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10 Indie Patterns to Sew for Yourself this Fall

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10 Indie Patterns to Sew for Fall

 I know my Mom will ask me; indie = independent! I love jeans & hoodie weather so I actually started browsing around and making this list back in July. I tried to seek out designers I hadn’t sewn before and some that I know and love – you’ll notice there are only 9 pictures, I didn’t hear back in time from one designer if it was okay to use their picture. The pattern is linked in the list below though!

Since I initially wrote this post, I created a master list of PDF cardigan sewing patterns too, perfect for fall.

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1. Imagine Gnats – Meridian Cardigan

 Delia CreatesCaila Made — Indie Sew

I’ll admit, the stock photo of this didn’t initially appeal to me because of the fabric choice. Later on I saw Delia Creates’ version and did a 180 – it looks so cozy! Perfect for transitional weather, nursing, postpartum, etc.

2. Greenstyle Creations – Lacy Slope Hooded Top

Pattern RevolutionDiedelbug HandmadeLollipops & Paisley — Swoodson Says

I’ve already proclaimed my love for this pattern and sewn a version for two different friends; it’s easy, looks store-bought, and you can make it as long as you’d like with the three different length lines. Of all the things I’ve sewn myself, I get stopped and asked about this every time I wear it! I’m not sure why stores make it so hard to find tunic length tops.

3. Kitschy Coo – Lady Skater

Idle FancyKadiddlehopperDelia Creates Made With Moxie (tunic) —

One dress! I don’t wear dresses very often because they’re not conducive to my daily trips to the park and crawling around on the floor. I really like comfy knit dresses though and I think this would be perfect over tights or leggings. The designer has a ton of great fitting tips and gorgeous knit fabrics for sale too.

4. Kate&Rose – Roza Blouse 

Hawthorne Threads — Imagine Gnats (Milkybeer Handmade) — My Modern Vintage 

I tested for Kati with my Zsalya top and think the Roza looks comfy and easy. Perfect for layering and with boots for fall!

5.Victory Patterns – Lola Sweatshirt Dress/Tunic

Lladybird –What Katie Sews Ginger Makes  

The seaming on this sweatshirt is hard to see in the stock photo, but I think it makes for a really flattering fit. Again, pockets, tunic length = wardrobe gold.

6. Grainline Studio – Hemlock Tee (free!) 

Montana DesignsGreys FabricSwoodson Says

I’ve seen a lot of dropped shoulders in stores for fall and they reminded me of the Hemlock! I sewed the Scout tee and want to try this next, I will probably be lazy and band the hems for a super fast sew.

7. EYMM – Piko Top*

Sew Not Perfect Rebel and MaliceOur Family Four — Sumo’s Sweet Stuff —

I’d never heard of the piko style before Kymy promoted this pattern, but I love it! Perfect for hiding an extra helping of turkey or caramel apple.

8. Named Clothing – Jamie Jeans

 Scruffy Badger

I’ll admit, I don’t have any intention of sewing jeans in the near future. At least not ones with a real fly and all that. BUT I admire those who do, and really like the look of this pattern. Besides, then you can brag to people that you sewed your jeans.

9. True Bias – Hudson Pants

 We Live Out Loud Swoodson Says

Sweats! I live for sweats. It’s embarrassing. I think this fitted style would be cute with bright tennis shoes and the Greenstyle tunic.

10. Deer & Doe – Pavot Jacket

Four Square Walls — The Slow Steady — Autumn Yarn — Sew Hopeful

The response from Deer & Doe saying I could use their picture went to my spam folder and I didn’t discover it until the post was live 🙁 So it is pictured above! I think the lines of this coat would be really pretty instead of typical winter coat bulkiness. Perfect with the Jamie Jeans and a pair of boots.


Draft your own leggings with Cal Patch

–Pattern and Branch–

How neat is this! I am not a sewing purist – I don’t mind if things fit decently instead of perfectly as long as they’re comfy. But I think this is really neat and would like to see how my finished product compares to a sewn pattern. I couldn’t find many examples on blogs but I just saw @hodpodgefarm retweet someone saying they’d recently tried it and loved it!

SO that’s my list! What do you think? Have you sewn any of these? Did I miss one of your favorites?

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Sunday 24th of August 2014

This is an awesome list of patterns, and more money I need to spend on myself for once :) I normally and more of a close fitting person, but the weighted slinky fabric I used for my piko made all the difference. I can't wait for it to cool off so I can start wearing it again. I also suggest sizing down for the body of it if you don't like a ton of fabric/volume.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 25th of August 2014

The tester shots seem to be a lot different depending on fabric type - so that's good to know, thanks Melissa!


Friday 22nd of August 2014

I definitely need to sew for myself more. I think I will start with the Lacy Slope Hoodie.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 22nd of August 2014

It's my absolute favorite!! I hope you love it too!


Thursday 21st of August 2014

I made the EYMM top, but it is unwearable, have never seen nothing so unflattering, and usually I will wear any old thing. It uses stacks of fabric too. Was v. disappointed.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Yikes! Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear that :(

rachael {imagine gnats}

Thursday 21st of August 2014

what a great round-up!! thanks for including the meridian :) xo

Scruffy Badger

Thursday 21st of August 2014

Lovely round up of indie patterns - thank you for bringing a few I hadn't been aware of to light as well. I'm feeling ready for the cooler weather just looking at them!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 22nd of August 2014

You & I both!! I hate shorts, and sweating.

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