I managed to photograph my dressmaking patterns this weekend, which led to looking at the pattern sites online and a sudden rapid expansion of my wishlist. McCall’s in particular seemed to have a lot of things I loved on there, so I am hoping for some sales in the new year. I do definitely need to look at some of the more unusual pattern makers though. I mean, I love Simplicity, Burda, Butterick and McCall’s (not really Vogue, Vogue is definitely not made for the curvy busty girl) and sometimes Neue Mode (very hard to find in the UK) and I do look at the Independent Patterns section for inspiration too, but often find I can’t get them in the UK or shipping is prohibitively expensive. In addition though I love historical patterns like Sense & Sensibility patterns (I have a love of Jane Austen and other such wonderful stuff), Folkwear, Truly Victorian, Harlots & Angels, Eliza M, Nehelenia, Reconstructing History, Rockinghorse Farm, Past Patterns, Kannik’s Korner, Dressing History, Manuta Maker, Ageless Patterns, Laughing Moon Mercantile, Lynn McMasters and I am sure there are many more I have never found (please do tell me any I am missing!)
It is also always worth looking at the huge range of free sewing patterns and tutorials online. They need a little more work, but especially for simple projects you don’t really need a pattern. People buy patterns for bedding, cushion covers and all sorts of projects that they really don’t need to. Type “Free Sewing Patterns” into Google and you get loads of hits; be more specific, for example “free bustle skirt pattern” and you will find two of the ones I have printed out and listed below. They are also on the 48 free skirt patterns page which is a fantastic resource.
Below, mostly for my own reference, are the patterns I have
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