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Date: 2/19/06 9:09 PM

I have had a few requests to make a compilation list for patterns and notions, as I had done for fabric sources. (People must think I do a lot of on-line shopping. They would be correct.)

I don't have this as complete as the fabric sources, so this will be more of a work-in-progress. This 1st post will have pattern company websites, and perhaps some notions links. I'll then do a second post (right underneath this one) with source information. You can often get the patterns from the manufacturer website, but they do not always have the best price (they typically don't want to undercut resellers).

Of course, the store reviews here on PR is another good spot to check for sources.

So, with that introduction here are some pattern companies and their websites (I'll alphabetize them eventually):

The larger companies:

Simplicity & New Look
Simplicity has all the basics, current trends, typically has a good selection of costumes, has the "Sewing for Dummies" line with extra instructions, and has been getting improved reviews for fit and drafting. Many patterns now have separate A / B / C / D cup sizing.

McCall / Vogue / Butterick
Vogue tends to be more trendy, although the opinion I generally hear is that it is not as fashion-forward as previously. The fit tends to be closer than with some other lines. McCall and Butterick tend to have more basics and classics. Some patterns have separate B / C / D cup sizing (& occasionally A-cup at least in Vogue).

and BurdaStyle
Burda patterns tend to be more fashion-forward and closer fitting than the large American companies. The pants crotch curve gets favorable comments from many people. Simplicity shows the envelope patterns on their site now. The BurdaStyle site are downloadable patterns from the magazine.

Kwik-Sew is known for it's generally useful instructions. The Learn to Sew pattern gives particularly complete instructions. Kwik-Sew has lots of basics, plus a few not-so-basic items. They do tend to run on the larger size. Note that they have 'merged' with McCall, at least for distribution, in early 2012.

The smaller independent pattern lines:


Alternatives Patterns (which take a base design and then vary it)

Birch Street and Folkwear - lots of ethnic and retro designs

Brown Paper Patterns: Basic wardrobe builders

Burda - see above

Butterick - see above

Cake Patterns: has a unique customizable sizing system, and pockets.

Christine Johnson Patterns (specializes in knits)

CNT Patterns

Colette Patterns: 'Patterns that teach'. C-cup, flat seat, according to another thread.

Cutting Line Designs

Dana Marie (formerly Purrfection): "artistic wearables". Has a gallery section.

Dos De Tejas - no active website

Elizabeth Lee patterns for nursing mothers

Encore Designs - no active website

Fashion Sewing Group

Green Pepper Patterns: focus on outdoor clothing patterns

Hot Patterns

Imagewear Patterns

Indygo Junction: art to wear type patterns

Islander Sewing System

Jalie - in addition to skating outfits, they have basics and exercise wear

Kwik-Sew - see above

Lazy Girl Designs: craft type patterns

La Fred

LJ Designs

Loes Hinse

Lekala (or Leko) (US site): this is a Russian pattern line with a large variety of styles - put in measurements for custom sizing.

Lutterloh: patterns that you scale based on your measurements.

MacPhee Workshop: lots of coat patterns, plus many other styles


McCall - see above

New Look - see above

Neue Mode - Looks like paper and downloadable are available.

Onion Patterns - an English site for them

Park Bench Patterns - site not working at last check

Pattern by Coni: misses and plus-size patterns (from 34" to 66" bust)

Pavelka Designs: art-to-wear type patterns

Petite Plus Patterns

Reconstructing History

Saf-T-Pockets: with travel in mind. Various types of garments with both hidden pockets.

Schnittquelle: in German

Sewaholic Patterns: for pear-shapes

Sewgrand: plus size patterns, only contact info on site.

Silhouette Patterns: have B, C, & D cup sizing

Simplicity - see above

Stretch and Sew: specialize in knits

Style Arc: Australian pattern company with RTW sizing

Suitability: Equestrian patterns, English and western, riding and for gear

Sure-Fit Designs: 'master' patterns that you scale based on measurements, with design modification designs.

Textile Studio Patterns

Trudy Jansen Design

Unique Patterns: patterns based on measurements you send in or have taken

Vogue - see above

Wild Ginger: pattern making software for home use

Pattern Magazines

I haven't done links to these yet:
Burda Style Magazine
La Mia Botique (no website found)
My Image
Ottobre Woman
Ottobbre Design
Patrones (no website found)

-- Edited on 9/30/13 9:29 PM --

With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

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Date: 2/19/06 9:11 PM

And for sources:

Of course, many of the pattern manufacturers now also sell their patterns directly. I haven't necessarily tried many of these stores; I don't actually do a lot of notion shopping on-line.

Primarily patterns:
Pattern Review:
Many pattern lines. Both hardcopy and downloadable patterns available. One advantage of this source is that using PR supports this site.
The Sewing Place:
Carries a large variety of independant pattern companies. Also carry some other sewing supplies (lining, elastic, etc).
Carries many lines of patterns. I have heard mixed reviews on the service from this company; haven't tried them myself. Looks like downloadable only.
Lanzet Living:
Vintage patterns
Pink Chalk Fabrcis:
Many small independents (plus quilting & some fashion fabric).

Primarily notions:
Home Sew
Newark Dress Maker Supply (these 2 have merged) I've used this company a number of times.
JoAnns on-line version of the store
Nancy's Notions
Joggles buttons, ribbon, and other notions
MJ Trim buttons, purse handles, lace, ...
As Cute As a Button
Shoppers Rule -shows retail price & you submit your offer.

Zipper Stop
Steinlauf and Stoller Inc
Sew True
Home Sew (Newark Dressmaker)
Zipper Source

Also check the full-service fabric stores, such as Denver Fabrics' zipper page and's zipper page.

Primarily thread:
Superior Threads
Red Rock Threads
Rose Rushbrooke

Buttons, from a post by sophiecat:
Button Emporium
buttons NW
Button Shanks: Button Shanks for making your own buttons

Yes, this is a very incomplete list so far... feel free to add items to this thread.

-- Edited on 10/9/13 9:06 PM --

With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

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Date: 2/20/06 10:31 AM

Thanks Anne for the great list


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Date: 2/20/06 10:37 AM

Ottobre Children

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Date: 2/20/06 11:17 AM


There are a couple of sites that are clearinghouses for historical and fantasy pattern lines (ie, they sell the patterns as well):
Harper House
Amazon Dry Goods
Five Rivers Chapmanry
And some more that I can't recall offhand....

mmmmm woooool

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Date: 2/20/06 12:16 PM

I haven't ordered from most of these, I just like to browse the patterns...

The Sewing Place

More independent patterns:
CNT Pattern Company
Cutting Line Designs
Encore Designs
Great Copy Patterns
Lois Ericson's Design and Sew
MacPhee Workshop
Park Bench Pattern Company
Pavelka Design
Purrfection Artistic Wearables
Diane Ericson's Revisions
Saf-T-Pockets Patterns
Sewing Workshop

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Date: 2/20/06 12:35 PM

I don't know about anyone else, but I love Neue Mode Patterns.
Don't like the fact that they do not include seam allowances, but I do love the designs and styles.


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Date: 2/20/06 1:26 PM

don't forget La Fred

i second the recommendation for The Sewing Place. they have great customer service and are speedy in sending stuff.


Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.
-- Betsey Johnson

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Date: 2/20/06 1:36 PM

Where's the list of fabric sources?


My brand new blog!

"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try."


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Date: 2/20/06 1:45 PM

For patterns for nursing moms, Elizabeth Lee Patterns is a great source. They aren't particularly trendy or fitted, but I use the patterns as a jumping off point.

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