Monday 31 December 2018

December Indie Pattern Update!

I hope you've had a wonderful festive season with your loved ones and are looking forward to the new year! I'm kicking it off with a bit of a change and am sorry to say that this is going to be the last Indie Pattern Update I will be writing. The indie sewing community has developed at an astonishing rate over the years I have been writing these posts...which is of course something to be celebrated! But it has left me struggling to keep up with all the news alongside an increasingly hectic work schedule and personal life and I've been finding myself with less and less time to sew and blog. As I'm travelling in January and February I won't be able to post an update so I've unfortunately decided that that is a good time to finish up. I'll definitely miss writing these and the interaction with you guys about the new designs but I will be sharing some of my favourite new releases in my Instagram Stories from time to time if you'd like to follow me there. If you're still itching for your fix of sewing pattern news The Fold Line post a great monthly round up and video on their blog and Helen (from Helen's Closet and the Love to Sew podcast) writes her fantastic Wednesday Weekly posts which include new pattern releases. Luckily there have been a plethora of stunning new releases this month so I can go out with a bang!

New Patterns

  • Schnittchen released four new quick and simple patterns throughout December, each one on an advent Sunday as a festive treat for us! The Kiki Shirt was the first; a blouse with a ruffle feature around the front yoke. Second was the Lenja Coat, an unlined a-line short coat with wide lapels and diagonal seaming into which pockets are inserted. Third was the Sina Caftan Dress which features a centre front box pleat and short kimono sleeves with optional add on dramatic bishops sleeves. The Smilla Wrap Blouse was the final design and features a belt which threads through the inside of the top. I love the elegant shape of the collar and v-neckline.
  • Wendy Ward from MIY Collection released the Rutland Collection E-Book. If you spotted this one before Christmas you might have made up some of these designs already as all five accessory designs included make great unisex gifts. Using no more than 0.6m of fabric each, the collection features an infinity scarf, snood, wrist warmers, a headband and waist warmer.
  • I don't know how I missed these two last month but I did; Patrons les BG released two brilliant new menswear designs including a junior version of their Le Décontracté sweatshirt and hoodie pattern. The other design is L'Irrésistible; a classic blouson bomber jacket and certainly one I'll be eyeing up next time I want to sew for the men in my life.
  • Amongst the new free pattern downloads from Mood Fabrics this month were the Bixa Sweatshirt, Calla Coat, Cassia Skirt, Daisy Top, Douglas Pants, Darmera JumpsuitEurya Dress, Ercilla Suit, Erica Skirt and Poinsettia Dress which is a real cracker of a New Year's Eve dress sewn up in ponte knit and adorned with shimmering fringe! Their new Calypso Jacket can be sewn up in coat length or a shorter jacket length with ribbed hem. They also released the Hydrus Cosplay to celebrate the release of the latest Fantastic Beasts film.
  • Issue 5 of Lisa Comfort Magazine was released and with it two new patterns from Sew Over It.  The Ivy Skirt is an asymmetrical design with faux wrap at the front and the Annie Blouse is a loose fitting style for lightweight fabrics and features a gathered scoop neckline using shirring elastic.
  • Style Arc's first December release was the Brice Jumpsuit. I love this one. Designed for knits (and I'm imagining something with a little structure would be great) it has clean lines, a v-neck and tie belt. It can be made sleeved or sleeveless and also includes pattern pieces for a fitted skirt. They also released the Portia Top and Ellen Shorts which can be bought in a discounted bundle to make a great outfit. Portia is a button through cami and Ellen has an elasticated paper-bag waist with patch pockets which extend to create belt loops.
  • Maternity Sewing released the Knit Infinity Dress, which can be worn pregnant or not pregnant! The straps can be tied multiple ways and will accommodate A-F cups and the pattern also includes a separate bandeau to make for extra skin coverage.
  • Both the new Adrienne Blouse and Joan Trousers from Friday Pattern Company are designed for knit fabrics but on first glance I thought both were definitely woven. Hidden comfort for the win! Adrienne has beautiful billowing sleeves and Joan features wide legs and pockets. Print versions of both styles coming soon.
  • If you don't know what to do with your knit fabric scraps Paper Theory have come up with a great solutions with their new Stevie Knickers! The pattern is free to download when you sign up to their newsletter and their is a full tutorial on their blog to guide you through every step of sewing them up.
  • The latest addition to the Now & Then Patterns line from Til The Sun Goes Down is the All Seasons Dress & Skirt. The slim skirt with long inverted pleats is inspired by the 1930s along with the a buttoning bodice with collar. I love the angle of armholes on the sleeveless option and all the little triangular design details.
  • New to download from Atacac is the /-Sweater. Their designs continue to fascinate me with their clever pattern cutting and this one is no exception. It is a asymmetrical style and the body is cut in just one piece. There is no charge to download Atacac designs but you can make a donation.
  • Gertie released the next design in her Charm Patterns line. The Jane Set is inspired by jumpsuits of the 1950s and includes tonnes of options! You can make a jumpsuit, playsuit with optional sarong front or separate pants, shorts and bustier.
  • The new patterns released with this month's edition of Seamwork Magazine were Rachel and Channing. The Rachel button up shirt has a spread collar and shaping created with bust darts and a centre back tuck which releases at the waist. The Channing trousers feature a mid rise, tapered leg and beautiful front pleats into the waistband.
  • The new Lola Linen Trench from Fabrics Store has a beautifully elegant silhouette with back vent, flat felled seams and deep welt pockets. I love the details and cut of this!
  • The last PDF pattern release of the year from Sew Over It is the Thea Dress. I love the casual elegance of this jersey style and how easy it is to wear. It has a cocoon shape, dropped shoulder and narrow sleeve and can be sewn in two lengths.
  • New from Hot Patterns is the HP1243 Wong-Singh-Jones Jaipur Blouse & Tunic. This pull on style is packed with lovely details and would be effortlessly glamorous in a printed silk. It features a v-neck and open collar plus sleeves with a keyhole opening and optional cuff-link or buttoning closure.
  • Straight Stitch Designs released the Eastlake Top which is a knit style with deep v-neck finished with a facing. The pattern offers multiple style options with two sleeve lengths, two cuffs, two lengths and the option to sew the back plain or with a gathered yoke.
  • I love the new Hilary Top from Tessuti. It features a pleated peplum and a boat neck gathered at the shoulders along with beautiful peasant style sleeves. If I get time I'll be making one of these up for my holiday!
  • Orageuse released a new collection of four beautiful detailed designs! The Épicéa Blouse has a cross over back with cut out and a long belt which ties around the hips. The Cèdre Blouson is a crisp, modern take on a classic bomber jacket with vertical pleats and a high collar. The Laurier Top has a wide v-neckline with geometric contrasting yoke. My favourite of the bunch, the Acacia Jumpsuit & Trousers, has a bib style bodice created by clever pleating and the wide leg trousers can be piped down the side seam or around the waist.
  • Sew House Seven created a new pattern for Simplicity. 8790 is a hooded top & dress pattern featuring two styles of hood, the choice of raglan or dropped sleeve and optional waist tie and pockets. A great casual yet interesting basic which would be gorgeous made up in french terry.
  • Delphine & Morissette launched the Clara Blouse. With a loose fit and voluminous sleeves gathering into cuffs, this has a high ruffled collar and a button and loop fastening over the shoulder which I adore!
  • The last pattern of 2018 from Itch to Stitch is the Busan Top. This comfortable knit style features statement sleeves created by exaggerated narrow shoulders, volume from the shoulder pleats and elongated cuffs,
  • Next in the line of children patterns from Style Arc is the Summer Swimsuit and Top. The pattern includes three styles for boys and girls, all with long sleeves for protection from the sun.
  • The latest pattern from the Thrifty Stitcher, released on The Sewing Quarter earlier this month, is the Dawson Coatigan. This is a really clever, slightly tailored cocoon style. Easy to wear the interesting pockets provide detail and I love the shape of the collar created with little darts around the neck.
  • Pipe Dream Patterns released the Peggy Pinafore which can be sewn up as a pinafore, dress or skirt. It features an exposed centre front zip, a fitted bodice and deep pleats around the waist give the skirt a bold shape.
  • Wardrobe by Me released the Unisex PJ Pants pattern. A simple pair of pyjama bottoms with both elastic and a pull in string in the waistband casing. If you spotted this release before christmas these would have made a wonderful gift. 
  • The Yvonna Yoga Pants are new from Gina Ree Designs. I love the gathered waistband detail on these which elevates them above being a boring regular pair of sweatpants.
  • New from DG Patterns is the Nora Dress; a fitted faux wrap dress with a petal shape skirt, the hemline of which is emphasised with a frill. This design is suited to medium weight knits and has a modest depth of neckline compared to a lot of wrap dresses and long fitted sleeves.
  • The Feel Free Raglan Shirt is the latest release from Sewera Fashion. This is one of those easy to wear basics with a unique subtle design twist which I love. In this instance the sleeves gather into the raglan shoulder seam.
  • The latest addition to the House Morrighan line of lingerie patterns is the Clover Boybrief. They feature a contoured waistband and enclosed gusset and can be sewn either with fabric bands or elastic to finish.
  • Pattern Union released the Sobi Belt. This is an obi-style belt which wraps and ties around the waist and can be made reversible. It would look great worn over a lot of their other designs.
  • Digital Pattern Library released the Asymmetric Culottes which I absolutely adore. They have the vibe of the Japanese Pattern cutting books but look a lot more simple to construct. They have a super wide leg and wrap across the front to tie towards the side seam.

Pattern updates and expansions

Sew-alongs, Tutorials and Online Courses


  • The Hemming's third pattern release will be trousers featuring a wide leg, deep hem and pleats into the waistband. Coming very soon! 
  • The Maria Denmark 408 pattern is coming at the end of January! If you can't wait until then for this new design for knits it will be available in Danish with Sysiden on January 3rd.
  • Scroop Patterns are currently testing their next pattern which will be for a pair of wide legged trousers. They are 1930s inspired but with a modern fit and construction.
  • The Annie Top is soon to be released by ZigZag Designs. From a sneaky peek on Instagram it looks like it features a boat neck and the option to make sleeved or sleeveless, plus it is reversible!

Other Exciting News!

Here's a final dose of indie sewing inspiration to get your new year sewing plans off to a good start. All that's left to do now is to wish you all a very happy 2019!

  • Rumana's leopard print version of the Eloise Dress made me see the pattern in a whole new light. It may be making an appearance on my spring sewing list!
  • Alice from Cloth Spot makes some seriously amazing things and this leopard faux fur coat is no exception. I also really enjoyed the blog post and her thoughts on dressing bravely.
  • Lauren made a completely incredible coat using the Quart Coat pattern and some stunning Alexander McQueen wool which has skulls subtly woven into it. 
  • I liked everything from the new Papercut Patterns collection but was probably least interested in the Pinnacle Top. Karyn has totally changed my mind with her gorgeous version. I love the texture of that fabric!
  • I haven't got time to make even half the things on my wish list before heading off on holiday in a couple of weeks but at the top of the queue is a Sierra Jumpsuit, especially after seeing this beauty from Sophie.


  1. wow. I just happened upon your blog. You are very thorough with your new pattern updates. thanks for the hard work. I imagine this must take quite a bit of time to research and then write up.

    1. You are welcome! It does get quiet time consuming but I love investigating all the new releases and do it gradually over the course of the month. Happy sewing!

  2. In the few months I've been reading your blog I appreciate these wrap-ups and I've been impressed with the amount of time you must spend writing them. I do totally understand why for that very reason you are going to stop. Thank you. Enjoy your trip and Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you very much for the lovely comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the few months of them that you got to read!

  3. Thanks so much for all of these epic posts! Happy New Year & enjoy your travels in Jan & Feb xx

    1. Thank you Charlotte! I've had an amazing time

  4. Your monthly updates will be missed. :( Our consolation? We can still read your blog! PLEASE send snippets of your travel adventures!

    1. Ah what a lovely comment Melody! I'll still be posting plenty of my sewing for sure. If people are interested I'll certainly do a little round up of my adventures too!

    2. Yes please! I'd love to hear all about your adventures... (and about those little bits of fabric that jumped into your luggage...)

  5. Thank you for doing this for as long as you have. It has been fascinating watching the development of the indie pattern industry through your post and I well understand the need to stop, all the best, Kat

    1. I 100% agree that it has been so fascinating to watch the growth of the community over the years, it is incredible and such a wonderful thing. Thanks for the lovely comment!

  6. Thanks for doing these as long as you have. They are such huge roundups! I have always appreciated them, but I also understand how they would be really difficult to keep up. Thank you!!!

    1. You are so welcome, thank you for reading and all the lovely comments!

  7. Oh how you will be missed! Whenever I see a new Indie Pattern Update I STOP and indulge myself. It is obviously a labor of love for you and I hope you know how much your efforts are appreciated. Best of luck!

    1. I love that you used the word Indulge about reading these posts and the fact that reading them makes you take a little escape break from our hectic lives! Thank you for the lovely comment

  8. You have done such a spectacular job with these post! Kudos, and so much gratitude for the care and time you have dedicated while keeping up with them. I wish you lots of joyous sewing time, with more than a few brownie points in your karma bank (to totally mash up a couple of expressions). Again - *thank you*. 😊

    1. Thank you very much for the kind words. I shall certainly be making the most of that extra little bit of sewing time I can steal!


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