(Okay, maybe you’ve already dusted off your machine long ago! Or maybe you use it all the time? I understand. It’s just a headline, you know?!)
I’ve been scouting around for fashionable looks from independent pattern companies, and let me tell you, there are a heap of excellent designers out there. There’s been a significant movement in this direction over the last few years, and most patterns are available in PDF so you can print them out and use them straight away.
If you aren’t keen to sew these yourself, you could always enlist the help of a dressmaker. PLUS once you get the fit right for you, you could commission a few of the same style in different fabrics. Nothing like having a unique and handmade ‘uniform’ to make getting dressed much easier!
Let’s take a look at a few favourites …
This boiler suit !!!
This is really, really cute, right? I love the fit and I really want to make one.
Find the Thelma Boiler Suit PDF pattern at Merchant and Mills.
This yoga set
I mean, maybe you aren’t doing yoga during the pandemic. Maybe you are lying on the couch a lot? This set is good for that too. No judgement here.
Find the OM Yoga Set at Schnittchen.
This pocket frock
I mean … look at those excellent pockets! I am very much into this frock and I love it in denim but also think it could be cute in linen.
Find the Rushcutter Dress at In The Folds.
These cute pants
I absolutely hate wearing pants … but these look cute and comfy and I love the wider leg and high waist. I am really tempted to give these a go! I like them in the fabric shown … it’s a wee bit late ’90s early ’00s, don’t you think?! LOVE.
Find The Georgie Trouser pattern (PDF and paper pattern) at The Fold Line
This apron dress
Could this dress be any cuter? NO! It could not! I want this. I think I’d make it in a lightweight medium wash denim so that it doesn’t show the pet hair quite so much!
Find this Apron Dress pattern (PDF or paper pattern) at The Assembly Line.
You can either buy the pattern for this blazer OR you can buy an entire class that teaches you how to make this blazer. Pretty awesome, right? I’m very much into this jacket just the way it’s shown above. Perhaps I’d make the collar contrast PINK?
This puff-sleeve top
Puff sleeves! What could be more bolstering?! I love that this comes in a really broad size range too.
Find the Sagebrush Top (PDF or paper pattern) at Friday Pattern Co.
This buttoned-up skirt
Tessuti always have gorgeous things and this skirt is no exception. I’m liking it a lot and it makes me want to twirl/picnic/read a book in the sunshine.
The Madden Skirt is available in PDF or paper pattern at Tessuti.
A dress and top trio to mix things up and start your capsule wardrobe off right.
The shift dress and top trio are from Wiksten.
I mean … who doesn’t need another tote or three to make supermarket shopping much more swank?
Find the Fika Tote pattern (PDF or paper pattern) at Noodlehead.
This cute dressed-up dress
We can’t always be slouching about, now can we? This dress is perfect for when you’re doing something a bit fancy, methinks.
Find the Ravine Dress pattern (PDF or paper pattern) at Paper Cut Patterns.
This round-necked dress
I’m all about a round neck (or a high square neckline.) I’d make this in a floral or pattern, so that it hides the messy wear and tear and spills of my day! Cotton all the way.
Find The Cuff Dress pattern (PDF or paper pattern) at The Assembly Line.
This tied-with-a-bow frock
ANOTHER DRESS, PIP? Yes. Another dress. Never too many dresses!
The Tea House Top and Dress pattern is available in PDF or paper pattern at Sew House Seven.
These comfy pants
Look at them. They are begging to be put on and included in a long session of reading a good book … or baking something excellent.
The Luna Pants PDF pattern is by Made By Rae.
Phew! So many good things, right?! Let’s get sewing, peaches.