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As I mentioned in my previous blog, I have gained a whole lot of inspiration from the women who have started up their own indie sewing pattern companies and who currently lead and inspire us, the humble home-sewers.
There are many reasons that I support indie sewing pattern businesses. Initially, I was drawn to them by the incredibly detailed and easy to follow instructions which most of them provide. If you have ever tried to sew a garment from the Big 4 pattern companies as a beginner (and even an intermediate sewer), you will know what I mean! The indie pattern companies have bridged the gap between beginner and intermediate sewer which has made it much easier for anyone wanting to begin or advance their skills towards producing handmade clothing.
Unfortunately there is still the general belief that sewing is for those of the "older" generation. I am so pleased that there are so many young, vibrant designers and entrepreneurs who are making strides towards changing the stigma about handmade fashion and are inspiring many of us “younger folk” to do the same.
Since I am a lover of the PDF pattern, all these companies unsurprisingly offer both PDF and printed pattern options.
I should add that this is very short selection of the companies that I enjoy and frequent most often. There are many more that I love and we would be here a while if I included them all. If you enjoy this post, I would be more than happy to do another post outlining a few of my other favourites. Just drop me a line to let me know. :-)
Sew Over It London
They say one shouldn’t have favourites but I have to admit, Sew Over It was my first love in the indie sewing world and I am certain I am not the only hardcore fan.
I first stumbled across Lisa Comfort on her You-tube channel and was instantly drawn to the world of You Tube sewing vloggers (more on this in future blogs!) and the online sewing community.
Lisa is the owner of Sew Over It which is a bricks and mortar fabric store in London, as well as a prolific sewing pattern company. Their designs are vintage inspired and their fabric is always delicious! Unfortunately being in Australia, postage from the UK is too expensive when buying small bits of fabric, so I have managed to practice some serious restraint and haven’t bought any fabric from them YET.
Lisa often shares little peaks behind the scenes on her vlog which I always love watching and her work is always beautiful and inspirational.
Construction is shown in photographs with description in words. Their instructions are always easy to follow.
What I have made: Silk Cami, Ultimate Wrap Dress, Heather Dress (pictured above) and Ultimate Trousers.
Next up: Lots of items from their latest e-book My Capsule Wardrobe- City Break
Tilly and the Buttons - UK
This is a pattern company that truly considers the beginner sewer to be their priority. This, coupled with impeccable garment design and fit, equals perfection. They are my go- to company for knit garments thanks to their brilliant instructions, which will hold your hand through the scary 'sewing with knits' techniques.
Their instructions are incredibly detailed and will guide you through each step carefully to ensure that you end up with a beautifully made garment.
I have made the Coco dress and Agnes Top (3 of them!) and can’t stop raving about them.
- #1 for beginners
- If you are one of those many sewers who are petrified of knit fabrics (guilty!) , then I highly recommend trying one of their patterns.
- I find their patterns are drafted for a bigger waist-to-hip ratio so if you are smaller, I recommend grading the hips before cutting your fabric. (For reference, my waist is 74 cm/29.5in and hips 99cm/39.5in)
What I have made: Agnes Top , Coco dress
Next up: Zadie Dress, Bettine Dress
Megan Nielsen Patterns
Ok, so full disclosure here - Megan Nielsen is from Perth. I grew-up in Perth. For those who don’t know, Perth is the most isolated city in Australia (some say the world but I can’t vouch for this) and a sleepy big-town-of-a-city. So of course, any sewing related company as amazing as Megan Nielsen Patterns is going to have my heart instantly!
Putting aside my innate bias, Megan Nielsen’s patterns are professional to the max and everything about them from the design details to the presentation are so beautiful. I love the little snippets she puts on Insta stories which give behind the scenes insight which I clearly adore. I haven't made too many of her patterns but love to follow her on social media and most definately plan to make more of her range.
- Instructions are very detailed in text and diagram format (oh and did I mention so pretty too! ;-)).
- Modern, comfortable designs
- Maternity pattern range
What I have made: Rowan bodysuit (pictured above)
Next up: Axel Skirt, Darling Ranges Dress
Style Arc Patterns
Style Arc is another favourite who also happens to be a Melbourne-based pattern company. They are a highly prolific pattern company (there is a new style released every week) and their designs are super on trend with a little bit of quirk thrown in.
I wouldn’t recommend this company for beginner sewers. Their instructions are scant to say the least (a trade-off for speedy pattern production?) and you can only buy the pattern in one size.
One thing I do find with their patterns is that I don’t usually need to do a full bust adjustment (my bust is 96cm/ 37in (C-CUP)) which is something I often need to do with other pattern companies as most standard patterns are drafted for a B-cup.
- You get a free pattern with every purchase. There are two ' patterns of the month' and you get to choose which one you want with your purchase.
- Instructions are very basic and mostly presented in text. There may be the odd diagram for more tricky construction.