There are many different types of sewing patterns, which can lead to confusion. We have listed a number of important points for you. Our points are not an assessment, but general things to look out for when you start to work with a pattern.
Every seamstress has sometimes made the classic mistakes: she did not cut enough seam allowance cut, she made a wrong choice in terms of sizes or not reading the instructions of a pattern.
To avoid stress and a waste of fabrics; read the list well before you start to cut and sew.
Vogue sewing patterns:
Vogue sewing patterns are one of the most expensive sewing patterns because they are designed by many great couture designers, they are exclusive and they are always fashionable of timeless.
Vogue patterns are also available on the second-hand market. Many vintage patterns are worth a lot and collector's items are worth even more.
Vogue brings couture from the New York runways and they are truly in a class by themselves
If you're into vintage clothing, you will love the Vintage Vogue patterns, with styles that echo the exquisite wardrobes of movie stars from the 1930s and 1940s, including fabulous hats and accessories.
Very Easy Vogue patterns are great for beginners.
Vogue designers names like:
Vogue divides her patterns into the following collections:
Vogue comes every season with a new collection that they present through a lookbook. You can also buy a subscription on their magazine to be informed about the latest sewing patterns available.
Vogue patterns important details:
- seam allowance included
- great instructions
- great Vintage collections
- collector's items !
Almost needless to mention: we especially recommend the Claire Schaeffer collections as they are specialized couture classics and a very good choice if you want to sew a Chanel Inspired jacket !
Marfy sewing patterns:
Marfy sewing patterns are high-fashion, sophisticated home sewing experience for expert-level sewers. There are no instructions included !
The patterns are pre-cut and single-sized. This means you really have to be sure about your size ! Italian sizes are completly different from European and US sizes. Be careful about yur choice about sizes ! All sizing is European and all measurements are in centimeters. See the special Marfy Body Measurement Chart on each design page to calculate your size.
Pre-cut on very good paper. You are able to use the patterns for years.
Fabric requirements are only estimates and are for your chosen size only. You need to calculate the amount of fabric required. Contrast and trims are not calculated. Seam-allowence is not included.
No instructions about lining or cutting the lining fabrics !
Conclusion: Marfy patterns are collector's item but only designed for advanced seamstress.
Burda sewing patterns:
Burda is a German company which is creating the magazine and sewing patterns since 1949. Two collections a year, a nice little catalogue available in stores and online.
Burda patterns are for sale in a little envelop; on the backside alle information about requirements (fabric, lining, notions), the sizes and sewing level.
Categories: normal patterns, plus-sizes patterns, young patterns, easy-level patterns and carneval, costumes and cos-play patterns.
- seam-allowence NOT included.
- instructions included but not easy to follow.
- Burda magazines offers workshops and details about the patterns.
- not expensive patterns.
Neue Mode sewing patterns:
Neue Mode has a great website with lots of categories. Good services and nice testimonials.
European sewing patterns originally. Great gorgeous patterns classics and casual.
Sewing patterns for women, men and children.
- seam allowance NOT included
- great instructions included
- good fit
Kwik Sew sewing patterns:
Kwik Sew: as the name already shows: quick, easy to sew sewingprojects especially designed for knits, stretch fabrics and fleeces, though many designs are perfect for woven fabrics.
Kwik Sew patterns are far easier to work with than most because they are printed on white paper that is much sturdier than standard tissue pattern paper, with size lines in different colors.
Kwik Start patterns are ideal teaching patterns if you are new to sewing, and can even be used by children who want to learn to sew.
- detailed instructions
- seam allowance included
- good over-view
- serger-friendly patterns
- great for beginner levels
New Look sewing patterns:
NEW LOOK Patterns, designed in the UK are fashionable, trendy and very modern.On the patterns are always more varieties of the pattern and good examples to be creative with the pattern.
Some patterns includes skirts, trousers, top and a jacket as well. A whole wardrobe to sew !
Modern look of the pattern, great drawings or pictures.
- seam allowance included.
- good instructions
- all sewing levels
- not expensive and worth the money because of all possible varieties !
Same as New Look: fashionable, trendy and always the latest street fashion looks.
A lot of categories: women, or children, fun accessories like hats and scarves, home decor such as slipcovers or custom window blinds, or cute crafts and doll clothes.
Even uniforms, apronś, home collection and dog wear's.
Some beautiful designers collections as well:
McCalls Laura Ashley collection (exclusive patterns for girls and women's dresses, infant clothing, hand bags and crib accessories), A lot of other designers as well!
Easy Stitch N Save McCalls patterns are for beginners or fresh newbies. These patterns come with several sizes printed on one sheet and include design variations that make even simple projects look terrific.
- great website, lots of choices
- seam allowance included
- many sizes; some patterns even adjustments possible
- many varieties of the pattern
We especially love The Archives Collections, which offers beautiful fifties dresses and timeless classic like coats and skirts.
Simplicity is THE sewing pattern company since 1927. A lot of Vintage patterns are worth a lot !
Simplicity patterns are now over 1600 !
Wardrobes, bags, homewear, uni-wear, menwear, cos-play (your teenagers will love them!) handbags, designers wear, all categories are available.
We especially love their Amazing Fit patterns.
For real beginners: the Simplicity Sewing Patterns for Dummies collection. We would not like to call seamstress "dummies" but of course everybody needs to start some where....
- seam allowance included
- many varities
- a few choices if you like to make the Chanel Inspired jacket.
Butterick sewing patterns:
Butterick makes patterns since 1863.
Butterick patterns are modern, fashionable, classics and fit perfectly. Butterick also specialized in patterns for modern, sophisticated suits and separates that are perfect for the office, or indulge in patterns for beautiful casual dresses and fun skirts and tops.
Beginners levels: Butterick Yes! It's Easy See & Sew patterns.
We especially love the Lifestyle Wardrobe's collection !
A good choice for the Chanel Inspired Couture collection:
The Couture Skirt: Butterick B 5466 and the jacket: Butterick B6382
There is a lot of difference between sewing patterns from different brands. This isn't just price (Vogue's sewing patterns are the most expensive, Burda's are the cheapest). But the difference is also in the target group. Some brands focus on timeless fashion, others on easy sewing patterns and others specialize in Cosplay, Fantasy, carnival or workwear.
When you are buying a sewing pattern, make sure that the seam allowance differs. Some sewing patterns require 1 cm. or 1.5 cm. cut extra fabric, with other sewing patterns the seam allowance is already inserted or included in the pattern pieces.
Also take a look at the Internet to see if you can find reviews about the sewing pattern and maybe tutorials.
Good luck making something beautiful!