Since the launch of our organic jersey fabrics Scandinavia Collection, I've been looking around for more stretch fabric sewing patterns.
There's a good selection of independent pattern designers here, all with PDF links. These are what I tend to use for my sewing, but most are also available as paper copies. The more I look around the more patterns I discover, these are just the ones I am thinking of making in the coming months.
I'm starting with the Linden, a no nonsense, sweatshirt style top. When Jen at Grainline brought this one out it was just joy for me and I've made a few of these already. A raglan staple and so ever present on Instagram I think this is a favourite worldwide! The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio is a simple, quick and easy make and one of my favourites. Here's one I made earlier!
I love this Finnish brand with it's urban feel, I'm still quite new to their patterns. This is a great style but, for me, I'm not including the fringe. The Magena Fringe Jumper by Named Clothing is a good Finnish sewing pattern and I like the idea of doing some colour blocking with the panels in this design.
This sweater top form a designer based in Belgium is firmly at the top of my sewing pile, it looks simple and has a lovely unique shape. I found some fantastic variations for blocking and contrast cuff ideas, I seem to have a thing for yellow cuffs at the moment. The Julia Sweater by Compagnie M is a great looking pattern and there's also a cute little girl version too!
Had to include this for it's simplicity and that it's free to download if you sign up with Grainline Studio, (which I would highly recommend). The Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio works well with contrast sleeves, a great boxy style and this is a really quick satisfying make.
This pattern from yurt dweller and designer Paprika Patterns in France is great for our sweatshirt weight fabrics. The Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns hoodie features some great buttons and detailing.
I really like the look of this pattern from New Zealand brand Papercut Patterns. It features a slouchy hooded top and gives you the option for a longer length or a cropped version. There's lots more pictures of the Undercover Sweater by Papercut Patterns on their website and I just love the added tie detail.
I know, I'm back in Grainline land again, but this lady has designed my whole entire wardrobe based around my style! I so wish I had more time to make about a dozen of these, I've had a little trial run and this is probably next in line on the Faberwood sewing table for our Scandi knits. I love boat necklines but there are loads of other variations the Lark Tee by Grainline Studio, along with different sleeve options.
I haven't made anything from this Canadian brand, but I love the way they talk about their lifestyle. I spotted the Fraser Sweatshirt by Sewaholic design which is from their active 'Vancouver' range. I'd very much like to go and visit them in Canada, but for now I guess I'll just have to visit their super website more often.
Now it wouldn't be Faberwood without a designer from France! I bought this sewing pattern ages ago, so I'm glad I reminded myself of this one. A lovely simple stylish shape comes with variations you can go for jacket or sweatshirt. You may need to brush up on some French to read the Sweat Courcelles by Cozy Little World pattern and just a note I had to size up with this one.
I only just happened to spot this one recently and wanted to include a style for little ones! The Flashback Skinny Tee by Made by Rae is a lovely kids basic from an American brand and would look awesome in our Scandi knits.
What's quite special about our current range of fabrics from Finland is that they're printed and produced in Europe, making them super high quality. I pretty much live in t-shirts and hoodies, so I need to know that after all my hard work making something I will get plenty of wear out of it. I've made lots of tops with cheap stretch fabrics and now I don't wear any of them. They look like bobbly rags and what's the point of spending time making something if it's going to end up like that?
There's still loads more out there and I'm likely to discover more but maybe I should stop looking and make these first!!