch stitches, the results are poor. One must need the new machines just for knits? I wish the companies that design for woven fabrics mostly could be separated from those that design for knits as it would be so much easier when searching for patterns. Just a thought. I can’t afford a new machine for knits and I guess I’m out of step with wanting to sew woven fabric clothes.

    1. Hi Dawn, you’re right, knit fabrics have become super popular recently and they are just so comfy to wear. It’s actually possible to sew knits with a regular machine as well, it’s what I do too. What is important is to use a ballpoint needle which you can buy for only a few pounds. That together with the zigzag stitch you’ve mentioned already should do the trick. If you need more guidance I recommend the book from Tilly & The Buttons called “Stretch!” – it’s all about sewing with knit fabrics as a beginner. Last but not least, if you’d ever want to make an investment, the overlocker would be a machine which also cuts next to sewing and speeds things up when working with stretch fabrics – but you’re totally fine with a regular machine as well.

  3. Great list. We’ve only just started out this year (what a year to start!), so probably not mature enough for this list just yet, but for people in the UK, can I humbly suggest Sussex Seamstress (www.sussexseamstress.com). We provide easy to sew women’s wear patterns, plus the odd more challenging one. The most recent patterns come with free video tutorials. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Jayne, no pattern company is too small to be added to the independent labels list and your patterns look wonderful! I’ll be working on a 2.0 version closer to the end of the year and will make sure to add you then. Hope you had a good start with your business despite the unusual times. Many thanks

  4. Hi Yvonne,
    We are just picking up steam (https://vintagesewingpatterncompany.com/).

    We currently specialize in reproducing Vintage Sewing Patterns but have recently employed on a part-time basis Kate to develop her dress making ideas. We provide easy to sew women’s, men’s and children’s patterns, plus some that require more experience. As these times are (still) proving a challenge from a delivery perspective so we are seeking to digitize more and more of our patterns so they can be printed at home.

    May I wish the best of luck to the aforementioned companies. Thanks.

  5. This is a great list! I suggest adding Helen’s Closet and Straight Stitch Designs–both independent, women-owned pattern companies based in Canada. 🙂

  6. Hi Helen I get frustrated when patterns are pdf, I can only use printed paper patterns, im older woman 65, and a plus size. Help will be so appreciated

  7. I can highly recommend Ellie and Mac patterns. They specialise in stretch fabrics but with so many home sewists now having overlockers, they are proving very popular, although they can be made on a normal domestic sewing machne too. They also do bargain patterns at just $1 and these change each week, so a great option for beginners to both PDF formatted patterns and to using stretch fabrics. They also offer A0 printables and projector files for most patterns and have youtube tutorials for most of them too 🙂

  8. Hey There,

    Love this article, its always great to see the promotion of Indie sewing pattern companies! I’m Flora, the founder of Right Side Patterns, a small pattern company aiming to make sewing accessible, affordable and trendy. I would love for us to be added to the list! Check out http://www.rightsidepatterns.com for more info

  9. Thank you for this compilation. It will certainly make it easier for beginners to choose a sewing pattern store.
    We also recommend visiting our website: https://www.ministryofpatterns.com/. We are designers from Poland, whose designs can be seen on the catwalks in London, Paris and Tokyo. Furthermore, we created Ministry of Patterns to share creativity and experience in high fashion with the DIY sewing community.
    Hope to be on this list next time 😉 Cheers

  10. Hello, great listings. Are there companies that will work with designers to develop a pattern. I don’t want to re-create the wheel, but have some great ideas of patterns that aren’t in the typical “pattern books”. I need a manufacturer.

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