Supporting independent pattern designers with Perfect Pattern Parcel

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As someone who believes in supporting local businesses and independent retailers/designers, I try and buy most of my goods from Etsy. For my dressmaking pattern needs, I’ve only come across vintage or modern patterns by the usual pattern companies, but little did I know until I stumbled across Perfect Pattern Parcel that you could also purchase patterns from independent designers too!

Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they’re thoroughly tested by real people. Indie designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping make dreams come true.

Perfect Pattern Parcel

The idea behind the limited time sales is that they become exclusive patterns. You get to choose how much you’re willing to spend for the pack of 5 patterns from different designers. The patterns are then e-mailed to you or you can download it directly from the site after you’ve paid and print them off. The idea is with choosing the amount you pay is to make it accessible for all, the minimum donation is US$10 (approx. £6.20), but please, please, please donate generously – after all, your donations go to independent designers for their hard work and a portion of what you contribute also goes to charity to support children’s education!

The current Pattern Parcel #6 is a collection of patterns that will suit every lifestyle from a lazy day at home to swanky social event. These patterns let you mix and match to keep your wardrobe updated with fashion, but also allow you a comfortable fit.

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The available patterns in Pattern Parcel #6 includes:

1) Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren – A vintage take on a modern, comfortable, versatile top

2) Hudson Pant by True Bias – A relaxed pant with an easy, urban vibe. Make them as comfortable errand running pants, or dress them up for a night out. You can also see the trousers that Suzannah from Create/Enjoy – formerly Adventures in Dressmaking – blog made here

3) Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations – A simple cardigan with a draping that is flattering on all shapes and sizes, adds a little bit of polish to any outfit!

4) Zsalya Top and Dress by Kate and Rose – A modern style with simple asymmetrical keyhole neckline or fringe

If you make a donation of US$32 (approx. £52) or more, you’ll even get a bonus pattern – the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. This is a one of a kind dress with a fitted and fully lined bodice with bateau V neckline. The gored skirt highlights the waistline, skims the hips and flares just right

For US$32 (£52), that’s 6 patterns for approximately US$5 (or £3) each – to put this into perspective, a commercial pattern costs at least £5.50 each, so you’re definitely getting a bargain!

I know I’ve only mentioned 4 patterns, but the fifth one is theone that I’m most excited about – the exclusive Pattern Parcel release of the Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs, a sophisticated skirt with rouched or flat waistband which you can transform into a flowing knee-length or maxi skirt. This pattern was originally worth US$12 on the site, but is now sold out!

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Source: Selvage Designs

I really like maxi skirts, but with my shorter leg length, it’s almost impossible to buy a maxi skirt that would suit me. The chance to make your own pieces of clothing means that you’re able to tailor them to fit you exactly so I’m really excited about this! I had a quick look around for more jersey fabric which would look nice as a hipster maxi skirt, but most of the fabrics that caught my eye were great for a dress, but not so much a skirt. I decided to go back to Indeed Fabric and bought 3 yards of the mint green jersey fabric that I previously bought for an upcoming jersey dress project.

Frilly Flutters in Mist, from Bonnie Christine’s Winged collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, £5.42 per half yard from Indeed Fabric

Just when you’re needing inspiration for sewing projects, they seem to crop up out of nowhere when you go looking for them! It might seem strange that I’ll have a maxi skirt and a jersey dress made from the same fabric, but sometimes finding a great fabric means you can transform it into more than one way and you can style them in different ways too. That’s the best part about fashion, switching it up and coming up with different outfits!

Once you start looking, you’ll find there is a community out there for indie pattern designers. If you can support an independent designer’s efforts, wouldn’t you prefer to do this than buy a commercial pattern? I’ve also found another online independent pattern designer store, Indie Sew, where you can purchase digital patterns for downloading and printing from the comforts of your own home.

Pattern Parcel #6 is only available for another couple of days. Once the offer ends, another set of patterns will be available to purchase for two weeks from the site so if you want to purchase any of these gorgeous patterns from Parcel #6, get yours quickly and don’t forget to donate generously!

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