Sewing Resources: The best free patterns for a handmade wardrobe
It’s safe to say that when it comes to making your own clothes and building a handmade wardrobe there are a heap of options out there when it comes to patterns and what to make.
My sewing journey started back in 2020 when there were already plenty of Indie sewing companies out there. While there is a huge amount of patterns available from the big 4 in printed format, it is the development of PDF patterns that has really changed a lot in the sewing world.
Firstly, and I think most importantly, the Indie pattern companies cater to more of us and offer size ranges that are more in keeping with real bodies. If this hadn’t happened, I probably wouldn’t be sewing as I am often the top size, or sized out of the big 4 patterns. tut tut!
They also bring more variety and a deeper level of support and guidance with the instructions which is something that hugely helped me when I started sewing.
The other amazing thing about the Indie pattern designers is just how much they give back to us in the sewing community.
When you get started sewing your own clothes it can quickly become an obsession. It’s no secret that sewing is not a low cost hobby and so when you find amazing things for free it’s something to shout about.
Many of the Independent Pattern Designers have created free patterns which is a great place to get started . I have tried to compile as many as I can here. It would be wrong to assume that the free patterns are all very basic or not a good fit. While it is true that there are a lot of beginner options out there, there are great free patterns lurking around every corner. You just need to know where to look!
You’ll be able to quickly see these aren’t patterns just for beginners – there are some amazing styles here from pattern makers of all niches. So let’s get started on some of the best free sewing patterns available!
Free dress & Skirt patterns
Charm Patterns Circle Skirt
Who better to draft a classic vintage style circle skirt than Gertie! Not only is it a free pattern, but it comes in an inclusive size range 2-32!
Megan Nielsen Veronica Skirt
The Veronica Skirt is a free pattern from Megan Nielsen and is provided in both size ranges. You do need to subscribe to the newsletter to get the freebie, but that’s not such a hardship for a great pattern!
This pattern has become a bit of a cult classic I feel, and it’s free! Launched through Peppermint Magazine, Tara of Paper Theory really treated us with this one.
Free Tops, T-Shirt and Blouse/Shirt patterns
Tessuti Athina Top - Free pattern
The Athina is a great boxy style top and is a simple and quick project too. A great make for a beginner!
Paddington Top - Free Pattern
The resources on Peppermint are phenomenal when it comes to free sewing patterns. This one is full of puff sleeved goodness and is designed by French Navy Now
The Sunday tee by Friday Pattern Co is a great stash buster pattern, perfect for colour blocking. It has a gender neutral shape/fit so it’s great for everyone!
Free Pants, Shorts and Jeans patterns
In The Folds Wide Leg Pants - Free Sewing Pattern
Another free pattern that is a real favourite with a lot of sewists is the Wide Leg pants pattern from the Peppermint Magazine sewing school.
The sports shorts is such a good pattern, it gets. arow all to itself. Its a great style that can be used to scrap bust, make pjs. aswell as the fabulous day shorts they are!
Free Jackets and Coats Sewing patterns
This pattern is from the upscale pattern company Marfy and is a true free pattern treat! Their free patterns are provided up to a bust size 122 so not the most inclusive – about the same as a Vogue pattern.
Free Sleepwear, lingerie and underwear patterns
Free accessory patterns
MORE FREE SEWING PATTERNS
We are lucky to have so many great free resources and from some great designers too. The links below will take you to many more free sewing resources.
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