Five Pattern Companies I Love

Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s been the better part of a month since I posted. Lots happened. I went on a bucket list trip. The website will be back up and running shortly (big updates, meaning little things broke and we want to fix them).

In the meantime, I want to share with you my favorite pattern companies. I try very hard to be egalitarian with my recommendations for patterns for the fabrics on Gorgeous Fabrics, but these are the ones that I sew for myself.

Vogue Patterns
I’ve sewn Vogue patterns since I was a teenager. They are the gold standard for designer patterns. They went through a bit of a fallow period, but recently they have brought in new designers, and the results are great! And hey, they have recently engaged with one of my favorite pattern designers…

BCN Unique Patterns (aka Paco Peralta Patterns)
Classic, Barcelona (the home of Balenciaga) inspired, fabulous for any age patterns. Amazing drafting, beautiful lines. Total LURVE! Full disclosure, Paco is a dear friend, but still – the patterns are great.

StyleArc Patterns
If you want to copy recent ready-to-wear, this is the company that you want to hook your little red wagon to. Recently they have embraced the athleisure wear trend, and that’s fine, but I really like their more structured looks.

Marfy Patterns
Couture patterns, meant for those who really (really) know what they are doing, but drafted so well that the less complicated ones are pretty easy to figure out. No instructions, no seam allowances. You are on your own but the results are almost universally FANTASTIC!

Jalie Patterns
If you want casual clothing with a truly RTW fit, and easy sewing, great drafting and adherence to trends without going all wacky, this is the line for you. Emilie and her mom design and grade the patterns, and most of them (all of them?) come in sizes from les petites to femmes/hommes and they all seem to fit beautifully. A real treat!

Lots of new stuff is coming once we get the small broken shoelace module *cough*shipping*cough* fixed on the site. It should be back tomorrow, and thanks for your patience.

Happy sewing!

Just to be very clear here, I have not received any recompense for this post from any pattern companies. I don’t solicit or take reimbursement  for any recommendations. I really like these guys, and I hope you will too!

10 thoughts on “Five Pattern Companies I Love”

  1. Karen says:

    Ditto all your favorite patterns. Paco’s designs are a wonderful addition to Vogue!

  2. Talliana says:

    Thank Your for the BCN link, I’ve never heard of them before. I always enjoy finding new sources.

  3. Tany says:

    You’ve said it all, Ann! <3

  4. AJW says:

    Thank you for this post, Ann. It is always great to hear the feedback of someone so involved in the sewing business. I want to add a huge thank you for all the pattern suggestions you provide with your fabric postings. I cannot imagine the research involved in that aspect of marketing the fabrics, all I can say it that I so appreciate the ideas you provide regarding fabric use. It is so helpful!

  5. Off-topic, but do you know of a good sewing machine repair place in the Boston area? My 1950’s-60’s era Singer has started screaming like a banshee, and no amount of oiling seems to fix it. It needs a new belt, too…

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I’d go to Ann’s in Canton. It merged with Reliable (the place where I got my industrials) and they have the best technicians around for vintage machines, IMO. The other place I recommend is Nashua Sew ‘n Vac, but Ann’s is closer.

      1. Thanks so much! I’ll check them out!

  6. ritas says:

    I’d like to share a little fact I just learned. Simplicity patterns from the 30s had a different standard body shape. The waist was wider and the height shorter. For example, a 32 bust expected a 27 waist. If you’re a little thicker through the middle, this is a great thing! It’s not reflected in the new reproductions of the 30’s clothes.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      That is really fascinating, Rita, thank you for sharing it!

  7. King Fabrics says:

    This is good, I’ll check them out.

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