January was a very busy month for our favourite Indie Designers.  Warning – this post is pic heavy.

Stylearc kicked 2014 off with 4 new shirts.

  • Maggie Shirt with magyar sleeve, fly front and pleat
  • Lolita Knit Top with high neck and cross over feature
  • Sunny cocoon shape top and
  • Dotty blouse with draped front and front twist.

The Rosie top was the free pattern for this month.  I am not sure if it is a new release as well, but I don’t remember coming across it before.


I am a sucker for great shirts that can be worn with jeans.  I bought the Rosie and Maggie tops.

Waffle patterns released the Snowball dress.  A great pattern that features a high neck, princess seams and cap sleeves.

The Makers’ Journal released two patterns this month; the flash and dash skirt and the jump pant.


Salme patterns have created a simple basic knit dress for beginners.  With a deep V neck and cap sleeve this dress would be a great wardrobe basic in a bright or bold solid.

Ohh Lulu has opened a new shop (Ohh Lulu sews) for her sewing patterns and lingerie making supplies.  Upon opening her shop she also released some new patterns.

A few new books were announced by Independent designers this month too.

Sewaholic announced her new book Sewtionary.  It is based on her sewing glossary. page from her blog.  It is described as “An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques and Definitions”   Due for release in July, you can pre-order on Amazon now.

Christine Haynes announced her book the Complete photo guide to clothing construction.  It was due for release on 1 Feb so it should now be available for purchase from Amazon now.

Sew Liberated has come out with 3 new patterns.  The Brynna DressAida Top, and Myla Tank.

Surefit designs have updated their master dress pattern and added a collar collelction

Violette Field Threads have created Maggie which is a stunning 1940’s inspired dress.  There is also a girls version of this dress too.


The latest release from The Sewing Workshop is the Helix Tee and pants.  The long sleeve shirt is a spiral, bias cut top.

Three more free shirt patterns popped up this month.  Deer and Doe have released a fabulous casual shirt called Plantain.

The other two are by new Australian designers. Teach me Fashion released a very on trend two toned shirt.  This shirt also has an accompanying 16 min you tube video.

The third free shirt is by Iconic Patterns, the Sammy Cami.  Then later in the month they released Jess Jeans.

I try to keep up with some of the German and other european designers but I do struggle terribly with the language.   I am pretty sure that the Julia Jacket is new form Republic du chifon.

and Mamu designs released the Anne top/sweatshirt/dress.

Wearing history has created a pattern for the absolutely amazing jacket called Sophie.   This is my favourite pattern for the month.  This jacket is truly unique.

Also released by Wearing history was an accessory pattern – 1940’s hats.

If you are after a new pair of pants, SBCC have brought out the Manhatten trousers which are a classic slim cut style.

The Cake cocoa shrug pattern was announced a few months back and it is now available to buy as either a printed pattern or downloadable PDF.

New designer company Gather Kits have finally released their much anticipated first patterns.   As well as a stand alone collar (Tallis) they have a new dress called Mortmain

Gertie has some new patterns out for Butterick. BB6301 is an entire lingerie set consisting of a slip, camisole in 2 lengths, and panties.

B6019 is a spectacular dress with some amazing details : the bias band across the bodice, boned bodice, structured bra cups, removable halter strap, sarong skirt, and elastic shirring.

Congratulations to Megan Neilsen who has now 2 of her maternity patterns produced by Simplicity.  The Wrapped maternity top (Simplicity 1468) and the Perfect nursing & maternity top (Simplicity 1469). There will be another 2 maternity coming out in the next few months.

Thread theory finally have their Goldstream pea coat pattern available.  The pattern allows you to create a classic pea coat or a more casual hooded version.

Cutting Line designs released the Simplify your life pullover shirt pattern.

The Lesley flutter top is by Seamingly Smitten.  It is a great design with a scooped neckline and open draped flutter sleeves.

Blue ginger doll has put out the Sherri Tank which is a simple a-line shape that ties at the shoulder.  This is a great pattern, I have already made two of these (omitting the shoulder ties).

The most anticipated release this month was the new SS14 collection from NamedAll things nice.   By my count there are 23 patterns in this collection with some absolute stand out pieces.

From what I can gather the Sara, Alpi and Apila pants patterns’ also contain the shorts variations.  Also the Kanerva pattern has the peplum blouse as well as the button back shirt option.

It takes a while for a pattern to gain momentum and become popular and I will be interested to see which of these gain celebrity status in the online sewing community.

If you are a designer and have a new pattern coming out or one that I missed – please let me know!