I never heard the term Indie Pattern Company until I started to research sewing related items on the internet. It didn’t take me long to figure out these companies are popping up everywhere. They are even showing up at sewing and quilting expos and specialty fabric stores.
It’s easy to overlook indie pattern companies for a number of reasons.
- They don’t have the name recognition of the large commercial pattern companies. Vogue, Butterick, McCall’s and Simplicity patterns have been around a long time.
- They aren’t in the big chain stores.
- Quality and experience goes a long way in the sewing world. What every garment sewist wants is a quality pattern. Can these companies really deliver?
I believe that answer is yes! Not only are they delivering good patterns; they are delivering individuality, quality, service, and they seem to be taking the sewing world by storm.
For example, Sewaholic specifically designs patterns for the pear-shaped woman. What a concept? A pattern designed for a specific body-type. And speaking of Sewaholic … have you attempted to contact one of the larger pattern companies with a question? I have not. But, I have emailed Sewaholic with questions about one of their patterns and was shocked to receive a response the same day. Not only did they answer my question, they asked I email a picture of my completed project.
These companies are innovative. Papercut Patterns has beautifully packaged patterns that can be hung complete with a photograph. This is great way to store your pattern while you’re working and when it’s complete. While Colette patterns offers their pattern instructions in book form. This is a great alternative to wrestling with traditional pattern instructions.
Have you tried an indie pattern company? If not, June may be just the month for you to give them a try. The Monthly Stitch is hosting Indie Pattern Month the month of June. Each week has a new theme and a new contest. The most exciting thing about Indie Pattern Month is the ability to learn about new pattern companies. Who knows? You just may find a new pattern company you love!
Below is a list of Indie Pattern companies. It is not a complete list of every Indie out there, but it is enough to expose you to what’s available. Here’s an additional incentive … most of these pattern designers offer a free pattern on their site!
If you decide to participate in Indie Pattern Month, or are a fan of Indie patterns – email me at nishawilliams[!at]msn[dot]com to share your story.