Indie Pattern Companies

In the past few years, options for those of us looking for a more unique take on sewing patterns have greatly increased with an abundance of independent designers launching their own collections. Gone are the days when we were limited to only the few options available at our local fabric stores. Below is a round up featuring a few pattern companies with options to buy online. If you have a favorite that’s not mentioned here, please share it in the comments below to spread the word.

Amy Butler has become well known for her beautiful fabric prints and great sewing books titles, but did you also know that she has a line of sewing patterns including options for home, fashion, kids, and accessories? Check out her website for information on where to buy, including updates on her many other products including home accessories and more.

Started in 2005, Hot Patterns has quickly grown into a pattern company with a lot to offer. Check out their website for a collection that is updated frequently and offers a large variety of looks including dresses, tops, pants, accessories and more.If you’re searching for an adorable project to create for a special little one, look no further than Oliver and S. Started by designer Liesl Gibson, Oliver and S offers stylish options for both little boys and girls illustrated on super-cute paper dolls. She even has original fabric prints for sale on her website as well!

The Sewing Workshop Collection was started by Linda Lee, a well-known sewing author and designer, and includes plenty of stylish options for the modern woman’s wardrobe. Many of her styles are Asian-influenced and feature details that make every piece truly unique.

Colette Patterns are designed by Sarai Mitnick in Portland, Oregon. Her patterns are a modern take on vintage classics featuring adorable photography and styling (they even have a guy’s pattern now, too!)  Visit their website for updates on new patterns and their blog featuring projects and tutorials.

If vintage is what you’re into, check out Decades of Style. There you can find looks straight from the 1920’s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, complete with retro illustrations. The patterns are vintage style reproductions, however their formats have been modernized to include reference symbols and vocabulary that is found in today’s patterns.

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Nicole Smith

About Nicole Smith


My name is Nicole and I am a contributing editor for Stitch Magazine. I'm originally from Texas but now live in Brooklyn, NY where I try to squeeze my fabric collection and my six sewing machines into a Flatbush apartment.

Previously I was the Lead Editor of SewStylish magazine and Associate Editor of Threads magazine. I was also the Crafts & Decorating editor of Adorn Magazine and worked in the fashion and beauty departments of Teen People and Seventeen Magazine.

My second book, Dorm Decor (Chronicle Books) with Theresa Gonzalez, is available now. My first book entitled Fashion DIY (Sixth & Spring Books), which I co-authored with Carrie Blaydes, is also available now. I'm currently working on my third title to be published by Lark Books in 2012.