Monday 30 November 2015

November Indie Pattern Update!

It's the end of November already! I hope all you readers over in the states had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend. I was pretty stunned by how many sewing pattern companies got on board with the black Friday sales this year with some great store wide discounts. I picked up a couple of treats which I can't wait to arrive! Some of the deals are still running today (Cyber Monday) so if you haven't taken a look yet Rachel has written a great summary of what deals are where. To tempt you a little further, here's the news from the sewing community's indie designers this month...

New Pattern Companies!

  • Lisa from the Avid Seamstress has just launched her first collection of sewing patterns! There are three women patterns (The Day Dress, The Sheath Dress and The City Trousers) and two girls patterns for ages 3-8 (The Raglan Dress and The Gathered Dress). Plus they are all 20% off until the 6th December with the code LAUNCH20.
  • Anne Durrieu, who was a contestant on the French Sewing Bee, has released her first PDF sewing pattern alongside her gorgeous garment line. It's called the Leopoldine Dress and I love that's it's a bit more technically advanced than many other first pattern releases. I'm very tempted to give this a whirl but it's only available in French so I might have to think on it!

New Patterns


  • Heather Lou is currently running a sew-along for the new Clare Coat over on the Closet Case Files blog. I'm eagerly reading every post despite not sewing along as I'm just interested in the coat making tips!
  • Kennis from Itch to Stitch is running a sew-along for her newly released Liana Jeans which starts on Wednesday 2nd December. Details on all the supplies you need are up on her blog now.


  • The Birkin Flares from Baste & Gather which I mentioned last month are set for release on 8th December. Very much looking forward to seeing more of these; bang on trend for the seventies vibe that is everywhere in RTW at the minute.

Other Exciting News

  • Anna from Paunnet has written a book which came out this month! It's simply called 'The Sewing Handbook' and is currently only available in Italian.
  • Named Patterns released a free pattern download to enable you to add long sleeves to their Kielo Wrap Dress. I'd always looked at it as perfect summer attire but now I'm looking at it with fresh eyes and with different fabric ideas!
  • Closet Case Files paper patterns have arrived! Currently available in this format are the Carolyn Pyjamas, Ginger Jeans, Nettie Bodysuit and the new Clare Coat. I adore the illustrations, so beautifully done by fellow seamstress Sallie Oh.
  • Heather Lou has had an exciting month as she also also released an ebook this month called 'Sewing Your Own Jeans '. It's the perfect accompaniment to her Ginger Jeans pattern and perfect timing for me as they are next in my sewing queue.
  • Sew Over It launched their first online class, for the Grace Dress. Lisa guides you through all the steps yourself in a series of videos and as part of the package you get the pattern for a gorgeous versatile dress,
  • The Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren Vintage is now available in paper from; it's her very first printed pattern!
  • Salme Patterns have released a paper version of their Kimono Sleeve Dress. It's the tenth addition to their paper pattern range.
  • The Deer & Doe Belladone Dress and Chardon Skirt patterns have been reworked and enhanced and are now available in the new style of packaging.  Full details of the changes made to the pattern are available here.
  • 'Freehand Fashion' was launched this month. Written by popular Great British Sewing Bee contestant Chinelo Bally it guides you through her unusual freehand pattern cutting technique. I snapped up a copy at the Knitting and Stitching Show where I was lucky enough to meet the author herself and I can't wait to try it.
  • Sally from Capital Chic Patterns had got 25% off her patterns until New Year's Eve with the code HAPPYHOLS15. It is the absolute perfect time of year to try one of her classy designs to wear throughout the party season!

As always let me know in the comments if there's anything you know of that I've missed (there's so much going on in the indie pattern world I'm sure there's a fair bit!). To finish up here's your monthly dose of indie sewing inspiration to get you fired up for some December sewing. I know I've got a lot of festive projects planned, how about you?

  • As the namesake of the new Closet Case Files Clare Coat, Clare of course sewed up pretty much the ultimate version of it straight off the bat! So cool.
  • Nina's pink and sparkly Georgia Dress is a stunner and so perfect for her birthday celebrations! I must give that Georgia pattern another go!
  • Bianca from Fabricate picked an amazing Japanese floral print for her version of the True Bias Roscoe Blouse. I just love it.
  • The lines of the Cotton & Steel print Helen picked for her Named Inari Dress work so well with the clean and contemporary shape of that pattern. Great combo of fabric and garment!
  • Zoe's Sailboat Raincoat (which she use the Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket pattern for) is so fun! She made some great choices with not only the pattern and fabric but the buttons and zips too!


  1. So many great patterns!
    Noodlehead released the Maker's Tote pattern:

  2. My new pattern is out! It's the Washington Dress and you can check it out here :D

  3. Thank you for the shout out! :)

    1. You're welcome love! I'm hoping I might have time to sew up a new year's dress, we'll see!

  4. You make my life so much easier with these monthly updates! Thanks for keeping me in the loop with new releases!

    1. You're very welcome! I'm glad they're useful!

  5. I so appreciate your roundups. Thank you!

  6. Oh my goodness! so many new patterns to explore! I think I would need 10 lives to make all those that I like!!
    I sew a lot of Couture Nomad's patterns, very well explained and I like the style. Two of my favorites these past weeks were the coat and the jeans

    1. I WISH I had 10 lives to make all of them!
      Thanks for the recommendation for Couture Nomad, I've been browsing their site a lot in the last couple of weeks. I've added them to the list of Indie Designers and will keep my eyes peeled for anything new


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