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.
***** Update: There is a new web site, Sew Independent, that focuses on Independent clothing patterns. It is regularly updated and really worth subscribing to if you are interested in staying up to date with what is happening in the world of independent patterns. Highly recommended!******