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A guide to the best independent sewing pattern companies

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2019
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Our guide to the best independent sewing pattern companies
The past few years has seen a rise in smaller sewing companies and now there seems to be patterns to suit everyone, whatever their style. From French style to vintage inspired, here are a few of the best independent sewing pattern companies out there and the pick of my favourite makes. If you know of any others that should be added to the list, please let us know in the comments below!

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By Hand London
By Hand London - Sewing Pattern CompaniesIndependent sewing pattern label By Hand London has only been around for a few years but is creating quite a stir in sewing circles. The company was set up by Londoners Charlotte, Elisalex and Victoria, who create up-to-date takes on classic clothing styles and even show you how to make completely new versions of their designs. With roots firmly in London, the girls’ blog also features lots of tutorials and tips for overcoming sewing problems.
Favourite pattern: The Elisalex dress
byhandlondon.com
Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly and the Buttons - Sewing Pattern CompaniesPrevious Great British Sewing Bee contestant Tilly Walnes only started sewing six years ago but has seen her brand grow significantly in that time. She has launched her own range of patterns and a book to demystify the sewing jargon that puts many people off learning to sew and her vintage-inspired patterns appeal to many. Her newest pattern, the Fifi camisole, is perfect if you want to try your hand at something new and the rest of her patterns are great for beginners too.
Favourite pattern: The Francoise dress
tillyandthebuttons.com
Sew Over It
Sew Over ItLisa Comfort set up Sew Over It, her sewing shop and cafe, in 2011, with the intention of teaching as many people to sew as possible. Her dressmaking patterns are inspired by the past and range from the easier silk cami top and men’s tie to the more challenging vintage shirt dress. There are now two Sew Over It locations in London which provide the perfect atmosphere to learn in as well as the sewing cafe, where you can take your projects along to complete.
Favourite pattern: The Betty dress
sewoverit.co.uk
Republique du Chiffon
Republique du Chiffon - Sewing Pattern Companies copyFrench brand Republique du Chiffon has a great range of sewing patterns with a modern, international, influence. Although the brand isn’t all that well known in the UK, it has attracted a cult following for its loose-fitting garments and there seems to be quite a few examples on Pinterest too. I first learnt of the brand when making the Marthe top but there are plenty of other great options to try out, such as the Lucie dress or the newly released Nadine top.
Favourite pattern: The Marthe top (although you’ll need to know a little French to be able to make it)
republiqueduchiffon.com
Simple Sew patterns
Simple Sew Patterns - Sewing Pattern Companies copySimple Sew patterns aren’t all that well known in the sewing world but their patterns are underrated. I’ve tried my hand at a few of the sewing patterns from the brand, including the classic trouser and Ruby dress and the instructions are easy to follow and hassle free. Plus the brand has partnered up with Love Sewing magazine in recent times to produce more great makes.
Favourite pattern: The classic trouser
simplesewpatterns.com
Gather Kits
Gather Kits - Sewing Pattern CompaniesGather Kits is another sewing pattern company based in London with a small range of patterns to get you started. Taking inspiration from literary figures to name their designs, Gather’s makes are easy enough to have a go at and you can even buy the kits for some of their patterns, which includes everything you need to get sewing. If you want something to start you off, try the Tallis collar, which comes in both rounded and square versions.
Favourite pattern: The Mortmain dress
gatherkits.com
Check out William Gee’s range of dressmaking pattern here
What sewing pattern companies would you recommend? Are there any sewing pattern companies you think we should add to this list? Let us know below!

 


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    Pauline Randall
    Pauline Randall
    16:05 17 Jul 19
    I was searching for a difficult to find product, Adam from William Gee was incredibly helpful and not only pointed me to the item in stock but also changed the minimum order so it was more appropriate to my needs, thank you that was really excellent! Once ordered the product arrived promptly and as advertised.
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    Jenny Brent
    18:55 24 Jun 19
    Very good service. Helpful staff with great knowledge. Hope to see shop.
    Pauline Rawlinson
    Pauline Rawlinson
    14:56 03 Jun 19
    Great being able to find all your sewing needs in one place. I placed an order for a few items & all were received quickly & at a great price.
    Jacqui Thomas
    Jacqui Thomas
    11:54 03 Jun 19
    Excellent customer Service. Had an issue with an order and it was sorted in minutes. Also got items in for me that I need on a regular basis. Good prices too.
    Joanna McCall
    Joanna McCall
    16:12 23 May 19
    My first experience of buying from this company. Good price, smooth transaction and super fast delivery. Would definitely recommend them for all your haberdashery needs.
    Christine Muttock
    Christine Muttock
    15:41 19 Apr 19
    Great products, I received my order (overlocker thread and dot & cross pattern paper) within 24 hours of ordering. Would definitely order again.
    Fiona Barnett
    Fiona Barnett
    08:15 04 Apr 19
    Managed to find exactly what I wanted at a fantastic price. Quick delivery. Very happy.
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    Lara Lewis
    10:33 25 Mar 19
    Wonderful old shop complete with original layout and fittings. Long may it last. Helpful service too.
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    Anne Barron
    15:22 15 Mar 19
    Thank you very much for my order. I was able to choose the right products at a good price from an extensive range all in one place. Quick delivery too.
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    CatsMistress
    12:10 18 Feb 19
    I'm very pleased with the items that I've purchased and they were delivered very quickly.
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    jayne cooke
    07:25 31 Jan 19
    Not only do William Gee have an amazing amount of products at great prices their customer experience must be second to none! I placed my order at about lunchtime and it was in my house in Derbyshire by 8.15am the next day! Thank you.
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    Di Kendall
    12:59 23 Jan 19
    Quick delivery, quality products I struggled to find a shop that provided all the products I needed and found this! Will order again.
    RADUTA ROXANA
    RADUTA ROXANA
    14:19 21 Jan 19
    A great little shop with a good selection of quality haberdashery from notions to lining fabrics. I bought a beautiful pair of William Whiteley Wilkinson fabric shears and they are excellent.
    Laura Haines
    Laura Haines
    09:57 10 Jan 19
    Had everything I needed. Delivery was very quick. Will shop with William Gee again.
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    Richard Christian
    07:50 24 Dec 18
    Ordered two pairs of shears. Got an immediate telephone call advising that one item was not in stock but would be delivered as soon as available. Both items arrived within 8 days.
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    David Brown
    15:08 29 Nov 18
    Brilliantly helpful staff, quick to respond to emails and to ship. Helped me find specific items not on the website and very easy to deal with and process. Will continue to use for future business purchases!
    Hayley Jones
    Hayley Jones
    11:22 14 Nov 18
    Excellent service and high quality products. Highly recommended.
    C Parfish
    C Parfish
    17:08 02 Nov 18
    My friend bought some Terko satin cotton recently and was very impressed with the excellent service, will definitely use again.
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    derek richardson
    20:33 29 Oct 18
    Excellent service - William Gee supplied thread for curtain making that I had struggled to find elsewhere and for a fraction of the price of the few suppliers I had managed to find elsewhere. Delivery was fast and reasonably priced. Would recommend and will be shopping there again. Thank you.
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    Hannah
    09:48 26 Oct 18
    I ordered binding and was very pleased with it..Communication went smoothly very nice people Thank you so the sale .Annette from Nottingham. Will definitely buy again
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    Crabbycheetah
    06:10 07 Oct 18
    Quick and efficient service. Very good quality products
    Mo Heywood
    Mo Heywood
    06:07 07 Oct 18
    Was more than pleased with the things that I ordered arrived very promptly and were packed well would certainly recommend and look forward to ordering again in the future.
    caren Tapley
    caren Tapley
    07:37 13 Sep 18
    I ordered a 150m. roll of Dot and Cross pattern and received the parcel the following morning, excellent customer service, thank you.
    Janet Megson
    Janet Megson
    14:31 29 Aug 18
    I placed an order for some haberdashery items. They arrived well packed and secure so there was no damage; and, earlier than I expected to receive them. Good quality products, will definitely be ordering again. Thank you very much!
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    kemi watchorn
    12:32 06 Aug 18
    Placed an order online to collect, was ready quickly and they called to tell me so. Through browsing online store it is probably the best stocked haberdashery in the uk, stocking harder to find and a lot of items for designers. Will definatly be using again.
    Thewilsonsdidwhat
    Thewilsonsdidwhat
    08:25 02 Aug 18
    Amazing service. Next day delivery. Good value.
    Janette Hall
    Janette Hall
    14:15 30 Jul 18
    Online ordering is simple; efficiency in recieving goods in a timely manner is superb. Will continue to use William Gee.
    Lara Kelly
    Lara Kelly
    12:26 28 Jul 18
    Have used them for a number of years both professionally and personally. Great prices, fast and efficient service and amazing staff who go out of their way to help.
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    Catherine McEvoy
    16:34 03 Jul 18
    Excellent service and quick delivery. The only place on the Web I could find Acetate Satin at the correct weight. Very pleased with the product and I will certainly come to you again when we need.
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    20:39 30 Jun 18
    Everything I needed in one place and speedy efficient delivery, can't ask for much more :)
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    Shirley Mather
    15:55 22 Jun 18
    Lovely habedashery with very friendly and helpful staff. Easily accessible by public transport. Will definitely go again.
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    Fatima Mirza
    14:35 17 May 18
    I placed my first order recently and I was very pleased with my purchases. Everything was as described, the quality was outstanding and it was all affordable. Their wide range of haberdashery is the best I've come across. I'll definitely be back for another haul.
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    twenty.seven zero.three
    07:53 27 Mar 18
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    Lisa Wightman
    22:34 02 Mar 18
    Excellent. I made a silly mistake when ordering. Phoned immediately and it was all sorted straightaway. Couldn’t have wished for better service. Thank you.
    Joan Clark
    Joan Clark
    09:57 25 Jan 18
    I visited WilliamGee store today. I am a new starter in sewing, so I had just a paper with a list of unknown words to me. Effie, the sales assistant, was very helpful, indeed. She explained to me what I needed for and replied friendly to my queries. So, I easily found all I needed and I am happy! I will definitely recommend this place.
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    Natalia Kokla
    12:17 10 Jan 18
    Excellent service provided by this family run business. Not only are the prices superb but the delivery time is swift too. I shall be definitely using William Gee again and have recommended them to all of my 'stitchy' friends!
    Zoe Goodwin
    Zoe Goodwin
    15:54 03 Jan 18
    Great price and found exactly what I need, speedy delivery too. Will definitely be returning for more zips!
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    09:44 20 Nov 17
    Amazing selection on their website - lots of unusual and hard to find items. Great prices and quick delivery. I will definitely be shopping there again just because of the extensive range of products.
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    rosalind povey
    09:40 02 Nov 17
    Brilliant service. Really helpful when I telephoned them. My order was processed very quickly. Will definitely use them again.
    Jane
    Jane
    18:14 31 Oct 17
    A fantastic place for all haverdashery needs. I've been buying from this company for years. Excellent customer service, responds promptly to any issues. Shopping online is easy, but the shop is always worth visiting.
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    Sonia Auyeung
    18:56 06 Sep 17
    Placed my first online order with William Gee for my small sewing business. Web site very easy to navigate and use, good quality products and very speedy delivery. Very happy customer, I will be ordering again. Thank you.
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    20:03 13 Aug 17
    Incredible sewing and craft shop, reminds me of long established sewing shops in Manchester growing up in the 80s. It's not a massive shop but they have everything you could ever want at very competitive prices. I also love their bargain bundles and bags.Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful too. I have done both click and collect online and bought from the shop in person, both great experiences but if you're easily tempted I advise the former option.
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    Sophie J
    23:39 11 Aug 17
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