This is the first post in a new series on the blog! I am putting together some round-ups of favourite indie patterns to feature all the talented indie pattern designers out there right now. I hope you enjoy reading!
When I am thinking of making something, I usually know that I want to make a certain type of garment, like a skirt or shirt or pair of pants. I then go and research the patterns available on great sites like Indie Sew and The Fold Line. It is so nice to see all the patterns in one place so I can compare and easily go from one to the next. I thought it would be fun to take it one step further and put together some roundups that are geared towards specific seasons, occasions, or styles. For example: patterns with 70’s flare, ideal wardrobe basics, or this one: best mini skirts for Spring!
A few notes before we dive in:
I am 100% indie here on the blog, not that I have anything against the big 4, I grew up using Simplicity, Burda, and McCalls patterns and they are great too, I just love the indie pattern scene and enjoy supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
I have selected these patterns based on popularity in the sewing community and/or unique design features. I have not personally tested all of the patterns listed.
Please feel free to add to my list in the comments! I love discovering new patterns and I can’t include every single pattern in every round-up. There are just so many to choose from – lucky us!
Best Indie Mini Skirt Patterns for Spring
Crescent by Sewaholic – Intermediate
The Crescent skirt features a lovely details at the top where the waist yoke is shaped into a V. The skirt has has a center back invisible zipper, gathers at the hip, and slash pockets.
Rae by Sewaholic – Beginner
The Rae is a great skirt for beginner sewists because it has an elastic waistband instead of a zipper. It is simple while still offering a nice design detail with the panelled construction.
Nita Wrap Skirt by Sew DIY – Advanced Beginner
This classic a-line wrap skirt is simple to sew and offers lots of opportunity for customization. There are three lengths as well as three closures to choose from. I had the pleasure of testing the mini skirt version and I absolutely adore it. This skirt can be lined or unlined.
Nascha Skirt by Named Clothing – Intermediate
This edgy design really stands out in the crowd. It acts like a wrap skirt with the overlapping front panels that create a cool gap in the front. It has a zipper closure in the back and is lined.
Haze by Deer + Doe – Intermediate
If you are looking for a form fitting skirt the Haze could be perfect. It has very cool paneling details and it creates a classic pencil skirt silhouette. This pattern is for knit (stretch) fabrics and has an elastic waistband.
Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice – Intermediate
This button-front skirt offers four pocket options and two lengths. It is a classic A-line shape and has belt loops along the waistband. I love this style for a 70’s vibe.
Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen – Advanced Beginner
The Brumby is a gathered waisted skirt with with deep scoop pockets and an exposed zipper. The pattern offers three lengths and variations for each length. The unique pockets are really the star attraction for this pattern.
Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio – Intermediate
The Moss skirt is a classic mini skirt, sitting just below the waist and skimming the hips with minimal flare. It features a fly-front closure and back yoke detail. You can also add a band to the bottom to lengthen the skirt. The moss is ideal for that perfect denim mini.
Tulip Skirt by Sew Over It – Advanced Beginner
The Tulip Skirt is – you guessed it – tulip shaped! It has slanted pleats at the front and darts at the back. The side seams are curved to create the tulip shape. This pattern includes inseam pockets and a center-back invisible zipper.
Maude Skirt by the Lazy Seamstress – Advanced Beginner
This retro style panelled skirt has really cool concealed pockets and an invisible side zipper.
Half – Circle Flared Skirts By Jalie – Beginner
If you are looking for a really simple circle or flared skirt, this pattern from Jalie might do the trick. It has options for knits and wovens, and comes in 27 sizes, girls, women, and plus size included.
Arielle by Tilly and the Buttons – Advanced Beginner
This adorable pattern features long darts, a high waist, and a cool asymmetrical button closure down the front. Instructions for lining the skirt are included but are optional.
1601 Fit and Flare Skirt By Maison Fleur – Intermediate
This skirt has a unique panelled construction with flares on the bottom sides. It is fully lined with a center-back zipper closure.
Adrift Skirt by Papercut Patterns – Intermediate
This feminine wrap skirt features front and back darts for shape and a pretty flounce around the hem. The pattern also includes a full dress version.
Osaka By Seamwork – Beginner
The Osaka is from the March 2015 issue of Seamwork Magazine. It is a reversible wrap skirt with a horizontal panel detail perfect for fabric mixing. Use 2 – 4 different fabrics in this design to create a very versatile garment for your wardrobe.
That’s all for the best mini skirts for Spring! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you would like to see more of these in the future, and if you have any suggestions for categories 🙂
Great idea! I love this kind of round-up. There are so many designers out there that it’s easy to overlook some clever patterns or even forget about the ones I already have! Since spring is finally coming our way, I would suggest “best lightweight jackets”.
Thanks, Hélène! That one is definitely on my list 🙂
Great!A couple are new to me. Thanks! Jen
This is such a fun idea for a series! I like that you dug back to older pattern, too – I haven’t seen a Crescent sewn up in years, but it is very 90s, and that makes it fashionable again! Great suggestions!
Thanks, Gillian. The Crescent totally makes me think 90’s too, but in the best possible way 🙂
I agree with everyone else, great idea! A few patterns are new to me and I am planning to check out Maude Skirt.
What a great idea! No idea why I have never thought of making a series like that – I am always checking out every indie pattern I can find. =) can’t wait to see what comes next!
This is such a great idea! Half the fun is planning what to sew next, and this series is perfect for that 🙂