North American independent pattern designers update

There’s a modern list of independent pattern companies here :

Diary of a Chain Stitcher is a blog which publishes a monthly post on new indie pattern releases.

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Here’s an update of the list of North American ‘independent’ pattern companies. This is now updated with new companies whenever I come across them. (P.S. late 2016 – I long ago gave up trying to keep track of all the US indie pattern companies, which come and go daily, though I do make note of European ones whenever I come across them – see right menu.)

I haven’t included companies which only have 1 or 2 patterns. Or aprons, or bags, or for children, or all the patterns for historic specialists or lingerie.  Or people who re-design sweat shirts. I had to stop somewhere ! I don’t think it’s humanly possible to make a complete list – companies are always coming and going.

The European and Australian pattern companies I know of are listed in this blog right hand menu (click on red header to get to main blog if the menu isn’t showing – though you’ll loose this post if you do that !).

There are many exciting pattern discoveries 😀

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Akasha – Andrea Steele

Alternatives – Shirley Adams

Amy Butler

Anna Maria Horner

Back Porch Press

Barb Originals

Birch Street Clothing

Bootstrap Fashion – download patterns up to 34W with some size customisation, can be altered in Adobe Illustrator

Boutique Chic – see Serendipity Studio

Brensan Studios

Brown Paper Patterns – Barbara Allen

Carol Lane-Saber designs

Christine Jonson Patterns

Classics, The – Cecelia Podolak

CNT Pattern Co.

Colette Patterns

Controlled Exposure – outdoor gear

Country in the City

Cutting Line Designs – Louise Cutting

Cynthia Guffey

Dana Marie Design Co. (was Purrfection) – Dana Bontrager

Darlene Miller

Dawn Anderson Designs

Decades of Style

Design and Planning Concepts – Nancy Mirman

Disparate Disciplines

Elements – Linda Kubik, especially for handwoven fabrics

Encore Designs – Debbie Walkowski


Fashion in Harmony – bias cut designs from Julianne Bramson

Fashion Patterns by Connie Crawford

Fashion Sewing Group – Nancy Erickson

Favorite Things

Fehr Trade – workout wear

Fit for Art Patterns

Folkwear Patterns

Four Corners

Gail Patrice Design

Grainline Gear – Lorraine Torrence

Great Copy

Green Pepper – active outdoor wear

Hot Patterns

Indygo Junction

Islander – mainly men’s shirts


Jamie Christina

Jean Hardy – equestrian

J.Stern Designs – Jennifer Stern

Kayla Kennington

Kosher Patterns

La Fred – Fred Bloebaum

Laughing Moon – JoAnn Peterson

Liesl & Co. – easy download patterns from Liesl Gibson

Lila Tueller Designs
see lower right menu

Lingerie Secrets – Jan Bones

LJ Designs – Lyla Messenger

Loes Hinse Design

Loes Hinse Studio– recent patterns

Lorraine Torrence Designs

MacPhee Workshop – Linda MacPhee

Maggie Walker Design

Mary’s Patterns

Material Things – Cecelia Podolak

Megan Nielsen – including maternity

My Sister’s Patterns

Paisley Pincushion

Pamela’s Patterns

Paradiso Designs – Cheryl Kuczek

Park Bench Patterns – Mary Lou Rankin

Past Patterns – historic

Pattern Studio – hats and gloves

Pavelka Design

Petite Plus – Kathleen Cheetham

Quilted Closet, The – Elaine Waldschmitt

Rag Merchant – Jill Mead

Rainshed – camping gear

RDKC – Rachel Clark

ReVisions  – Diane Ericson

Round Earth Publishing – martial arts and cosplay

Saf-T-Pockets – Marsha McClintock

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick – petite patterns, paper or download


Serendipity Studio – Kay Whitt

Sewaholic patterns pear-shape sizing, sew-alongs. Best pattern company at Pattern Review in 2012.

Sew Chic – retro


Sewing Workshop, The – Linda Lee

Sewn Square One Patterns

Shapes – Louise Cutting and Linda Lee

Silhouette Patterns – Peggy Sagers

Sisboom – downloadable pdf patterns

Storm Mountain Designs – active outdoor gear

Stretch and Sew

Suitability – equestrian

Taylor Made Designs – Cindy Taylor Oates
pattern books listed in menu at right

Textile Studio Designs

The King’s Daughters – Modest Sewing Patterns

Thread Theory – download patterns for men

Tina Givens – paper and download

Trudy Jansen Design

Tu-RIGHTS – for special needs

Unique Patterns – drafted to customer’s measurements

Victoria Jones Collection – Hawaiian

Victory Patterns – Kristiann

Wearing History – 30s and 40s

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Have fun finding designers who share your personal style 😀

With special thanks to other people who have made pattern link lists. One was from the ASG, another I saved 3 years ago has no name or source with it. And thanks to all who post at Pattern Review.

I’ve written some previous posts on independent pattern designers.
The first suggests European sources for North American patterns, plus a little about pattern magazines.
The second focusses on new generation designers.

If you want patterns for historic re-enactment or cosplay, here is a place to start : Great Pattern Review (reviews only – recommendations and warnings), or their earlier sources of patterns (links).

For a list of software companies, see my pattern making software post.

Enjoy !

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Big Companies – in case you don’t know where to find them 😀

Burda (Germany)
Burda Style (US)
Kwik Sew
Neue Mode
Simplicity – New Look

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Links available July 2011

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9 Comments on “North American independent pattern designers update”

  1. Carol Says:

    Thanks so much for the list of independant pattern makers. Much appreciated!

  2. Bela Saudade Says:

    Thanks! This is useful. I just came upon this young ladies site (linked below). It looks rather new, but very interesting if this is your style. All patterns are pdf with booklets. I really love how the web is enabling young and/or new designers to get out there. It’s nice to see some new faces.

    • sewingplums Says:

      Thanks Bela, that looks good. I’ve added it to the list. I wrote a post some time back on ‘new generation’ pattern designers, but they were mainly people who design for using quilt fabrics, and sell their patterns in quilt shops. I agree there are now several new companies selling pretty girly patterns, a good new step.

  3. Erin Says:

    I just found this list/site and have been visiting these designers for the last several days — what a gold mine. Thank you so much for this treasure.

  4. Jill Says:

    Patty Young has a good clothing line – women’s and children’s designs. I love her Madeline skirt – woven cut on bias sewn to a yoga waistband,

  5. Thank you for your listing. May I add a new face for modest ladies and girls sewing patterns,, which also offers free pattern extenders and tutorials? Thank you!

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