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Patterns

So I wrote this post about fabric forever ago, almost two years, and realized despite me sharing as many makes as I can write about, I don’t have a central post with my favorite companies for easy reference. Since I just did an update to my Fabric post, now felt like a good time for this one. So check out my current favorite pattern companies. If they regularly have sales, or have something happening right now, I’ll link what I can for you!

Rebecca Page

Obviously, I have to start with Rebecca Page. I work for this company, and have for almost 4 years. The team is filled with amazing, talented, lovely people that I am so lucky to work with! One of the things that inspired me about RP patterns, forever ago when I pattern tested, was the uniqueness of the pattern options. RP isn’t afraid of tackling the difficult patterns and making them easy. Those things that are woven, fitted, and have the cleanest finishes. My very first pattern test with RP, she offered up another pattern to use in photos and I was thrilled at the opportunity to make a winter coat. I still have that Amsterdam coat and just love it. But I also love that they are well drafted and require minimal fitting for my body. They offer US letter, A4, and A0 size pages and clear, easy to read instructions with TONS of photos. But, they also have a quick glance page for those that don’t need detailed instructions! It is great for quick reference!!

RP has TONS of free patterns. You just have to create an account and you’ll get instant access! Super easy. This is extra helpful for giving a company a try to see if you like their pattern style, instructions, how it prints, etc. They also offer a subscription! This gives you access to even more freebies, as well as a pattern credit each month to pick up any pattern you like. Plus, they do tons of bundling. The discounts on the bundles are always killer. It is a great way to grab a collection of patterns you might have your eye on.

For December, they are doing 25% off all patterns AND they’ve put together some extra special bundles. So if you’re looking to grab a haul, or want to send gift ideas to loved ones, send them over to check it out!

5 Out of 4

If you are new to my blog, or just not paying attention, 5oo4 is probably my most sewn pattern collection. I was lucky enough to do pattern testing and be on their regular promo team, so I got to sew a lot! I really like the fit of these patterns because they’re always a simple grade for me and adding height and Virginia is a straight size! No grading needed. They also often include a FBA within their patterns. They have a wonderful selection of knit patterns that are easy to sew and wear.

I definitely find patterns drafted by Rachel to be my favorites. I think she leans more toward my style. But I don’t have a single pattern that I won’t make again. Even when testing, my fit garment (that first try to see if edits are needed) are completely wearable and loved in my closet. Virginia as well. Her favorite top, the Jessie, is a 5oo4 pattern and she asks for it regularly.

They have a great regular price on patterns and offer different patterns for just $5 on Fridays. Plus do regular sales throughout the year. Definitely one to keep an eye on. They also recently started a 5oo4 Family program with tips, videos, etc for members. Some great resources and free patterns available on their site and you can’t beat the positivity in their Facebook group.

Patterns for Pirates

This is a company that has some gorgeous quick, easy options! They have a stylish selection that is great for fast sews, little fitting needs, and a huge group for inspiration and feedback! Plus, the owner/designer, Judy, is a gorgeous inspiration. If you’re looking for aspirational looks, she is a great source! And they have the wonderful Katy McKinley on the team. If her smiling face doesn’t light up your day, I don’t know what could. The entire team is supportive, talented, and so helpful with any questions you might have! They typically only do a few sales throughout the year, so when you see one, take advantage!!

Made for Mermaids

Another company with a team of amazing people. Talent, style, hard work, and delight. The patterns are interesting, beautiful, and pretty dang easy to sew! Plus, they work so hard to bring beautiful matching options for moms, kids, and baby sizes! I don’t know how they find so many cute baby models, but it is definitely working for them!! The patterns are easy to follow and fun to wear! Just like P4P, they only do a handful of sales all year, so jump on board when they’re happening!!

Ellie and Mac

This is a new to me company but they’re getting a mention here because I have a list of patterns I want to try from them! They do weekly Wacky Wednesday sales where you can snag a pattern for just $1, so that is always a win in my book! I really like how the hoodie I sewed up came together. Easy, quick, no issues even with my grading. They have some unique color-blocking options and a wider size range, which I love! I’m looking forward to trying more of their patterns.

George and Ginger

If you are looking for unique patterns, drama, delight, flair, this is definitely the place to look. I like their fit and she just expanded her size range! I also really like how she breaks up the pattern for printing. She separates pattern pieces so you don’t end up with 100 pages connected, or having to cut as you go. This doesn’t appear to use any more paper than other patterns, but is definitely a bit easier to manage. She offers free patterns, particularly if you follow her YouTube channel. And deals and bundles as well!

Note on this. I cannot find a single photo I have taken of a George and Ginger pattern. Despite having a handful of them in my closet. I will rectify this. Hopefully soon.

Halla

I think I need to break out a Halla pattern again! I really enjoy the sweet, lovely patterns I have from them. I think they have a great selection of unique, but easy to wear patterns. Plus, they always fit me well and are quick, easy sews. They’re having 30% off right now as well! So that is a win-win!!

Love Notions

This is another pattern company I’ve only sewn one pattern from. But oh boy, did it come out beautifully! They have a free Laundry Day Tee that I have been meaning to try for YEARS. Maybe 2021 will give me the time to sew it up! Either way, I made the La Bella Donna top and it is wonderful. The fit is great! The pattern came together great. And they are expanding their size range to be more inclusive! I’d call that a win!

There are definitely tons of other pattern companies out there! I obviously focus on companies that include a wider size range, so there are some lovely choices that I’ve not tried. I find it best to find a company that fits fairly well to start, which reduces the number of adjustments you have to make before sewing!!

Stephanie xx

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