We’re approaching the end of our Indie Garment Pattern Company Tour, but don’t worry – SeamstressErin still has some awesome designers to share with us. This week we’ll take a look at cutting-edge, fashion-forward pattern companies. If you’re just joining us, check out the first three weeks by clicking below.
Next week: Niche pattern designers.
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By Hand London is run by a trio of London women and each pattern is designed and named for one of the women or their friends. From the Charlotte Skirt to the Flora Dress, you’ll find feminine elegant designs that have clear style.
Ralph Pink offers categories like Catwalk, Couture, and Corsets, so you know you’re getting fashion forward patterns. They are a great source for the avant-garde but you can also find some great simple designs if you can look past the styling to the line drawings.
Papercut Patterns have a variety of designs available that can take you from your morning run to your office attire to your night out (or your night on the couch). Each collection has a unique aesthetic, leaving us sewists curious and excited about what comes next.
Other Fashion Forward companies you might want to browse:
- The Center for Pattern Design makes patterns based on garments by famous designers like Balenciaga and Vionnet.
- Victory Patterns often have unusual shaping and creative details.