Janet Sews: Top Twelve Independent Pattern Companies

slideshow_6Many 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.

  1. 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.


3. Cake

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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.

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5. By Hand London, England


Free PDF Polly Top

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!


Elisalex Dress


Anna Dress

6. Grainline StudiosChicago, 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!


Archer Shirt


Scout woven T-shirt


Free PDF Hemlock T-shirt

7. Jamie ChristinaCalifornia, USA


Sol Hoodie

I have had my eye on this Sol Hoodie pattern for a while.


New digital pattern: Maxi Cardi

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.


Datura Blouse


Aubepine Dress

9. Hot PatternsLondoners 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 CollectiveNew Zealand

Back in the fall, Papercut Collective released their new patter collection, Constellation! Check out some of the amazing styles pictured below.

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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.


The Banksia top is very popular.


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.

left: Jamie (Skinny) Jeans pattern which has had good reviews.
right: Andy Coat


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!


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Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern PDF

Happy Sewing!
~ Janet

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  2. I was excited to see if I knew them all and I do! I favour independent pattern designers and makers – they provide a lot of help and support in their instructions plus often offer sew a longs online. You missed a few 🙂 But they might have popped up since you published this article. It’s great that you are helping people find these independents – supporting their work is so important.

  3. I have a pattern for a hand bag that is very unique. I would like to sell the design, or lease it to a pattern company so I can make money from it. How do I go about doing this? Of course, the “big” pattern companies aren’t interested. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. ~Ella~

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