Monday 29 February 2016

February Indie Pattern Update!

February may well be the shortest month of the year but that certainly hasn't meant a lack of news from the indie pattern world; this has been a lengthy post to write! There seems to be a trend for releasing 'expansion packs' or updated versions of past patterns this month which I absolutely love. So much so that I've added in a new category just for February! I have so many patterns nowadays that I think long and hard before adding to my collection and really like the idea of getting more mileage out of a pattern with additional options. It's also lovely to see designers revisiting past releases to improve on them and ensure customers are getting the best they can offer.

New Patterns

  • The latest release from Make My Lemonade is the Wanda Trench Coat which has a shawl collar and kimono sleeves. They are also releasing the Lena Shirt Dress pattern tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for that!
  • The patterns released with this February's edition of Seamwork Magazine were the Lisbon Slip and Almada Robe. I am dying to make myself the robe in a gorgeous double gauze from Miss Matatabi. I've been looking for an excuse to treat myself to something from there for ages!
  • Style Arc's new releases this month included the Alegra Coat and Jacket (which has gorgeous shoulder seaming), Beth Pants and their two free patterns with any purchase; the Talia Woven Pant and Allison Skirt.
  • The latest release from Paprika Patterns is the Opal Cardigan. It has a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and you have the choice of three lengths. I've been tempted by a long cardigan recently and perhaps this is just the pattern I need!
  • If you're looking for gift ideas for the men in your life Grainline Studio released just the thing before Valentine's Day. A free bow tie pattern and accompanying tutorial on their blog.
  • Straight Stitch Designs released the Wedgwood Skirt. It's a classic design for a pleated skirt with pockets and with two lengths to choose from.
  • By Hand London added another style to their gorgeous collection of patterns; the Sarah Shirt. it's a button up swing style blouse with two collar and sleeve styles to choose from.
  • Hot Patterns added to their Athleisure range with the Layer Cake Tee. It's a pattern for one top which looks like a few different tops layered up when worn, giving you the chance to play around with different fabric combinations!
  • The Helena Dress was released by Sew Me Something. It's a simple relaxed dress with nice design details such as a curved yoke and pin tucked front.
  • A pattern that particularly caught my eye this month is the French Dart Shift from Maven Patterns. It's got a lovely variety of sleeve options and rolled collar. I'm not sure if the style would suit me but I'm really taken with the samples.
  • Tilly & the Buttons has had a busy month releasing the Dominique Skirt and a bow blouse pattern which is currently only available with this month's issue of Simply Sewing magazine. She also released two new e-courses; 'Learn to Sew Skirts' and 'Make Friends with a Sewing Machine'. I really enjoyed 'Learn to Sew Jersey Tops'!
  • Magdalena Langa released the Lilum Dress which is available to buy through Indie Sew, Craftsy and Kollabora. I love the shoulder tie which is just the right amount of interesting detail to liven up the shift shape.
  • Vesta Patterns released the Fable Dress, which as always has options drafted for three different body shapes. It's got a princess seamed bodice, gathered skirt and pockets.
  • Tessuti released the Jane Dress. It's a simple a-line shift with a side godet panel giving an asymmetric shape to the hem; linen was the perfect fabric choice for the sample!
  • Kommatia released a pattern for a wrap skirt which they suggest would be perfect in suede and now I can't get the idea of a wrapped suede mini out of my head!
  • I've been looking forward to the next pattern release from Anne Durrieu since the launch of the Leopoldine Dress a few months back. She hasn't disappointed with the Robe Adele which again looks cleverly constructed and has some more challenging techniques for those of us looking to push our sewing skills a little further.
  • The Maker's Atelier released another pattern which is again so distinctly in their style I love it. It's an Oversized Shirt Dress which can be made with long or short sleeves, and with or without pockets and side splits.
  • 1 Puddle Lane have just released their next pattern; the Miss Fox Dress. It includes options for inverted pleats or gathers to shape the skirt and different waistband styles.
  • And last but by no means least Papercut Patterns released their Ahoy Collection! I always enjoy how cohesive their collections are and this one is no exception. My particular favourites are the Bowline Sweater and Moana Dress, I'm definitely going to be making this up as a top!

Expansion Packs and Re-Releases



  • Emma from The Tailoress has been working on a pattern for a Monokini. I'm always excited by swimwear pattern releases (despite not having the lifestyle that requires them!) and can't wait to see this one! She also has the Josie Top coming soon which features an open back.
  • Sew DIY has been testing her upcoming wrap skirt pattern; bang on trend for spring and summer apparently!
  • There's a new collection from Deer & Doe coming mid March. They've been sharing very sneaky shots of the shoot on Instagram and I'm dying to see more!
  • Kennis from Itch to Stitch has got another flurry of new patterns coming soon. She put out a tester call for the Zamora Blouse, Hepburn Turtleneck, Salamanca Cropped Jacket and Seville Skirt.
  • There's a new Grainline Studio pattern coming soon...but that's all the info I could find on that one! We'll just have to wait and see!
  • I've been looking forward to the next pattern release from Anne Durrieu since the launch of the Leopoldine Dress a few months back. The Adele Dress doesn't look like it would be a disappointment it looks cleverly constructed for those of us looking to push our sewing skills a little further.

Other Exciting News

  • Make My Pattern launched option packs to go with his recently released Singular Shirt pattern. These packs make the huge range of design options that come with the pattern more cohesive and easier to select from to create your perfect style.
  • Waffle Patterns released printed versions of two of their coat designs; the Yuzu Raglan and Pepernoot Hooded Coat.
  • Anneka Couture has relaunched her patterns with new illustrations which are very chic and modern!

As always let me know if there's anything I've missed in the comments below. I'll leave you with a  dose of indie sewing inspiration to kick off a creative March!


  1. Thanks so much for these posts. I love seeing all of the indie patterns out there. I think you did miss the Sew Over It expansion back for the Betty: a scoop neckline and sleeves!

    1. You're welcome Katie! The Sew Over It expansion pack is in there somewhere! I'm tempted to give that one a try

  2. My favorite post of the month! There's always so much I've missed!

  3. I am looking forward to a new release from Victory Patterns! I heard it will be soon!

    1. Me too! I always find Kristiann's designs to be really inventive so can't wait to see!

  4. You do such a fabulous job with these monthly pattern updates. I so enjoy reading them.

    1. Thanks Mela! I really enjoy doing it and writing them actually gives me a good chance to properly look at thugs I didn't have chance to investigate at the time. So glad you enjoy them

  5. I love your monthly recaps/updates! It always amazes me how many new patterns I missed...and want to make...and there's not enough time in the day!

    1. Hi Melody, I know that feeling all too well! I'm glad you enjoy them :)


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