Welcome to Free Patterns Month here at Crafting a Green World!
Free Patterns Month is a holiday that I invented to encourage myself to actually sew some of the beautiful sewing patterns that I’ve been collecting for the past eleven months.
I’m trying very hard to convince myself that my hobby is SEWING clothes, NOT hoarding sewing patterns!
I especially love finding free patterns offered by indie pattern companies. I love buying from independent pattern labels, but I love it a lot more when there’s a pattern or two that I can test-drive first. It helps me see if the company and I are on the same page about fit and look, and if I vibe with their instructions and enjoy the experience.
Here are some of my favorite free patterns from those indie companies! We’re starting big with tops and bottoms, ranging from easy basics to add to your wardrobe to fancier styles to dress you up nicely. Later this month, I’ll add in undies, accessories, kids’ clothes, and some niche patterns.
Try something new from this list, and if you like it, give that pattern company some love and support by buying something else to try!
Free Patterns for Tops
Albion Blouse by Vanessa Hansen for Peppermint Magazine. My favorite parts of this blouse are the really fun closure and the buttoned sleeves!
Plaintain T-Shirt by Deer and Doe. This simple T-shirt pattern flares a bit at the hips, something that is PERFECT for me! If you like this pattern and want to try more by the same company, also check out the Hysope Blouse or Passiflore Shirt/Dress patterns.
Stardust Tank Top by Halla Patterns. There are so many piecing options to make this otherwise simple tank top pattern super fun. I think it would look really fun layered under the Hey Babe top by the same company.
Luna Tank by Helen’s Closet. This flowy tank top looks like the comfiest possible summer top! If you like this pattern and want to try more by the same company, also check out the Gilbert Top or Cameron Button-Up patterns.
The Drop Sleeve Top by The Avid Seamstress. This top has a similar look to the Krissa Crop, but with partial sleeves and a full length. If you like it, the Everyday Shirt has a similar fit and The Blouse also has fun, partial-length sleeves.
Vera knit top by Forget-Me-Not Patterns. I love wearing knits, mainly because of the comfort and drape, but it’s definitely a struggle to find an interesting pattern that’s also not too fussy. This knit top pattern bridges my two requirements nicely, with a V-neck and a gathered sleeve. If you like this pattern and want to try more, check out the Iris or the Viola top.
Sport Shorts by Friday Pattern Company. My teenagers live in simple shorts all summer, and this is another wardrobe staple for their closets! If you like this pattern and want to try more by the same company, check out the Heather Chandler Suit Bundle.
Rosalie skirt by Johanna Morris for Peppermint Magazine. I love that this skirt has a fitted look but a secretly elasticized back. And it has pockets!
Free Patterns for Bottoms
Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Handmade. Yoga pants can be surprisingly fussy to sew, so it’s nice to have a free, classic pattern. For a more athletic option, check out the Sloan Leggings, also by Hey June Handmade.
Elemental Skirt by Sew House Seven. This is the comfiest pencil skirt you’ll ever sew! If you like it, also check out their Alberta Street Pencil Skirt for a different fabric and slightly different fit.
Peg Legs by Patterns for Pirates. Peg Legs is the first leggings pattern that I ever sewed, and it’s still my absolute favorite. If you like the fit, I think you’ll also like their Uptown Joggers pattern.
If you’ve got a favorite indie pattern company, or a favorite indie pattern, please tell us about it in the Comments!