The Top Indie Sewing Patternmakers

Where to find the best indie sewing patternsIf you’re anything like me, you’re  a big fan of independent pattern makers, there’s nothing wrong at all with the ‘big four’ (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue) it’s just that the new raft of independents for me at least, provide much (much) better instructional information in the form of colour photos, well laid out instruction books and sewalongs WITH VIDEO! Coupled with the modern clean designs and I can’t remember the last time I used a ‘big four’ pattern.

I definitely have my favourites but I’m always worried that I’m missing someone. This is a list of the excellent indie pattern makers I’m aware of, all of them have PDF patterns that are available online. Don’t forget our pattern storage envelopes are ideal for storing your pdf patterns, or traced patterns.

I’d love to know if there’s anyone I’ve missed, drop me a line!

Grainline Studio

Who: Grainline Studio is run by Jen in Chicago, USA.

What: Womenswear

grainline studio

Closet Case Patterns

Who: Heather Lou is the face behind Closet Case Patterns, she’s based in Canada

What: Womenswear

closet case patterns

Tilly And The Buttons

Who: Started by Tilly Walnes in 2013, in London

What: Womenswear

tilly and the buttons patterns

Papercut Patterns

Who: Papercut Patterns was founded by Katie Romagnoli in New Zealand, in 2010

What: Womenswear

papercut patterns

Victory Patterns

Who: Kristiann started Victory Patterns in 2011, in Toronto, Canada

What: Womenswear

Colette Patterns

Who: Started by Sarai in Portland, Oregon in 2009

What: Womenswear and Menswear

Colette patterns

Made by Rae

Who: Ex-Physics teacher Rae Hoekstra based in Michigan, USA

What: Womenswear and childrenswear

made by rae sewing patterns

Thread Theory

Who: Launched by Morgan and Matt Meredith in 2010, in Canada

What: Menswear

men's sewing patterns

Sew Over It

Who: Run by Lisa, who started Sew Over It in 2011, in London

What: Womenswear

sew over it patterns


Who: Named is a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta.

What: Womenswear

named patterns


Who: Founded in 2010 by Tasia St. GermaineBased in Vancouver, Canada,

What: Womenswear, Sewaholic Patterns was created to create patterns specifically for pear-shaped women.

sewaholic patterns

Deer and Doe

Who: Eléonore started Deer&Doe in 2012, in France

What: Womenswear, with the goal of offering well-drafted sewing patterns that are both easy to sew and wear.

deer and doe patterns

Megan Nielsen

Who: Megan Nielsen is based in Perth, Australia

What: Womenswear

megan nielsen patterns

PDF pattern storage

If you’re looking for a good way to store your pdf indie patterns then look no further! Our pattern storage envelopes are ideal for the job, plus there’s space to include notes for next time you make them.

Sewing pattern storage envelopes