I’ll admit it: I sew mostly with big 4 patterns. I’m lucky enough to be a standard size, and they are cheap and plentiful here in the US (with pattern sales!) I’ve made several Colette patterns and a few Burdastyles (though none from Burda magazine or envelope patterns.) One Jalie pattern, if they count as indie. But otherwise? Nothing! I found a good list of links to smaller pattern designers at A Good Wardrobe. I’ve spent way too much time today (on my day off) going through the offerings and dreaming of what I could make. I thought it might be fun to spotlight my favorite designs!
The Miz Mozelle dress from Jamie Christina designs
This vintage inspired dress calls for knits (my favorite!) I love the bias binding around the keyhole neckline.
Derby and Chelsea by Christine Haynes
Christine is the author of “Chic and Simple Sewing.” She wanted to launch her own line of patterns, and ran a successful kickstarter campaign to get it started! These are the first two patterns, and they are brand new releases. I like both versions of Derby and the right most version of Chelsea (it has a peter pan collar that isn’t quite visible in the print!)
Marita Knit dress and the Demi Drape top from Style arc
Style Arc is an Australian company. I actually had a hard time picking my favorites, as there are so many fashion forward designs on their site! The patterns are very well reviewed as well, which is always good when dealing with an unknown (and international shipping!) I love both designs – they are easy to wear knits, but they aren’t boring. I’m picturing the top in a solid drape with a contrast stripe knit as the built in camisole, and the dress in a dark jewel tone.
Chloe and Ava from Victory patterns
I really like the look of the designs from Victory patterns. They’re retro without being too literal, you know? I can’t decide between these two – I want a striped Chloe and a pretty top version of Ava.
Scalloped hem shorts from PatternRunway on Etsy
Cute, right? I like the scallops, and they aren’t too much. I would make these from a suiting type fabric – something with a little drape, not a stiff twill. I like the fact that they have a side invisible zip, as flies are my worst enemy (Oh, I can sew them, but I always think they look homemade.) They have welt pockets in the back, which I haven’t tried before, but I might be ready!
This dress is a contest winner from “Your Style Rocks,” a website I stumbled across today. The best part? It’s available to download for free! Love the cowl and side pleating. I wouldn’t change a thing – this is pretty much my platonic ideal concert dress!
The Cambie dress from Sewaholic Patterns
I’m ashamed to say that I have yet to make a Sewaholic pattern. I’d like to change that – Tasia is a sweetheart, and I’m so glad to see her success! I like the version above, in a more subdued fabric. I have so many sundresses, you don’t know, but I need more officewear! I love the sweetheart neckline and the wide sleeves.
Finally, I know it doesn’t count as Indie in the least, but I did mention I’ve never made a Burda pattern. Today I went out and bought my first, and planned which of the magazine patterns I want to make (I’ll use Burdastyle’s downloads – I don’t do tracing.)
I want to make view A of Burda 7220, the version in the lower right corner. Yes, the mullet top. I don’t know – I’ve been won over by them! I almost bought the new vogue that’s similar, but they were out of my size, so I went with the Burda. I have a turquoise lawn – it would be lovely with a pair of white pants like the model’s, although of course I don’t own any such garment!
I really love the second dress – it’s so mod! I will use ponte knit. I have a red for the center stripe, and dark navy for either side. I’ll plan for this as a fall project, as I know I’m not getting to it for awhile!
14 thoughts on “Musings: Indie pattern designers”
Thanks for highlighting some independant designs. I found a couple I like myself! 🙂
I’m kinda digging the mullet tops myself! I really love the Victory patterns, but I have yet to try them. I need to get on that. 🙂
Thanks for posting this! I’ve been wondering what the other options are out there! I particularly liked the victory pattern designs 🙂
Thank you for this posting this! I’ve registered to the free pattern site and will try the eva dress soon, looks fab!
I’m like you- the big store pattern sales keep me pretty stocked up. But I love the work of everyone I’ve seen using these – I love your selections- thanks for showing these.
Thank you so much for the links, as well as for highlighting some of the patterns!
The last Burda dress was made by Marina from Frabjus Couture and it’s lovely in person. You are going to have an interesting sewing adventure as you work your way through these independent pattern companies.
Thank you for this really comprehensive round of independent pattern designs. I like the designs you selected, especially the Eva dress, and the Janie pattern. I want to attempt sewing with knits (I have never done this), so maybe I will check these out as well. You make really lovely items, so I am looking forward to your finished posts.
I just bought the Collette pattern book, and am making my first patten from it (licorice dress). I love the way the pattern is drafted — it fits in the shoulders and bust so much better than most ‘big 4’ patterns. I live in Vancouver, and I want to buy the Sewaholic Cambie dress (also, I walk along Cambie Street during my walks, so I need one right?) I think what I like so far about the independant pattern companies, is that they spend more time outlining the instructions, and the reasons for the directions. When I started sewing, I envisioned and wished people would make these kind of designs, and now they are out there. I only wish I had more time to make these outfits.
I’m also planning on making the Burda dress (the last one)! I love sewing magazines (so many patterns for so little money), and I REALLY liked that dress in the latest Burda style mag. Good luck with it, and I will look forward to seeing it on your blog.
Ooh, indie patterns are so fun! I’m really excited to see what you make!
There are some very lovely designs here! I guess the hard part is finding time and beautiful fabrics to make them…
Love the Style Arc patterns. As for the mullet shirt, one would have to be sure that both sides of the chosen fabric are attractive since so much of the “wrong side” would be visible.
The Eva dress is divine! I’d love to see your version of it.
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