Indie Pattern Month

This June, we’re showing the love to the independent pattern designers. There are a bunch of them out there, working hard to create gorgeous, unique designs, with well thought out instructions and support, just for us. So go on, show ’em some love and support!

Want to take part? Consider doing any (or all!) of the following:

  • Sew up something from an independent label
  • Write a blog post about which indie patterns you have, or which you’ve made up before, or what ones you want to get – anything like that at all, really!
  • Buy a new indie pattern (or two, or three…) and tell us all about it and why you chose it
  • Anything else you can think of that will show some support to the indie designers!

There’s a button you can grab to show you’re taking part:

Indie pattern month

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And a Pinterest board where you can link up any blog posts you do for indie pattern month, or post pictures of your indie creations/pattern collections/etc.

There’s even a list of participating bloggers, so you can be nosy and go and see what everyone else has:

We’ve even got a few resources that some of the sew-along participants have put together.

  • Curls n Skirls has a list of indie designers and other useful resources
  • Dresses and Me has recently started an online, New Zealand based shop selling indie patterns – finally, those of us down South can get our hands on some of those patterns without paying a fortune in postage costs! (I may be rather excited about this, haha!)

So go on – join in, and show those amazing indie designers some love and support!

Want to sign up? Comment below and we’ll add you to the list. Even better, tell us the following in your comment:

  • What indie pattern you’re going to be making up next
  • Your Pinterest name (if you’d like to be added to the group board)

169 responses to “Indie Pattern Month

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  2. I love your ideas! Count me in for this one, too! πŸ™‚
    Pinterest name: Maryall Handmade
    I am just finishing a wearabe muslin for the Mathilde blouse from Tilly and the buttons, but I think I’ll postpone cutting the real one, as it has long sleeves and I desperately need a summer dress. So, after downloading and piecing it, I’m going to sew a Lily by Colette πŸ˜€ I’m showing a lot of love for indie designers lately πŸ˜‰
    Thank you!

  3. Count me in! I’m going definitely going to be making up another Deere and Doe pattern, they are my new favourite pattern company. I haven’t decided which one yet though. And I must admit I am also waiting for the next Colette pattern to come out this month. I hardly ever buy from the big companies any more, I’d much rather support the Indies and I think their stuff is nicer and usually fits better too.

    • Deer and Doe have such adorable patterns! Looking forward to seeing which one you choose. πŸ™‚

      (I’m curious about the new Colette one as well. I’m guessing it’s a shirt dress – fun!)

  4. Oh, and my Pinterest name is Taracat.

  5. Yay! I’m in! I will be making Colette’s Eclair dress! My pinterest name is: tanyamaile

    • Welcome! πŸ™‚ Oooh, what fun – I’ve hardly seen any versions of that one made up, will be great to see what you do with the pattern!

    • I’ve just finished mine and it is just great! It looks really difficult and complicated but it’s not! Not even the boning (I was quite surprised about that!) Good luck with your Eclair!

  6. I love this! I’m kid_md on Pinterest.
    I’ll definitely be making the Cake Hummingbird when it arrives, and hopefully I’ll get to the Sewaholic Thurlows as well. How fun!

    • I’m hoping to make Hummingbird this month, too. (Once the patterns get rescued from Australian customs – eek!) Are you planning on the top or the skirt or both?

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  8. This is a great idea! I’m going to be making up the Moss Mini Skirt by Grainline next and then my second version of the La Sylphide Blouse from Papercut Patterns! My pinterest name is fionaparker17

  9. Hi! Im in too. My (very new )blog is and i am making the Mathilde blouse. Pinterest id is handmadejosie1

    • Welcome! πŸ™‚ And welcome to the world of blogging, too! (I just followed your blog – looking forward to hearing all about your sewing adventures. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m going to make the Sunki dress by Figgy’s patterns for my daughter. I have it all cut out and want to make a start on it this weekend. Then I want to start on a StyleArc dress but haven’t decided on which one yet. My pinterest name is Ingiepops.

    • Hi Ingrid, I’m sorry I couldn’t find that user name on pinterest, can you please reply to this comment with the link to your boards? Thanks πŸ™‚

      • Sorry!! I got so excited I wrote the comment then hopped on over to Pinterest to sign up!!! My pinterest name is Ingiepops. I noticed I’m already OK to pin.

      • Oh yes, I tried again later that day and found you, we were all far too excited, hehe! You just have to accept my invite (I think it will be at the top left of your page?) and then please pin away πŸ™‚

    • Cute dress! I’ve never heard of Figgy’s patterns before, it’s always fun to hear about another designer. πŸ™‚

    • I think I found the right Ingrid πŸ™‚

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  12. This will be fun! Without consciously realising it I have two indie patterns in my queue – I plan to make at least one if not two pairs of Thurlow shorts, as well as finally getting around to the Tiramisu dress. But I’ll be checking out the other designers to see if there’s anything else I want!

    • Clearly, it was meant to be! πŸ˜‰

      So many other amazing designers out there. I’m planning on buying at least one more indie pattern this month as part of indie pattern month (haha) – it’s going to be hard to decide which one!

      If the Papercut designs interest you at all, they currently have a special with free international shipping.

  13. This is perfect timing as I’m about to make two Colette Peonies and potentially another indie pattern yet to be decided. I love the indie pattern companies. My pinterest name is claireeggleton

  14. I’ve just blogged about Deer and Doe Sureau so I’m getting a badge and lookin forward to seeing everyone’s indie makes!

    • I just went and had a look at your Sureau – very nice! Great work on the zip insertion – it looks great. πŸ™‚

  15. Great idea! I’m planning to sew up a Megan Nielsen pattern this month, either a Briar or a Cascade. I’ll be on holiday for two weeks first so I have some time to decide which one it’ll be! My pinterest name is maihemrhcp

    • Nice pattern choices! Looking forward to seeing which one you choose to make first. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful holiday!

  16. I commented over on Mel’s blog, but I’ll put my hand in over here too. Just joined pinterest so I can play – my pinterest name is sewbiased.

  17. Fabulous idea – I’m also in (without a hesitation), it just so happens that my next project was the Cordova Jacket by Sewaholic, so perfect timing. I’m also waiting for my Tiramasu from Cake, so I’m hoping Steph gets her new batch of patterns soon. The link to my Pinterest is

  18. I am in! I already made a Peony blogged here
    And I will be making house-slippers for me and for a baby from a friend from I Think Sew!
    My Pinterest is:

    • Another new indie to find out about – yay! I’d never heard of I Think Sew before – just been having a look. They have lots of fun patterns. Looking forward to seeing your house slippers! πŸ™‚

      • Hi Kat, I wanted to pin something on the board, but I couldn’t. I don’t quite master the whole Pinterest thing, so if you could tell me how I can do this? Thanks!

  19. Fantastic idea! I am excited to join you all πŸ™‚
    1) PInterest: France Parijs
    2) I would very much like to support Deer & Doe: currently working on the Chardon skirt. If time allows, will be also working on the Airelle blouse or Bleuet dress – they are so beautiful and feminine!

    • Welcome! πŸ™‚ Yay – another Deer & Doe pattern! Looking forward to seeing what you make. πŸ™‚

  20. I can’t decide on a Salme Peplum top, hot patterns 1153 Riviera Acqualinea Shirt, Coltte’s Hazel, sewaholic renfrew or a tamanegi kobo meteorite…better get cracking and decide! I’m at

    • Wow, that’s quite a few different ones to choose from! It’ll be fun to see what you do first. πŸ™‚

  21. I am in and will be sewing Cake Patterns Cabarita top! (If it arrives in time) My pinterest name is: Yay, what fun!

    • Oh, the Cake Cabarita is so cute! I’m hoping my Hummingbird arrives in time as well…. *fingers crossed*

      • I like the Hummingbird, wish I had ordered it now for the sewalong. My Cabarita is still not here. If it arrives too late (as I am a slooooooooow sewist), then I will make Christine Haynes “Sassy Librarian Blouse” as I have the pattern and fabric already.

  22. I’m in too. I have just started a sewing blog (after stalking others for too many years). I have just moved back to NZ from the UK and all my sewing stuff (including all my patterns) is in a container on it’s way here. I would love to make the Laurel Tunic but without the pattern currently I’m thinking I will make a tunic using Colette’s freebie sorbetto pattern as a base.
    My pinterest name is:

    • Welcome back to NZ! πŸ™‚ (Are you near Wellington? If you are, come and join us with our Wellington meet ups! The Auckland sewing/blogging girls have meetups as well.)

  23. Hi I’m in I loved the Burda sewalong and now indie patterns!! I am hoping Style Arc is included in this definition of Indie patterns?

    • Hello! Glad you enjoyed the Burda sewalong, I liked the coat you made for it. πŸ™‚

      Style Arc are indeed included – looking forward to seeing your creation for the sewalong!

  24. I’d love to play and I am thinking about a Mathilde top and a Maria of Denmark skirt!

  25. Phew! I think I’ve got everyone so far invited to Pinterest now (except the two I can’t find, maybe email them?)…so many excited sew-alongers, yay!

  26. Making Papercut Ooh La Leggings. Only bought this pattern in the last month from Brisbane’s Fabric Store (a branch of Nzs Global Fabrics) in Fortitude Valley.

    • Oh, those are right near the top of my sewing pile as well! I’m really looking forward to making them up – such interesting design lines. Looking forward to seeing your pair! πŸ™‚

  27. Count me in!
    I will sew the Coppelia by Papercut, hopefully a Robson coat, a Hollyburn skirt and who knows what else! I would love to take on Deer & doe but I haven’t ordered the patterns yet so likely they won’t arrive in time 😦
    My Pinterest name is busylizzie2

  28. Count me in Kat. (I’m so sorry I couldn’t finish Burda last month – work got in the way) I’m doing Colette Parfait and my Pinterest name is dianemarg

    • Sadly I’m not one to talk either – my Burda skirt is still on the sewing table, waiting for me to unpick and redo the waistband. *sigh* Failing at my own sewalong – oops! :-/
      Glad you’re joining us with the indie pattern month – I think the Parfait will look adorable on you! πŸ™‚

  29. Rachel Pinheiro

    I’m in. I bought victory patterns Nicola and Lola, papercut oh kaka legging, colette jasmine blouse.

  30. I’m in. I’m going to make Sewaholic’s Alma if I stop emptying boxes!

  31. Just finished my slippers! And just bought Papercut Rite of Spring *very risky* shorts and their Watson Jacket. Wanted Deer and Does too, but they’re sold out… Could it have anything to do with IPM?

    • Gosh, that was fast! And very cute slippers, too! πŸ™‚

      Oh, isn’t that Watson jacket simply divine? I love it! It’s on my things-I-really-really-want-to-sew-one-day list.

  32. How fun! I’m so excited! Let’s see… I’m having the hardest time deciding on a dedicated pattern, but I think I’ll do the Deer & Doe Datura top. Yay!

    • Errr, actually, think I’m going to change that to the Grainline Moss Mini skirt! I keep forgetting that I need to sew cute basics!

      • Haha, oh, I so do the same! (Which tends to become rather obvious when Me Made May comes around…. Oops!)

        I can totally see you in the Moss mini skirt – it’ll be super cute on you! πŸ™‚

  33. Please include me in your support list – just added more links to indie pattern makers on my Resources page, and have Folkwear’s Middy blouse in mind to make – will blog more later this week!

  34. Count me in! My Pinterest name is Penny Arrowsmith and I blog at I hope to make another Colette Ginger, a Lola by Victory Patterns and an Archer shirt!

  35. Count me in. I am working on the Thurlow trousers and the Colette Rooibos dress. I already have the patterns, and this challenge gave me a jumpstart, so I traced out the patterns and cut mock-ups over the weekend. So much fun!

    • Yay! Glad it’s given you a jump start. πŸ™‚ I loved what you did for the Burda sew-along, will be looking forward to seeing your creations for this month!

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  37. Yey great plan. I’m going to reach a class using Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt and spread the word on indie designers to my students. And make some briars, and maybe some victory patterns if I get the time!

    • Yay, welcome! So glad to hear you’re spreading the word on indie designer – they produce so many gorgeous designs! I hope your students like them, too. πŸ™‚

  38. Am I allowed to make Lolita Patterns Sugar Plum even though it’s not released yet?? I’m making two! I’m also making Thurlow’s so I’ll definitely participate with some Thurlow trousers, and the Sugar Plums if those count also!

  39. I’m in! I’m working on Sewaholic’s Tofino shorts.
    I might also be able to get started on Heather Lou’s bombshell suit.
    thanks for hosting!! I think indie designers are an innovative and vibrant part of our community and love to support them.

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  41. We’re in (! Laney will be making the Archer button up shirt by Grainline Studio and Thurlow shorts by Sewaholic. I’ll be sewing a Victoria blazer from By Hand London and Iris shorts by Colette patterns. Our pinterest name is KatyandLaney,, although we just opened the account so please don’t be alarmed that there aren’t any pins just yet. So excited to join indie pattern month!

  42. oops, realised I haven’t signed up!!
    Count me in… I will be making a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt…
    Pinterest name is kiwimelnz
    thanks folks!

  43. I am in, too. This is a great idea. I am probably going to make Grainline’s Archer shirt and Scout Woven shirt.

  44. This is such a great idea! Since starting to sew I’ve sewn pretty much all indie patterns! This month I’ve got 2 Grainline Scout tee’s planned, as part of the Kollabora sewalong, and I’ve also got a maxi-dress cut out and ready to sew which is an adaption of the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank.
    My pinterest name is kathrynmhairi

    • Oh, I can just imagine the Tiny Pocket Tank as a maxi dress, that would be super cute! Looking forward to seeing it all made up. πŸ™‚

      • Hello Kat. I’m not sure if I’m just being a bit stupid but have i been added to the Pinterest group board? I can’t seem to see how to pin things to the group board. My pinterest name is kathrynmhairi . Thanks.

  45. Such a great idea. I am pretty new to the sewing world so to keep things simple I am planning to make the Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt.

    • Oh, that’s a pretty skirt pattern! I just saw on your blog that this will be your first indie pattern make – how exciting! Hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  46. I’m in! Have already added the button to my blog. I so want to make the bombshell swimsuit next. going on holidays this summer so will need something to cover up πŸ™‚

    My pinterest name is: stephotshka

    • Oh, the Bombshell swimsuit is gorgeous! I’m seriously considering making that one for summer…. Looking forward to seeing your one! πŸ™‚

  47. I’m in! I’ve just finished my second Deer&Doe Sureau and have a couple of Sewaholic patterns on my list of stuff I need to sew… Love the indies! My Pinterest name is miniandmerky.

    • Yay, welcome! πŸ™‚ Which Sewaholic one are you going to start with? Tasia has put out so many lovely patterns!

  48. Hello hello im sew keen to support indie patterns πŸ™‚ Not sure which ones specifically I will use yet but keen to get a bundle and challenge myself. Great to see something here in NZ too. My pinterest name is sewloveteado

  49. What a great idea! Absolutely I’m in! There are so many great indie designers out there that I would love to see more from so will support in any way I can! My summer T-shirt collection desperately needs to be renewed so I am in for the Sewaholic Renfrew, Megan Nielsen’s Briar and Grainline’s Scout Tee. I’m also hoping I’ll have time to make a black jersey version of April Rhodes Staple Dress. And if I really have time, I have some great cotton all picked out for more of Tilly’s Mathilde. We’ll see if my ambitions are met! I’ll bet my sister can be talked into this one! She’s had fabric chosen for the washi dress for ages so perhaps this is the motivation she needs to get moving on it! And with that, a challenge is issued!

    • Yippee! Welcome!! πŸ™‚ Oooh, making up three different tee patterns – I’d love to hear which one you like the most once you’ve tried them all! All three are so cute.

      I’d never heard of April Rhodes before, so thanks for the heads-up for another new label! πŸ™‚

  50. Guess I can’t really turn down a challenge from my sister and blogging partner, so I guess that means I will be making a Washi dress from made-by-rae! I will also plan on making a Staple Dress by April Rhodes. My pinterest name is ehamiltongault.

  51. Hope it’s not too late for me to join in, even though I just finished my pants for the Burda sew along! I am planning (and I say that very loosely!) a Tessuti Fave Top and the Odette Top by Fine Motor Skills
    My pinterest details are

    • Hi! Definitely not too late, so sorry for my horribly late reply!!!

      Ooh, I hadn’t come across either of those patterns before – they’re cute! πŸ™‚

  52. I hope I can still join. This is awesome! I’ve got Ralph Pink’s shirtdress pattern I want to make as well as the Hummingbird top. On Pinterest, I’m lbreton.

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  54. I’m a bit late to the party but I love so many of the indie patterns out there I’d like to take part. I’ve just finished my second Elisalex so I’ll post about it this week!

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  56. Hi, i want to participate! If I still can, that is. I’ll be making a Belladone from Deer and Doe. And I’ve already posted about my Datura. Love to join the pinterest board (Rachel Pieters is the name, hi!)

  57. o, right, you can find me on pinterest as rachelvdbp πŸ™‚

    • Hi there! Sorry for my late reply – looking forward to seeing your Belladone! I like your Pavot. πŸ™‚

      • rachelinred

        oh thanks for putting me on the list! BTW: you invited me for the Burda board on Pinterest, instead of the Indie Pattern week. LOL! Sorry for being such a pain in the *ss…

  58. Hey Kat I was waiting for my patterns to actually arrive in the mail before I signed up officially!! I’m going to be making Christine Haynes patterns – either the Derby Dress or Chelsea dress, I haven’t decided which yet. Maybe both? Thanks for running such a fun sew-a-long:)

    • Oooh, exciting, another designer I haven’t come across before!! Looking forward to seeing which one you choose Trees! πŸ™‚

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  61. Ok, I have had an avalanche of patterns arrive! But I also have some amazing red ponti, so I’m going to tackle the Tessuti Anita ponti pants and then do a comparison of the Sewaholic Renfrew, Tessuti Alexa Top and Cake basic T with sleeves if I can get through the others!
    and the others, there’s two Megan Neilsons’ waiting for spring, and a pants (Sewaholic and Collette) comparison after I have some tops to wear πŸ˜‰

    • My gosh, that’s a lot of things you’re going to be making! I’m impressed! (And slightly intimidated, haha! πŸ˜‰ )

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  64. Ooh, I’ve just found this and have been already accidently participating: two renfrews, a briar and some anita pants. Will share soon!

    • Hi! Wow, what a great mix of things to have made already!! πŸ™‚

      Do you have a blog? You name doesn’t link to one….?

  65. Hiya again Kat, I completed my first indie pattern. The lovely Pendrell Blouse. I just did a post about it. I also pinned it on my pinterest board Sew Love Sewing…can I please join up to your group pinterest?

    • Hi there! πŸ™‚ Has Mel been in touch with you yet about Pinterest? If not, what’s your Pinterest user name so we can find you and add you to the group board?

  66. Ooh I’m in. I’m a bit late to the party but I’ve already sewn the Cake Patterns Cabarita and Hummingbird top this month plus made a couple of skirts based on the Tiramisu. I’m just about the blog the Hummingbird skirt with the fabulous flounce.

    I’ll probably next up be making another Cake pattern – top or a dress and then next in my queue is the Colette Anise jacket or the Deer and Doe Pavot. Not sure which one of them I will make (depends on which muslin looks better). I could also get sidetracked by the two new patterns I just bought: Victory Ava and Colette Hawthorn. Nearly everything in my sewing queue is indie at the moment.

    My pinterest name is sewhope.

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  69. Way late to the show, but I am already sewing Indie in June, so count me in! You can find me at: and I have a Pinterest account under hnordquist

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  72. I’ve almost finished my Bleuet too… Yeay for Indie Pattern Month!

  73. Last day of the month and I’m almost done but I had to swap my pattern mid way through! I’ll be posting about my Anise this week once I have survived the British Grand Prix!

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  77. Kat I got invited to the BurdaStyle board instead of the indi pattern month board? Not sure if it’s too late now.? Oops typing one handed in the dark. Putting little ones to bed…

    • Oops! No worries, I’ll let Mel know (she’s got the Pinterest board inviting power!) and we’ll get you added to the right one. πŸ™‚ The sewalong doesn’t end until this weekend anyway, so plenty of time yet! (Luckily, since I’ve only just finished my dress for it, haha!)

  78. I am making the Clara Dress from Sew Liberated.

    • Just realised that this sew along would be for June! In that case, I have made Roxanne by Victory Patterns (review on my blog) and started the Clara muslin!

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  81. I’m in! I’ll be starting with a Colette Sorbetto top- they are just so quick and satisfying to make and are turning out to be a real wardrobe staple. After that I think a Mathilde top and some new pattern purchasing will be in order. Here I am on pinterest…

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  83. I’m in – I’ve finished Sewaholic Tofinos, Sewaholic Cambie & the By Hand Victoria Blazer – does knitting count as I’ve also finished a Andi Satterlund cardigan from Ravelry! Just figuring out how to get them onto Pinterest

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  86. Completed Metro Middy Blouse is here:
    Loved both challenges- what’s next?

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  88. How could I miss it! I have already made tops from idindie pattern designers … I have to put it in my agenda for the next year.

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  90. Can I just say – as plus sized girl, learning to sew I was so thankful this month came along when it did. I read every post like a mad-woman.I;ve started following a number of blogs, I grabbed a copy of the Sewaholic Hollyburn and made one (first ever sewing project other than a cushion) and I’m sweet. The Washi Dress and the Fushia skirt are next. Thanks a bunch. This site and this month, really helped me find what I needed to get started (after an excellent tutor and machine). (Oh, and I really love reading the curious Kiwis Harri updates πŸ˜‰ )

    • Hi Lyndy.

      I’m so glad you found Indie pattern month useful! πŸ™‚ (And a huge welcome! to the world of sewing clothes for yourself! Be warned – it’s a bit addictive, haha! ;-))

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment – it really made my day to hear from you. πŸ™‚

      If you’re interested, the Curious Kiwi and I have started up a monthly sew-along that anyone can join in with – we’d love to have you take part for any of the themes that interest you! You can find all the details over her:

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