[click the photo to go straight through to the list without reading my commentary. i won’t judge. promise.]
Commercial pattern makers like Butterick, Simplicity, Vogue, and McCalls are great. They are consistent across all patterns, the instructions are clear, and they generally produce well fitting clothes. But, let’s be real…the designs leave a lot to be desired. Because they are appealing to the masses, it’s hard to drill down and focus on one trend or concept without leaving folks behind.
This is where indy pattern designers come in. They are free to be more creative and able to design some really great, interesting clothes. But, because they don’t have massive marketing budgets, they can be hard to find.
Which is exactly why I fell in love with this list of independent pattern designers (via AGoodWardrobe.com). It’s thorough, complete, and all the links open in new tabs! (A secret blogger pet peeve of mine) Some of the links don’t open to the right page, which is annoying, but if you take away everything after the “.com” in the URL it’ll take you to the designer’s homepage. Look for a tab or link for patterns and you’re all set.
I had heard of some of these pattern design houses before (Colette, Sewaholic, and Favorite Things are sold in my local fabric shop! Woot!) But, I found a ton of new favorites, too like Grainline and Salme.