There are some very clever designers out there that I would class as independent but have their patterns published by one of the larger companies. 

Gertie and her blog for better sewing has no less that 6 patterns published by Butterick.  


Her 2012 book “Gertie’s new book for better sewing” also includes 10 of her patterns with an additional 13 variations.  It is hugely successful and includes  information about couture techniques, pattern customisation and fitting.   

She is currently in the midst of writing her second book which many are eagerly awaiting the release of – myself included!.


Oliver + S is probably both the most popular and successful independent pattern company of childrens patterns.  

Liesl Gibson has also released a line of womens clothing under the brand Lisette for Simplcity. 

I have purchased a few of these patterns and have had great succes with them.  

Just recently Leisl has released a new range of womens digital patterns that are now available in the Oliver + S shop under the brand Leisl + co.

I can’t wait to see these patterns sewn.  They look fantastic.