Saturday, June 7, 2014

pdf pattern designers - (mostly) comprehensive list

I learned how to sew from traditional paper patterns along with a lot of help from books, fellow sewers and good old-fashioned trial and error :)  I was lucky to have teachers who were well versed with heirloom sewing techniques and generously shared that knowledge with me.  But in the last ten years or so since pdf sewing patterns first appeared on the market, the industry has experienced a significant shift away from traditional paper patterns and traditional sewing methods.  And it's no wonder when a few quick searches (via Facebook, Etsy and Craftsy) turned up 257 pdf pattern designers and a whole lot (obviously not an exact number!) of blogs dedicated to sewing.

I know many people feel that these resources (blogs and pdf patterns) don't teach proper sewing skills, and while that may be true of some of them, I don't know that it really matters.  The way I see it, sewing, like any form of art, is simply something you should love doing.  And if you really love it, you will seek out the proper methods as you learn.

Obviously there is a great amount of variability as to skill and style among pattern designers.  some pdf pattern designers are professionally trained and other may not be, some may just be naturally gifted, and honestly, some are just guessing.  It's also possible that some patterns may fit a particular body type well, or a designer will teach in a way you can easily understand, so don't automatically discount a designer if you hear a negative review.  And on the flip side, don't assume a pattern will work for you simply because it worked well for someone else :)  The results you achieve with a pdf pattern will vary greatly from one designer to the next and one sewer to the next, but that is true of paper patterns as well.  The only way to truly know if a designer's patterns work for you is to sew one :)

I have tried several of the pdf pattern designers in this list (some are reviewed on my Pattern Reviews page) and others I just learned about in the last few days, so I am choosing to not express an opinion on any of them :)  However, I figured since I took the time to link to all these designers, I might as well share the list here :)  So if you have a few hours to kill, have fun!

5 Berries * 7 Days of Sewing * Abby Glassenburg Designs * A Happy Stitch
Aila and Frankie *  Ainslee Fox Handmade * Aivilo Charlotte Designs * Ali's Cottage
Amelie and Henri Studio * Amelie Clothing *  Apple & Fig * April Rhodes
Around the Bobbin * Artsy Crafty Babe * A Vision to Remember *  Bebelambs
Bellabebeco * Bellamie Boo Couture * Betz White * Birdful Stitches
Birdsong * Blank Slate Patterns * Blissful Sewing * bluegingerdoll
Bobkin Designs * Boo! Designs * Brindlle and Twig * Brownie-Goose Designs
BusyGirlCreates * Butter Beans & Chic Peas * Cake Patterns * CaliFaye Collection
Candy Castle Patterns * Charming Doodle * Charming-Ollie * Childrens Fashion Workshop
Chopstix * ChrisW Designs * Climbing the Willow * Closet Case Files
The Cloth Parcel * Cole's Creations * Colette Patterns * Compagnie M.
The Cottage Mama * Cozy Nest Design * Craftiness Is Not Optional * Create Kids Couture
daila mama patterns * Dandelions N Dungarees * Deer & Doe * Delia Creates
Dixie DIY * DoGuincho * Dollhouse Designs * Dolls and Daydreams
E & M Patterns * E-Beth Designs * Elegance & Elephants * EllieInspired
Elsewhen Pattern Store * Elysium * Emmaline Bags * Erin's Designs
 EYMM * Fairytale Pattern Designs * Fancy Schmancy * Felicity Sewing Patterns
 FemiKids Couture * Figgy's * Filles a Maman * Fishsticks Designs
 Five and Ten Designs * Flosstyle * Foo Foo Threads * Footloose & Fancy Free
 Fresh Patterns & Designs * Frog Legs and Ponytails * Fuddie Duddie Patterns * Funktional Threads
 Funky Friends * Gaila Designs * Genniewren * Gingercake
 Ginger Baby Patterns * Go To Patterns * Golden Rippy * Gracious Threads
 Grainline Studio * Greenstyle Creations * GYCT Patterns * Haily Bug's Closet
 The Handmade Dress * Handmade Therapy * Handmade Therapy Kids * Handmaidens Cottage
Harding Hill Designs * Haute Diggity * Heidi & Finn * HeyJuneHey There Threads
 Hold it Right There * I Heart to Sew * Imagine Gnats * Indygo Junction
in-house * Izzy & Ivy * Jenna Brand * Jennuine Design
 Jocole * Joy 2 Sew * Jona G Pattern Co * Jubilee Junction Patterns
 Kitschy Koo * Kotton Kandy Doll Fashions * Ladybug Bend * LBG Studio
Lee and Pearl * Liberty JaneLiesl & Co * Lilac Lane Patterns
 Lily Bird Studio * LilyPig Designs * Liola Patterns * Lippy Anne Designs
Lisette * Little Black DuckLittleKiwisCloset * Little Lizard King
 Little Owl Patterns * Little Hibou ShopLKG Patterns * LouBeeClothing
 Love Notions * Mack and Lily  * MADE * Made by Jack's Mum
Made by Rae * Made for Mermaids* Made it Patterns * Made it Perfect
 Mama Can Do It * Mandy K Designs* Marinda Creations * Me Sew Crazy
 Millie Rose Patterns * Modkid* Molly Blossom Design * Monkeysbug Patterns
 Morrissey Dolls * Mountain Ash Designs* Mouse House Creations * Mud Puddles and Ruffles
Muffinhead Patterns * Muse of the Morning * My Childhood Treasures * My FunnyBuddy
 My Little Plumcake * My Taylor Made* My Treasured Heirlooms * Named Patterns
 Nanoo Designs * NimblePhish Creations* Noodle Head * Olabelhe
 Olive Ann Designs * Oliver and S * On the Cutting Floor * One Thimble
 Opulent Monsters * Originals by Lauren * Paisley Roots * The Patchsmith
 Pattern Emporium * Pattern Play * Patterns for Pirates * Peek A Boo Patterns
 PetitBebe * petit boo * Petite Kids Boutique * Pickle Pudding
 Pineapple Penelope Patterns * Pink Fig * Pink Poodle Bows * Plucky Butterfly
 Popolok * Puperita * Quirky Artist Loft * Rabbit Rabbit Creations
 Red Label Patterns * Ruby and Jack Patterns * Ruby Jean's Closet * Sara Norris LTD
 Saucepans and Stickytape * Scientific Seamstress * Seamster * See Kate Sew
 Seemingly Smitten * Selvage Designs * Serger Pepper * Sew Can She
Sew Fearless * Sew Like My Mom * Sew Much Ado * SewPony
 Sew Sweet Patterns * Sew Sweetness * Sewing Geek * Sewing in No Man's Land
The Sewing Loft * Sewing Mama RaeAnna * Sewing Patterns by Mrs H * Sewlosophey
 Sewplicity * Shwin Designs * SIGnature Creations * Sis Boom
 Sivjegoose * Small Dreams Factory * Sofilantje's * So Sew Easy
 Snazzie Drawers * Squiggly Twigs Designs * Stitchwerx * Straight Grain
 Straight Line Designs * Suburbia Soup * Sumo's Sweet Stuff * Sunday Girl Designs
 Susie D Designs * Sweet Briar Sisters * Swoon Patterns * Teach Me Fashion
 Tenderfeet Stitches * Terra's Treasures * ThreadCouture * Thread Theory
 Tikatuly * Tie Dye Diva Patterns * Tinman Patterns * Titchy Threads
 Too Sweet Pattern * Tulips & Edelweiss * Tutorial Girl * Very Shannon
 Victory Patterns * The Vintage Clothespin * Vintage to New * Viola Lee Pattern
Violette Field Threads * Waffle Patterns * Wee Muses * Whimsy Couture
Whimsy Woo Stables * Wild Lily & Lace * Willow & Co * Zaaberry * Zonen 09

I'm sure this isn't a complete list, so please leave a comment or email me if you know any more pdf pattern designers and I will get them added :)


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    1. Thanks! I will get it added later this week :)

  2. Such a big work you did for us ! Thanks !

    1. You're welcome! Although much of the credit goes to a lady on Facebook who was generous with her time and willing to share with everyone :)

  3. Peaches and Peanuts/Little Kids Grow

  4. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! How am I ever going to get through this list? How am I ever going to sleep again?

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    1. You're welcome! I'm looking forward to trying out my first Zonen 09 pattern soon :)

  6. This is going to be such a great resource! Thank you so much! :)

  7. Thank you for this valuable collection of PDF pattern sources (I have added it to my favourites) and for mentioning my designs. PDF patterns have certainly gained in popularity. I think we all like to be able to find a pattern and print it out instantly. It helps keep the momentum when we find a project we want to make. And most designers are just an email away to help with any queries or advice.

  8. Hi There! Thanks for putting us on your list! I actually realized you had when I saw some traffic coming from your blog to my etsy shop! Thanks for that! :) You rock. Look forward to browsing around your blog a little bit more. Happy Sewing. <3 from ButterBeans&ChicPeas