When I first started sewing, I used patterns produced by big pattern companies like McCall’s, Simplicity, and Butterick. They served me well in that I was exposed to a wide variety of skills . Now that I have those skills in my arsenal, I’m wanting to explore how I can use them in more ways than just during step nine of this particular skirt pattern.
Cue independent pattern companies. After doing some research, I have found quite a number of smaller sewing companies or individual people that create and produce their own patterns that I am dying to try. I think most of the reason I’m so excited to try these patterns is because the people behind them are so inspiring. I could be making my own patterns one day if I felt so inclined, and that kind of thinking is just what I need right now. You are directly involved in every decision that will go into a piece that will be shown off to the world and, in this way, sewing is very liberating. Sometimes I forget that and become bogged down by the amount of decisions. But they are a direct reflection of you in every sense, and that is refreshing.
My top 5 independent pattern designers (no particular order):
3. April Rhodes
5. Deer and Doe
I’m in the process of making a dress from an independent pattern blogger and will debut the end product in my next post!
Peace and Progress,