As well as talking about, ogling, stroking and buying fabric at our Melbourne Sewists Meet we talked a lot about patterns. We’re all fairly familiar with the big names – Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Kwik Sew (those four are all owned by the one company), Simplicity, New Look and Burda Style (also all owned by one company). But a number of other names came up too. I thought that it might be helpful to compile a list of links to independent women’s clothing pattern companies. These are the ones that I have heard of – some of which I’ve used and others which I haven’t. Are there others that you can add to the list? I suspect that there are many.
and possibly many others on etsy! I am going to restrict this list to women’s clothing patterns – although I know that there are huge numbers of independent children’s clothing pattern companies out there too (Oliver + s and Ottobre immediately spring to mind), as well as those specialising in costumes and reproduction clothing, underwear and corsets, and bags. I look forward to your input – as well as any commentary on whether you’ve used the patterns and what you thought of them. I’ll add to this list as I come across more!
***** Hooray! Blogless Anna has just alerted me to a list that pretty much does all of the above! A Good Wardrobe has an Independent Pattern Designers list. And has commentary on each company! Thank you Anna for letting me know – and thank you Lizz for doing all the work of compiling it!*****
Also, if you are looking to buy these patterns it is always worth checking their stockists page before ordering direct – there may be one close to you, or based in your country.