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.
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.”
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.
Initially 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.
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 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”.
Sewing 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.
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.
Founded 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.
Based 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 “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.
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 “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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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:
- Every time you buy something from a small company, there’s a person on the other side jumping up and down for joy.
- The instructions are mostly superb for beginners and very though trough in their approach.
- Share your makes by tagging the pattern company to help build the sewing community.
- Support entrepreneurs and creative out-of-the-box thinkers.
- 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.