With Frocktober nearly on us, it’s time for a bit of inspiration! So just for the fun of it, here’s my pick of some of the best independent pattern dresses that are out there…..
First up – one of my all-time faves. The La Sylphide dress from Papercut Patterns. It’s a cute button-up shirt dress with a full skirt and a pussy bow at the neckline. It’s fun to sew, and to wear. (Although be warned – the skirt is quite short so I highly recommend measuring it’s length before you cut! I ended up adding 16cm to it when I made my version.) Added bonus: the pattern includes a peplum top and a skirt. (Also, Papercut has free international shipping, which makes it a rather good price for an indie pattern.)
It wouldn’t be an indie pattern round-up without a showing by Colette Patterns. This is my all-time favourite dress from Colette – the Ceylon. It’s a shirt dress, with a huge number of buttons down the front. What do I love about it? All the shaping and seam details! There’s a waist panel, rather than a waist seam. Yokes at front and back. Gathers at the bust, waist, and sleeve heads. So much potential for fun mix-and-match colour blocking or print mixing, don’t you think?
I imagine you would have all seen this one popping up all over the place in the past year – the first pattern by Cake Patterns, it’s the Tiramisu dress. A knit dress, with a full skirt, cross-over bodice, and cunning stripe placement lines on the pattern so you get easily-matched stripes every time. (I’ve tried this – it works well!) And the best bit? So far, it’s looked fabulous on every single person I’ve seen this pattern on!
I find it really hard to choose my favourite dress from Deer & Doe. The back cut out of the Belladone is so cute. But so is the bow detail on the back of the Bleuet. It’s a close call, but the princess lines of the Bleuet edge it just slightly ahead into ‘favourite’ place for me. 🙂
So there’s a few of my current indie faves. I’ve already made the La Sylphide and the Tiramisu, and have Ceylon and Bleuet in my sewing queue right now. We’ll see which ones I get made for Frocktober (typically, my plan is far more ambitious that what I can realistically make!) What are your favourite indie dress patterns?