I’ve really enjoyed getting back into sewing this past year. As I’ve sewn different patterns, I’ve noticed one thing: I prefer indie sewing patterns over the big box names. Seriously. For some reason, I’ve never found a McCall, Vogue, Simplicity, etc. pattern that fit me well enough that I didn’t have to make a zillion adjustments to make it work for me. And sometimes their designs are kinda, well, cheesy. But the small pattern shops that I’ve stumbled upon around the web are rocking my world. I haven’t tried every single one of these shops’ patterns, but all of them have something on my “to sew” list. Check ‘em out and let me know what you think!
1. Named- A small Finnish company started by a couple sisters. I made their Tyler shirt for the Project Sewn graphic print challenge. It’s now one of my favorite patterns! Their directions do not come with pictures, so I’d only recommend their patterns to experienced sewers. But all of their designs are beautiful! I want to sew them all!
2. Grainline Studio- A pattern shop run by Jen. If you want to create professional looking basics for your wardrobe, this is your shop! The Archer Button Up Shirt is to die for. I’ve made one already and I plan on filling my closet with a million of them.
3. Megan Nielsen- A shop full of whimsical patterns run by the adorable Megan out of Australia. I’ve used a couple of her patterns and the instructions are clearly written and perfect for sewers of all skill levels. She also sells maternity patterns!
4. Deer and Doe- A French shop full of simply beautiful patterns. The site is in French, but the patterns are as beautiful as the name of the shop.
5. Colette Patterns- A Northwest based company run by Sarai. Colette has tons of great patterns! And bonus, they are great for curvy gals. I love the fit of their patterns. I’ve made three of their patterns so far, and I’ve loved every one of them. Their instructions are clearly written and all skill levels will find something to sew with their patterns.
6. Thread Theory- Let’s hear it for the boys! A male pattern shop! A Canadian company entirely focused on menswear patterns. I’m thinking I need to make the Newcastle Cardigan for my husband soon. If you have a man you’d like to sew for, definitely check them out.
7. Sewaholic- A pattern company geared straight towards the lovely pear-shaped ladies! After Tasia, the owner, became frustrated having to alter all her commercial patterns, she decided to start her own company! Awesomesauce! The Minoru Jacket is one of the next projects I want to work on. Just waiting to find the perfect fabric…
10. Victory Patterns-A Canadian shop run by Kristiann. All patterns have a vintage feel to them. I’m absolutely in love with the Hazel pattern.
There you have it! Have you made anything from these shops? Are there any other shops I missed? Please share! I’d love to find more!