Falling in Love with Indie Sewing Patterns and Vintage Dress Patterns


So, you might have noticed this blog has been out of commission for a week.  One of my goals for this year was to make the blog faster and easier to navigate.

Unfortunately, the once great hosting service I began my blogging adventures with had slowed down big time and it just wasn’t living up to my standards.  After some research, I discovered a hosting service to switch over to.

A web developer handled all of the details for the hosting switch.  The process took exactly a week, during which time I went a little bit stir crazy.  I was surprised to notice how aimless I felt without my blog.

And so I wandered the internet looking for beautiful things to inspire future blog posts.  On my travels, I discovered indie clothing patterns and fell in love.

Long story short, I got bored while my blog was out of commission and ended up buying myself a brand new sewing machine so I could learn to make some groovy new clothes.

For a few years beginning in 2010, I owned and ran an online vintage clothing store.  I have shopped at thrift stores, estate sales, and other vintage clothing sources since I was a kid so owning a vintage store was a pretty natural endeavor for me.

While I ran the shop, my wardrobe rocked.  I consistently had my pick of incredible dresses to add to my own collection.  After having my son, shopping for the store became pretty difficult (it’s hard work!) and I stopped selling vintage shortly thereafter.

Since then I have had one heck of a time trying to find clothes I like.  I am super picky about cuts, colors, and patterns so I find myself pretty underwhelmed with my wardrobe these days.

When I lived in San Francisco a few years back, I hit up the Goodwill on Mission and Van Ness (R.I.P. the best Goodwill ever) every day after work and hauled my thrift finds back to my studio apartment where I’d cut and hem and create clothing lines inspired by books, movies, or whatever else was providing me inspiration at the moment.

A movie still from Easy Rider.

My favorite line of clothing to come out of that little studio apartment was inspired by the movie, Easy Rider.  It was so good.

Anyway, that sewing machine broke a while back and, what with caring for my babies and all, I just hadn’t had time to replace it.  Until now.

My new machine is a Singer Stylist.  It really is just a basic machine but it has so many more stitch options and is way fancier than my last sewing machine.

I have a lot of experience refashioning vintage clothing, but I have never created a piece of clothing from a pattern.  Never ever.  So this will be an adventure, for sure.

I’ve done a round-up of all of my favorite indie sewing patterns I ran across during my internet travels this past week, as well as a couple of easy (I hope!) vintage dress patterns that I am going to give a go.

So, without further ado, here are some indie patterns for your enjoyment…

The Camden Cape. PDF pattern offered by Seamwork.
The Camden Cape. PDF pattern offered by Seamwork.


Lander Pant by True Bias. Offered in paper or PDF format.
Lander Pant by True Bias. Offered in paper or PDF format.


Catarina Dress by Seamwork. Offered in PDF format.
Catarina Dress by Seamwork. Offered in PDF format.


Aubepine Dress by Deer and Doe. Offered in paper format.
Aubepine Dress by Deer and Doe. Offered in paper format.


Cascade Duffle Coat by Grainline Studios. Offered in PDF and paper formats.
Cascade Duffle Coat by Grainline Studios. Offered in PDF and paper formats.

(Click on any of these photos to be transported to the pattern’s home on the web!)

If you give any of these patterns a try, I would love to see pictures.  Being a newbie, I need all the help I can get with fabric choice, etc!  You can mention me on Instagram @adifferentdrum or just send me a pic via DM.

Something tells me that I need a lot of practice before attempting some of those gorgeous indie patterns.  Before I cut into some beautiful fabric and try my hand at re-creating them, I am going to cut up some vintage bedsheets and make a couple vintage patterns first.

Vintage Simplicity 6386 Dress Pattern.
Vintage Simplicity 6386 Dress Pattern.

If you are interested in finding out more about the sewing community and indie pattern makers, here are some resources:

Listen to Helen and Caroline interview indie pattern makers, fabric shop owners, and other industry people.

✿  Love to Sew Podcast

This podcast is run by Caroline Somos, owner of Blackbird Fabrics, and Helen Wilkinson, the pattern designer behind Helen’s Closet.  Listen to these two sincere, lovely gals discuss all things sewing and interview pattern designers, fabric shop owners, and other industry leaders.



Suzy Magazine

Suzy Magazine is “…a new independent sewing magazine for fashion-forward sewists.”  Each issue features bloggers and shops as well as advice on specific sewing techniques, fabrics, etc.

I hope you will check out these incredible indie pattern designers and resources.  Meanwhile, I will be sewing at my sewing desk, a.k.a. kitchen table.


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