Sunday 31 July 2016

July Indie Pattern Update!

It's that time again already! Another month packed with exciting independent sewing pattern releases has passed and I've been sewing up a storm. I can't blog quick enough to keep up with all my sewing and I can't sew quick enough to keep up with all the new releases I want to make! Despite feeling like I must have a pattern to cover every whim and eventuality by now I've added a couple of patterns to my collection this month; I just couldn't resist!

New Patterns

  • Sew Over It released two new patterns this month. The Poppy Playsuit is available as a PDF download; it looks like a really versatile style and Lisa looks super chic in hers. The second is the Rosie Dress; a fifties style with a full skirt and princess seamed bodice. I had the pleasure of testing this gem and will hopefully get some pictures of mine up later in the week!
  • Amongst this month's Style Arc releases we have the Coral Cardi, Serena Knit Dress and Blair Shirt/Shirtdress. I'm actually really tempted by all three of these; I've got some merino which would be perfect for the cardigan, I want to be wearing Blair and Serena being a fitted knit dress is an interesting twist on the tie front trend.
  • Style Arc also released their collaboration with the lovely Rachel from House of Pinheiro. The Eliane Jumpsuit has a relaxed fit and wrap front with the stand out feature being a gorgeous notched collar. The PDF version can be bought on Etsy but paper patterns are available on request from Style Arc.
  • The two new downloadable patterns released with Seamwork Magazine are for men this month! Eugene is a classic henley style tee and Harrington is swimming trunks which can also be made up in a cotton or linen for everyday summer wear.
  • If any one is a as obsessed as I am with the off the shoulder trend right now you'll be delighted by this release. The Hippie Blouse and Dress is the latest pattern from Vanessa Pouzet. I love the combination of slim shift and off shoulder ruffle.
  • Kennis from Itch To Stitch has given us a free add on for her Marbella Dress. The pattern pieces for a half circle skirt are available to download in PDF format. I really enjoyed trying out this pattern a couple of years back and was really pleased with the fit of the bodice so might be inclined to give it another whirl with this new skirt option.
  • Anne Durrieu released the Marceau Top. I love an interesting back so this has shot to the top of my pattern wish list! I really like the simple cut from the front and surprise when you turn around.
  • The latest release from Wear Lemonade is the Dita Wrap Dress. There's something wonderfully glamorous in a mid 20th century way about the cut of this. I'm looking forward to seeing some made up!
  • Salme Patterns released the Hagen Skirt. It's a chic, simple a-line shape with two pocket variations. Currently available as a PDF download only.
  • New from DiNuvoleDiCuori is the Greta Top and Dress. Both variations feature a high neck with a keyhole back neckline. I've been keen on this shoulder exposing style of armhole this summer so may take a closer look at this one.
  • The Leralynn Dress is the latest release from Blank Slate Patterns. It's an a-line shift dress with a slit neckline and options for a faced finish or hood.
  • Designer Stitch launched two new patterns this month; the Georgia Dress with a contrast yoke and cuffs and Kerry Capelet. A cape is something I've never really considered making but perhaps I should try rocking a cape this winter!
  • The main hole I identified in my holiday/summer wardrobe is neutral camisoles and right on queue Kelli from True Bias releases a pattern for a gorgeous one in the shape of the Ogden Cami. I hit buy straight away. Alongside the cami are the Emerson Cropped Pant & Shorts. Bang on trend these wide legged pants look great with the simple top.
  • Hot Patterns released the 1026 Fast & Fabulous Layering Tanks. The three variations have a v-neck, a-line shape and can be made up in either knits or wovens. There are options for a straight hem, shirttail hem or peplum.
  • The most recent release from Jenny at Cashmerette is the Springfield Top. Yet another well thought out pattern that would be a great staple in anyone's wardrobe the style is designed to flatter a curvier figure and to fit closely around the armhole which can be a problem for the bustier ladies among us.
  • Zoe from So Zo... is continuing to fill a niche in the market with her new Cordelia Maternity Top. It's a camisole style designed for the third trimester with a comfortable hem band and optional bust support panel.
  • New from By Hand London this month is the Charlie Dress pattern. Man do those ladies know how to design a dress. Originally released as a freebie with Simply Sewing magazine the updated PDF pattern includes two new skirt variations instead of instructions to draft your own. 
  • Measure Twice Cut Once released the Active Beanie pattern. It's a close fitting jersey hat designed to fit under a bike helmet or in your pocket and even has a small interior pocket in t to hold a key or some cash while you exercise.
  • The latest pattern from Kommatia is for a Classic Pencil Skirt. It's fully lined and the perfect pattern for a beginner to get stuck into.
  • Boost from Make My Pattern has released a design for ladies. The Tokyo Top doesn't have a printable pattern but instead is a zero waste style for which you can download instructions for how to mark your pattern directly onto the fabric. I've been exploring this concept a little recently and am really excited by it!
  • SBCC (Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chic) has released the Paloma Blouse. A top designed for nice stable woven fabrics which are straightforward to sew. The two variations are packed full of interesting design features and the pattern is the first run of a new site range.



  • SBCC (Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chic) has a new pattern coming soon in the form of the Paloma Blouse
  • Itch to Stitch are currently in the process of testing the Belize Shorts and Skort. I'm really drawn to the angular wrap style overlay of the skort and love that that continues round to the back on the final view.
  • Jennifer Lauren Vintage has a new pattern coming our way very soon. The Gable Top has a 1950s feel about it and is designed for knit fabrics with three variations.
  • Eyes peeled on Wednesday 3rd August as Megan Nielsen has a new summer shorts pattern all set for release. The sneaky peak of an illustration I saw on Instagram in the week looked to have some fab pockets!
  • Maven Patterns has the Kitty Dress coming soon
  • Aime Comme Marie will be releasing the Mi Amore dress at some point in September. There are some advance photos of the sample dresses up over on the ACM blog now!

Other Exciting News

  • Wendy from MIY Collection has recently released a PDF version of her Wisewood Top and Dress pattern.
  • Schnittchen are running as competition to design one of their future releases. You can submit your ideas for the Maker's Wish competition and be in with a chance of your design being chosen as one of four patterns to be released over the next two season collections.
  • Handmade Jane announced that she has been busy writing a sewing book for children! Named 'Get Into: Sewing' the book is due for release in September.
  • Waffle Patterns have updated their Brownie Mini Dress and Snowball High Neck Dress patterns to include more sizes.
  • Rosie from DIY Couture released her second book this month. 'No Patterns Needed' teaches you to be creative with fabric and shapes to create clothes in a more freestyle manner. I've been enjoying playing around with my copy and will have a review for you a little later in the week.

I think that's it for the time being but as always do check in the comments for any gems of information I might have missed and feel free to add anything you know of. There have been so many lovely things made and blogged about over the last few weeks I've really struggled to pick just a handful to show you on here as inspiration this month! You guys have got me running to my sewing machine every time I open Instagram.

  • I've gone a little bit Sophie Swimsuit crazy. Where are you guys finding all these amazing printed swimwear fabrics?! Sophie and Sallie's in particular blew me away.
  • I adore how Helena used the Moss Mini Skirt pattern to make up a little denim dungaree dress. Great choices all round.
  • The Hannah Dress really piqued my interest when it was released a while back and Heather Lou's amazing use of print and solid on hers has sold me on it all over again.
  • Amy's Anna Dress is supremely beautiful and wearable. It's the same Whistles fabric I used for my Midsummer Night's Dream Dress so I can imagine how lovely it must be to wear!
  • Carolyn's Tosti Utility Jacket is a work of absolute sewing beauty. All those little details so perfectly sewn. I was looking at the Waver or Minoru to make myself a casual jacket along these lines but might now give this pattern a closer look.


  1. love your indi pattern posts, always so interesting!

    1. Thanks Poppy! I love keeping tabs on what's going on. It often reminds me of something I wanted to make too

  2. I second that - I can't tell you how much I appreciate this monthly brief! I wait for it!

    1. Excellent! It's so nice to hear that it's enjoyed!

  3. Great list, I always manage to miss things that are going on, thank you

    1. I'm sure I so too Lynsey! I can never believe how much these lists grow every month

  4. This is long overdue, but I wanted to say thanks for the shout-out Fiona. Not just this time, but in general. Given my non-existing marketing budget, it's stuff like this that makes what I do meaningful. So thank you.


    1. Ah thanks for that lovely comment Joost! Things like that make my day
      You're very welcome. I know how much work goes into each and every pattern and that most indie companies are just one or two people so I enjoy spreading the word about all the fab stuff that you do


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