Many sewers now prefer to sew using patterns from independent pattern companies instead of the big four (Burda, Vogue, Butterick and McCalls). In one of my previous posts I shared my favourite Canadian pattern companies. This time I am going to review my international favourites. I tried to keep it to ten! Even with twelve I left some of my favourites off the list. I will save the others for a future post.
Let me know what your experiences have been with patterns from these independent companies in the comments.
- Style Arc, Australia
Style Arc’s designs are based on American celebrity fashion. These patterns are probably better for an intermediate sewer because they are not known for their instructions. However, they do offer several beginner patterns. I regularly visit the website because I love looking at their designs and line drawings. They have recently started selling fabric to accompany the patterns. This makes it easier to get the ready to wear look. Get the Look is a feature on the site that shows you how to put the styles together as an outfit.
2. Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chick, NYC
Free PDF Tonic T-shirt pattern – I have read many favorable reviews of this T-shirt pattern in the blogosphere.
SBCC is a digital pattern company. Patterns come in a wide range of sizes. (xxs – 3x). Reviewers appreciate the fit for petite women. Tutorials are available as well.
This pattern is on my list.
The Cake pattern company offers online sewing support in the form of sewalongs, tutorials, and sewcializing. Styles always include pockets. The Tiramisu Dress pattern, pictured above, is quite popular.
4. Colette Portland, Oregon
Colette produces beautiful paper patterns and include great instructions. You can purchase from the selection of Colette patterns at The Make Den. These patterns have a great vintage vibe.
Free PDF Sorbetto, woven tank
5. By Hand London, England
These patterns are expensive and very popular in the sewing blog world. Sewalongs are available. The huge lifestyle retailer, Anthropologie will be carrying these patterns in their stores soon!
6. Grainline Studios, Chicago, Illinois
There are two styles by Grainline Studios that are extremely popular, the Archer Shirt and Scout woven T-shirt. I finally bought the PDF of the Scout T. The company provides great online support including sewing and pattern tutorials. And, check out the owners blog, I love it!
7. Jamie Christina, California, USA
I have had my eye on this Sol Hoodie pattern for a while.
8. Deer and Doe, France
You can find these online and also at a sewing studio called, Needlework in Hamilton, Ontario. I love the neck detail on the Datura Blouse.
9. Hot Patterns, Londoners living in California
Hot Patterns features lots of instructional videos, sewing tips, and pattern styles.
Patterns are offered in a good range of sizes. I love their videos (though, she may not be to everyone’s taste) and the styles. So many patterns to choose from. I haven’t decided yet!
10. Papercut Collective, New Zealand
Back in the fall, Papercut Collective released their new patter collection, Constellation! Check out some of the amazing styles pictured below.
11. Megan Nielson, US (Former Australian)
Megan Nielson also offers a collection of maternity and nursing patterns, for all you crafty mom’s to be.
12. Named, Finland
This company is only a few months old. Minimalist styling. I am looking forward to seeing what else they come out with.
Are you going south this winter? I forgot to include this awesome swimsuit pattern during my last post about Canadian Indie Patterns. I have seen it all over the web. It looks great on every body. It is on my list!
closetcasefiles.blogspot.ca Montreal, Canada
Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern PDF